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Vermont Tech celebrates 150th anniversary starting Sept 22

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Technical College kicked off its sesquicentennial celebrations today with anniversary events throughout the state at its various campus locations. Alumni and community members will be welcome to attend receptions and events in Williston, Randolph Center, Bennington and Brattleboro. Founded in 1866 as the Randolph Normal School, it served the community in educating teachers. The Randolph Center hilltop school had previously been the Orange County Grammar School from 1806-1866.

UVM alumnus commits $1.75 million to Grossman School of Business

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 2:46pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine University of Vermont alumnus Stephen Ifshin ’58 has pledged $1.75 million to support a proposed expansion to Kalkin Hall, home of the Grossman School of Business on the UVM campus.  Ifshin’s commitment brings total support for the anticipated $11 million project to over $7 million. Stephen Ifshin is chairman of DLC Management Corp, which he founded with his son, Adam, in 1991. DLC Management Corp. is now one of the nation’s preeminent shopping center developers.

Hinesburg celebrates first affordable family rentals at Green Street Apartments

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 2:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Thursday afternoon brought together scores of interested onlookers as two local nonprofit housing organizations marked the completion of construction of 23 new apartments in the center of Hinesburg’s village. Green Street Apartments were developed and built by Snyder Homes and purchased by Champlain Housing Trust and Housing Vermont to add to the stock of affordable housing in the region. Affordable housing is generally considered to represent 30 percent or less of household income. The housing will include a range of bedroom sizes to house both individuals and families. Rents for the two-bedroom apartments range between $800 and $945, heat and hot water included. In comparison, the average market-rate rent for 2-bedroom apartments in the greater Burlington area is $1,394.

Governor Shumlin names winners of $2.25 million in downtown tax credits

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 2:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin today announced the allocation of $2.25 million in state tax incentives for 21 projects, supporting over $47 million in downtown and village center construction and rehabilitation projects. Two municipalities will receive sales tax reallocation dollars. In Winooski, the award will be used in conjunction with a new mixed use development and function venue “The Strand” at the city’s Circle, and in St Albans, reallocated taxes will support public infrastructure improvements associated with the new Hampton Inn on Lake Street. 

Administration Secretary Justin Johnson will leave state government

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin today announced that Secretary of Administration Justin Johnson will be leaving state government on Sept. 30 to join Montpelier lobbying firm MMR, LLC. At MMR, he will be heading up a new practice focused on international projects, helping businesses and governments meet their goals and obligations under the Paris climate accord signed by more than 170 countries since last November. The governor said Trey Martin, Deputy Secretary at the Agency of Natural Resources, will replace Johnson.

Subaru of New England donates $25,000 to Youth Services to combat opiate addiction

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine To assist in Vermont’s on-going battle against opiate and heroin abuse, Governor Peter Shumlin today accepted a $25,000 donation from President and CEO of Subaru of New England Ernie Boch Jr to Youth Services of Brattleboro to create a youth counseling program to treat addiction.

Southern Vermont College, SVMC join Pownal hydroelectric group

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 10:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southern Vermont College (SVC) is proud to announce its participation in the local effort that is bringing back hydroelectric generation to Vermont. SVC and its campus neighbor Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) have both signed on as part of the Pownal Tannery Hydroelectric Net Metering Group, which will help offset some of their electrical use with a local renewable resource.

Warmth of Other Suns author to discuss 'great migration' Oct 5 at UVM

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 9:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson will present a lecture on the subject of her much heralded recent book, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, at The University of Vermont's  Ira Allen Chapel on Wednesday, October 5 at 5 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Wilkerson, it was just announced, will be awarded the 2015 National Humanities Medal at a special White House ceremony presided over by President Obama on today, September 22.

Loans available to VT small businesses impacted by drought

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 9:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Small Business Administration announced September 21 that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations in Caledonia, Essex, Orange and Windsor counties located in Vermont as a result of the drought that began on January 1, 2016.

Lund board elects new board president and five new members of the board of trustees

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 7:06am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Lund’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the recent election of its new board president and five new members to the Board of Trustees. Paulette Thabault of South Burlington was elected as President. Paulette has served on Lund’s board for the past nine years and has chaired Lund’s Strategic Planning and Governance Committees.

You're nuts! Flavors we could lose (Hint: chocolate, coffee) to climate change, by Ben & Jerry's

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 5:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Climate change is really taking its toll on Mother Earth. Average global temperatures have risen sharply in the past few decades. Warming oceans are melting away the polar ice caps at unprecedented rates. And natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense. For many, those impacts may seem a world away from daily life, but the truth is that climate change is creeping closer and closer to home. And it's headed straight for your freezer.

GMP sends Enel 17MW hydro agreement to PSB

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 3:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power announced Tuesday that it has filed with the Public Service Board an agreement with Enel Green Power NA to acquire 14 of Enel's small hydroelectric power stations located mainly in northern New England, with an approximate total capacity of 17 megawatts. GMP has also entered into a power purchase agreement with Enel for the rights to the output of two other Enel hydroelectric power stations in accordance with a 25-year PPA. The deal, GMP said in a statement, will create one of the lower cost renewable resources in GMP’s energy portfolio. GMP also said Tuesday that it expects to sell a limited number of renewable energy credits from some of the plants to reduce costs for customers in the short term.