Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) announced today that Thomas Dunn will serve as VELCO’s President and CEO effective February 6, 2014. Dunn currently serves as the company’s Chief Operating Officer and will succeed VELCO’s current President and CEO Chris Dutton, who is retiring. Today’s unanimous vote by the company’s Board of Directors electing Dunn culminates a three-month, nationwide search conducted by a respected executive placement firm.
Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding and Vermont State Employees’ Association President Shelley Martin announced today that the Administration and the VSEA have reached tentative agreements on labor contracts covering three bargaining units of the VSEA – the Corrections, Supervisory and Non-Management Units – subject to ratification by the VSEA membership. The successor contracts will cover a two-year period, from July 2014 to June 2016.
Governor Peter Shumlin announced the recipients of approximately $450,000 in Municipal Planning Grants that will assist 42 local communities plan for future growth and development, revitalize cities and towns, and help protect communities from future floods.
Bolton Nordic and backcountry skiers will enjoy significant trail improvements this winter season. A partnership between the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, The Friends of Bolton Valley Nordic and Backcountry (FOBVNBC) and Bolton Valley Ski Resort has resulted in significant trail work, including two rebuilt bridge structures, the addition of 15 new culverts, over a mile of new drainage ditching, and several miles of mowing and brush cutting in addition to the installation of many new trail signs since the 1,160-acre parc
Susan L Donegan, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, announced today that Vermont will receive $38,930 from RBC Capital Markets
resulting from a multi-state investigation conducted by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). The investigation revealed that some RBC employees, who were not registered to sell securities, had been accepting orders.
Just as the US Senate is preparing its own legislation on patent trolls, the House on Thursday passed its version of the legislation.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) issued the following comment Thursday after the House passed it bill to combat patent troll abuse:
The latest update of Vermont's greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) inventory shows Vermont is making progress, but is still short of achieving its goals. In 2006, the Vermont legislature set a goal of reducing the state's GHG emissions by 25 percent from 1990 levels by 2012; 50 percent by 2028; and, if practical, 75 percent by 2050. In 1990, Vermont emitted just over 8 million metric tons of greenhouse gasses.
Fuel dealers and energy efficiency contractors are working together to help Vermonters save money. The Efficiency Excellence Network (EEN) is a new partnership between Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association (VFDA). The EEN is designed to make it easier for Vermonters to reduce consumption of heating oil and propane.
National Prohibition came to an end 80 years ago today, on December 5, 1933, when “Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment,” per The New York Times’ ‘On This Day’ Blog.
Vermont Gas is experiencing record customer growth based on heating costs that are about 50 percent lower than fuel oil or propane, award-winning energy efficiency programs, and reduced carbon emissions.
by Hilary Niles vtdigger.org Contentious contract negotiations for control of Vermont’s electronic waste recycling stream are starting to simmer down. But with the changed landscape come new rules and new challenges, if not land mines.
The Community College of Vermont will begin offering free three-credit business courses for the spring 2014 semester. The courses will be offered at the College’s Center for Online Learning and at CCV’s Morrisville, Rutland, St Albans, Upper Valley, and Winooski academic centers. CCV’s free business classes are funded through a grant from the US Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative (TAACCCT).
Two of the major food service management companies in Vermont — Café Services and The Abbey Group — have joined the Harvest of the Month (HOM) project and pledged to feature a variety of local produce year-round. Together these two companies serve 89 schools statewide. Their commitment more than doubles the number of students and communities benefitting from this new program. Local farm sales are up as well.
Blu-Bin, Inc announces the opening of it's plastic recycling program to all Vermont businesses and organizations interested in increasing the sustainability of their practices. The first participant in this program is the Church Street Ben and Jerry’s, where over a kilogram of waste spoons that previously were headed to the landfill have now been processed and turned into material usable in Blu-Bin's 3D printers.
Vermont Public Radio has announced that reporter Peter Hirschfeld will join the station's capital bureau beginning next month, covering state government and the Vermont Legislature.
