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Governor reiterates need to merge Liquor and Lottery

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 1:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On his first day in office, Governor Phil Scott signed an executive order to merge the state commissions that regulate Liquor and Lottery into a single entity. The House on Tuesday, however, introduced a bill (H525) that would form a committe to study whether to merge Liquor and the Lottery, even while saying that it seems to make sense. Scott does not see the need to delay what he sees as a more efficient single commission.

Sovernet to be rebranded FirstLight

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 10:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In the naissance of the Internet, a small phone company was formed in Bellows Falls that soon used its copper pairs to set up local email and Web browsing services. It was a local company that was competing against other local companies like Together Networks and national behemoths like AOL, CompuServe and Netscape. While some of those firms' technology still exists (even if they don't) from the good old days of the late '80s and early '90s (JavaScript, GIF), Sovernet, founded in 1995, evolved as a phone company CLEC and ISP.

MMU wins 2017 Treasury Cup Challenge

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 10:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Ten teams of Vermont high school students competed last week to test their knowledge of personal finance and economics at the 2017 Vermont Treasury Cup Challenge, an annual event hosted by Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce. After 18 head-to-head matches, Mount Mansfield Union High School’s five-person team won the championship. Champlain Valley Union High School came in second, with South Burlington High School finishing a close third. This was the ninth year of the day-long competition.

Woodstock Resort's Thulander wins Innkeeper award at Vermont Tourism Summit

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 9:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Gary S Thulander, president and general manager of the Woodstock Inn & Resort, was awarded the Borden E. Avery Innkeeper of the Year by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce at the 34th Annual Vermont Tourism Summit, held April 5 & 6 at Stoweflake Resort, Stowe. The Vermont Chamber of Commerce Hospitality Awards are an important component of the Vermont tourism and hospitality sector.

Burlington School Board, union meet with mediator

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 5:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington School Board and the Burlington Education Association, which represents unionized teachers, issued the following statement following a meeting Tuesday with a third-part mediator. The two sides signed a one-year agreement last fall after the previous contract expired in August. The agreement avoided a possible teacher strike, but not after bitter negotiations.

Scott appoints Jim Harrison to Rutland-Windsor House seat

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Jim Harrison as Representative for the Rutland-Windsor District, serving Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington, and Mendon. Harrison, a resident of North Chittenden, was appointed to fill the seat vacated by former Representative Job Tate (R), who – as a reservist serving with a Naval Mobile Construction Battalion – is being deployed. Keeping with traditional practice when replacing a member of the Legislature, Governor Scott selected a replacement from the same political party.

Governor appoints Lisa Menard Corrections Commissioner

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott filled another extended cabinet position in his administration last Thursday, with the appointment of Lisa Menard as Commissioner of the Department of Corrections (DOC). Menard had been serving as Acting Commissioner of the department since Governor Scott took office in January. As Commissioner, Menard leads a team of 1,047 corrections professionals that operate the state’s correctional system.

Gund family donates $6 million to create Institute for Environment at UVM

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 9:30am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A $6 million gift from the Gund family – with a challenge to raise even more from other donors – will create the University of Vermont’s first university-wide sustainability institute that will accelerate UVM’s longstanding commitment to the environment. Designed to catalyze interdisciplinary research at UVM, the new initiative also will connect scholars with government, business and societal leaders to address urgent sustainability issues around the globe. The gift was announced by the university Tuesday morning.

Opinion: Tax Reform & Climate Action

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 7:44am -- tim

by Vermont Representatives Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, Johannah Leddy Donovan, Diana González, and Martin LaLonde Donald Trump’s anti-climate agenda threatens Vermont’s economy and endangers Vermonters’ health. While the president retreats to bygone days when coal was king, there are no coal mining jobs in Vermont. There are, however, 17,000 Vermonters whose jobs in clean energy are threatened by his policies.

Greenbanc partners with Alchemist to offer employees free home energy score

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 7:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Greenbanc, a certified B Corporation and the winner of Green Mountain Power’s InspireSpace contest, has partnered with The Alchemist to offer all employees a free Home Energy Score. The score is a new approach to measuring home energy performance, developed by the Department of Energy, that is fast, affordable, simple, creditable and flexible. It is an asset-based rating intended to be similar to a vehicle’s miles-per-gallon rating for a home.  

Pilot program helps 3SquaresVT recipients find jobs

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:47am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded Vermont a three-year, $8.9 million dollar grant to develop a job readiness and training pilot program for people receiving 3SquaresVT benefits. Since March of 2016, over 1,350 Vermonters have participated in the pilot called Jobs for Independence (JFI).