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Ski resorts prepare for deep snow

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 4:16am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine February is shaping up to be a snowy month in Vermont, and Ski Vermont is reporting that ski and snowboard resorts are looking forward to an activity-packed Presidents’ Week. Pair the extensive snowmaking coverage at Vermont resorts with  Mother Nature, and the slopes will be in top condition for one of the most popular vacation periods of the season. Off-slope activities will be equally exciting during Presidents weekend with plenty of free live music, great food, parades, games and family activities.

Killington unleashes 2018 NOR’BEASTER unlimited spring pass

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 3:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in eastern North America charges into spring with the NOR’BEASTER Spring Pass and a jam-packed event series as the longest season in the East extends towards Memorial Day and beyond. The 2018 NOR’BEASTER Spring Pass is available for $199*, providing skiers and snowboarders of all ages with unlimited spring skiing and riding from March 16 through June, or as far as Mother Nature will allow. The Spring Pass also unlocks access to live music, events and a 20% discount on Killington managed lodging beginning March 16 through the remainder of the 2017-18 winter season.

Camp Ta-Kum-Ta names four new board members

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 2:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Camp Ta-Kum-Ta in South Hero has announced the appointment of four new members of its Board of Directors. Joining the Board of Directors are Jane Donahue-Davis, Bob Lawrence, Meaghan Cormier and Tom Wyand. “All four of our newest Board members embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to offer year-round programs to children who have or have had cancer and their families.” Hattie Johnson, Executive Director.

Citizens Bank selected best Treasury and Cash Management provider in region

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 1:47am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Global Finance selected Citizens Bank, with branches in Vermont, as best Treasury and Cash Management provider for the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions in its 18th annual provider rankings -- a trio of honors that makes Citizens the most celebrated U.S. regional bank. Citizens has made significant investments in Treasury Solutions over the past several years.

House gives preliminary OK to consumer protection legislation

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The House today preliminary approved H.764, the Data Broker and Consumer Protection Bill and H.624, the Statewide Voter Checklist Protection Bill. “It is a top priority for the House to ensure the security of Vermonters’ personal information and to protect them from identity theft,” said House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, speaking on both bills. “Both pieces of legislation take important steps forward for Vermonters and reflect the thoughtful collaboration of Vermonters and their legislators. Vermonters have the right to know who has access to their personal information. Vermonters shouldn’t have to pay fees to protect their personal information and they shouldn’t be forced to choose between their right to vote and protecting their privacy.”

Montpelier selects Putney artists for $50K Taylor Street project

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Montpelier City Council Tuesday night awarded Putney-based artists Rodrigo Nava and Gregory Miguel Gomez $50,000 to create a major work of public art, to be installed at the new One Taylor Street Transportation Center in the spring of 2019. The team’s design – a two-part installation involving a revolving stone bench and a split-flap counter – was chosen from among five designs presented to the public on January 31 by finalists selected from a pool of 24 applicants.

Vermont Gas proposed rate decrease would save customers $270 a year

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 1:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Gas announced today it has asked the Public Utility Commission (Commission) to approve a 3.8 percent rate reduction beginning in November of this year. This decrease represents the net of a 14.8 percent decline in the natural gas charge, a 4 percent increase in the daily access and distribution charges, and a request to return $8.1 million of the System Expansion and Reliability Fund (“SERF”) back to customers through lower rates.

ISO: Electric supply good for now, future uncertain

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:33pm -- tim

By Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine New England has reduced its consumption of electricity dramatically since 2006 as well as its production of dangerous gases, according to ISO New England. The region also relies much more heavily on natural gas for generation than it did then. Thousands of megawatts of generation will go off-line in the coming years. New wind power will have a profound effect on the grid, while energy efficiency and storage will become official data points in the wholesale market. New England as a region has the highest electric rates in the nation.

Job loss shows effects of solar energy regulatory actions on Vermont

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:37am -- tim

Renewable Energy Vermont The new National Solar Jobs Census show a loss of 232 full-time jobs in the state’s workforce after a 2017 marked by a volatile regulatory environment. “More than 1,500 families are supported by a full-time Vermont solar job. Local solar workers help Vermonters cut their energy bills, do their part on climate, and help their neighbors access renewable energy,” said Olivia Campbell Andersen, Executive Director of Renewable Energy Vermont. “These local, small businesses are helping build stronger communities now.

TV star Rick Steves travels to Montpelier today to promote pot law

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 9:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Bestselling guidebook author and public TV travel host Rick Steves, an ardent proponent of marijuana legalization, will complete an East Coast advocacy tour in Vermont this week, with visits to Montpelier and Burlington. Steves will visit Montpelier on Thursday to advocate for legislation to regulate marijuana for adults. Steves will testify in the Senate Judiciary Committee (Room 1) at 11:30 a.m. Steves will then join Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman and members of the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana for a news conference on Thursday afternoon to discuss why Vermont lawmakers should support regulating and taxing marijuana. The event is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. ET in the Cedar Creek Room of the Vermont State House.

Sanders evokes dad in speech on Dreamers and immigration reform

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 9:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) delivered a speech on immigration on the Senate floor Wednesday. See below for excerpts and full remarks. Sanders, who ran for president in 2016, talked about his father coming to America as a teenager with nothing. "The whole debate that we are now undertaking over immigration and the Dreamers has become somewhat personal for me, because it has reminded me in a very strong way that I and my brother are first-generation Americans. We are the sons of an immigrant who came to this country at the age of 17 without a nickel in his pocket, a young man who was a high school dropout who did not know one word of English and had no particular trade."

Leahy on the Senate’s Immigration debate, and the Dreamers

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 9:40am -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy As the Senate debates the fate of our Nation’s Dreamers this week, an uncontestable truth underpins our discussion:  We are a Nation of immigrants.  Unless you are Native American, you come from a line of people who come from somewhere else.  More than in any country on Earth, this simple fact is a defining characteristic of our national identity.  Throughout our history immigrant communities have greatly enriched our Nation; their individual stories have become the American story.  Out of many, we have become one.