Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Public Service today announced $547,500 in grant awards to internet service providers to boost broadband internet speeds in seven rural Vermont communities. The Department awarded $72,500 to ECFiber to bring fiber optic cable service to 31 homes and businesses in the towns of Randolph, Royalton and Stockbridge. Consolidated Communications, Inc. received $175,000 to expand broadband to 162 homes and businesses in Reading, Woodstock and Whitingham.
by Mike Smith During the last gubernatorial election, and then again just recently during the debate over teachers’ health insurance, Vermont Democrats underestimated the potency of Governor Phil Scott’s affordability message.
by Joyce Marcel Vermont Business Magazine “My passion is to solve climate change with the electric grid,” says Christine Hallquist, the visionary head of the Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc and — in another in a long line of Vermont firsts — the first CEO in America to transition openly from male (David) to female (Christine). One year, he was the moderator at the Hyde Park Town Meeting; the next year she was.
Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Electric Department today is warning customers about an ongoing bill payment phone scam targeting primarily Burlington restaurants and encouraging them to sign up for scam alert notifications from the Attorney General’s Office. In a new wave of calls today, Burlington Electric customers have been receiving calls threatening disconnection if payment is not made immediately.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Education Child Nutrition Program will host more than 350school food service directors, managers and staff, principals, administrative assistants, business managers, superintendents, farm-to-school coordinators, and nurses who work on child nutrition at the Child Nutrition Programs Summer Institute in Streeter Hall at St. Johnsbury Academy August 7-11, 2017.
by Paul Cillo Public Assets Institute Vermont is lucky. Even with divided state government and occasional partisan spats, our leaders on both sides of the aisle can agree that taking health care away from millions of Americans is a bad idea. At a conference I attended in Boise, Idaho last week, state-level policy leaders from around the country discussed the potential impact of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Vermont Business Magazine Champlain College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2018 edition of its college guide, "The Best 382 Colleges." Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and two colleges outside the US are profiled in the book, which is one of The Princeton Review's most popular guides. Published annually since 1992, it has detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores in eight categories.
Vermont Access Network The Vermont Public Utility Commission (formerly the Vermont Public Service Board) on Thursday refused Comcast Cable’s motion to make changes to its upcoming 11-year Certificate of Public Good (Docket 8301). Comcast claimed that the Commission lacked the authority or evidence to require the company to upgrade its interactive program guide (IPG), offer public cable drops, make line extensions, and offer institutional data networks.
Vermont Business Magazine Students graduating veterinary school have an average student loan debt of over $162,000 according to a survey of the American Veterinary Medical Association. This is a crushing amount of debt for young veterinarians just starting out in their career and can take decades to pay off. The Vermont Veterinary Medical Association Foundation’s mission is to provide scholarships for Vermonters attending veterinary school to help lower the debt load they face upon graduation.
Vermont Business Magazine Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc, has admitted to violations of Vermont’s Hazardous Waste Management Rules at its Barre, Vermont location. Safety-Kleen has agreed to pay the State $25,000 in civil penalties for the violations. Under the court-approved settlement, Safety-Kleen admitted liability for nine separate violations of the Hazardous Waste Management Rules and related hazardous waste facility permits. These include rules relating to how hazardous waste is stored, record keeping, and facility maintenance.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Natural Resources Board (NRB), the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and the Vermont Attorney General’s Office announced today that they have reached a settlement with the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) that resolves VAST’s Act 250 challenge concerning the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (LVRT). VAST maintains the Trail through a lease with VTrans.
Vermont Business Magazine The abandonment this week of the VC Summer nuclear project in South Carolina heralds the likely demise of "new" nuclear in the United States (including the Vogtle project in Georgia and North Anna 3 in Virginia) and also should put an end to state or federal bailouts for the failing nuclear industry, according to four experts who held a media briefing Thursday, sponsored by NIRS, the Nuclear Information and Resource Service.