Vermont Business Magazine The Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC) presented its highest recognition award Thursday evening to United States Senator Patrick J Leahy, at its 62nd Annual Meeting on June 16, 2016 at the Echo Leahy Center on the Burlington Waterfront. Attended by approximately 300 members of the Northwest Vermont community, GBIC presented the 2016 C. Harry Behney Lifetime Economic Development Achievement Award our State’s Senior United State Senator and outstanding Vermont leader: to United States Senator Patrick J Leahy. Given each year since 1995 in honor of past GBIC president C. Harry Behney, the Behney Award recognizes Vermont leaders for their significant contributions to advancing the economic wellbeing of the people of our community and promoting a climate that enhances the economic vitality of the state of Vermont. GBIC is proud to award Senator Patrick J Leahy with the 2016 C. Harry Behney Lifetime Economic Development Achievement Award.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Family Network (VFN) has been awarded the $25,000 S. Whitney Landon Award by the Turrell Fund in recognition of the non-profit organization’s work with New American families with very young children who have special needs. The Turrell Fund’s mission is to foster the creation and delivery of high quality, developmental and educational services to at-risk children, especially the youngest and their families, and the S. Whitney Landon Award specifically targets from birth through third grade.
Vermont Business Magazine At a groundbreaking ceremony held today in Burlington to mark the official start of construction on the new, $174.9 million inpatient bed building, John Brumsted, MD, chief executive officer, UVM Medical Center, announced the new building would be named to honor Bob and Holly Miller, two well-known area philanthropists whose focus has been to make life better for members of the community. There will be four patient floors, each containing 32 single-occupancy, medical-surgical rooms for a total of 128 inpatient rooms. This will not increase the net number of inpatient beds.
by Mike Faher/The Commons, Brattleboro Time constraints, regulatory issues, and competitive pressures will make it “extremely difficult” for Vermont to independently submit a purchase bid for TransCanada’s hydroelectric stations on the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers, a new document says. The Department of Public Service memo details several options by which the state still might partner with another entity or entities and “acquire some beneficial interest” in the dams. In fact, the memo — penned by Regional Policy Director Ed McNamara — says four companies already have contacted the state to explore such a partnership.
Vermont Business Magazine The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced today that it has awarded $12,000 to the Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF) to support its Business Loan Program. The goal of VCLF is assist small businesses in qualifying for traditional financing. VCLF’s Business Loan Program provides access to capital for small and emerging businesses that cannot obtain sufficient credit from traditional lenders.
by Mike Faher/The Commons, Brattleboro On June 2 at a Boston hotel, a team of officials and experts spent hours dissecting a vexing question: What’s the best way to find a new home for the nation’s nuclear waste? The inquiry is vitally important for Windham County and the town of Vernon, where Vermont Yankee’s spent nuclear fuel will be stored for the foreseeable future.
by Danny Monahan A seed is much like Vermont. It is small but it is powerful. Whether he is speaking of his business or his seeds, Tom Stearns does so passionately. That passion is one of the many reasons why the Vermont Small Business Person of the Year, is awarded to Stearns, High Mowing Organic Seeds founder and owner. He is being recognized for growing his company, increasing sales, employee growth and contributing to the local community. A celebration of Stearns and all the 2016 SBA winners will take place Thursday, June 16, from 4-7 pm at Country Club of Vermont in Waterbury Center.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Breakfast on the Farm comes to Nea-Tocht Farm in Ferrisburgh on June 25. This free, public event includes a Vermont-style breakfast, self-guided tours of the farm including 10 educational stations, and a peek into the life and business of dairy farming in Vermont. Although this is a free event, tickets must be reserved in advance at www.VermontBreakfastOnTheFarm.com.
Vermont Business Magazine For those in the market for a new car this summer, now is the time to go electric. Drive Electric Vermont is offering an instant discount off the purchase or lease of a new plug-in vehicle. Drive Electric Vermont offers up to $1,000 on qualifying plug-in vehicles.
Vermont Business Magazine Nunez Electric, LLC has announced a new program for Franklin County homeowners, small businesses, and non-profits to go solar and pay less than their utility power costs. The program is a partnership between Nunez Electric, LLC and financing through AllEarth Renewables, the Williston-based manufacturer of a dual-axis solar tracker. The new program will allow Vermonters to go solar for just $1,000, which can be applied to purchasing the solar system after 5 years.
by Alison Nihart The University of Vermont is on track to surpass its current goal of purchasing 20 percent local, sustainable, fair, and humane food. In the 2015-2016 school year, 19 percent of the food purchased by UVM Dining qualified as “real” according to the Real Food Challenge, indicating that the institution is likely to exceed 20 percent Real Food by 2020, the current target date.
by Tom Pelham Tensions over state spending are fundamental and longstanding. The duality embedded in Vermont’s state motto of “Freedom and Unity”, established in 1788, speaks succinctly to this tension as does this 1953 passage by noted Vermont author Dorothy Canfield Fisher: “The Vermont tradition grapples energetically with the basic problem – how to reconcile the needs of the group, of which every man or woman is a member, with the craving for individual freedom to be what he really is.”