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Vermont Community Foundation gives more than $16.7 million in 2015

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 2:57pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Community Foundation announced that it awarded more than $16.7 million in grants in Vermont and beyond in 2015, one of the highest levels of grantmaking in the Foundation’s 30-year history. The great majority of the grants were made by individuals, families, and businesses who work through the Community Foundation, while more than $1 million of the total was awarded through staff-guided grant programs. Many nonprofit organizations also have some or all of their endowment at the Foundation.

New website and video highlight the economic impact of the VT dairy industry

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:28pm -- katie
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Dairy Promotion Council and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets have partnered to launch a new website and video highlighting the economic impact of the state’s dairy industry.

Vermont Gas continues commitment to assist Vermonters in need

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 11:38am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Offers Low-Income Assistance Program, WARMTH support, access to energy efficiency to Vermonters on fixed incomes

As cold weather cycles back into the northeast, Vermont Gas reminds its customers about resources available to Vermonters in need. Vermont Gas offers a low-income assistance program, support for the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity’s (CVOEO) WARMTH program, and access to cost-saving energy efficiency programs.

Lower fees benefit thousands enrolled in state supplemental retirement savings plan

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 10:14am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine State Treasurer Beth Pearce has announced that the per participant fee for the State of Vermont 457 Deferred Compensation Plan has been reduced by 30 percent. The deferred compensation plan is a supplemental retirement savings program available to members of the Vermont State Employees’ Retirement System, and those within participating municipalities and school supervisory unions.

Shumlin calls out drug companies for Super Bowl ad promoting opiates

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 10:12am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine After a baffling Super Bowl advertisement promoting a drug to help Americans take more opiates, Gov. Peter Shumlin is calling on the two drug companies that paid for it to pull the ad off the air and instead use the money to fund opiate and heroin prevention and treatment programs. In a letter to the drug makers, the Governor called the ad poorly timed and a shameful attempt to exploit America’s addiction crisis to boost corporate profits.

New undergraduate degrees programs support UVM’s efforts to expand STEM education

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 9:42am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine At its February meeting, the UVM Board of Trustees approved two much-anticipated undergraduate degree programs – a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering and a bachelor of science in data science – and heard an encouraging report on UVM’s comprehensive campaign.

Keurig® KOLD™ named Edison Awards Finalist

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 9:35am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine The Keurig® KOLD™ Drinkmaker, by Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., (Keurig) (NASDAQ: GMCR), has been named a 2016 Award Finalist by the internationally renowned Edison Awards™. The distinguished awards, inspired by Thomas Edison's persistence and inventiveness, recognize innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy.

EPA Food Recovery Challenge Assistance for Vermont Businesses

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:00am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine. The facts on wasted food are staggering—Americans generated 37 million tons of food waste in 2013 alone, with only five percent diverted from landfills and incinerators for composting, according to US Environmental Protection Agency. EPA’s cost estimate of this waste is about $165 billion a year. 

Meeting to include Small Farmers in ACT 64 Legislation and RAPs discussion

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:00am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine. Steven Judge, a well-known Micro Dairy farmer with over 50 years of experience in the dairy industry and founder of Bob-White Systems, has always been an advocate for environmentally responsible farming, community-based farms and farmers. He has turned that advocacy into a new campaign to support small farms in Vermont and ensure that new legislation, ACT 64, doesn’t put small farms out of business.

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