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Fuse White Paper discusses understanding your future consumer

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:23pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine. Gen Z -- the population born from 1995 to present -- is the second largest generation at 26% of the US population. By 2025, Gen Z will grow dramatically, becoming the largest generation totaling 29% of the US population. (US Census Bureau 2015)

A brand's ability to anticipate where Gen Z is going and identify opportunities to reach them will help ensure its relevance and business success.

Only Superpipe in the east now open at Okemo Mountain Resort

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:17pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine. Consistently cold overnight temperatures paired with the unwavering dedication of Okemo Mountain Resort’s experienced snowmaking team resulted in the opening of the only Superpipe in the East this week. Featuring 18-foot walls and extending over 500 feet in length, Okemo’s AMP Energy Superpipe is now open daily.

Okemo’s 18-foot Superpipe is located in The Zone and accessible via The Pull surface lift. In addition to the Superpipe, the resort has also built seven terrain parks containing 66 jumps, rails and other creative features.

Vermont AG drops probe of Big Renewables critic

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:15pm -- katie
Vermont Business Magazine. A critic of Big Renewables in Vermont is free from the threat of criminal prosecution after the attorney general’s office dropped an investigation launched in response to complaints from an anonymous green-energy developer.
 
Standing before a large crowd, Annette Smith, surrounded by her attorney and victims of green-energy development, thanked supporters and the anonymous developer whose complaints against her backfired when Vermonters rallied to her cause.
 

Vermont Dairy Cooperative first to adopt new technology to improve value of milk and farm management practices

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:57am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine. The St. Albans Cooperative Creamery is the first dairy cooperative in the nation to provide new information to farmers about the fatty acids that make up the milk fat in their cow’s milk.  Local researchers found a direct correlation between the fat content in milk and farm management practices – this information will allow farmers to improve the way they feed and manage their cows as well as earn a higher pay for their milk.

Union Bank named USDA Guaranteed Lender of the Year for Vermont

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:55am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Union Bank received the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Vermont 2015 Guaranteed Lender of the Year Award in recognition of the bank’s dedication to rural home buyers. USDA officials presented the award at the Woodbury residence of Craig and Rachel Wilson who purchased their home one year ago through Union Bank using the USDA’s Guaranteed Home Loan Program.

Berkshire Bank announces over $2 Million in community support

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:54am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine  Berkshire Bank announced today its two charitable Foundations awarded a total of $1,810,229 in grants to non-profit organizations in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Vermont during 2015. The grants supported important education and community development initiatives as well as health and human services and cultural programs.  In addition, Berkshire Bank provided approximately $500,000 in community sponsorships, raising Berkshire’s total contributions in the community to more than $2.3 million.   

BioTek to be Awarded 2015 Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:03am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Continuing a proud tradition, BioTek Instruments will receive the 2015 Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness Award, presented by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. The award will be presented at the 2016 Worksite Wellness conference on March 30, 2016 in Burlington, VT. The conference highlights Vermont companies and their efforts to promote the health and wellness of employees.

Attorney General settles agreement with Keene Medical products on Medicaid Fraud investigation

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:00am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine The State of Vermont and Keene Medical Products, Inc. have reached an agreement  settling a multi-year investigation by the Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit of the  Attorney General’s Office and the Program Integrity Unit of the Department of Vermont Health  Access regarding whether Keene submitted false claims or received overpayments from the Vermont Medicaid Program.

VEDA approves $14.4 million in loan and bond financing

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 7:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has approved $14.4 million in loan and bond financings for commercial, agricultural, energy and small business projects throughout Vermont. “VEDA is pleased to help two of Vermont’s municipal electric utilities reach their renewable energy generation goals through the issuance of US Treasury clean energy bonds,” said VEDA Chief Executive Officer Jo Bradley. “Other financings approved by VEDA will help support commercial and agricultural investments, and additional energy, small business, and communi

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont earns title of Best Performing Call Center

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A national program that surveyed more than 3,200 Vermonters about the service they received from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) customer service team recognized the company as the Best Performing Call Center of the Year among leading member service organizations in the country. The award recognizes the small/mid-sized call center with the highest combined first call resolution (FCR) rating and employee satisfaction and engagement.

Army Corps of Engineers gives OK for underwater powerline from Quebec

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 2:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The United States Army Corps of Engineers has issued a federally-required Department of Army permit to the New England Clean Power Link, allowing it to be placed in the waters of the United States along its proposed route. Developer TDI New England announced the decision today. The Army Corps permit authorizes TDI New England to construct the project pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

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