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State, Saint-Gobain strike deal on initial waterline work in Bennington

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:32am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Governor Phil Scott, Attorney General TJ Donovan, Senator Dick Sears, and Bennington legislators Senator Brian Campion, Representative Mary Morrissey, Representative Tim Corcoran, Representative Kiah Morris, and Representative Rachael Fields on Thursday issued a joint statement announcing that Saint-Gobain will fund the early-stage design work for extending a waterline to bring municipal water to those whose wells were contaminated by PFOA. Saint-Gobain bought the former Chemfab plant in North Bennington near Bennington College in 2000 and closed it in 2002. The former plastics plant has been blamed for the possible carcinogen PFOA being found in February 2016 in nearby wells. Saint-Gobain is also in court with the state claiming that the state's contamination level of 20 parts per trillion is too low a standard for PFOA.

Vail to bring in own people to lead Stowe

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 9:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The following statement was issued by Vail Resorts Friday morning on behalf of Blaise Carrig, Vail Resorts Mountain Advisor: "As a result of the pending acquisition of Stowe Mountain Resort by Vail Resorts, and in coordination with AIG, the resort’s operations are being divided between the Mountain Operations, Real Estate Development and Lodging segments.

Vail VP Bobby Murphy to lead Stowe Mountain Resort

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 9:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vail Resorts, Inc (NYSE: MTN) announced today the appointment of Bobby Murphy as the new vice president and general manager of Stowe Mountain Resort, effective at acquisition close, expected in June. The 2016-2017 ski season marks Murphy’s 30th year in the ski industry. Spanning three decades, Murphy’s career has demonstrated a commitment to the local resorts and communities where he has worked and resided.

April 29 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 5:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine More often than not, the misuse of drugs begins right at the family medicine cabinet - where prescription painkillers may sit long after they are needed. These are Vermont's most dangerous leftovers, and state health and public safety officials want Vermonters to know there's something they can do about it. This Saturday April 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. communities throughout Vermont will host collection sites where people can safely - and anonymously - drop off their expired, unused or unwanted medications as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Vermont drivers best of the worst

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 4:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Drivers in the Northeast are the worst in the nation, according to a national report, but Vermont is the notable outlier. Vermont drivers are just outside the top five best in the US, scoring an 87 grade. New Hampshire (74), meanwhile, is among the top five worst overall, as they are known for their lead-footedness. EverQuote, Inc, the leading online insurance marketplace in the US, reported the findings from its 2017 Safe Driving Report. The study provides a state-by-state safe driving analysis by examining EverDrive driving data from more than 20 million vehicle trips and 230 million miles driven.

United Way of Northwest Vermont names Jesse Bridges CEO

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 4:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Board of Directors of the United Way of Northwest Vermont has appointed Jesse Bridges as Chief Executive Officer effective May 30, 2017. Bridges is currently Director of the City of Burlington Parks Recreation & Waterfront Department. Bridges replaces Martha Maksym and interim Director Molly Lambert at the helm of the regional nonprofit, whose mission is “to build a stronger Northwest Vermont by mobilizing our community to improve people’s lives.”

Leahy leads bipartisan coalition on reforms to counter rising prescription drug prices

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:58pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Top leaders on the Senate and House Judiciary Committees led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) on Thursday introduced legislation Tuesday to combat anticompetitive practices used by some brand-name pharmaceutical and biologic companies to block entry of lower-cost generic drugs.  The Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act would deter pharmaceutical companies from blocking cheaper generic alternatives from entering the marketplace.

Sugarbush Resort to reopen this weekend with both skiing and golf

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 2:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Sugarbush Resort will reopen this weekend Saturday, April 29th – Monday, May 1st, weather permitting. Available terrain includes Stein’s Run, Snowball, Spring Fling and Coffee Run. The Valley House Quad will run 9 AM – 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday and 10 AM – 5 PM on Monday. The Sugarbush Resort Golf Club is also slated open daily starting this weekend with its first day of operation on Saturday, April 29th. 

$5M gift to transform visual and performing arts at UVM

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 2:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Michele Resnick Cohen, UVM ’72, and her husband Martin Cohen have donated $5 million to renovate and transform the Elihu B Taft School – located at the corner of South Williams and Pearl streets on the edge of campus – to become UVM’s first integrated center for the creative arts. Work already has commenced on the former elementary school, which served Burlington students from 1938 until 1980, to create a nexus for arts on campus that brings together multiple disciplines and fosters creative collaboration. Designed as a center for the arts, the space will include galleries, studios, classrooms, and exhibition and performance spaces that will encompass the disciplines of art, art history, dance, theatre, music, film and television studies and more.

Governor Scott: With significant savings on the table, we must act now

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 1:36pm -- tim

by Governor Phil Scott We have an opportunity to save up to $26 million a year – up to $100 million over five years, adjusting for inflation – in our education system, without program cuts or asking teachers to pay more for benefits. But the Legislature must act now. The federal Affordable Care Act signed by President Obama put high valued health plans at risk of a Cadillac tax. The Vermont Education Health Initiative (VEHI) is transitioning to new plans, which are projected to cost substantially less than existing plans and will not be subjected to the federal penalty.

GMP ranked Number 10 for most energy storage installed in nation

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 1:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power was just named as part of a select group in the country that connected the most storage to the grid in 2016, earning a spot on the annual Top 10 lists compiled by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). GMP ranked Number 10 on the Energy Storage Rankings for the most storage installed in the country, with 2 megawatts in 2016. GMP also scored the Number9 spot on the energy storage list for most watts per customers in 2016. 

AG coalition oppose rollback of air quality standards

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan announced today that he has joined a coalition of 16 attorneys general urging Congress to reject the rollback of critical protective ozone air quality standards. In letters sent to the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the attorneys general detailed their opposition to the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017. This legislation would substantially delay the ozone standards promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2015 and mark a major step backwards in efforts to combat pollution and its negative impact on public health.