Hirschfeld is a leading Vermont journalist who has covered the Statehouse since 2009, most recently as bureau chief for the Rutland Herald and Times Argus. He began his career in 2003, working as a local sports reporter and copy editor at the Times Argus.
Today, Burton Snowboards is honored to officially unveil the 2014 U.S. Snowboarding Team uniforms that all riders representing the United States will wear during competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics. The Sochi Games will mark the third consecutive Olympics where Burton has partnered with U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) to create one-of-a-kind uniforms designed for riders, by riders.
by Hilary Niles vtdigger.org High school senior Annalee Beaulieu told quite a story to Governor Peter Shumlin and a roomful of policy makers, business leaders, activists and young women Tuesday morning at the Statehouse.
Students & teachers from Randolph Technical Career Center - at the VT State House on Dec. 3 - in support of the Change the Story campaign. Courtesy photo.
by Alicia Freese vtdigger.org The Shumlin administration wants to start sending funds to southeastern Vermont — beginning in the current fiscal year — to help residents prepare for the closure of Vermont Yankee.
A home-health care worker, Candice Swan, of Middlebury, Vermont, pled guilty yesterday, in Windsor Superior Court, to six misdemeanor counts of False Pretenses. According to court documents, Ms. Swan falsified timesheets in order to obtain payment for services that were not provided under a Vermont Medicaid program.
With the arrival of the holiday season, Vermonters’ spirit of generosity is getting into full swing, especially in the form of charitable giving. Most Vermonters, however, are unaware that when certain fundraising techniques are used, much of their donation may go to a third-party and not to the charity of their choice. Many donations made through paid fundraisers – companies hired to solicit charitable donations – result in only a small fraction of the gift going to the chosen cause: roughly 25% for gifts to Vermont-based charities.
The Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) announced Tuesday the successful deployment of premium processing and payment functions for individuals and families on Vermont Health Connect (VHC). Individuals and families who have selected plans through VHC will begin receiving invoices in the coming days.
With the support of Newport Mayor Paul Monette, Newport City Council and developer Bill Stenger, Newport is poised to become Vermont’s first city to join AARP’s nationwide Network of Age Friendly Cities. As such, the city embraces the changing demographics of an aging population by focusing on safe, walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, access to key services and community engagement opportunities for all ages.
by Tim McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine With a beaming Senator Patrick Leahy at his side, General Steven Cray of the Vermont National Guard announced Tuesday afternoon that Vermont would be the "beddown" for 18 F-35A fighter jets. The 158th Fighter Wing is expected to start to receive the planes in 2020. The F-16s now deployed at the base attached to the Burlington International Airport will remain in service until the F-35s arrive and then they will be retired.
The Board of Trustees of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has selected Gregory Dewey, PhD, to be the College's next president. When he assumes his new role on July 1, 2014, Dewey will become just the eighth president in the school's 132-year history.The college is based in Albany, NY, with a campus in Colchester, Vermont.
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org The House Appropriations Committee is getting an early start on the Budget Adjustment Act — the mid-year realignment of state expenditures and revenues.
The committee began with an overview from the Shumlin administration on Monday and this month will go through every line item with department commissioners and agency secretaries.
by Alicia Freese vtdigger.org Once written off as a “nothing burger” by Gov. Peter Shumlin, problems with the payment portion of Vermont Health Connect have forced another delay in the state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has affirmed its “A+” rating for bonds issued by the New Hampshire Health and Education Facilities Authority for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Obligated Group (Dartmouth-Hitchcock) on the authority's $200.4 million series 2009 and 2010 bonds. At the same time, Standard & Poor's also revised its outlook from “negative” to “stable.”
Vermont Health Connect Navigators and officials are participating in and hosting upcoming events to educate Vermonters about new health coverage options. More than 200 Navigators are available in communities throughout the state to help Vermonters learn more, enroll in a plan, and access financial help through Vermont Health Connect.