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Energy infrastructure preferences of New Englanders

Wed, 06/17/2009 - 11:55am -- tim

A survey conducted by Opinion Dynamics for the New England Energy Alliance found New Englanders have solid support for electricity and energy infrastructure development in the region.  Wind farms are preferred by an overwhelming majority and construction of LNG terminals shows substantial support.  A narrow majority support transmission line construction as well as nuclear plant license renewal.  However, support for constructing new nuclear plants and clean coal generating facilities remains mixed. 

Governor Douglas to sign Clean Water Day proclamation

Wed, 06/17/2009 - 11:43am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas will sign Vermont s Clean Water Day proclamation, June 18 at 1:15 p.m., at a demonstration and tour of innovative and underutilized agricultural practices in the Rock River watershed in Franklin. Clean Water Day celebrates the work of Vermonters to improve water quality around the state and renews the commitment to the goal of clean water for all Vermonters. CEO Mark Bonfigli named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Wed, 06/17/2009 - 10:08am -- tim, the leading provider of online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, today announced that Mark Bonfigli, CEO, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award in the technology category in New England. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Mark Bonfigli was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Marriott Newton Hotel on June 16th.

UVM among NASA education research program award recipients

Wed, 06/17/2009 - 9:51am -- tim

NASA has awarded approximately $19 million to colleges and universities nationwide to conduct research and technology development in areas of importance to NASA's mission. The University of Vermont was among six schools to be selected for two proposals. In addition, the awards enable faculty development and higher education student support.

Forum kicks off Thursday on how older Vermonters can avoid scams

Tue, 06/16/2009 - 12:26pm -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas and Treasurer Jeb Spaulding will join with The FINRA Foundation and AARP Vermont Thursday morning to launch a statewide campaign to protect older consumers from the growing threat of investment-related cons and scams.  The initiative kicks off at the Sheraton Burlington Conference Center with a press conference and educational forum for some 300 area residents. State Police Lieutenant Robert Kalinoski will also speak at the press conference to share a personal story about how his father was taken in and eventually defrauded in Bennington. 

Manufacturer relocates, expands at new South Burlington facility

Tue, 06/16/2009 - 12:22pm -- tim

Today Governor Jim Douglas officially welcomed a former Connecticut company that makes banners and fabric displays to its new factory in Vermont, along with the good-paying jobs it is bringing. Project Graphics, founded in 1992, is a manufacturer of fabric displays whose national and international clients include towns and cities, educational institutions, shopping centers and developments, and promotions for the retail environment.

VPR Wins Four National Awards for News Coverage

Tue, 06/16/2009 - 9:14am -- admin

Vermont Public Radio's regional news coverage has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) with four national awards. VPR won a first place award for its coverage of the death of 12-year-old Brooke Bennett and subsequent reporting on Vermont's sex offender laws. VPR also received a first place award for Philip Baruth's commentary on Vermont's low birth rate.

FairPoint appoints Hauser as new CEO

Tue, 06/16/2009 - 5:14am -- tim

FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NYSE: FRP) announced today its Board of Directors has appointed David L. Hauser to the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Hauser most recently served as group executive and chief financial officer at Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK). Hauser has been a member of FairPoint s Board of Directors since February 2005, serving as a director, chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Hauser, 57, will assume his new responsibilities upon the retirement of FairPoint Chairman and CEO Eugene B.

Keurig brews up deal with Mr Coffee

Tue, 06/16/2009 - 5:12am -- tim

Jarden Consumer Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH), and Keurig, Incorporated, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), today announced a new agreement to jointly develop Mr. Coffee single-cup coffeemakers. These will feature Keurig s branded, patented single-cup brewing technology for the more than 200 varieties of gourmet coffees, teas and hot cocoa packaged in Keurig s patented K-Cup portion packs.

Small business can apply for no-fee ARC loans beginning today

Mon, 06/15/2009 - 11:28am -- tim

Starting today, June 15, SBA will begin accepting loans for a temporary new program called America s Recovery Capital. ARC loans of up to $35,000 are designed to provide a bridge for viable small businesses with immediate financial hardship to keep their doors open until they get back on track. ARC loans are deferred-payment loans of up to $35,000, available to established, viable, for-profit small businesses that need short-term help to make their principal and interest payments on existing and qualifying business debt.