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Brutal economic times spur resourcefulness and innovation, two attributes that aptly describe Smart Business, a new commuting program from the Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) that delivers savings incentives to savvy employers and their employees.
Through the Transportation Equity Act (TEA-21), the federal government provides financial incentives to encourage more workers to commute with public transportation, through programs like Smart Business.

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Susan Murray of Langrock, Sperry & Wool has been named as the first ever Burlington Family Lawyer of the Year. She received this honor from Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession, because her fellow attorneys in the area of family law consistently rate her at the top of the field. Murray, a graduate of Smith College and the New York University School of Law, has been with Langrock for 25 years. In addition to her work in the areas of family law and estate planning, she is well known for her role in the Baker v. Vermont case involving same-sex marriage and has an active practice in gay and lesbian family law. Murray lives in Ferrisburgh.
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Additional Information
Bio: http://www.langrock.com/attorney_profiles/susan_murray.php

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Vermont Law School, known for its top-ranked environmental law program, is pleased to announce that James Gustave Speth, currently dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, will be joining its faculty as of July 1, 2010.
Speth has served as dean and professor at Yale since 1999. Prior to his time at Yale, he served as administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the UN Development Group. Earlier, he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute; professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center; chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality; and senior attorney and cofounder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Seizing the opportunity to make needed long-term investments in the face of a weak economy, 12 states and cities are launching innovative projects to preserve more than 70,000 affordable rental homes.
The new projects will assist military families in Maryland, seniors in rural Iowa and Vermont, low-wage workers in Florida and Oregon, and people who have been homeless in Los Angeles. They will promote energy efficiency in Pennsylvania, save distressed buildings in Minnesota, improve management of rental housing in Washington State, and ensure that rental homes are available in gentrifying areas near public transit in Denver.
With the stock of affordable rental housing disappearing at an alarming rate, MacArthur's $32.5 million investment - $9.5 million in grants and an additional $23 million in low-interest loans - will leverage more than $147 million in other funding. The news was welcomed today by federal, state, and local housing officials across the country.

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To address the growing demand for advanced wireless data products and services, such as the BlackBerry(R) Bold(TM) and the Samsung Eternity(TM), AT&T* today unveiled its network expansion plans for Vermont in the coming year.
AT&T plans to roll out its third generation (3G) mobile broadband network in the state by the end of this year, bringing faster wireless speeds to communities including Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland, St. Albans, Hartford, West Wardsboro, Ludlow, Brownsville, Windsor, Vernon, White River Junction, West Wardsboro, Jamaica, Brattleboro, West Townshend, West Dover, Jeffersonville, Barre, Waitsfield, Essex Junction, South Burlington, Colchester, Williston, Winooski, Warren, Stowe, Killington, Northfield, Montgomery Center, Bennington, Middlebury and Pownal.

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Mack Molding of Arlington has demonstrated its commitment to the triple-bottom line – people, planet and profit – by installing more than 2,100 energy-efficient lighting fixtures in its southern Vermont manufacturing facilities. The comprehensive lighting project is one of the 10 largest energy-saving projects completed by a Vermont company in partnership with Efficiency Vermont.
A leading custom plastics molder and manufacturer for companies in the medical, commercial, computer/business equipment, and transportation industries, Mack Molding implemented significant lighting upgrades in its three Vermont plants totaling more than 600,000 square feet. Goals for the project included improving the level and quality of light, saving energy, minimizing maintenance, and achieving a return on investment in two years or less.

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Wondering how your business, municipality, organization, or non-profit could benefit from the recently enacted economic recovery bill? Interested in how the stimulus bill might help you buy a home or impact your family's bottom line this year? U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, Governor James Douglas, the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) invite you to attend a FREE workshop that will help Vermonters understand selected programs included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Friday, March 6, 2009, 1 pm to 5 pm
Champlain College, Burlington, VT
IDX Student Life Center, 265 South Willard Street
Open To:
Vermont Residents, Small Business Owners, Advocates, Municipal Officials

To register online by Wednesday, March 4th, click here
or
Call (800) 642-3193

Workshop Agenda:

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John H. Josh Fitzhugh, president and chief executive officer of Union Mutual of Vermont Companies, announced today that Thomas H. MacLeay has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Union Mutual Fire Insurance Company and New England Guaranty Insurance Company, Inc.
MacLeay is the chairman of the board of National Life Group and recently retired as National Life s president and CEO after a 32-year career with the company.
Tom brings a wealth of experience and skills to our Board, said Fitzhugh. His tenure at National Life was marked by exceptional growth and a healthy effort to diversify the business. He knows insurance and he understands the unique and important role companies like Union Mutual and National Life have in our marketplace.

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Montpelier, Vt. Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin today announced a balanced budget framework for building a 21st Century government and asked Senate and House committees to evaluate structural changes that will enable the state to do more with less.
These are extraordinarily challenging times for Vermont families, businesses and state government, said Speaker Smith. To ensure we both weather the storm and emerge as a stronger, more vibrant state, we must pursue balanced and creative solutions to make the state more efficient, more effective and more accountable to the people.
The challenges we must confront are indeed large, but this crisis also presents incredible opportunities for Vermont, said Senator Shumlin. The American Recovery & Reinvestment Plan gives us the breathing room we need to engage with Vermonters and, together, set our state on a strategic and smart path to sustainability and prosperity.

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Montpelier, VT FairPoint customers may be wondering why they have not received their monthly bill; there is an explanation and some important information for consumers. Since January 30th, when cutover from Verizon-owned systems to new systems owned and operated by FairPoint occurred, the mailing of customer bills has been delayed, with customers receiving bills several weeks later than they normally would. While a delay of some bills was anticipated by FairPoint as a result of the cutover, the commitment to ensuring accurate bills for consumers has lead to longer delays in sending out bills.

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Representatives Branagan, Devereux, Haas, Hube, Manwaring, Moran, W. Stevens, and Zenie announced their introduction of legislation that will require that any bill affecting property taxes shall be accompanied by a fiscal note when it is voted out of a standing committee of the general assembly.
In times of fiscal uncertainty, when federal, state and local responsibilities are being redefined, our property owners are more vulnerable than ever to surreptitious tax shifting.
Any legislation that has an effect on state spending already must pass before the appropriate money committee for scrutiny. Why is there no equivalent protection for legislation that will have an effect on local spending?
Our legislation will correct this inequity and will bring light to bear on actions that will have an impact on our property tax payers.

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MONTPELIER The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) awarded the Richmond Bridge Street Bridge improvement project to T. Buck Construction of Auburn, Maine. T. Buck plans to begin work March 9, 2009 and will close the bridge to traffic that day.
Construction activities will include the rehabilitation of the existing steel truss bridge, as well as repair of existing abutments and approaches. Crews will work seven days per week during daytime hours, but will add night work as necessary to remain on schedule.
VTrans contract with T. Buck calls for the bridge to be reopened to traffic before July 4, 2009. The company, however, has an additional few weeks to finish work that can be completed while traffic flows.
Motorists should seek alternate routes while the bridge is closed.