Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce today announced PC Construction Company as the winner of the prestigious and highly anticipated Deane C Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award. Presented by Governor Shumlin at the opening ceremonies of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Business and Industry EXPO, this annual award honors a Vermont business that shows an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an acute awareness of what makes Vermont unique. The award, named for the former governor of Vermont, was created 26 years ago by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce to recognize and honor the state’s best companies.
Vermont Business Magazine The US Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday approved an annual spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and with it key provisions authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to increase national security and facilitate travel and commerce between the United States and Canada. Preclearance arrangements are especially important to Vermont, which hopes to restore “Montrealer” passenger train service linking Vermont to Canada in the coming years, and to secure flight service from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Burlington International Airport.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Creamery was recognized for excellence this week, winning the specialty food industry’s highest honor—a gold sofi Award for its Bijou aged goat cheese; Bonne Bouche was honored as a finalist. Bijou was one of 28 winners from over 3,200 entries in the Specialty Food Industry’s prestigious competition. Every eligible entry to the sofi Awards was carefully assessed by a panel of passionate and knowledgeable food professionals including chefs, culinary experts, academics, food writers, and category buyers.
Vermont Business Magazine A total of $20,000 was donated to the Vermont Foodbank as a result of Seven Days' 7th annual Vermont Restaurant Week. This popular event was presented by the Vermont Federal Credit Union and organized by Seven Days, publisher of 7 Nights, the statewide guide to Vermont’s restaurants and bars.
Vermont Business Magazine Gay L Landstrom, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, has been named interim Chief Executive Officer of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC). Landstrom, who serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system, will serve temporarily while MAHHC conducts a search for a successor to Kevin W Donovan, who was named CEO at LRGHealthcare in Laconia, NH, on May 4. Donovan will leave Mt Ascutney Hospital on June 15, 2016.
Vermont Business Magazine Copley Hospital today held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new 19,450 square-foot Surgical Center. State and local officials joined Copley Hospital CEO Art Mathisen and retiring CEO Mel Patashnick for the event that marks a construction project estimated to last 18 months.
Vermont Business Magazine Wholesale power markets in New England operated competitively last year, bringing lower average power prices that reflected the drop in the price of natural gas in 2015, according to the 2015 Annual Markets Report issued yesterday by the Internal Market Monitor (IMM) of ISO New England Inc. ISO is the operator of the region’s bulk power system and wholesale electricity markets. Natural gas in recent years has also increased its market share in generation. The average real-time price of wholesale electric energy in 2015 fell by more than a third, or more than $22 per megawatt-hour (MWh), to $41.00/MWh as a result of natural gas prices that were 41% lower than their 2014 average. Vermont prices were in the middle range at $41.58, with Maine lowest and the Boston area highest. The prices of both natural gas and wholesale power were the lowest since 2012. The price of natural gas is a key factor in the price of wholesale power because the fuel generates 49% of the electricity produced in New England. The cost of fuel is the largest input into the cost of electricity production.
Vermont Business Magazine The town of New Haven has expressed overwhelming support for the Vermont Green Line renewable energy transmission project, according to a survey undertaken by Anbaric, the project's developer. A week-long, town-wide survey resulted in an almost two-to-one (252-128) result in favor of hosting a converter station for the Vermont Green Line in the town, and in support of an agreement the selectboard made with project developers Anbaric Transmission and National Grid.
Vermont Business Magazine A new Vermont rule effective May 1 prevents invasive insects from piggybacking into the state on untreated firewood. As summer camping season arrives, visitors to Vermont should be prepared to buy firewood in-state or be able to verify that imported firewood is heat-treated to USDA-approved standards. The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation already urges all campers and homeowners to purchase wood locally.
Vermont Business Magazine At a time when some states are working to erode hard-fought advances in civil rights for the LGBT community, Governor Peter Shumlin today signed a law to advance them in Vermont by banning the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy. The new law (S132) bans the practice of seeking to change a minor's sexual orientation or gender identity in the State of Vermont.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin provided an update today on results from private drinking water wells in North Bennington and Bennington tested for the harmful chemical PFOA, and detailed a small expansion to the sampling area boundaries. Results have been received for all 432 private wells sampled to date in North Bennington and Bennington. Of the 432 wells, 227 contain PFOA in concentrations over Vermont’s 20 parts per trillion health advisory limit for drinking water, ranging between 20 and 2,730 parts trillion. Fifty wells contain PFOA below 20 parts per trillion. The remaining 155 wells were not found to contain PFOA.
by Paul Cillo Public Assets Institute A college degree can be the ticket to more job options and higher pay. And a well-educated workforce is critical to strong communities and a growing economy. But as a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows, Vermont is one of only three states that has cut per-student public spending on higher education in each of the last two years, even as tuition at public colleges increases.