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Profile: Robert J Zulkoski and Vermont Works

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 3:35pm -- tim

by Joyce Marcel Vermont Business Magazine Two guys are sitting by a fire pit. They're drinking brown liquor — locally distilled brown liquor, of course — and one guy starts complaining about some back pain he got from a recent Asian investment trip. The other guy, let's call him Frank, says, “Why are you doing this?” And the first guy, let's call him Bob, misunderstands the question. He begins explaining social impact investing to Frank. Frank says, “No, I get all that. But why are you doing it so far away? Why don't you do something here?”

Chris Graff: Our leaders remain authentic, beyond all else

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 3:43am -- tim

by Chris Graff Vermont Business Magazine I first visited the State House in 1967 with my Woodstock Elementary School eighth-grade class. Phil Hoff, a Democrat whose 1962 election as governor shocked the state – he was the first Democrat to win that office since the Civil War – took the time to greet us and shake hands. Dick Mallary, a Republican who was then the speaker of the House, gave a short talk. But what I remember most vividly about the first trip north to see the workings of government is the men’s bathroom in the basement.

Ben & Jerry's launches Moo-phoria!

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 12:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For ice cream lovers who only indulge on special occasions or limit themselves to a weekly treat, Ben & Jerry's has created Moo-phoria, a new line of light ice cream with satisfyingly euphoric flavors. Suddenly, Wednesday is the new weekend! Moo-phoria pints are full of all the wonderful chunks and swirls that fans adore, along with rich and creamy vanilla, chocolate, caramel and peanut butter flavors. What's missing? Sixty to seventy percent fat and at least 35% of the calories found in traditional ice cream. Each ½ cup serving of Moo-phoria has 140-160 calories. And like all Ben & Jerry's flavors, Moo-phoria doesn't have artificial sugar substitutes or sugar alcohols.

Community Bank donates more than $11,000 to Special Olympics Vermont

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 3:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Community Bank N.A. recently presented Special Olympics Vermont with an $11,154 donation, which included $6,154 raised by New England-area employees and a $5,000 sponsorship for the Special Olympics Vermont Penguin Plunge. Nearly 30 Community Bank N.A. employees participated in the event on the bank’s CBNA Super Hero Team. Prior to the event, the team raised money for the causes through personal donations, candy bar fundraisers and bake sales. More than 30 branches participated in the fundraisers.

Speaker Johnson’s statement on Vermont school shooting threat

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 5:10pm -- tim

Vermont Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson’s Statement on Vermont School Shooting Threat: Two days ago, America was once again shaken by a massive act of violence against innocent children and educators. Yesterday, we learned that even in Vermont, a state looked to as a beacon of safety, hope, and the promise of goodness in America, we faced a similar threat against a school. Thanks to the hard work of our local and state police, the threat was intercepted before tragedy could strike.

Statement from Governor Phil Scott on the averted threat to Fair Haven High School

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 4:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today delivered the following remarks at a press conference with leadership from the Agency of Education, Department of Public Safety and the Vermont State Police. The Associated Press reported that Jack Sawyer, 18, is being held without bail for threats made regarding Fair Haven High School.

NVU to expand distance learning with $389K USDA grant

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 11:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A new USDA grant of approximately $389,000 will enable the new Northern Vermont University (the official name of Johnson State College and Lyndon State College as of July 1, 2018) to develop a distance-learning network that will increase live course offerings and delivery methods for students throughout Vermont and the country. With both mobile and fixed videoconferencing technology, the one-year grant will fund delivery of a range of courses and connect NVU and its two campuses, Johnson and Lyndon, to Vermont Technical College, and Vermont high schools and adult learners around the US. 

Weekly unemployment claims hold under 500

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:11am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims are nearly unchanged over the last several weeks, after the tumult of the holidays subsided. For the week of February 10, 2018, there were 475 claims, 7 more than than they were the previous week and 79 fewer than they were a year ago. Altogether 6,040 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 12 from a week ago, and 741 fewer than a year ago. For most weeks of 2017, including the last several months, claims have registered below the year before.

Leahy, Sanders react to failed immigration bill

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 9:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) issued the following statements Thursday after the Senate voted on four immigration proposals. A bi-partisan bill failed to gather the 60 votes needed to advance (54-45). It would have provided a pathway for 1.8 million children of undocumented immigrants to gain citizenship, while also providing $25 billion for the Mexican border wall. Meanwhile, President Trump, who vehemently opposed the compromise bill, had his White House-supported bill defeated (39-60).

Governor signs net neutrality executive order for state contracting

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 7:11am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott on Thursday signed Executive Order No. 02-18, which directs the Agency of Administration to ensure that all state contracts with internet providers include net neutrality protections.The Democratic leadership welcomed with reservation the governor's order, but will continue to push for a more comprehensive net neutrality law. Their response issued Thursday evening is below.

Bad weather results in repaving of major Burlington roads

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 6:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Department of Public Works (DPW) is expanding its 2018 paving list to repair road damage to North Avenue, Pine Street, Colchester Avenue and other severely weather-degraded major roadways. DPW has issued an addendum to its paving contract to address segments of impacted arteries and will begin the work as soon as weather conditions allow the asphalt plants to reopen (typically in April or early May). The Sustainable Infrastructure Bond, approved by voters in November 2016, doubled DPW’s annual paving contract.

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