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Welch dares GOP to bring Obamacare killer bill to vote

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 5:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The scheduled vote on House Republican leadership’s American Health Care Act was just postponed and will no longer be taking place this evening as previously scheduled. Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) this morning spoke during the House debate on the legislation that would replace the Affordable Care Act. In his remarks, he said the bill would result in the GOP turning its back on the people who did the most to elect them.

Representative Peter Welch Remarks March 23, 2017:

CFV releases plan for $350 million in taxpayer savings

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Campaign for Vermont Prosperity (CFV), a non-partisan advocacy and policy development group, today released a plan that could save property taxpayers as much as $350 million per year. CFV is encouraging lawmakers to further investigate attracting international students to Vermont’s secondary public education systems. It says Vermont is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the increased demand for American education internationally and that the state can be on the leading edge of public education systems serving international students.

McElveen named VP Communications at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 3:58pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Josh McElveen, a distinguished journalist currently serving as political director and news anchor of WMUR-TV in Manchester, has been appointed Vice President for Communications and Marketing for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system. McElveen brings more than two decades of marketing and media experience, along with a deep knowledge of New Hampshire and broad connections across the region.

NBT Bank’s Rutland office named top performer

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 3:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine NBT Bank recently recognized top-performing branches for sales and service excellence during 2016. NBT Bank of Rutland, led by Peter O’Brien, was named one of the top-ten branches among the bank’s 154 locations for overall achievement in the areas of sales and service, leadership, community involvement and operational integrity.

House passes two bills to provide protections for vulnerable Vermonters

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This week, the House approved legislation that establishes what Speaker Mitzi Johnson calls critical protections for Vermonters. She said in a statement released Wednesday that the two bills are an important step forward in ensuring the state has healthy communities and a prosperous future. H.422 passed on a vote of 78-60. This domestic violence prevention bill requires law enforcement officers to confiscate dangerous or deadly weapons from persons arrested or cited for domestic assault. The House also passed H.136 on Wednesday with a vote of 97-44. The bill requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees.

Merchants Bancshares stockholders approve $304 million merger with Community Bank

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 1:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Merchants Bancshares, Inc (NASDAQ: MBVT) today announced that its stockholders have voted to approve the previously announced merger of the Company with Community Bank System, Inc of Syracuse, NY.  Consummation of the merger is subject to regulatory approval and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

House passes worker privacy protection bill

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 1:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont House today unanimously passed what the lead sponsor calls important legislation designed to provide social media privacy protection measures for Vermont workers. The bill, H462, prohibits employers from requiring or requesting that an employee or job applicant share their social media account information. This stipulation applies to the employees’ personal accounts, not accounts that are provided by or used for an employer.

Comcast unveils SmartOffice video surveillance solution for businesses

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 1:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Comcast Business today announced the availability of SmartOffice, a video surveillance solution designed to improve efficiency for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) through advanced monitoring. With SmartOffice, SMBs can record, store, access, and share surveillance video on a 24x7 basis to oversee their organization. It provides secure cloud storage and instant access via mobile devices, and is professionally installed by Comcast Business and backed with 24x7 customer support.

Lapierre, UVM to research more efficient maple processing

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Maple technology company Lapierre Equipment and the University of Vermont Proctor Maple Research Center have announced a research collaboration to investigate new methods of maple sap processing that could dramatically increase productivity. The research partnership will focus on developing and testing a newly developed piece of equipment developed by Lapierre called a HYPERBRIX RO (reverse osmosis) and evaporator.

Cabot St Albans building to get solar

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Catamount St Albans 2, LLC, the owner of a 182,000 square foot building located at 32 Lower Newton Street, St Albans, has closed on a loan with Northfield Savings Bank and VEDA to develop a 500kW solar project. The power received from the solar arrays will be supplied back to Cabot Creamery, who occupies the building.

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