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GMP second in East in JD Power ranking

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 12:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine An increase in power outage information along with higher price satisfaction are the top drivers of the sixth consecutive year of improved customer satisfaction with residential electric utility companies, according to the JD Power 2017 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study, released today. Green Mountain power scored second highest in the East region for utilities its size.

New state program to recognize outstanding farmers

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 12:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine You can tell a lot about a farm by looking closely at the soil. That's why the new, statewide program to recognize Vermont's most environmentally friendly farmers will be based on soil-sampling and monitoring. Today, Governor Phil Scott announced the pilot launch of the new Vermont Environmental Stewardship Program (VESP), which will use soil-based analysis to identify farmers who are going above and beyond to protect our natural resources.

EPA recognizes Vermont Army Guard for saving resources

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 6:07am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the efforts of federal facilities that took steps to improve efficiency, save resources and reduce costs as part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC). Included in the honor is the Vermont Army National Guard. “Federal agencies across the country are doing their part to minimize their environmental impact, in doing so saving American taxpayers millions of dollars,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said.

Wheel Pad installs first module in Vermont

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Wheel Pad, a leader in developing eco-friendly bedroom suites that can be temporarily attached to an existing home to meet the needs of individuals with limited mobility, is pleased to announce the installation of its first module in Vermont, and invites the public to a free tour. Explore the installed Norwich Model prototype on-site at an existing home, learn about the design features, see how it attaches to the home, and experience this suite for yourself.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Challenge Race spirited, wavy, and fun

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 3:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Over 70 rowers and paddlers dug deep in the waters of Lake Champlain on Sunday in the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's 21st Annual Challenge Race. The race, an annual event for 21 years, has a distinctly communal spirit – with a delicious and bountiful potluck picnic afterwards – while also fueling participants’ desire to fiercely compete.

Donovan supports protecting national monuments

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 2:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan issued a letter last week to the United States Department of the Interior, opposing the potential rollback of national monument protections. By executive order in April, President Trump directed the United States Department on the Interior to review all designations of national monuments greater than 100,000 acres created since 1996.

NIH awards $20 million to UVM and Maine Medical to address rural health challenges

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 4:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Northern New England population will be the beneficiary of a new partnership between academic medical centers and primary care practices in rural communities, which will focus on health problems endemic to the region, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, substance abuse, as well as the unique challenges of effective rural health care delivery.

Vermont lowers unemployment insurance tax

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 4:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor today announced two changes to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program starting July 1, which will reduce tax rates for employers and allow claimants to receive benefits sooner. Nearly 22,600 employers remit state unemployment taxes to the Department that are deposited into a trust fund used for the payment of unemployment insurance benefits to eligible claimants.

Jane’s Trust grants $80,000 to CVOEO to support financial empowerment for new Americans

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 3:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine So how does a program like Financial Futures get from interpreted financial capability classes on site to the “Financial Empowerment for New Americans Project?” Start by building on a grant-funded project in 2015/16 through the Refugee Targeted Assistance Program with the goal of developing the financial capability of refugees and asylum seekers, then add staff participation in IDEO’s Human-Centered Design course, then strengthen existing and forge new partnerships.

FirstLight to acquire 186 Communications

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 3:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine FirstLight, a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in Vermont and across the Northeast, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Nashua, NH-based 186 Communications. The transaction will combine 186’s high-capacity fiber network in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont with FirstLight’s expansive fiber network and complete portfolio of data, Internet, data center, cloud and voice services.