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NH Judicial Branch selects FirstLight to provide Internet and data center services

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine FirstLight, a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in the Northeast, announced today that the New Hampshire Judicial Branch has selected FirstLight to provide Internet and data center services for its system of 82 courts in 38 locations throughout the state. The New Hampshire Judicial Branch locations include supreme, superior, district, family and probate courts, from where IT services are provided to approximately 700 employees in total. FirstLight is a prominent Internet provider in Vermont.

Berkshire completes acquisition of Mass bank

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc (NYSE:  BHLB) has completed the acquisition of Commerce Bancshares Corp and the merger of Commerce Bank & Trust Company into Berkshire Bank, effective at the close of business on October 13, 2017. With this acquisition, Berkshire adds 16 branches in the Worcester and Boston areas and becomes the largest regional bank headquartered in Massachusetts. The merger adds approximately $1.8 billion in assets, bringing the combined assets to $11.6 billion. Berkshire Bank has several branches in southern Vermont.

Partnership to lower costs of care provided to homeless wins national praise

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:31am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center has received the Future of Population Health Award from the Public Health Foundation (PHF) for its support of an innovative community partnership that lowered the cost of care and improved services for the homeless and housing-insecure population in Burlington, Vermont.  

City Council to decide on Burlington Telecom finalists tonight

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington City Council will meet tonight and is scheduled to select two finalists to buy Burlington Telecom. A final decision will be made by the Council October 30. Two out-of-state bidders and one local bidder are the finalists. Last week, Mayor Miro Weinberger urged the City Council to advance to the final round the bids from Schurz Communications and Ting/Tucows. This was expected as they were the high bidders.

Permanent Fund honors Cookie Danyow as 2017 Early Educator of the Year

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children announced the third annual Early Educator of the Year Award today at the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VAEYC) Annual Conference held in Killington, VT. The award winner, Cheryl “Cookie” Danyow, of Addison, was named 2017’s Early Educator of the Year. Richmond resident Ellen Kraft was the award finalist. The Permanent Fund created the Early Educator of the Year Award to recognize and celebrate excellence in the teaching of Vermont’s young children to bring attention to the importance of high-quality care and early education.

Winooski Tech Crawl Oct 17 will showcase a 'Textiles to Tech' transformation

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 11:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A Winooski Tech Crawl event will highlight the tech businesses that have made their home in the historic Mill buildings in the greater Winooski area, representing textiles to tech transformation, on Tuesday October 17, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm, with a reception following. This free event is presented by the Vermont Technology Alliance as part of Innovation Week, a celebration of the entrepreneurial and technology ecosystem in the greater Burlington area.

St Mike’s play 'Mill Girls' a labor of love, learning

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 5:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A 14-member student cast at Saint Michael’s College started work on Labor Day, which felt appropriate, for a new original play with music about the lives of 19th century girls who worked the mills of New England towns like Lowell, MA, and Winooski, VT. That rehearsal launched preparations still under way for performances on November 2, 3,4,10 & 11 at 7 pm in the McCarthy Arts Center Theater. All performances are free and open to the public.

Same-Sex Couples Historic Site Marker dedication Oct 17

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 3:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott dedicated the Vermont Equality for Same-Sex Couples Historic Site Marker at the State House in Montpelier on Tuesday morning. The site marker commemorates the Vermont Supreme Court ruling and Civil Union legislation in 2000, granting legal recognition to same-sex couples for the first time anywhere in the US, and the achievement of full marriage equality through a vote of the legislature in 2009. Representative Bill Lippert and Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson will also provide first-hand remembrances of the events. 

Vermont Tourism Summit feedback

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 2:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Tourism Summit is seeking input from tourism industry professionals who did not attend the 2017 Summit in Stowe, VT. They want to know if you have attended the Summit in the past, why you chose not to attend in 2017, and how to sway you to attend in the future. In exchange for your response, you’ll have the opportunity to win a variety of great prizes, including lift tickets, spa products, wine, and more! The Vermont Tourism Summit is a great way to network with tourism industry professionals.

Sanders statement on Trump's health care executive orders

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 4:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) issued the following statement Friday after President Donald Trump halted cost-sharing reductions that help pay out-of-pocket health care costs of low-income people and ordered potentially sweeping changes in the nation’s insurance system, including sales of cheaper policies with fewer benefits and fewer protections for consumers.