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SunCommon, Phil Scott launch newest solar idea

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 8:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine SunCommon of Waterbury, joined by Governor Scott, unveiled its latest innovation, the Solar Canopy, at the first public installation at Montpelier’s Hunger Mountain Co-op, a local grocery store, on Monday. The timber frame solar structure is a first for Vermont and expands solar options beyond the traditional rooftop and backyard.

Leahy: Jeff Sessions used to be too extreme for Republicans

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 7:26am -- tim

by Patrick Leahy This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will meet in a legendary room that has been the site of such historic events as the Watergate hearings, and Senator John Kennedy’s presidential campaign announcement.  This ornate room has since been named for my friend, the late Senator Ted Kennedy, and more recently senators have met in this room for the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Attorney General Eric Holder. 

BMH names Patty O’Donnell new board chair

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 5:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has announced that Patricia “Patty” O’Donnell has been elected as Chairperson of the Board of Directors. O’Donnell has served in various capacities on the Board, including several committees such as Quality, Planning, Joint Conference, and Board Executive. She represented the towns of Vernon and Guilford as a State Representative from 1998 to 2010. During that time, she served on both the Appropriations and Human Services Committees, where she became well-versed in healthcare issues in Vermont. 

Blue Cross installs 150K solar project at Berlin HQ

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:13pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross and Blue Shield of VT announced in a statement Monday that it had completed a 150 kW net metered solar array, which is installed at its Berlin campus. This system is a roof-mounted solar array comprising 860 panels, generating roughly 225,000 kW Hours per year. This project is expected to offset more than 169 tons of carbon dioxide per year and will eventually produce enough electric power to reduce the non-profit’s utility costs by $40,000 annually. Blue Cross is the state's largest health insurer.

Election day voter registration now in effect in Vermont

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 3:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Secretary of State Jim Condos announced today that eligible Vermont voters are now able to register to vote on any day up to and including Election Day. As of January 1, 2017 Act No. 44 (S 29) An act relating to election day registration officially went into effect, and will be implemented immediately for all local and state elections going forward, including any special elections and Town Meeting Day, which is Tuesday, March 7.

Vermont’s 54 most promising jobs revealed

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 1:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine What do four hundred electricians, more than two thousand nurses, and nearly five hundred software developers have in common? According to a newly updated brochure from the J Warren & Lois McClure Foundation and the Vermont Department of Labor, these are some of the most promising jobs expected in Vermont over the next 10 years. Wages run from low-40s to over $100,000 a year. As this data makes clear, high-pay, high-demand jobs do exist in the Green Mountain State. However, they largely require training and/or education beyond high school.

UVM: Vermont police data show racial disparities in traffic policing

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 11:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A new University of Vermont study reveals notable disparities in how police officers from 29 departments across Vermont treat drivers by race. The research finds racial disparities in traffic stops, searches, arrests and outcomes – which vary by police agency. It is the first study of statewide traffic policing and race, covering Vermont’s largest police departments, and follows a 2014 state law requiring police to collect race data.

Vermont foreclosures fall at slow rate

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 9:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont remains in the middle of the pack for bad mortgages as the nation as a whole continues to make significant progress in unwinding from the real estate collapse during the Great Recession of 2008-2009. Vermont, which had a smaller relative level of foreclosures than most of the country, is also more slowly working through the process.

Smith: Getting it wrong

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 9:16am -- tim

by Mike Smith On a Friday evening, just over a week ago, The Washington Post sent the entire world into a tizzy with claims that Russian hackers had penetrated this country’s electrical grid. The Post reported that it was a Vermont electric utility where hackers found entry to our electrical production and transmission systems. The mere thought of hackers gaining access to our electrical grid is frightening. Industrial, financial, medical and government operations — just to name a few — could be disrupted, or even worse, shut down.

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital plans $22 million Modernization Project

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 12:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) has submitted to the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) a Certificate of Need (CON) application for a Modernization Project. The project includes the construction of a four story building to house replacement for the three existing operating rooms and support areas, two floors for medical offices, and expansion of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation services. The project also includes upgrading the hospital’s power plant. 

Central Vermont RPC seeks transportation planning and study ideas

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 6:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The public is invited to offer suggestions to the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) for transportation planning projects that would benefit Washington County and the towns of Orange, Washington, and Williamstown. CVRPC is asking for help to make getting around easier, safer, and more convenient for everyone by contributing your transportation planning and study ideas. 

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