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Casella opposes proposed increase in franchise fee

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 1:44am -- tim

Related Company: Casella Waste Systems Incby John Herrick
The state’s largest waste hauler opposes a fee increase that would be used help small recycling centers retool for impending changes in solid waste disposal.
On Tuesday, Casella Waste Systems asked the Senate Finance Committee to strip a provision designed to raise money for smaller recycling businesses that will need to make capital investments in their facilities.

Northfield Savings Bank fundraiser has raised $244,000 for food shelf since inception

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 1:30am -- tim

Related Company: Northfield Savings BankThursday, March 13 marked the eighth annual St. Patrick’s Day “Feast Against Famine” fundraising event to benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf (CEFS). Created in 2006 by a dedicated group of Northfield Savings Bank employees, the event has since become the largest annual fundraiser for the Food Shelf.

Burlington Mayor Weinberger announces major milestone in Burlington Telecom settlement

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 4:06pm -- tim

Related Company: Burlington Telecom Department of City of BurlingtonBurlington Mayor Miro Weinberger Wednesday night announced that the City of Burlington has reached a key milestone set forth in last month’s Burlington Telecom (BT) Mediated Settlement Agreement. The City has agreed to terms with local business person, Trey Pecor, President of Lake Champlain Transportation, and Vermont-based Merchants Bank, regarding $6 million of bridge financing for BT.

Vermont State Board of Education supports legislation restructuring school districts

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 9:09am -- tim

The Vermont State Board of Education passed a motion at its monthly meeting Tuesday night (March 25) to support the legislative language in H883 regarding the establishment of expanded prekindergarten through grade 12 education districts.
The legislation would, as of Jul 1, 2020, eliminate all supervisory unions and reduce the number of school districts to between 45 and 55. Currently there are 46 supervisory unions and 283 districts. The two interstate school districts will not be affected.

Vermont Health Connect open enrollment ends Monday March 31

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 7:28am -- tim

by Morgan True Vermont officials announced on Wednesday that the state will offer special enrollment options in Vermont Health Connect to anyone who has had trouble signing up for health insurance on the state-run website. The scheduled deadline is Monday, March 31.
Mark Larson. VBM Vermont Business Magazine photo October 1, 2013.
State officials extended the enrollment deadlines on the same day the federal government and other states announced they will offer people who have been stymied by website glitches more time to obtain medical insurance.

Work begins on $24.5 million Champlain Center for Communications

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 7:13am -- tim

Related Company: Champlain CollegeChamplain College officials broke ground Tuesday on the $24.5 million Center for Communication and Creative Media (CCM) project which will provide students and faculty state-of-the-art facilities for current and emerging fields of study and serve as a campus center for student services. 

FedEx awards Fat Toad Farm of Vermont small business grant

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 5:55am -- tim

Related Company: Fat Toad Farm Fat Toad Farm, a small business specializing in hand-crafted goat’s milk caramel sauces, has been announced the winner of the second-annual FedEx Small Business Grant Contest. Fat Toad Farm, which is based in Brookfield, Vermont, will receive a $25,000 grant to put toward its business and growth plan.
Now in its second year, the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest attracted more than 5,000 entries and garnered more than 1.4 million votes.

Vermont Law School launches ‘Pathways’ with CCV and Johnson State

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 5:51am -- tim

Related Company: Vermont Law SchoolCommunity College of VermontJohnson State CollegeVermont Law School (VLS) has entered into an agreement with Community College of Vermont (CCV) and Johnson State College (JSC) to make higher education more affordable and accessible for Vermonters through a new program, “Pathways to Law and Policy for Vermonters,” launching this spring.

Little opposition expected to $685 million transportation bill

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 3:42am -- tim

by Hilary Niles
Senate Transportation Committee chairman Sen. Dick Mazza, D-Chittenden/Grand Isle, said Tuesday he doesn’t expect to make many changes in a proposed $685 million transportation bill.
The proposal for fiscal year 2015, H.872, passed the House last week. The dollars to fund the Transportation Bill are reflected in the state’s budget bill, slated for House votes Thursday and Friday.

Williston fiber optic data center doubles capacity

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 3:36am -- tim

Related Company: FirstLightby Hilary Niles
FirstLight Fiber is doubling capacity at its data center in Williston. The facility is one of the larger of FirstLight’s four data centers in Williston, Albany, NY, and Lebanon and Keene, NH. The expansion will increase data capacity at the Krupp Drive location without expanding the building’s footprint. No new employees beyond the current seven will be added.