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VHCB awards $5.2 million for housing and to conserve land

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 5:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) celebrated 30 years of grant making at an event at Shelburne Farms, then held a Board meeting two days later, making grants totaling almost $5.2 million to support major affordable housing developments in four communities and to protect farmland in Franklin and Caledonia Counties.

VHCB to get $3.6 million in federal funding for farmland protection

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will use $3.6 million in new federal funding to purchase conservation easements on farmland. The funds come from the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), a Farm Bill  initiative. 

Vermont farm wins top prize for Blexy

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A Vermont farm and its champion cow is celebrating taking the top prize at the World Dairy Expo. “Blexy,” a classic black-and-white Holstein, was selected as the top bovine of all the dairy breeds at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. With more than 2,300 entries, the dairy show is considered the Kentucky Derby of the cow world.

Survey: College administrators see problems as more students view marijuana as safe

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A majority of college administrators in a new survey say that more students believe marijuana to be "safe," drawing concern that changing attitudes about marijuana might have downstream effects on college campuses. Administrators say the number of students with marijuana-related problems has either increased (37 percent) or stayed the same (32 percent), while almost none say such problems have lessened.

Welch, VSAC announce new initiative with Winooski HS

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Student Assistance Corp and Rep Peter Welch, (D-VT), today announced a new year-long mentorship program with the Winooski High School senior class aimed at encouraging more seniors to continue their education after graduation. VSAC is “adopting” the senior class and will provide personalized counseling and assistance to seniors as they explore education and training programs as well as apply for financial aid, grants and scholarships.

Kerrick Johnson joins executive leadership team of Utopus Insights

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Utopus Insights has announced that Vermont Electric Power Company executive Kerrick Johnson has joined the leadership team of Utopus as Chief Ecosystem Officer. Johnson has almost 20 years of experience in the electric utility industry. A well-known figure politically and in the electric industry in Vermont, he will be responsible for developing a network of industry connections, partnerships, and related communication and marketing activities. Based in Valhalla, NY, Utopus Insights is a new company started in February 2017 that was formed by IBM and VELCO to help plan for the next generation of the electric grid.

Snowmaking starts at Killington

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:05am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in Eastern North America and part of the POWDR adventure lifestyle company, has begun snowmaking in advance of the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup on November 24-26, 2017. Killington Resort was the first North American ski mountain to open its season to the general public in 2016 and last to close in 2017 for Eastern North America, in part because of the resort’s advanced snowmaking and grooming prowess.

VEDA approves $9.9 million in economic development financing

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine During the last quarter, the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) approved $9.9 million in financing to help support commercial, agricultural, energy and small business projects totaling more than $29 million throughout Vermont, including to Rhino Foods, St Albans Bay marina, Sunrise Orchards, Rogers Hill Sugar Maple Farm, Milton McMullen Road Solar, Gaines Farm Community Solar, and the Woodstock Farmers Market.

Joint project provides online database of Vermont films, Vermont PBS archive for community use

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 9:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont PBS and the Vermont International Film Foundation (VTIFF) today announced the launch of a joint online database of Vermont films and TV programs past and present, the Vermont Archive Movie Project (VAMP) database. This searchable resource will allow students, historians, filmmakers and the public at large to tap into the state’s rich history on film. The VAMP database will increase understanding about the films and filmmakers here in the state.

UVM Grossman School ranks 8 on 'Better World' MBA list

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 9:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Corporate Knights has released the 15th edition of the Better World MBA ranking. The University of Vermont Grossman School of Business ranked 8th in the global assessment. The ranking, which has been published annually since 2002, evaluates instruction and research in sustainability from a base universe of the top 100 schools on the Financial Times Global MBA rankings, and invites all other accredited MBA programs (AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS) to opt-in.

NorthCountry FCU opens in Barre and Montpelier

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine NorthCountry Federal Credit Union’s two new branches are open for business at 328 North Main Street, Barre and 1 National Life Drive in Montpelier, former locations of Granite Hills Credit Union.  At a special meeting on June 22, Granite Hills Credit Union members approved their Board of Directors’ recommendation to merge with NorthCountry Federal Credit Union.