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Governor appoints Ed Read to represent Washington-7 district

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 9:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott on Thursday appointed Ed Read as representative for the Washington-7 district serving the towns of Fayston, Duxbury, Moretown, Waitsfield and Warren. Read, an Independent, will serve the two-seat district along with Representative Maxine Grad (D). Read, a resident of Fayston, was appointed to fill the seat vacated by former Representative Adam Greshin (I), who was recently appointed by the governor to serve as Commissioner of Finance and Management.

PAI: Act 60 created new opportunity for kids

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:58pm -- tim

by Paul Cillo Public Assets Institute As students across Vermont start the 2017-18 school year it’s worth reflecting on what happened 20 years ago. In 1997 the Vermont Supreme Court’s Brigham decision forced policymakers to develop a more equitable funding system. That system, established by Act 60, created a statewide school tax and gave students from all over the state more equal access to resources and opportunity. Below, we address some basic questions about Act 60.

Leahy notches initial win for Lake Champlain in committee

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) secured more than $6 million in funding to support fisheries, water quality, and flooding issues in Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog, a $2.3 million increase over last year, in the State, Foreign Operations And Related Programs appropriations bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday.

National Life is hiring, will participate in veterans job fair

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine National Life, which is hiring for positions throughout the company, will participate in a job fair next week dedicated to veterans. National Life employees who are military veterans will be part of the company’s contingent at the September 11 Community and Military Veteran Job Fair sponsored by the Vermont Department of Labor. The job fair will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will be held at the Sheraton Hotel Conference Center in South Burlington.

Vermont's largest solar farm to go online at Superfund site

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 1:41pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine The developers of the largest solar array in Vermont expect the project to begin selling electricity by the end of September. The project is being developed by Boston-based Greenwood Energy. According to its partner in the solar project, Brightfields Development LLC of Wellesley, MA, construction commenced in May on the 4.99 megawatt solar project at the Elizabeth Mine Superfund Site, which sits mostly in Strafford.

Bennington citizens group supports Putnam Block project

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Citizens for a Greater Bennington (CFGB), in partnership with Preservation Trust of Vermont (PTV) and the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC), are pleased to announce a $100,000 grant to support the Putnam Block Redevelopment Project. The CFGB Grant will be made through the Southwestern Vermont Hospital Foundation, and will leverage an additional $100,000 contribution from the Bank of Bennington.

Marijuana Commission will examine safety, education, prevention, and regulatory infrastructure needs

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today issued Executive Order 15-17, establishing the Governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission, charged with recommending a comprehensive approach to addressing health, safety, regulatory and infrastructure needs when considering legalized marijuana use. The commission and its three subcommittees will evaluate the experience of other states, credible research and available data to inform recommendations to the governor.

Vermont AG joins DACA suit

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General Donovan joined a coalition of 16 Attorneys General in filing suit Wednesday to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) grantees. The lawsuit, which was filed this afternoon in the U.S.

VEIC names Jim Madej CEO

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 10:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) Board of Directors has named Jim Madej to serve as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Madej comes to VEIC with decades of experience in the energy industry, including leadership experience in delivering energy efficiency programs and services to customers in his role as Chief Customer Officer at National Grid USA.

Canadian resort expects big things from travel-focused CRM and email marketing automation

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 10:00am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s new Director of Marketing has decided to bring the revenue-generating capabilities of Inntopia Marketing Cloud to the Canadian ski resort. British Columbia’s Revelstoke Mountain Resort opened in 2007 and boasts the longest vertical drop of any ski area in North America. Ten years later, management has its sights set on significantly growing the resort’s market share.