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Vermont AG launches 'VT Scam Alert' system

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 2:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan will join Vermont Emergency Management Director Erica Bornemann along with Vermont businesses, advocacy groups, and utilities to announce the addition of a statewide “VT Scam Alert” to Vermont’s emergency notification tool, VTAlert.  This pairing allows members of the public to receive instant alerts by email, text, or pre-recorded telephone message when a new financial scam has hit the state.  

ECFiber increases speeds without increasing price, again

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 2:13pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine ECFiber announced Tuesday that it has again increased its speeds by 40-100 percent, without increasing its prices. “Our Basic plan steps up from 10 to 17 Mbps; our Standard plan from 25 to 40 Mbps; our Ultra plan doubles from 100 to 200, and our 'Wicked' plan goes from 500 to 700” said Corey Klinck, ValleyNet’s* Chief Technical Officer. ECFiber’s speeds are symmetrical, meaning that download and upload speeds are equal.

Hanzas and Winchell to lead Stone Environmental

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 1:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Stone Environmental’s Board of Directors has appointed John Hanzas as president and Michael Winchell as vice president, effective July 1, 2017. While stepping down from their current executive positions, president and founder Christopher Stone and vice president David Healy will both remain at Stone providing senior executive and technical consulting support, as well as serving on Stone’s board of directors for the Montpelier-based engineering firm. 

VHCB will use $35 million in bonding to address Vermont’s housing shortage

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board will use $35 million in new funding for the creation of rental housing and home ownership opportunities for 550-650 low- and moderate-income Vermonters over the next two to three years. These funds will leverage upwards of $100 million for housing development. The new initiative represents the largest state investment in housing in more than a decade.

VPR wins three national journalism awards

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 11:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A podcast exploring the status of Abenaki Native Americans in Vermont and a video that uses Legos to explain the Iowa caucus, and breaking news coverage of the Northeast Kingdom EB-5 scandal have won Vermont Public Radio three national journalism awards for its work in 2016. The annual Edward R. Murrow awards recognize excellence in electronic journalism. VPR won Edward R Murrow Awards for Best News Documentary and Excellence in Video from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. VPR News also won the award for Breaking News from Public Radio News Directors Inc (PRNDI).

Two Vermont towns among safest in US

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 11:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A national home security firm has used comprehensive law enforcement data to rank the safest municipalities in the US. Essex ranked second overall and Milton ranked 23rd. Vermont as a state was noted as having the fewest number of sex offenders per capita. The firm, SafeWise, is a home security and safety brand committed to increasing safety education, awareness, and preparedness in American communities. SafeWise has been recognized by The Huffington Post, AngiesList, Mashable, and, for their Home Security Brand Comparisons and Safest Cities Reports.

Rock Art becomes 1st Vermont brewery to power 100% with solar

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 8:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Fresh off the canning line, Rock Art Brewery’s first solar-powered beer, Sun Rocked IPA, provided the perfect toast for a historic moment for both Rock Art Brewery and Vermont brewing history. On Tuesday June 27th, Rock Art Brewery became the first Vermont brewery to fully offset its electricity needs with solar. SunCommon, of Waterbury, helped the 20-year-old, family-owned brewery realize a longstanding goal to go solar by installing a 200-panel, 67 kW array on the brewery’s rooftop in Morrisville.

Welch, House task force unveil agenda to combat opioid epidemic

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 4:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) and House colleagues on the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic unveiled their legislative agenda to battle the opioid epidemic ravaging communities in Vermont and across the country. “Across Vermont, families and communities are struggling with the scourge of opioid addiction,” said Welch. “This Task Force has established a comprehensive agenda to support states, communities, providers, public safety agencies, and nonprofits who are on the front lines of this public health emergency.

Scott urges Senate leaders not to harm Vermonters' Medicaid

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 4:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Governor Phil Scott sent the following letter to US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer regarding the Senate’s consideration of the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Scott said he remains concerned over the harmful impact this legislation could have on Vermonters, including provisions in the bill relating to the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare).

AGs argue that Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan filed an amicus brief filed with the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, arguing that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The brief was led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and signed by Donovan and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen. This week marks the second anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which recognizes the constitutional rights for same sex couples to marry.