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Burlington Telecom warns of federal threat to net neutrality

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 2:23pm -- tim

by Stephen Barraclough, General Manager, Burlington Telecom Right now, a battle is raging at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the country’s large, incumbent telecommunications firms try to undo key customer protections that prevent American internet customers from facing new fees, website blocking, and traffic throttling. However, not all telecom providers feel the same.

FreshTracks Capital invests in luxury organic skincare company, Ogee

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 12:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine FreshTracks Capital announces its investment in Ogee, a Vermont-based company that makes luxury organic skincare and beauty products. This is the fifth company investment from FreshTracks Capital’s newly launched investment fund, FreshTracks IV, which opened in December 2016. FreshTracks led the $1 million round of financing for Ogee to provide growth capital and help the company expand its business.

People's United Foundation awards over $80,000 in statewide grants

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 12:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced Wednesday that it awarded $82,500 during its second grant cycle of 2017 to nonprofit organizations throughout Vermont. Fifteen organizations received funding in support of activities that ranged from basic needs services and affordable housing initiatives, to education and workforce development programs. Recipients included Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Easter Seals Vermont, New England Kurn Hattin Homes, Samaritan House, Sara M.

Schubart: Burlington College, politics or governance failure?

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 12:40pm -- tim

by Bill Schubart I’ve been watching the national effort to politicize Burlington College’s demise and am saddened by the venality of our politics and our dangerous ignorance of non-profit governance. It’s endemic in Vermont, where too many of our major non-profits have limped through a decade or two of unreviewed leadership performance, mission decay, and disconnection from constituents because their boards have no idea what the obligations and liabilities of board members are or even what board service means.

Stewart Pond dam altered without permit, owner fined $9,750

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 12:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Natural Resources announced Wednesday that Suzanne Reider of Goshen was fined $9,750 for making alterations to Stewart Pond Dam before obtaining necessary authorization from the State. Dams, even small dams for backyard ponds, are significant structures that can have major public safety and environmental implications. As a result, dams are regulated by a variety of federal, state and local laws.

Gifford works to repair and reopen Project Independence building

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 12:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Severe weather pummeled downtown Barre on July 8, 2017, with wind gusts that tore back a portion of the roof of a Main Street building that housed Gifford’s Project Independence (PI). The adult day program (which provides services to seniors with cognitive and physical disabilities) and four second-floor apartments were opened to Saturday afternoon’s torrential rain and there was significant structural and subsequent water damage.

French firm wins Vermont Yankee reactor dismantling contract

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 10:16am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Paris-based AREVA has signed a contract with NorthStar to segment, package and transport to offsite disposal the reactor pressure vessel and internal reactor components of the Vermont Yankee Boiling Water Reactor. This does not include the spent fuel. The reactor began commercial operation in 1972 and, at full power, supplied 620 MW. It shut down in December 2014. Terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, were not disclosed.

Governor Scott meets with federal Medicaid officials

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 1:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Tuesday, Governor Phil Scott met with Dr Stephen Cha, Fatema Salam and Rivka Friedman of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), as part of the federal organization’s day-long visit to Vermont.

Governor Scott provided the following statement on the meeting and the in-depth discussions of health care reform:

Burlington Electric launches 'Solar Shopper' program

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 4:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Electric Department today, joined by Mayor Miro Weinberger, launched its new Solar Shopper program, designed to help Burlingtonians shop for solar through a new, easy-to-use, web-based comparison shopping tool. This program is designed to help residential and small commercial customers install net-metered solar arrays of up to 15 kilowatts.

Joseph Choquette III awarded Rotarian of the Year

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 4:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Joseph L Choquette III, external affairs manager at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, has been named Rotarian of the Year 2016-2017 in recognition of his dedication and service to the Rotary Club of Montpelier. Presented at the first club meeting of the new year on July 10 by outgoing President Susan Kruthers, Choquette was surprised and honored to have been recognized. “I was grateful for the recognition.” Choquette said.