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VEDA approves $14.4 million in loan and bond financing

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 7:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has approved $14.4 million in loan and bond financings for commercial, agricultural, energy and small business projects throughout Vermont. “VEDA is pleased to help two of Vermont’s municipal electric utilities reach their renewable energy generation goals through the issuance of US Treasury clean energy bonds,” said VEDA Chief Executive Officer Jo Bradley. “Other financings approved by VEDA will help support commercial and agricultural investments, and additional energy, small business, and communi

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont earns title of Best Performing Call Center

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A national program that surveyed more than 3,200 Vermonters about the service they received from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) customer service team recognized the company as the Best Performing Call Center of the Year among leading member service organizations in the country. The award recognizes the small/mid-sized call center with the highest combined first call resolution (FCR) rating and employee satisfaction and engagement.

Army Corps of Engineers gives OK for underwater powerline from Quebec

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 2:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The United States Army Corps of Engineers has issued a federally-required Department of Army permit to the New England Clean Power Link, allowing it to be placed in the waters of the United States along its proposed route. Developer TDI New England announced the decision today. The Army Corps permit authorizes TDI New England to construct the project pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

Attorney General closes investigation into unauthorized practice of law against Annette Smith

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 2:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has closed its investigation into a complaint about Annette Smith’s actions in various proceedings before the Public Service Board (PSB). The Office has closed the investigation without further action. "This Office considers the matter closed," The AG's office said in a statement Monday. Annette Smith has vigorously fought the complaint (see letter below).

UVM enhances STEM curriculum with addition of two majors in biomedical engineering and data science

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 1:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont has added to its growing reputation as a leader in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the announcement of a new bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering and a bachelor of science degree in data science. The new programs, made official at a recent meeting of the UVM Board of Trustees, support UVM’s efforts to expand STEM education with a goal of doubling enrollments in STEM-related programs by 2020.

Mike Smith: Rigging the system

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 4:50am -- tim

by Mike Smith Annette Smith, the executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, has long been a thorn in the side of utilities, energy producers, and even politicians. Smith is above all an activist. And she’s dogged. She has taken the time to learn the process regulating large-scale energy projects such as wind and solar. Importantly, she has also come to represent, and be a voice for, Vermonters who are impacted by these large projects, who cannot afford well-heeled lawyers and who are not being heard in the process.

Smithsonian and UVM researchers discover first-ever native malaria in the Americas

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 6:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Two years ago, Ellen Martinsen was collecting mosquitoes at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, looking for malaria that might infect birds—when she discovered something strange: a DNA profile, from parasites in the mosquitoes, that she couldn’t identify. By chance, she had discovered a malaria parasite, Plasmodium odocoilei—that infects white-tailed deer. It’s the first-ever malaria parasite known to live in a deer species and the only native malaria parasite found in any mammal in North or South America.

College of St Joseph Provider Scholars celebrate 10,000 hours of service

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 5:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine College of St Joseph in Rutland has announced that Provider Scholars have contributed more than 10,000 service hours in the community since the program’s inception in fall 2013. The Provider Scholarship, worth $65,000 over four years for full-time residential undergraduates incorporates a commitment to academic curiosity, personal and professional growth, and community service.

Ben & Jerry's unveils four new flavors with everything...but the COW!

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 9:23am -- tim

Ice Cream Maker Reveals Non-Dairy, Certified Vegan Line Up

Vermont Business Magazine Attention, frozen dessert fans unable - or choosing not to - consume dairy; your long wait is over! Now is the time to raise spoons in celebration of an all-new, Non-Dairy flavor line up. At last fans can dive deep into a decadent pint and experience all the chunks and swirls Ben & Jerry's is known for, but this time in a Certified Vegan, almond milk-base indulgence. The new lineup includes a quartet of flavors ready for spooning, including:

Vermont Federal opens Online application for 2016-2017 educational scholarships

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 8:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Federal Credit Union will be awarding four $2,000 educational  scholarships to students with a history of strong academic achievement and service to the community. Vermont Federal will now be accepting online scholarship applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. Two scholarships, in the amount of $2,000 each, will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who have been accepted to an accredited undergraduate program at a college, trade school, or university for the Fall semester of 2016 or Spring semester of 2017.

Chittenden County has lowest relative closing costs in Vermont

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 4:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Chittenden County has the best home-buying closing cost ranking in Vermont, in line with its rank of 1 in 2015, even though the actual closing costs were the highest in the state. But because the median home price was also highest, Chittenden has the lowest relative cost in the SmartAsset index. Closing Costs are a crucial aspect of buying a home, and in its second annual study New York financial technology company SmartAsset shows where they are lowest.