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Northern Power releases Q2 2016 financials, revenue down, trading expected to resume

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 11:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Northern Power Systems Corp (TSX: NPS), a Barre-based next generation renewable energy technology company, on Wednesday announced financial results and completed its quarterly filing requirements for its second quarter ended June 30, 2016. The company expects trading to resume within four to five business days after this filing. Northern Power was required to re-file its 2015 financial reports because of an error in when some foreign revenues could be accounted for. In so doing, the quarterly reports were delayed and trading was curtailed.

Sterling College announces essay contest for $2,500 scholarship

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 11:32am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Students who visit Sterling College during its October 8 Open House are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship to study environmental stewardship. Sterling announced that it is offering a one-time scholarship opportunity for students who submit a 500-word essay by October 7, answering this question: “The year is 2050. Look around and describe how humans live and work in relationship with the environment.

Phil Scott economic development plan to address Vermont’s crisis of affordability

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 10:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Phil Scott, candidate for Governor, released a comprehensive economic development plan at a press conference today, reinforcing his commitment to making the economy and affordability his top priorities. Joined at the event by 20 legislators and Vermont business leaders, Scott presented his economic plan, which contains more than fifty (50) specific proposals, initiatives, and ideas to strengthen the economy and make Vermont more affordable.

2016 Governor’s arts awards recipients announced

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 10:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Arts Council, in association with the governor’s office, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Arts Awards. These awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding individual and organizational contributions to the arts. Awards are given to educators, artists, performers, advocates, administrators, volunteers, and scholars. In 2016, Vermonters will be recognized for their contributions in five categories.

Milne proposes 'Leahy Rule' to prohibit lobbying by immediate family members

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 10:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In response to VT Digger’s story regarding the tangled web of impropriety that in Pat Leahy’s world passes for business as usual, US Senate candidate Scott Milne held a press conference Tuesday in the Cedar Creek Room of the Vermont Statehouse, in which he set forth legislation to outlaw such impropriety.

Pelham: Carbon dioxide and Vermont

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 10:08am -- tim

by Tom Pelham Vermont’s energy policies enacted and implemented over the past six years by the majority party parallel the same wasteful and undemocratic pattern as their healthcare and education policies. This 2015 report by the federal Energy Information Agency (EIA) provides baseline context for Vermont’s CO2 emissions. It reports that at 5.6 million metric tons, Vermont’s CO2 emissions are the lowest in the nation and on a per capita basis are second lowest among the 50 states.

VMEC Vermont Manufacturers Forum presents: A Problem Solving Symposium

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 9:56am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine VMEC Vermont Manufacturers Forum presents (link is external): A Problem Solving Symposium  (link is external) Wednesday, October 5, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm, GlobalFoundries, Essex Junction. This special VMEC Vermont Manufacturers Forum is an expansion of GlobalFoundries' annual Problem Solving Symposium. The purpose of the Symposium is to continuously improve problem solving skills and practices. It brings together hundreds of people from the Vermont business, educational and government communities to share their knowledge and experiences and help improve problem solving capabilities.

Leahy introduces bill to overhaul VA health system appeal process

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 9:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is among ten senators who this week introduced legislation to reform the appeals process for veterans benefits. Because of redundancies and inefficiencies in the current process, most veterans wait years for decisions on their appeals.  The new bill (the Department of Veterans Affairs Appeals Modernization Act) would replace the current appeals process – which today stands at more than 450,000 appeals awaiting decisions – with one that Leahy and the other senators said is simple, fair and transparent.

Kelly Brush Ride raises more than $425K for adaptive sports and ski racing safety

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 9:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Fundraising for the 11th Annual Kelly Brush Ride powered by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations surpassed $400,000. The Saturday ride supported the Kelly Brush Foundation’s mission to empower those living with paralysis through sport and recreation and to improve ski racing safety. More than 700 cyclists and 30 handcyclists, along with more than 100 volunteers participated in the event that was held on September 10 in Middlebury. The total amount raised was $425,000.

Burlington employs pilot project to address blue-green algae blooms

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 6:05am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine On August 26, EcoSolutions, a Vermont-based engineering design/build firm specializing in the application of innovative ecological restoration technologies and use of low impact designs (LID) for stormwater and wastewater projects, deployed a two-part pilot project to explore the feasibility and performance of a new approach in mitigating the impact of excess phosphorus runoff to waterbodies such as Lake Champlain.