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Ron Cioffi named Rutland Chamber Business Person of the Year

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:24pm -- tim

The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce announced on October 29, 2014 at their Annual Meeting (sponsored by GE-Avaiation) that Ron Cioffi (Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer) at Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice is the Chamber's 2014 Business Person of the Year. Cioffi was presented the award by Congressman Peter Welch, Rutland City Mayor Chris Louras, and Chamber officials.

Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees appoint Dan Smith president of Vermont Tech

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:15pm -- tim

Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Tim Donovan has announced that Dan Smith, currently serving as interim president of Vermont Tech, has been chosen to lead the school as its full time president. The appointment of President Smith comes after seven months in an interim leadership position at the college. A lawyer by training, Smith served as VSC’s director of community relations and public policy, before assuming the interim role at Vermont Tech. 

VCLF lends $837,000 in 3rd quarter 2014

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 12:07pm -- tim

The Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF) loaned $837,212 in the 3rd quarter of 2014 to Vermont's small businesses, community facilities, child care programs and developers of affordable housing. These loans have created or preserved quality jobs, affordable homes, quality child care and other essential services for Vermonters throughout the state. 

VEDA celebrates 40 years, over $2 billion in financing

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 8:48am -- tim

Since its inception forty years ago, the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has approved 7,395 separate economic development financings totaling over $2.07 billion for Vermont businesses and farms. Created by the Vermont General Assembly in 1974, VEDA’s financing approvals through June 30, 2014 include direct commercial loans of over $352 million, agricultural loans exceeding $261 million, and since 1987, small business loans totaling almost $65 million.

AutoSaver Group raises $20,000 for American Cancer Society, largest donation from new Vermont partner

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 5:49am -- tim

On Monday, AutoSaver Group presented a check for $20,000 from the company’s ‘Drive for a Cure’ campaign to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The donation was the largest gift Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has received this year from a new partner in Vermont.

AutoSaver Group partners – Ronney Lyster and Abel Toll – presented the check to staff members of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Vermont as well as local survivors at the Capitol City Kia dealership in Montpelier.

Vermont again near bottom in national job growth study

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US is still slowly recovering from the staggering loss of jobs during the Great Recession, but some cities and states are rebounding faster than others. Vermont is once again in the bottom 10 for 2014 as it was in 2013. Vermont did not suffer as much during the recession as several other states, and therefore has less to rebound from, but the state is also showing stagnant results in labor force and total employment.

State prepares to help people with Affordable Care Act tax changes

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 4:30am -- tim

by Morgan True Vermonters receiving premium subsidies through the state’s health insurance exchange will have an additional form to file with their income tax returns, and the state is preparing to help. This is the first year that the Affordable Care Act will affect tax returns, and state officials are expecting a good deal of confusion.

Report summarizes National Life Group’s social responsibility commitment

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:17am -- tim

National Life Group has improved its environmental conservation efforts in several key areas, as well as invested more heavily in the communities it serves, according to its newly released 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Report. Through greater efficiency and increased production of its own power, the company has driven down its electric

Vermont Legal Aid gets $975K HUD grant to support Vermonters’ access to housing

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 4:12pm -- tim

Vermont Legal Aid has received a three-year Fair Housing Initiatives Program Grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to continue the Housing Discrimination Law Project’s work to ensure Vermonters’ access to housing and to challenge both individual and systemic discriminatory practices. The $975,000 grant will be disbursed over three years to fund Vermont Legal Aid’s statewide systemic and complaint-based testing project, fair housing counseling, representation in enforcement actions, education, and land use planning and policy advocacy with state and local officials.

Vermont Attorney General settles claims against mortgage company

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 2:55pm -- tim

Green Tree Servicing, LLC, a national servicer of residential mortgage loans, will pay Vermont consumers a total of $55,250 for the company’s debt collection practices and late payment of property taxes. Green Tree will also pay $176,750 to the State. According to Attorney General William Sorrell, the settlement is the first in Vermont to focus on mortgage-related issues since a series of multistate and federal settlements with national banks and servicers.

Graniteville landowners oppose two Rock of Ages plants

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 2:24pm -- tim

by John herrick Brandy Ofciarcik-Perez pointed from her lawn to a sharp bend in the road as a flatbed truck carrying granite slabs overshot the center line in its trajectory down the hill toward her home. “People fly through here,” the 40-year-old dance instructor said, holding one of her three children by the hand. “I used to actually put up barriers.” Traffic is just one of the concerns raised by residents of Graniteville Road about an asphalt plant operating at the Rock of Ages quarry.