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Markowitz: Citizen advocates and good government ensure all Vermonters are heard

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

Vermont Business Magazine When I was first elected to public office at the age of 37, I was lucky enough to have a mentor, Tom Lehner, who had spent most of his career in public administration.  I first met him when I was a young law clerk to Supreme court Justice Louis Peck and he was the Court Administrator.  Tom took seriously the obligation of government to look out for all Vermonters – especially those who could not easily speak up for themselves. I remember how he would raise his eyebrows at me when I was about to move ahead without fully considering all of the uninte

VEC is seeking Director Candidates for the 2016 Election

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

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) is seeking director candidates for three positions on the Board of Directors that will open in May of 2016. VEC's twelve-member board is responsible for setting policy for the member-owned electric distribution utility, which serves approximately 32,000 members in northern Vermont. Board members are elected by VEC members in their district or zone and are expected to represent the interests of the members.

Vermont Senate passes paid sick leave bill, votes down small business exemption

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 3:44pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Today the Vermont Senate passed the Paid Sick Days Bill (H. 187) giving all Vermonters access to three paid sick days after they have worked a year. The bill excluded an amendment which would have exempted small businesses with five or fewer employees from the Paid Sick Days bill.

Leahy calls on USDA to raise minimum broadband speeds for rural Vermont and rural America

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 2:54pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Wednesday sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, asking him to use his existing authority to raise the minimum broadband speed that determines funding eligibility for the Farm Bill broadband loan program.

Shumlin highlights damages to lakes, fish and forests resulting from coal

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:38pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Continuing his push for Vermont to divest from coal stocks, Gov. Peter Shumlin today highlighted the negative effects the burning of coal has on Vermont’s lakes and waterways, fish species, and forests and how it threatens important economic industries like tourism, outdoor recreation, and iconic maple sugaring.

City invites public input on criteria for sale of Burlington Telecom

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:22pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine The City of Burlington and the Burlington community have a significant investment in Burlington Telecom’s success and interests in ensuring affordable, effective, and responsive fiber optic services for its residents. To that end, the City is engaged in a public process with the residents of Burlington to determine criteria by which the City should be guided in a future transaction involving the ownership of Burlington Telecom.  We invite you to join the discussion and share your thoughts at the final public meeting:

Fuse White Paper discusses understanding your future consumer

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:23pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine. Gen Z -- the population born from 1995 to present -- is the second largest generation at 26% of the US population. By 2025, Gen Z will grow dramatically, becoming the largest generation totaling 29% of the US population. (US Census Bureau 2015)

A brand's ability to anticipate where Gen Z is going and identify opportunities to reach them will help ensure its relevance and business success.

Only Superpipe in the east now open at Okemo Mountain Resort

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:17pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine. Consistently cold overnight temperatures paired with the unwavering dedication of Okemo Mountain Resort’s experienced snowmaking team resulted in the opening of the only Superpipe in the East this week. Featuring 18-foot walls and extending over 500 feet in length, Okemo’s AMP Energy Superpipe is now open daily.

Okemo’s 18-foot Superpipe is located in The Zone and accessible via The Pull surface lift. In addition to the Superpipe, the resort has also built seven terrain parks containing 66 jumps, rails and other creative features.