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VEDA's Jo Bradley presented CDFA Lifetime Achievement Award

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) is proud to announce the recipient of the 2017 CDFA Lifetime Achievement Award. This year’s recipient is Jo Bradley, Chief Executive Officer at the Vermont Economic Development Authority. She was presented the award during a special ceremony at the 2017 National Development Finance Summit in Atlanta, GA, on November 16.

Darn Tough adds more muscle to Southeast with new sales team

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Darn Tough Vermont, the fastest growing American manufacturer of premium performance outdoor and lifestyle socks, is pleased to welcome Decker and Associates to the team as the agency of record in the Southeast territory. With deep experience working with iconic brands such as Adidas Outdoors, Helly Hansen and more, the appointment of Decker and Associates illustrates Darn Tough’s continued commitment toward establishing the strongest sales network nationwide.

NEFCU donates $20,000 to COTS

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 8:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Thursday, November 16th, representatives from New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) presented a symbolic “big check” for $20,000 to Burlington’s Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS). On hand at COTS to make the surprise presentation were NEFCU’s Senior Vice President and CFO Susan Leonard, Senior Marketing Executive Cindy Morgan, Mortgage Manager Greg Hahr, Sales Manager Pat Weaver, and Secondary Market Analyst Abbie Jefferis.

McClaughry: A global renewable energy power play

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 4:06am -- tim

by John McClaughry Here’s an interesting insight into the arcane world of global renewable energy politics, based on the October 30 column in Forbes by widely-read energy blogger Rod Adams. Last week the annual “Conference of Parties” (COP23), the consultative body for the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change, convened in Bonn, Germany.  For the past eight years a business-oriented Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF) has been held alongside the COP, cosponsored by the U.S.-led advocacy group Climate Action and the UN Environment Program (UNEP).

Leahy claims victories in funding for Lake Champlain and Vermont

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 4:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) on Monday itemized what he called several key victories in the face of White House headwinds for programs that support Lake Champlain, conservation initiatives, and historic downtowns across Vermont. The programs were funded through the Appropriations Committee bill on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, for Fiscal Year 2018, which was released on Monday afternoon.

Vermont, NY, LCBP get $4.4 million to restore Lake Champlain, protect against algal blooms

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 4:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $4,395,000 in Lake Champlain restoration funding to help address outbreaks of harmful algal blooms and the spread of invasive species in Lake Champlain. The vast majority of funding will go to the Lake Champlain Basin Program, which includes Vermont, New York and Quebec. Vermont itself will also get $525,978; New York will get $365,000. With a record-setting heat wave hitting the region in September, cyanobacteria blooms arose along many shoreline locations and public beaches in Lake Champlain and surrounding waterbodies. Cyanobacteria are a concern because they sometimes release toxins that can make people and pets sick.

Leahy offers summaries of 'Chairman’s Marks' of FY2018 Appropriations Bill

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today the Senate Appropriations Committee made public the Chairman’s Mark of the fiscal year 2018 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations Bill. The bill provides a total of $21.035 billion, including $159 million in disaster funds. This funding level is $480 million less than the fiscal year 2017 enacted level and nearly $2 billion less than the fiscal year 2018 President’s request.

Five towns get nearly $600K to hire more officers

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) on Monday announced that five rural Vermont law enforcement agencies will receive a total of nearly $600,000 to help hire new officers through the Department of Justice COPS Hiring Program. The program covers a large portion of the costs that communities face when adding officers to their ranks, thereby supporting the goals of community policing.

VMEC unveils video project

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center has released a months-in-the-making video project, which includes success stories, workforce development assistance, and innovation opportunities, among several other resources to help Vermont manufacturers grow and thrive.

Scott appoints four to Cybersecurity Advisory Team

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 2:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced appointments to his Cybersecurity Advisory Team, which he established via Executive Order 18-17 in October. The Executive Order charges the Cybersecurity Advisory Team with developing a strategic plan for protecting the state’s information and systems, evaluating statewide cybersecurity readiness, developing best practices for policies and procedures, and building partnerships with local universities and colleges to better leverage cybersecurity resources.

Dealer.com says car-buying interest up

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 1:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Summer's car shopping peak may be in the rearview mirror, but the autumn chill isn't leaving dealers out in the cold. That is the main finding from the November Dealer DataView index, by Burlington-based Dealer.com, which captures year-to-date data through October 31, 2017. The index showed that after a relatively light post-summer dip, total traffic to dealership websites is once again on the rise, growing by 3 percent in October from September.

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