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US motorists to spend $52 billion more at the pump in 2017, yearly average to be 36-cents higher

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 9:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US motorists may get some sticker shock in 2017 and will shell out $52 billion more over the course of the year compared to 2016 as the national yearly average rises to $2.49 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s 2017 Fuel Price Outlook. Its Vermont Website, is already reporting average gasoline prices this week of $2.39, up 5 cents from last week and 30 cents more than a year ago. Analysts project that gasoline prices will not return to 2016 levels for the foreseeable future.

Bullrock completes 2.6 megawatt solar array in Westminster

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 9:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Shelburne-based Bullrock Corporation has announced the completion of a 2.6 Megawatt solar  array in Westminster. The array consists of 7,500 panels and  generates enough electricity to power over 300 homes. The site has been constructed on a former gravel pit. The electricity that’s generated by this solar field will be used the Vermont Army National Guard, who will be receiving the benefits from this project for at least 20 years. 

Sugarbush launches events for NSAA Safety Month

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 9:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In accordance with the National Ski Area Association’s Safety Month, Sugarbush Resort has added special events focused on safety for the month of January. The resort will be hosting four different events each weekend throughout the month including Meet the Parks Crew Rail Jam on Saturday, January 7, Meet the Wildlife Experts on Sunday, January 15, Know the Code Activities with Murphy Moose and Ski & Ride Team on Saturday, January 21, and Meet the Ski Patrol Toboggan Rides on Saturday, January 28.

The Legacy of Longevity: Protecting Vermont's Environment

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 3:12am -- tim

by ANR Secretary Deb Markowitz Six years is a long time to serve as Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources. From the moment I arrived at our offices in Waterbury, people kept reminding me the average stay of an agency head at ANR was only eighteen months. Some warned me not to get too comfortable. Others cynically noted that perhaps when I took the job I did not fully understand the hazards of the position.

Scott names Mark Levine Health Commissioner, Kaj Samsom Tax Commissioner

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 5:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Wednesday, Governor-elect Phil Scott announced more extended cabinet appointments. Mark A Levine, MD, has been named Commissioner of Health. Before joining the Governors-elect’s Administration, Levine was a Professor of Health Medicine at the University of Vermont, the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official at the College of Medicine and the UVM Medical Center.

Supreme Court rules against Shumlin on high court appointment

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 4:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In a unanimous decision, including Associate Justice John A Dooley, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled today that Governor Shumlin did not have the authority to appoint a replacement for Dooley. Dooley had announced his retirement last fall, but will not step down until this spring. The governor argued that the constitution nonetheless allowed him to appoint the next justice when a seat became imminent. The justices ruled otherwise.

Governor Shumlin gives farewell speech

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 4:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin gave his last speech today on his last full day as governor. He congratulated Governor-elect Phil Scott and the new leaders of the Legislature. He spoke at length about health care and Vermont’s lowest-in-the-nation uninsured rate. He talked about the long fight against addiction, about the economy, education, the environment, renewable energy, the closing of Vermont Yankee, “fake news” and GMOs. But he did not mention perhaps his greatest accomplishment and one that not a single political opponent or itinerant blogger ever took issue with: Leading Vermont through the recovery from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

Runamok Maple acquires maple candy operation from Bascom

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 2:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Cambridge-based Runamok Maple, a maker of all-natural, organic maple syrup, including a collection of barrel-aged, smoked, and infused maple syrups, today announced the acquisition of Brattleboro's Bascom Maple Farms’ maple candy operation. As of today, the candy operation of Bascom Maple Farms, consisting of maple candy and maple butter, will be owned by Runamok Maple and operated under the name of True North Maple, a newly developed maple candy brand from Runamok Maple.

Inntopia acquires another e-travel firm

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 1:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Stowe's Inntopia, the travel industry’s leading eCommerce and central reservation provider announced today the acquisition of Destimetrics, a leading comprehensive market intelligence provider for the destination leisure travel industry. The acquisition of Destimetrics follows Inntopia’s merger with Ryan Solutions in November, and adds one more key component to Inntopia’s offerings: a full suite of market intelligence reports and analytics for the travel and hospitality industries.

Leahy names staff director, counsel to Appropriations

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 1:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) Wednesday named two seasoned staff experts who will serve as top aides as he assumes the post of the Democratic leader on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Leahy has named Charles Kieffer as the committee’s minority Staff Director and Chanda Betourney as the committee minority’s Chief Counsel and Deputy Staff Director.