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Rick & The All-Star Ramblers 'Last Roundup' November 5

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 3:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band will close out their 2017 touring season with their third annual “Last Roundup” concert, on Sunday afternoon, November 5th at 4 pm in Juniper Hall at the magnificent Hotel Vermont in downtown Burlington. The Ramblers are winding down their most successful season ever, enjoying national recognition and world-wide radio and internet airplay of their recent recordings.

Weekly unemployment claims increase again

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 3:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims increased last week to near 500 for the first time in a few months. Claims had been falling steadily since early July until early October. Claims are still lower than they were the same time last year, which has been the case for most weeks in 2017. For the week of October 28, 2017, there were 482 claims, 10 more than than they were last week and 62 fewer than they were a year ago. Altogether 2,884 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 118 from a week ago, and 610 fewer than a year ago.

Button Up Vermont campaign underway in 32 Vermont communities

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 4:18pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine The heating season is upon us, and Vermonters statewide are working together to help fellow residents and homeowners outsmart winter by tightening up their homes. Now in its eighth year, Button Up Vermont is working with local energy groups in 32 Vermont communities to help people reduce their heating and cooling costs through improved efficiency. 

House announces Data Security hearings and legislative action

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 1:42pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine In mid-September, Legislators learned that Equifax, a national credit reporting agency, reported a massive breach of sensitive consumer information in their system. Even though the breach occurred in June, it was only reported to the State and to Vermonters in September. This breach included the birth dates, addresses, Social Security numbers, and some driver’s license and credit card information of up to 240,000 Vermonters.

Coalition releases 5-Year plan to bolster local renewable wood heating

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 1:21pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine On Thursday, November 2nd, a coalition of nonprofits, local businesses, and state agencies facilitated by Renewable Energy Vermont unveiled a plan of policy, workforce development, and outreach recommendations to help lower energy costs, boost Vermont’s economy, sustain forestlands, and reduce net carbon emissions.

Vermont Electric Coop restoration update

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 1:16pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine VEC continues to make solid restoration progress over the last 24 hours and that continues today. In addition to our full crew we have 18 additional line workers from Illinois and other local crews assisting.

“It has been a difficult process, but we are closing in,” said Christine Hallquist, VEC’s chief executive officer. “I want to thank our members for their patience and understanding as we work hard to get this job done.”

UVM's Sustainable Innovation MBA ranked No. 1 Best Green MBA in America by 'The Princeton Review'

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 1:13pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Sustainability-based curriculum, practicums with major companies, exclusive job network sets program apart.Six years ago when Sanjay Sharma took over as dean of the Grossman School of Business, he set his sights on an ambitious goal: to become the top MBA program in the country for sustainable innovation.

Vermont Agency of Agriculture grants over $254K to benefit specialty crop producers

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 1:11pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announces grants totaling $254,117 for seven projects to benefit Vermont producers of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, maple, wine grapes, and value-added products and to increase consumer access to locally produced food.

City Council to vote on Burlington Telecom owner Monday

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 8:12am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington City Council, in a stunning move before an expectant crowd at City Hall the evening of October 30, decided to suspend its meeting and come back next Monday to decide on a new owner of Burlington Telecom. The bidders are Keep Burlington Telecom Local and Ting/Tucows from Toronto. The Council vote was delayed when almost exactly two hours after the meeting began, Councilor Karen Paul recused herself because of a conflict of interest.

ANR invites public comment on draft plan for Camel’s Hump Management Unit

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 7:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) has recently completed a draft long-range management plan for the Camel’s Hump Management Unit, including Camel’s Hump State Park, Camel’s Hump State Forest, Robbins Mountain Wildlife Management Area, and Huntington Gap Wildlife Management Area. Land management plans are drafted and reassessed periodically and are the product of a collaboration among agency experts and public input. These plans determine the Agency’s course of action to protect natural resources, provide recreational opportunities to the public, produce sustainably-harvested forest products, and conserve high-quality wildlife habitat on public land. ANR staff will present the draft plan for public input at a series of open-house meetings during November.

EPA awards UVM $598K to explore links among algal blooms, human health, community action

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 7:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont has received a $598,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate links between harmful algal blooms and human well-being, and to explore how a community along Lake Champlain works to take action based on scientific information about those links. In lakes and ponds worldwide, cyanobacteria blooms, also known as “blue-green algae,” threaten water quality, ecosystem health and human well-being.