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ECFiber connects 2000th customer

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 2:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine When local residents began planning to build their own high-speed fiber-optic network back in 2007, few expected them to be able to surmount the many challenges facing a high-tech start-up. As of October 2017, the East Central Vermont Telecommunications District (ECFiber) has built over 420 miles of cable and connected over 2000 active customers in parts of 20 member towns. It plans to complete another 170 miles of network this year and another 250 miles in 2018.

GMP provides $130,000 to WARMTH program as colder winter approaches

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 1:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine National weather forecasters are predicting a colder winter than last year. So with cold weather just around the corner, Green Mountain Power is helping Vermonters stay warm with a $130,000 donation to the statewide WARMTH program. This will be the 32nd year that Green Mountain Power has contributed funds to help people with heating emergencies.

Long-time Mount Snow employee Erik Barnes to lead resort

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 11:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine After rising through the ranks during the past 31 years, Mount Snow has promoted Erik Barnes to the position of general manager. Barnes will assume the role formerly held by Kelly Pawlak, who recently accepted the position of president and CEO of the National Ski Areas Association. Barnes, who originally started at the mountain during the 1986-87, winter season as a ski instructor, has an extensive background in the ski industry with an emphasis in resort and customer service. Since then he has held a variety of roles around the resort, most recently as the director of resort services and director of golf, a position which he has held since 2006.

Weinberger urges Council to choose among highest bidders for BT

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger on Tuesday urged the City Council to advance to the final round the Schurz Communications and Ting/Tucows bids to purchase Burlington Telecom (BT). This was expected. The third bidder, Keep Burlington Telecom Local (KBTL), presented a bid that would provide less than half the cash and a very high debt load. The chairman of the BT advisory council already had advised against the KBTL bid because of that.

Cooperation leads to success in the Bennington shires

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 6:53am -- tim

by Bruce Edwards, Vermont Business Magazine Ask Bill Colvin about the state of Bennington County’s economy and he’ll tell you, “There’s definitely signs of improvement.” Colvin, of the Bennington County Regional Commission, ticks off a list that includes downtown Bennington’s Putnam Block Project, a stable manufacturing base and improved regional cooperation. The $54 million Putnam Block project will reshape the downtown, adding not only retail and commercial space but also housing with new construction.

ChemFab: The promise and the curse

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 6:52am -- tim

by Bruce Edwards, Vermont Business Magazine  It promised good paying jobs. And that’s what the ChemFab plant delivered for more than 30 years. But the plant on Water Street that manufactured Teflon-coated fiberglass fabric, also delivered something workers and residents of North Bennington didn’t bank on: contaminated drinking water. Well water, contaminated with PFOA from the plant’s smoke stacks, was only discovered last year, 14 years after owner Saint-Gobain closed the plant and moved its operations to New Hampshire. The plant operated from 1970 to 2002.

Vermont Health Connect’s 2018 Open Enrollment begins November 1

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 4:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine October 11 will mark three weeks until the start of 2018 Open Enrollment for Vermont Health Connect (VHC), the state’s health insurance marketplace. This year, Open Enrollment will run from November 1 to December 15, which is shorter than in past years. Members will have a start date of January 1, 2018.