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Vermont's elections ranked as the nation's most accessible

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 10:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos has announced Vermont's Elections Division has been ranked as the nation's most accessible. This is the second year in a row Vermont has been ranked #1 in the State Election Agency Report produced by Ballotpedia, a nonpartisan online encyclopedia of American politics and elections. The annual report measures state election agencies in terms of their ease of access, quality of information, and response speed.

Brattleboro Retreat names O’Connor and Grinold new trustees

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 6:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Brattleboro Retreat has appointed two new trustees, Kate O’Connor and Adam Grinold, who officially joined the hospital’s board of directors on Friday, September 23.Brattleboro resident Kate O’Connor currently serves as the executive director of the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce and the vice chair of the Brattleboro Select Board. She began her career in public service as an aide to former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin.  For fourteen years she was a top policy and political advisor to Howard Dean during his tenure as Vermont governor and as a candidate for US President.

McClaughry: Tax prospects for 2017

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 5:14am -- tim

by John McClaughry Four months from now the 2017 legislature will hear the new Governor’s budget message for FY 2017. Each fiscal year over the past five the legislature has been presented with an opening General Fund deficit projection. Each year, by hook and crook (including a host of tax increases and aggressive fund robbing) the governor and legislature have managed to produce an arguably balanced budget.

Rainbow crosswalk at Champlain College designed to celebrate LGBTQ campus community and increase pedestrian safety

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 3:07am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A rainbow-colored crosswalk connecting the Champlain College campus will be installed on South Willard Street on Wednesday, Sept. 28 to both serve as a symbol of inclusiveness and to make the busy crosswalk safer for students and neighbors. Champlain President Donald J Laackman will be on hand for some brief remarks and to kick off the painting of the crosswalk with students.

Public Service Dept issues draft energy planning standards

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 4:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Public Service today released a public review draft of the energy planning determination standards and recommendations called for in Act 174, the Energy Development Improvement Act. The Department is due to issue final standards and recommendations by November 1. The public is encouraged to review and comment on the draft standards and recommendations through October 20. In addition, the Department will host a public hearing to present the draft standards and gather feedback in Randolph on October 11. Along with the expected expansion of solar and biogas for energy, the plan encourages expansion of in-state wind energy and conversion of fossil fuel heating systems to wood.

Minter's InnovateVT plan helps keep young people in Vermont

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 3:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Surrounded by employees at the Twincraft Skincare’s liquids manufacturing facility today in Essex Junction, Sue Minter unveiled more details on her InnovateVT economic plan. InnovateVT focuses on growing four key sectors of the Vermont economy: clean energy and efficiency, farm and forest production, the tech industry, and next generation manufacturing. Minter’s announcement today focused on growing next generation manufacturing.

Revitalizing Waterbury / Waterbury Tourism Council announces new board members

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 2:47pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine The merger committee of Revitalizing Waterbury / Waterbury Tourism Council today announced the appointment of the board of directors for the merged organization Mark Drutman, Melissa (Missy) Gorham, Rob Hofmann, Jeffrey Larkin, Cindy Lyons, Jamie Neuman, and Theresa Wood will be the 7-member board that kicks off this new organization.  The board includes community leaders who live, work, and/or own businesses – in some cases all three – in the Waterbury area.

Carol Lighthall to lead Community Capital of Vermont

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 1:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Community Capital of Vermont (CCVT), a statewide, nonprofit community-based lending organization that provides loans to underserved businesspeople and new entrepreneurs, has named Carol Lighthall as its incoming executive director. Karen Winchell, President of the CCVT Board of Directors, said that Lighthall was selected for her focus on entrepreneurs and their needs, ability to interpret and share information, leadership skills, and her personable, inclusive, and articulate nature.

REDC kickstarts Greater Rutland Makerspace with $50,000 grant

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 1:03pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Rutland County is about to make a new Makerspace! The Rutland Economic Development Corp. board has approved a broad plan to support the launch of a nonprofit Makerspace for the Rutland region, including $50,000 of startup capital provided by a special job creation fund donated to REDC by Green Mountain Power. The Greater Rutland Makerspace will be housed in a business incubator owned by REDC on Quality Lane, with GMP providing a generous donation of used office furniture, and REDC providing rent-free space and utilities.

ImageTek Labels expands digital printing capabilities with Jetrion 4900M-330

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 12:49pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine ImageTek Labels is pleased to announce the addition of the Jetrion 4900M-330 to their production facility in Springfield, Vermont. The Jetrion 4900M-330 uses cutting edge technology which further advances ImageTek Label’s printing and converting capabilities. The new machine prints labels at a 720 x 720 dpi with 2 pt text font capabilities. Web width increases to 13” which positions ImageTek as a new player in wide format digital printing and serves the commercial and retail graphics markets at three-times faster run speeds.

‘Floydian Slip’ coming to WKPW 90.7 FM (Knightstown, IN)

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 9:54am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Floydian Slip," a weekly Pink Floyd show produced by Craig Bailey of Shelburne, Vt, will begin airing on WKPW 90.7 FM in Knightstown, Ind, starting Sunday, Oct 2. The station will carry the show Sundays at 8pm ET. "Classic Hits 90.7" is a 4,400-watt non-commercial station serving the area east of Indianapolis. The station is operated by students of the New Castle Career Center at Knightstown High School. "Floydian Slip" is currently heard on 75 stations in the US, Canada and overseas.

Smith: Rules don’t apply

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 5:50am -- tim

by Mike Smith “It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts,” said Mahatma Gandhi, yet that is precisely what Wells Fargo’s chairman and chief executive officer John Stumpf attempted to do when he testified before Congress last week. Wells Fargo employees enrolled as many as two million unsuspecting customers into bank products without their permission. In some cases customers were charged fees. All of this was done, of course, to meet the quota the bank had established for cross-selling different financial products.

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