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Groups launch campaign for an energy independent Vermont

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 3:17pm -- tim

Vermont could dramatically reduce its climate pollution while improving the state’s economy and growing jobs, according to a new economic study released Wednesday by a diverse coalition of environmental, business and low-income groups. The benefits would be achieved by putting a price on carbon pollution and returning the revenue to Vermont citizens, businesses and municipalities through tax cuts and investments in clean energy.

GMP's Mary Powell a POWER-GEN 2014 Woman of the Year finalist

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 1:03pm -- tim

The Power-Gen 2014 Women in Power committee has announced that Green Mountain Power's Mary Powell has been named a finalist for the Power-Gen 2014 Woman of the Year Award. The finalists were selected from nominations received from members of the power community and represent diverse facets of the industry. Along with Powell, the finalists are Diane Drehoff, Director of Maintenance Marketing at Siemens Energy, a global technology company that is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization; and Colleen Layman, PE, Associate Vice P

Vermont agricultural land use planning guide available for local and regional planners

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:40pm -- tim

A series of agricultural land use planning modules are now available as a resource for land use planners on such topics as farmland conservation, farm and property taxes, commercial composting, agritourism, and food system planning. The planning guide is a project of the Vermont Farm to Plate Initiative’s Agricultural Land Use Planning Task Force.

Public invited to submit comments on Vermont Yankee Site Assessment Study and draft Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:14pm -- tim

The Public Service Department today announced that it is seeking written public comments on the Vermont Yankee Site Assessment Study (SAS), and draft Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report (PSDAR) recently published by Entergy.  Public comments on the draft PSDAR received by November 25, 2014 will be considered for inclusion with the Public Service Department’s comments that will be provided to Entergy for incorporation with its PSDAR submittal to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

UVM expands SPARK-VT initiative to stimulate research innovation

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:51am -- tim

SPARK-VT, an initiative that helps bring promising research discoveries to the marketplace piloted in 2012 by the UVM Department of Medicine, has been expanded to engage faculty across the University of Vermont, launching this week with a Call for Proposals to all UVM researchers. David V Rosowsky, UVM provost, and Dr Richard Galbraith, vice president for research, are champions of the SPARK-VT program, which will accelerate the translation of new knowledge into tangible benefits to society.

Shumlin Administration claims interim budget cutting power

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:11am -- tim

by Hilary Niles The legislative Joint Fiscal Committeee got a double dose of bad news Wednesday: The state faces shortfalls in the current budget cycle and an anticipated $100 million gap for the next fiscal year. That estimate is subject to change — and is likely to increase, further tightening the financial straits most agencies are facing as the state’s budget continues to grow faster than Vermont’s revenue base.

‘Conservation Easements and the IRS’: Vermont Law School panelists look at ‘In Perpetuity’

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:02am -- tim

“In perpetuity” as it relates to conservation easements and the land trust movement is an issue people are thinking about in Vermont and across the country. An attorney with the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, DC, will provide the IRS perspective during two sessions, titled “Conservation Easements and the IRS,” November 17 at Vermont Law School and November 18 in Montpelier.

Vermont SBA accepting award nominations

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 8:40am -- tim

The SBA Vermont District Office is accepting nominations for its annual small business awards. Previous Vermont winners include Ben and Jerry’s, Switchback Brewing Company and Vermont Teddy Bear Company.

The categories are as follows: 

Small Business Person of the Year 
Criteria: Individual or partners who own a small business, which has increased sales, profits and employees, and have been in business for three years.

BTV rating improves to investment grade Baa3 from 'junk' bond Ba1

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 4:42pm -- tim

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and Burlington International Airport Director of Aviation Gene Richards today announced that Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the credit rating of BTV by one level to Baa3 from Ba1. Moody’s action elevates the airport’s bonds from “junk” status to investment grade for the first time in more than four years. The rating outlook remains stable, having been improved to stable from negative in January 2014.

PC Construction donates $15,000 to three Waterbury organizations

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 4:07pm -- tim

Today PC Construction hosted an awards ceremony to present three Waterbury-based nonprofits with donations totaling $15,000 as part of the company’s 2014 campaign “Building Communities: PC Construction Gives Back.” The first-place winner, Brain Injury Association of Vermont, received a $10,000 donation; the second-place winner, Green Mountain Club, received $3,000; and the third-place winner, Revitalizing Waterbury, received $2,000.