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Vermont Life will not be sold

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 12:11pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Life Magazine will remain part of state government, Commerce Secretary Michael Schirling told the House Appropriations Committee Thursday. The Agency of Commerce & Community Development received nine bids last fall following a state request for proposal that solicited bids to privatize the 70-year-old publication.

Essex Chief Brad LaRose recommended as new US Marshal

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) have recommended Essex Police Chief Brad LaRose to President Trump to be Vermont’s next US Marshal. If nominated and confirmed, LaRose would oversee all US Marshals Service operations in Vermont.  With offices in Burlington, Rutland, and Brattleboro, the Marshals Service plays a crucial role in protecting public safety in Vermont and is responsible for apprehending fugitives and sex offenders as well as managing federal prisoners and protecting federal courthouses.

Donovan recounts recent environmental actions

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 5:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan announced recent actions taken by his office to protect Vermont’s environment and issued the following statement: “Vermonters deserve clean air to breathe and clean water to drink,” said Attorney General Donovan. “Pollution knows no geographic boundaries and we will do our part to make sure that Vermont’s environment is not harmed by out-of-state sources.

UVM student-athletes earn highest collective GPA on record

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 3:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine University of Vermont student-athletes closed the Fall with their best collective semester GPA on record. The Catamounts combined to post a 3.28 GPA, marking their 27th straight semester with at least a 3.0. The collective student-athlete GPA has now exceeded that of the overall UVM student body in 28 of last 31 semesters. Additionally, Catamount student-athletes had a 95.5 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in the most recently reported data from the NCAA, which places Vermont in the top 15 percent of Division I schools.

Governor outlines workforce and opioid prevention initiatives

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 3:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott was joined by his Opioid Coordination Council Thursday to present its initial report of recommended strategies, as part of its charge to strengthen Vermont’s response to the opioid crisis. The first report to Governor Scott follows eight months of intensive study, visits to many communities and collaboration across state government and with local organizations.

EPA: Up to $3 million available for locally-focused environmental ed grants

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 1:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine EPA has announced $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants is now available under the 2018 EE Local Grant Program.  EPA will award three to four grants in each of EPA’s ten Regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-35 grants nationwide. Proposals are due March 15, 2018. The Requests for Proposals is posted on www.grants.gov.

Eversource completes $175 million sale of NH fossil fuel plants

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 1:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Eversource on Wednesday completed the $175 million sale of its New Hampshire fossil fuel powered generation facilities to Granite Shore Power LLC. After decades of  service to New England customers, Merrimack Station in Bow, Newington Station in Newington, Schiller Station in Portsmouth, and combustion turbines in Groveton and Tamworth will now continue operations under new ownership. The power stations employ a variety of fuel sources, including oil, coal, nautral gas and jet fuel.

Special thanks to Vermont dairy farmers on National Milk Day

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Happy National Milk Day! On January 11, we commemorate the day when milk started being delivered in sterilized glass bottles back in 1878. It’s no secret that Vermont is a dairy state. Dairy farming and production is a large part of the state’s cultural and economic identity, bringing $2.2 billion in economic activity each year (Vermont Dairy Promotion Council, 2015). In fact, milk generates more sales than any other Vermont agricultural product and 63 percent of all milk produced in New England comes from Vermont.

Vermont Electric Co-op lights up two solar arrays

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 10:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Co-op (VEC) recently announced the opening of two new VEC Co-op Community Solar projects. The commissioning of the two solar projects - one in Hinesburg and one in Grand Isle - caps a two-year VEC effort to install long-term, cost-effective, solar arrays in three locations in VEC territory. The 1.3 megawatt Hinesburg project was developed by Encore Renewable Energy and the 4.9 megawatt Grand Isle project was developed by Bullrock Corporation. These projects build on the successful deployment of VEC’s first one-megawatt project in Alburgh, also developed with Encore Renewable Energy.

General Broadmeadow to speak at Norwich ROTC commissioning ceremony

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 10:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University’s graduating future officers will hear remarks from a fellow alum at this spring’s joint services commissioning ceremony. U.S. Marine Lieutenant General John J. Broadmeadow ’83 returns to the Norwich campus to speak to ROTC commissioning officers during a formal ceremony to mark the occasion on Sunday, May 13, at 9 am. In his address, the Marine officer will touch on themes of service to nation and the importance of a military commission.

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