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Montpelier landlord settles lead law violations

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 11:11am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont property owner David Rogers of North Montpelier settled claims that he failed to file lead compliance statements for four rental properties in violation of Vermont consumer protection and lead laws. “Lead paint responsibilities do not go away. If you are a landlord with pre-1978 rental housing, the lead law requires annual compliance. The law also provides for penalties if you ignore or delay your lead paint duties,” said Attorney General Bill Sorrell.

Burke Mountain Academy named US Ski Team training center

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 7:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mikaela Shiffrin is its latest star in what could be many more coming from Burke Mountain Academy. BMA celebrated the grand opening of the Ronnie Berlack Center (RBC) – a $2.8 million, 15,000 square foot, state of the art indoor athletic facility – this past weekend marking a new era for the athletic development of Burke student-athletes and ski racers around the country.  BMA also announced a comprehensive new partnership with the US Ski and Snowboard Association for year round training and development of elite ski racers from around the Eastern region and around the US, which is the first of its kind.

Leahy hails US-Canada deal to limit Arctic drilling

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 5:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy applauded the US-Canada agreement to limit Arctic oil drilling, which was signed today by President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau. “The President clearly listened to the countless voices of coastal residents who oppose the unnecessary risk that drilling poses to their way of life and to the coastal economies that depend on healthy oceans and pristine beaches," Leahy said in a statement.

Phil Scott reappoints Pieciak, Provost and Financial Regulation team

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor-elect Phil Scott today announced he would reappoint Michael Pieciak as commissioner of the Department of Financial Regulation. The department will also retain the deputy commissioners for each of its four divisions, which include Cynthia Stuart for Banking, Kaj Samsom for Insurance, William Carrigan for Securities, and David Provost for Captive Insurance. 

Kiplinger’s again ranks UVM a best-value public university

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In its annual ratings, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has again ranked UVM among the top best-value public colleges in the country. To compile its best value list, Kiplinger’s first ranked schools based on measures of academic quality. It then factored in cost and financial aid measures. Quality criteria account for 55 percent of total points and cost criteria account for 45 percent.

Democratic Attorneys General Association Pac pays $8,750 penalty

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 2:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A Vermont political action committee will pay a civil penalty of $8,750 on account of reporting violations during the 2012 election cycle, according to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office. Campaign finance reports filed by the Democratic Attorneys General Association PAC (“DAGA PAC”) contained inaccurate information and omitted key disclosures, including the source of the thousands of dollars in contributions it received.

Moody’s gives Burlington Electric first 'A' rating in over six years

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 1:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the Burlington Electric Department’s credit rating to A3 with a stable outlook from Baa1 with a stable outlook, representing the first time in more than six years that Burlington Electric has earned an “A” rating. Moody’s cited Burlington Electric’s forward-looking financial policies, diverse and renewable power supply, competitive rates, and strong and focused management as important factors for the increase.

U-32's Katherine McCann named 2017 Vermont Teacher of the Year

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 11:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Katherine McCann, a High School Mathematics Teacher at U-32 Middle and High School in East Montpelier; has been selected as the 2017 Vermont Teacher of the Year (VT-TOY); the Agency of Education announced today. In addition to teaching Advanced Placement Statistics, Geometry, Algebra 1, and Algebra 2; Katherine is also a National Board Certified Teacher (AYA-MATH), Presidential Award winner for Excellence in Teaching Math and Science, and Co-President of the Vermont Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Main Street Alliance calls for fixing not dumping ACA

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 11:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A small business group in Vermont says Republicans in Congress and President-elect Trump have declared a plan to rush through legislation that would take away health care from more than 30 million people. Main Street Alliance of Vermont believes that the support Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act’s premium subsidies offer and encourage entrepreneurship and innovation.

Executive order promoting businesses that fight climate change finalized

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 11:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine An Executive Order signed by Governor Peter Shumlin that gives businesses fighting climate change preference in the state contracting process has been finalized. The new policy applies to any contract over $25,000, which captures at least 97 percent of state contracting dollars. The state of Vermont spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year in contracts. The new policies do not supersede other contracting considerations such as cost or rewarding businesses based in Vermont or that manufacture products in Vermont.

GMP is first utility to help customers go off-grid

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 11:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power announced today it is the first utility in the nation to provide customers with true energy independence and offer the ultimate in customer empowerment: to go off-grid with a new package of products and services to increase energy independence and reduce carbon emissions by more than 30 percent. GMP stated that the product offering is fully customizable to meet the unique needs of each home or business and can include solar, battery storage, home automation and more.