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$500,000 granted for new Burlington waterfront park

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), along with Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vermont), announced Wednesday that Burlington had been selected for a $500,000 Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) program competitive grant from the National Park Service, which will help the city acquire 12 acres on shores of Lake Champlain to develop a new city park and eventually develop a trail connecting two other park properties as well as other recreational amenities.  Funding for this project was awarded after a 2016 letter of

BED issues 'Defeat the Peak' alert for Thursday

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 2:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Electric Department today issued a peak day alert for Thursday as part of its newly-launched Defeat the Peak program, encouraging members of the Burlington community to reduce their energy usage tomorrow between 3:00pm and 7:00pm. Burlingtonians can lend a hand by taking the following steps on what is projected to be a very hot, summer day.

Vermont Mutual recognized by Ward Group as a Top 50 insurer for ninth year

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 1:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For the ninth consecutive year, Vermont Mutual Insurance Group has been recognized as one of the top 50 Property and Casualty insurers in the United States by Ward Group, an Aon Hewitt company and one of the industry’s most respected benchmarking organizations. Every year Ward Group identifies the industry’s top insurance companies through a comprehensive financial analysis of approximately 3,000 U.S. property and casualty insurers. The “Ward’s 50” recognizes insurers for their consistency, safety and superior financial performance. 

Operator of two salvage yards fined for failing to secure permits

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 1:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Natural Resources announced today that Andrew Mitchell is to pay $9,937 for operating properties in both West Burke and Lyndonville as salvage yards without first obtaining state and local permits. Salvage yards provide important waste management services to Vermonters by reusing and recycling materials from junk automobiles, including hazardous waste like battery acid, gasoline and other vehicle fluids.

Mary Alice McKenzie leaving Boys and Girls Club

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine After 10 years leading the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, longtime Executive Director Mary Alice McKenzie is leaving her position. She will be replaced by Tanya Benosky, the Club’s Director of Development and Communications. Prior to join the Boys & Girls Club, McKenzie had career opportunities that included serving as Chief Executive Officer of McKenzie of Vermont, General Counsel of the Vermont State Colleges and Chair of Central Vermont Public Service.

Hoffman: The state that loves refugees

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 8:20am -- tim

by Jack Hoffman Public Assets Institute Despite the recent turmoil in Rutland, Vermont owes it to itself to take a good, hard look at the benefits of welcoming the world’s growing numbers of refugees. We have excess capacity in our schools, and refugees’ families could fill many of the empty classroom seats while bringing diversity to our communities. It’s not just the right thing to do, it would also give a boost to the state’s economy. Vermont should lead the way—like we did with same-sex marriage and equitable education funding.

Vermonters to join national protest to 'Kill the Bill, Don't Kill Us'

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 3:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Following the direct actions of June 28 and July 10, in which 140 Americans, including many with serious health conditions, were arrested in their senator’s DC offices for civil disobedience, still more constituents plan to flood Capitol Hill Wednesday to stop the repeal of the ACA. Organizers say Vermont residents will also participate in this latest oppostion to "repeal and replace" Obamacare.

Donovan declares DMV facial recognition program illegal, should remain suspended

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 4:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan has concluded that the Department of Motor Vehicle’s (“DMV”) facial recognition program is not fully compliant with Vermont law and should remain suspended unless or until the Vermont Legislature provides DMV with authorization to use biometric technology.

Phil Scott signs statement from bipartisan group of governors on US Senate health care bill

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 4:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, a bipartisan group of governors issued the following statement in response to recent developments and proposed changes to the Senate health care bill. Vermont Governor Phil Scott was among the signatories. The governors are meeting in Providence for the annual National Governors Association Conference. A Senate plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act fell apart Monday night and some Republican senators have talked about simply repealing what has become known as Obamacare.