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Southern Vermont College celebrates benefits of TRIO support at commencement

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Twenty-nine students from the Class of 2017 who received diplomas at Southern Vermont College’s (SVC) commencement exercises on May 13 in Bennington also celebrated the support they received from the TRIO Program, the federal outreach and student service support program, which provides services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Vermont clean energy industry continues strong job growth

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 4:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The number of Vermonters working in the clean energy sector increased by 1,366 since last year, a 29 percent increase since 2013.  A steady increase in the clean energy job market is detailed in the 2017 Clean Energy Industry Report released today the Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF). The report states that there are over 19,000 Vermonters employed in clean energy, 12,000 of which are full time jobs. With one in every 16 workers - or about six percent of the State's workforce - now part of the clean energy economy, Vermont has the highest number of per capita clean energy workers of any US state.

City of Burlington publishes deleted EPA climate change data

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 3:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced that the City of Burlington has joined 13 cities from across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland, in preserving public research on climate change by posting the deleted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Change data pages to the City’s website on June 13.  Burlington and other cities followed the lead of City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who announced on May 7 that Chicago had posted the pages deleted by the Trump Administration. Chicago created a website called "Climate Change is Real," encouraging other municipalities to post the climate change research to their cities' websites.

Sanders and Warren host live stream on health care Monday 3:30 pm

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 3:14pm -- tim

Sanders and Warren Host Live Stream on Health Care

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2017 – Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will host a Facebook Live discussion Monday afternoon regarding Republicans' health care plan.

Who: Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren

What: Facebook Live discussion on health care

When: 3:30 p.m. EST

Auditor: State building projects plagued by $24.6 million in cost overruns

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 3:06pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Auditor Doug Hoffer today released a report on the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services capital projects that says it not only suffers cost overruns, but that it also does not have processes in place to even know how to fix the problem. Average costs of a sampling of projects ran nearly a third over budget and some as high as 71 percent above projected costs. The report concludes that “the department’s reputation is at risk.”

Vermont’s Dairy Farm of the Year hosts over 1,000 guests for breakfast

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Blue skies and green rolling hills were the backdrop for the third annual Breakfast on the Farm event hosted by the Hall, Purchase and Ayer families at Fairmont Farm in East Montpelier. On June 17th, the families opened their farm to the public to showcase what farmers do to produce local, wholesome food in Vermont.

Electric cooperatives donate $1,100 to the Vermont Foodbank

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:05am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Northeast Association of Electric Cooperatives represents the nine electric cooperatives in the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York State. Together they provide electricity to over 120,000 members in these four states. Electric cooperatives were formed by executive order in 1936 to provide rural America with electricity. Seventy percent of the United States landmass is served by electric cooperatives.

Mitzi Johnson: Doing right by Vermonters

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:58am -- tim

by House Speaker Mitzi Johnson The budget invests in Vermont’s future, makes good on our promises, and does so with great fiscal restraint. It passed 143-1 in the House and 30-0 in the Senate. Former Governor Douglas praised the budget as a “positive step.” In vetoing the budget, Governor Scott said no to a morally and fiscally responsible budget, and no to its inclusive, non-partisan process.

FairPoint upgrades broadband service in 30 Vermont towns

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine FairPoint Communications has announced the completion of broadband projects impacting more than 5,600 locations in 30 Vermont towns that enhance its 18,000 mile fiber network in northern New England. In Burlington, Colchester, St George, Shelburne and Williston, this project brings customers download speeds of up to 50 Mbps2 -- providing broadband service to some areas for the first time. 

Smith: A fatherless Father’s Day

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 9:51am -- tim

by Mike Smith Last year I wrote about my father’s alcoholism. It’s a horrible disease. He died at the age of 44 because — essentially — he drank himself to death. It’s easy to focus on his disease. No doubt my father’s memory will always be overshadowed by his addiction. Sadly, the lasting impact of alcoholism is that it steals away so many memories of who that person actually is — or might have been — absent this disease.

Unemployment rate holds steady at 3.1 percent in May

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 12:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont labor force and number of employed were battered in May, though the unemployment rate itself (with labor force being the denominator) didn't change. The Vermont Department of Labor announced Friday that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for May was 3.1 percent. This reflects no change from the revised April rate (3.1 percent). The national rate in May was 4.3 percent. As of the prior month’s preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan NECTA was tied for the 12th lowest unemployment rate in the country for all metropolitan areas at 2.3 percent (not-seasonally-adjusted). Overall, Vermont’s unemployment rate was tied for the eighth lowest in the country for the same time period.