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AGC: Infrastructure, construction project costs could increase with new 'Buy America' provisions

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The cost of materials and services used in construction rose markedly faster than the price of completed buildings, according to a new analysis of federal producer price data released Tuesday by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned that potential restrictions on the use of imported construction materials threaten to drive up the price of infrastructure, buildings and new homes and apartments.

Lamberton: Good jobs are begging for skilled workers

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:02pm -- tim

by Cathleen Lamberton, Executive Vice President, Associated General Contractors of Vermont We have an aging workforce in Vermont and a student population that is confused by the choice to pursue a traditional college education or prepare for a career in the trades. It’s a fact: businesses across the state lack trained employees to fill good paying jobs. We can build a better Vermont by utilizing the skills and talents of our youth while improving our workforce to ensure good paying jobs and companies remain in Vermont.

PC Construction opens Pompano Beach office

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine South Burlington-based PC Construction, among the nation’s largest employee-owned construction companies, announced today that it has opened its second Florida office, located in Pompano Beach at 1100 Park Central Boulevard South. This office, combined with the Coral Gables office opened in 2015, will supplement the company’s construction operations in Florida and provide additional support for clients and partners.

Merchants Bank delivers one of the largest single donations to COTS

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 9:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Merchants Bank and Merchants Bank’s customers around Chittenden County donated hundreds of items to the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) at the end of 2016, along with a check for $1,250. The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) is the largest service provider for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in Vermont. COTS offers emergency shelter, prevention assistance, support services, and transitional and permanent housing for those who are homeless and marginally housed. 

Bromley’s 'Mom’s Day Off' raises more than $8,000 for Cancer Center at SVMC

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine More than 400 mothers skied at Vermont’s Bromley Mountain in Peru on Friday, February 3 to support the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center in Bennington, part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC). Each received a $20 lift ticket when they presented a photo of their children at the resort’s ticket window. SVHC’s President and CEO Thomas A. Dee, FACHE; Vice President for Corporate Development Leslie Keefe; Cancer Center Nurse Manager Jennifer Coutu; and Breast Health Navigator Rebecca Hewson-Steller attended. The first 100 participants received an SVHC gift bag. All ticket revenue, a total of $8,140, was donated to the Cancer Center.

Orleans County drug sweep nets 26 arrests

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 5:10pm -- tim

Vermont Drug Task Force On February 14, 2017, 26 individuals were arrested in Orleans County for various offenses related to heroin and opiate trafficking. These arrests stem from an ongoing investigation established by the Vermont Drug Task Force in cooperation with the Vermont State Police, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Newport City Police Department, the U.S.

Leahy statement on resignation of National Security Advisory Michael Flynn

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 1:12pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy Serious questions remain unanswered about whether the President knew of Flynn’s conversations with the Russians, and about Vladimir Putin’s relationship with other individuals close to the President.  It should comfort no one that the people who seem to be the most upset today are the Russians.

VPR Classical now broadcasting In Stowe/Waterbury

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 1:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine VPR Classical, Vermont’s 24-hour classical music network, is now available in Waterbury, Stowe, Morrisville and Hyde Park at 96.5 FM. The new station reaches a population of more than 16,000 and is broadcasting from the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe. Because of its location and elevation, the 250-watt signal reaches Stowe, Morrisville, Waterbury and Hyde Park.

Scott re-appoints Holcombe Education Secretary, Norris to fill Addison-Rutland seat

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 9:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott Monday evening announced the re-appointment of Rebecca Holcombe as Secretary of Education, and the appointment of Terry Norris as Representative for the Addison-Rutland District, encompassing the towns of Shoreham, Orwell, Whiting and Benson. With the appointment of Secretary Holcombe, who was selected from a list of candidates recommended by the State Board of Education, Governor Scott has now filled all Cabinet-level positions. She was first appointed by Governor Shumlin to the role in January 2014.

GMT benefit for Canal Street Veterans Housing

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 9:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine All this week, Green Mountain Transit will be collecting items at its new Downtown Transit Center in Burlington and administrative offices in Burlington, Berlin, and St Albans to donate to Canal Street Veterans Housing. Canal Street Veterans Housing is an innovative approach to veterans’ assistance that COTS hopes will serve as a national example – creative housing, not shelter, for formerly homeless veterans.

VCLF now accepting 2017 Building Bright Spaces grants applications

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 9:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Community Loan Fund is now accepting applications for Building Bright Spaces for Bright Futures (BBSBF) 2017 grants. BBSFBF grants can be used for assistance in starting, relocating, expanding, or improving a Vermont child care program’s physical facility and/or accessibility. BBSFBF grants also may be used for real estate purchase, facility construction and renovation, as well as pre-development costs, interest rate subsidies and costs in meeting child care licensing facility requirements.

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