Leonine Public Affairs Despite the first year of divided power after six years of Democratic control, elected leaders avoided partisan differences for most of the session. There have been disagreements along the way but with near unanimous votes on the budget and the least controversial tax bill in recent memory, those differences have been minor. That all changed this week.
Vermont Business Magazine Trout habitat will be improved, water will be cleaner and invasive plants will be better controlled, thanks to funding from Vermont's 2017 Watershed Grant Program. The program, established by the legislature in 1998 and financed by a portion of the sales of the Vermont Conservation License Plates, is co-administered by Vermont Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Environmental Conservation. Grants to nonprofits and towns support both hands-on projects and education programs that improve aquatic habitat, water quality and flood resiliency.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s statewide energy efficiency utility, Efficiency Vermont, has been named a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner. The award is given for continued leadership in environmental protection through superior energy efficiency achievements. Efficiency Vermont’s accomplishments were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2017.
Vermont Business Magazine As hunters across Vermont gear up for the 2017 turkey season, Vermont’s Ag Secretary and Fish and Wildlife Commissioner are praising the many farmers and hunters, who work together the steward Vermont’s land.
Vermont Business Magaine The Chittenden Solid Waste District has been awarded a grant worth $79,960 by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to help cover costs for providing facilities and education for the proper disposal of hazardous waste generated by residents and qualifying businesses. The grant is part of a solid waste assistance fund provided by the state to help towns and solid waste planning entities implement their solid waste plans, as required by state law. The grant is awarded annually to towns by the DEC, an arm of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.
Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University in Northfield has been named a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security through 2022. Also, the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) recently certified Norwich as a National Center for Digital Forensic Academic Excellence (CDFAE).
Vermont Business Magazine Ledyard Financial Group (Ticker Symbol: LFGP) announced today a regular quarterly dividend of $0.48 payable June 2, 2017 to shareholders of record as of May 12, 2017. Ledyard Financial Group, Inc, headquartered in Hanover, New Hampshire is the holding company for Ledyard National Bank, with offices in Vermont. Ledyard National Bank, founded in 1991, is a full service community bank offering a broad range of banking, investment, tax and wealth management services.
Vermont Business Magazine Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz and his wife, Elana Amsterdam, made personal contributions totaling $1.6 million to eight local non-profit organizations in the communities in which the company operates. Among the recipients is the Stowe Land Trust, which will receive $100,000. The contributions build on the couple's previous commitments to those who are most in need in the company’s resort communities. Vail and Stowe Mountain Resort announced in February that Vail would buy the ski operations at Stowe for $50 million.
Vermont Business Magazine House Republican Leader Don Turner (R-Milton) and the Vermont House Republican Caucus announced today that they will spend the remainder of the 2017 Legislative Session fighting to save Vermont Property Taxpayers up to $26 million annually through proposed VEHI savings. The result is that the Legislature, which is on the fast-track toward adjournment, could linger in session beyond its mid-May target.
Vermont Business Magazine College of St Joseph has announced that former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas will deliver the commencement address at the College’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 13. Douglas is a native of Springfield, Mass. and is a graduate of East Longmeadow High School and Middlebury College, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Russian Studies.
Vermont Business Magazine The end of the ski season has taken its toll. After weekly unemployment claims fell by over a hundred the previous week, claims increased by nearly 500 to push the total over 1,100. This was still lower than the same time last year. As expected, by industry, Services reported the most claims (61 percent of the total), while Manufacturing also increased (148 up from 69). Services typically reports the most claims.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees Chairwoman Martha O’Connor announced today that Governor Scott has appointed Janette Bombardier to the system Board. Bombardier joins the system’s 14-member board that is integrally involved with strategic planning, governance and financial matters for the five-college system. Bombardier is Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Financial Affairs for Green Mountain Power and the former Vice President of Site Operations for GLOBALFOUNDRIES (formerly IBM) Vermont and East Fishkill, NY.