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UVM Foundation names Shane Jacobson CEO

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 5:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Shane Jacobson, a highly-accomplished and experienced development and advancement executive, has been named president and CEO of the University of Vermont Foundation. Jacobson currently serves as the vice president for development and alumni relations at Grinnell College, which is consistently ranked as one of the top 20 liberal arts colleges in the nation.

Vermont Women’s Fund issues $124,000 in grants

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 2:13pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Women’s Fund, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, awarded $124,000 through its competitive grant round this spring to 14 organizations working to improve the lives of young women and girls in Vermont. The grants support programs across the state that provide young women and girls ages 12-25 with opportunities to gain financial literacy, job-training skills, mentorship, and experiences that expand their vision for the future.

Program aims to create $50 million social impact fund

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 10:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Works, a new Vermont investment firm that plans to invest $50 million in Vermont companies through its social impact fund, is partnering with VSECU through its wholly owned subsidiary, Vermont Heritage Financial Group, Inc (VHFG) to spur economic growth and create new jobs in the Green Mountain State. The partnership will combine Vermont Works’ vision of increasing investments, particularly in growth stage capital — that is, capital for established companies looking to expand operations or relocate to Vermont — with VSECU.

PAI: How to close the budget gap

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 9:06am -- tim

Public Assets Institute The purpose of the state budget is “to address the needs of the people of Vermont.” Yet each year Montpelier focuses its attention on closing the General Fund budget gap. Elected leaders acknowledge investments are needed to clean up Lake Champlain, provide families with child care financial assistance, and make higher education more affordable. But progress has been slow in making these investments. And to balance the budget they make cuts—to Reach Up benefits for the poorest families, to affordable housing programs, to key policy staff. Despite the cuts, however, the budget gap reappears year after year, thanks to persistent structural problems: anemic state revenues even in a growing economy, and rising health care costs that demand an increasing share of state spending.

Leonine: Legislature enters the home stretch

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 8:58am -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs With three weeks left in the 2017 legislative session, the Senate Appropriations Committee continues to hammer out its version of the FY18 budget bill. It is likely the committee will bring the bill to the Senate floor next week. Once that happens the Senate will be spending a lot of time debating the budget. To accommodate extended floor sessions and the need on the part of the Senate “money committees” (Appropriations and Finance) to hold extensive meetings the Senate’s “morning committees” will not, after today, hold any more regularly scheduled meetings.

Nominations sought for GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 3:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Seeking to recognize a leading Vermont environmentalist and honor the legacy of a legendary wildlife advocate, Green Mountain Power has called for nominations for the 2017 GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award. Presented annually and named for famed osprey advocate Meeri Zetterstrom of Milton, the GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award is given to one person, business, group or non-profit who has made a significant contribution to Vermont’s environment. The award is accompanied by a $2,500 donation to the winner’s environmental cause.

Work begins to update electric cable connecting NY and VT under Lake Champlain

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 12:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) wants to ensure neighbors are aware of upcoming construction work associated with the PV20 Submarine Cable Replacement Project, to update the existing connection and ensure continued safe and reliable interconnection between the New York and Vermont electric grids. Construction is scheduled to start the week of April 17. The project will replace four 1958 vintage cables that run underwater from New York to Vermont.

PSB approves sale of Vermont dams

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 11:37am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine ArcLight Capital Partners, based in Boston, was granted an amended certificate of public good by the Vermont Public Service Board on April 6 that will allow its affiliate, Great River Hydro, to acquire TransCanada’s New England hydroelectric power portfolio for $1.065 billion. The dams include those on the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers in Vermont. All workers are expected to be retained, ArcLight said when it announced the deal November 1, 2016.

DesLauriers family, local investors, buy Bolton Valley Ski Resort

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 11:05am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A group of local investors led by Ralph DesLauriers and his son, Evan DesLauriers, closed Friday on the purchase of Bolton Valley Resort. Bolton Valley, located in the town of Bolton in Chittenden County was founded by DesLauriers and his father Roland in 1966. DesLauriers owned and operated the resort from its founding until 1997.  Since then, the resort has changed hands several times and until Friday, was owned by two real estate developers from Burlington, Larry Williams and Doug Nedde.

NBC's Al Roker, Cybersecurity expert Renee Forney to receive honorary degrees at Champlain College

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 5:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Champlain College will bestow honorary doctorates upon NBC's Today Show host and founder of Roker Media Labs, Al Roker, and CEO of the Forney Group and the Executive Managing Director of Global Cyber Security Management at Equinoxys Inc., Renee Forney, during the College's Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

House committee OKs new Agency of Digital Services

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 3:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont House Committee on Energy and Technology voted unanimously today that they will allow Executive Order 06-17. Per 3 V.S.A. Section 2002, the Executive Order will go into effect next week. Executive Order 06-17 intends to unify the state’s information technology operations and forms the Agency of Digital Services, transferring most IT positions to the new agency. This was one of Governor Phil Scott's first orders he signed in January.