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Leahy comments on intelligence report on Russian interference in American election

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 3:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) issued the following comment Friday after the release of a report on Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.  Earlier this week, Leahy joined other Democratic Senators in introducing legislation calling for an independent, nonpartisan commission to comprehensively investigate the matter.

Phil Scott appoints Snyder, LaClair, Mohlman, Lincoln, Thompson to key posts

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 10:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Scott Friday evening announced more appointments to his extended cabinet and key policy directors within his Administration. Michael Snyder has been reappointed Commissioner of Forest, Parks & Recreation. Jolinda LaClair has been named Director of Drug Abuse Prevention. Mary Kate M Mohlman, PhD, MS, has been named the Director of Health Reform. Sam Lincoln of Randolph Center has been appointed Deputy Commissioner of Forests Parks & Recreation. Darwin Thompson has been named Commissioner of Information and Innovation.

Keurig to brew up beer

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 10:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine When Keurig Green Mountain Inc was bought last year in a blockbuster, $13.9 billion deal by European holding company JAB, it shortly thereafter severed its partnership with Coca Cola to market Keurig Kold, a home-based beverage system. Apparently its thirst for ice cold refreshment has not been slaked. On Friday, Waterbury-based Keurig quietly announced on its Website that it will develop a beer-making system with Budweiser, which also will include a variety of alcoholic drinks.

Sugarbush Resort to host military families for a day for skiing and fun Sunday

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 3:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, and with fresh snow on the ground, Sugarbush Resort is ready to host Post-9/11 Veterans, Service Members and their Families for a free day of skiing and riding on Sunday, January 8, 2017. The free day of winter fun is made possible through Sugarbush’s ongoing partnership with Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program. Sugarbush will provide equipment (including adaptive ski gear), instructors, lift tickets and lessons for all participants.

Vermont Futures Project releases Vision Report: State needs more workers

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 12:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Bill Shouldice, CEO of Vermont Teddy Bear and Chair of the Vermont Chamber Foundation, unveiled A Vision for Vermont's Economy, a new report from The Vermont Futures Project at the Vermont Economic Conference n Friday morning at the Hilton Burlington. The report by The Vermont Futures Project reflects conversations with nearly 500 Vermonters about the current Vermont economy and what is needed to secure Vermont's economic future.

Weekly unemployment claims stay high, higher than last year

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 12:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims stayed at their post-holiday level as service companies shed short-term workers. Claims also were higher than last year at this time. While Services reported the most claims, Manufacturing doubled for the week to an unusually high 444 claims. 

The holidays typically produce wild swings in unemployment claims, because of an increase in hiring in the Service sector, from retail to delivery-related businesses, and then an abrupt round of layoffs. 

Vermont hunters had successful 2016 deer seasons

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 11:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says preliminary numbers show 16,160 deer were taken during Vermont's 2016 deer hunting seasons. Reports from big game check stations indicate hunters had successful deer seasons in 2016, taking 3,447 deer in archery season, 1,438 in youth season, 7,725 in rifle season, and 3,550 in muzzleloader season. The 16,160 deer brought home by hunters yielded more than 3 million meals of local nutritious venison.

Burlington School District improves financial performance

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 11:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington School District’s recent audit revealed that the District is deficit-free for the second consecutive year. School Board Chair Mark Porter applauded the results, saying “The strong financial progress signals a shift from deficit spending towards consistent budget oversight. This pattern of increased financial stability over the past two years has our District poised to make exciting new investments in our students and programs."

New England Center for Circus Arts gets $75K matching grant

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 10:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) has received a $75,000 matching grant from the Jane’s Trust. Jane’s Trust offered NECCA the matching grant at the end of 2015. NECCA supporters met the challenge and the match was received in December. The total raised to date is now $1.218 million toward the $2.5 million goal.

“From the beginning of this campaign four years ago, NECCA has been like The Little Engine That Could, defying all expectations,” says campaign director Lisa Barnwell Williams of Chanticleer Consulting.  

Two huge signs to be installed at NECCA’s new home

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 10:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine How many people does it take to make a sign? Mel Martin, volunteer for New England Center for Circus Arts’ capital campaign effort, has found out over the last two years. “It’s more than one might think,” he says, “especially if it is a 12-foot diameter sign and you’ve never designed a sign before.”

Martin began designing two different signs in October 2014 for the newest custom-built circus arts trapezium building in the United States, built and located in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Phil Scott sworn in, reinforces vision for the economy and government

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 5:12pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Already well known for his gracious manner and conciliatory nature, Governor Phil Scott offered his first inaugural address before the Legislature at the State House on Thursday afternoon by opening with kind words for Governor Peter Shumlin's long political career. Scott, in a half-hour speech, then laid out his campaign vision for growing the economy, making Vermont more affordable and restoring faith and trust in government. He also won five standing ovations, mostly for his remarks concerning early education, the environment and continuing the fight against opiate addictions, which he credited Governor Shumlin for starting. He also garnered something of a half-ovation, in what was a Democratic-heavy body of lawmakers, by insisting that Vermont would not solve its budget problems by raising taxes.