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Howard Center hosts informational open house for foster care program

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 4:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Katie Nee, Resource Coordinator for Howard Center’s Comprehensive Care Program, says, “You don't have to be married, rich, or own a home to be a perfect foster or adoptive parent. You will be supported every step of the way by our team.” In addition to providing a variety of mental health support services to children and families in the community, her program helps find foster homes and respite foster care for children ages 4-18. Her team provides information and guidance for families who are considering becoming foster parents.

BED offices now powered by the sun

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 5:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Electric Department (BED) has announced that a 124 kW rooftop solar array at its Pine Street headquarters facility is now online. This is the latest project in the City’s ongoing commitment to add more community solar to its portfolio and brings Burlington’s total installed solar photovoltaic to 88 projects, generating 1.93 megawatts of power for the City. During the anticipated 25-year life of the new solar project, BED expects to save as much as $900,000 in power and related costs, an average of approximately $35,000 annually.

Governor Shumlin: Vermont is connected, now we have to get faster

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 5:06am -- tim

by Governor Peter Shumlin When I came to office in 2011, I made expanding broadband internet access to every last mile a priority. No one thought achieving that goal would be easy, especially since previous governors had set similar goals only to fall short in the end. The same features that make Vermont an ideal place to live – rural communities separated by rolling hills and deep valleys – make expanding broadband incredibly difficult. Despite the challenges, four and a half years later we have achieved the goal we set to get internet access to all Vermonters.

Chroma Technology expands in Japan

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 4:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Chroma Technology Corp (, based in Bellows Fall, has announced Hisashi Okugawa has been named General Manager of Chroma Technology Japan. This creates Chroma’s third sales and technical support office outside the US. The first two are in Germany and China. Together they reinforce Chroma’s commitment to providing the best customer service and precision imaging solutions to the life sciences community worldwide.

Barlow, Kasz and McGehee headed to VAB Hall of Fame

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 9:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Three individuals will be enshrined in the Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame later this year.  The VAB has announced that the trio of honorees will include VOX AM/FM owner and General Manager Ken Barlow, Local 22 WVNY/Local 44 WFFF Operations Director Ken Kasz and longtime WJOY morning host Ginny McGehee. In addition, the VAB has announced the 2015 Broadcaster of the Year award will be presented to the WPTZ-TV/WNNE-TV news team for its outstanding coverage of the Dannemora prison escape. Longtime WPTZ-TV news reporter and Vermont PBS

PC Construction to donate $15,000 to support colleges, three from Vermont in running

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 7:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine PC Construction, based in South Burlington, will donate a total of $15,000 to colleges participating in an online contest. The winners will be determined completely by public voting. Champlain College, Saint Michael's College and the University of Vermont are among the six finalists. During the month of October, the public is invited to visit to vote for one of six colleges or universities.

Secretary of State Jim Condos announces third statewide transparency tour

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 3:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Secretary of State Jim Condos is pleased to announce the start of his third biennial Transparency Tour. The tour will stop at 12 locations across the state to discuss Vermont’s public records and open meeting laws with municipal and state employees and citizens who serve on local government boards. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Bucknam: Tuitioning towns do not need to give up choice in mergers

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 11:36am -- tim

by Deborah T. Bucknam, Esq Act 46, the new state law which provides for mergers of school districts into larger districts, protects forever all school districts’ present systems whether the district tuitions its students or operates its own school, or a combination of both. The State Board of Education has interpreted Act 46 to mean just the opposite. It has stated: “There is no authority in Act 46 that authorizes a newly formed district/preferred model, to both operate and pay tuition, for the same grade level.”  The Board is wrong.

Energizer to lay off workers in Bennington

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 11:24am -- tim

by Erin Mansfield Energizer has confirmed that the company will lay off workers at the Bennington plant at an undisclosed time and use “external” resources to manufacture hearing aids. Bonnie Kalinowski, the human resources director for Energizer’s location in Bennington, confirmed on Friday that the company would lay off workers. She did not say how many or when. The plant employs 240 workers, according to Vermont Business Magazine.

Regulators reinstate some of St Johnsbury hospital’s requested budget

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 6:31am -- tim

by Erin Mansfield The state’s health care regulatory board decided Wednesday to increase the upcoming year’s budget for the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. The Green Mountain Care Board decided in a 4-1 vote to reinstate some of the St. Johnsbury hospital’s proposed 2016 fiscal year budget.