Current News

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Dennis O’Connell of North Pomfret, Vt., an International Business student at Champlain College in Burlington, conducted economic and cultural research for Lt. Governor Brian Dubie’s mission to Cuba this week. O’Connell prepared briefing packages to help prepare Dubie and other officials for the international trip.
Dubie was invited by Alimport, a Cuban government-authorized trade group, to attend a Cuban-US agricultural trade fair from April 13 – 16. He was scheduled to address the conference on the opening day. The Cuban Humanitarian Trade Act of 2001 authorizes certain sales of US agricultural and medical products to Cuba, and Cuba has released an extensive list of commodities it is interested in buying. Among them are dairy products, maple products and apples.

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United Way of Chittenden County’s 62nd annual dinner and community awards on Thursday, May 6 will celebrate “The Heroes Among Us,” and highlight the organization and its supporters accomplishments in the community.
The super hero-themed evening (tights, capes and secret identities encouraged) will be held at the Wyndham Hotel Burlington’s Adirondack Ballroom beginning with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards presentations. Last year’s awards dinner sold-out and space is limited.
“One of the hallmarks of our annual dinner is to do a little ‘fun-raising’ and celebrate the accomplishments of volunteers and organizations that support United Way,” said Stephen Mease, United Way’s director of marketing and communications.

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The Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR) announces the selection of twenty-seven Vermont public schools as the 2004 Medallion Quality Public Schools. Designed to recognize outstanding student academic achievement and overall school quality, the Medallion Program is in its 12th year of presenting awards in this highly selective process.
Consistent with VBR's long-standing commitment to support high academic standards, meaningful statewide assessment of student performance, and comprehensive reporting of results, the selection criteria for Medallion Quality Public Schools are based on a review of the statewide public school assessment results for all public schools in Vermont, as published by the Vermont Department of Education.
"Each year the Medallion School review process highlights some fascinating examples of education being delivered in very creative and effective ways. This year is again noteworthy," said Lisa Ventriss, president of the VBR.

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The new 2,552 square foot Douglas fir timber frame is specifically designed to house and showcase a variety of framing systems including a Ridge Beam Common Rafter system and a Principal Purlin Common Rafter system. The Great Room features a Hammerbeam truss, while the gable endwall highlights a decorative Queens post bent. The Sales Center also features various product choices including Loewen™ windows and doors, Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), an Insulated Concrete Form foundation system, and Duragroove™ prefinished decking.
“The Sales Center provides an excellent opportunity for people to see the different products we offer and experience the warmth and integrity of a timber frame home. Just as exciting is helping people visualize how their design and plans can transform into a timber frame home that meets their family needs, lifestyle, and budget,” says President Jeff Davis.

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The Women Business Owners Network (WBON) will hold its 2nd annual spring conference for women business owners on April 30, 2003 at the Best Western Conference Center in South Burlington, VT. The theme is, “Spring into Action: Leading Your Business with Creativity.”
The conference will begin with on Friday at 11:00 am and run until 5:30 p.m. Registration fees are $39 for members, $54 for non-members, and $139 for new members (includes 1 year of dues).
The conference will feature a business expo for members and sponsors. The sponsors include: Key Bank, Vermont Economic Development Authority, Vermont Woman, Vermont Times, Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, Athena’s Day Spa, & Kinkos.

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The Vermont Chapter will receive a Continuing Publication Commendation from the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) for its monthly newsletter, Green Mountain Specifier. Christopher Eling, CSI, CDT, editor of the newsletter, will accept the award April 21, 2004 during the Opening General Session of The 48th Annual CSI Showä & Convention.
CSI presents a Continuing Publication Commendation to individuals, chapters, firms, or organizations for outstanding publications in areas related to the Institute. The Vermont Chapter nominated Eling and the Green Mountain Specifier for:
- Consistently providing the construction community with news from the chapter, region, and Institute

- Publishing technical and educational articles by members and industry experts

- Reviewing past, present and future chapter programs

- Recognizing new members

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What do Nintendo, Atari, the medical industry, and the US Army have in common? All make use of electronic game or interactive technology, and all are potential employers of skills that will be developed in a new degree program at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.
The career-oriented college is unveiling a rare, new bachelor’s degree in Electronic Game & Interactive Development. It’s the first degree of its kind in New England and starting this fall it will prepare students for careers in the fastest growing segment of the entertainment market.

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Noting significant changes in corporate culture and work processes that ultimately helped lead the company to meet or exceed all customer service standards, the Edison Electric Institute today named Green Mountain Power Corporation as a finalist for the power sector’s highest honor, the Edison Award.
Given annually by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the prestigious award honors the U.S. shareholder-owned and international members for outstanding contributions and advancement of the industry. A committee of national industry trade publication editors and a panel of past and current EEI chairmen select the finalists and ultimate winners. This year's award, the 45th, will be announced June 8 at EEI's annual convention in Orlando, Fla.

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Directors of Green Mountain Power Corporation (NYSE:GMP) announced today a quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per share on the utility's Common Stock, payable June 30, 2004 to holders of record at the close of business on June 14, 2004. The indicated annual dividend rate is $0.88.
Green Mountain Power Corporation (www.greenmountainpower.biz ) is a Vermont-based energy services company serving 89,000 electric customers.

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Climate Systems was awarded the "2003 Dedication Award" from the Unified Group, a national network of quality- driven heating, air-conditioning and ventilating contractors.

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VCET to Collaborate With Business Incubator Network to Promote Economic
Development Statewide

Senator Patrick Leahy, Governor James Douglas, and University of Vermont
president Daniel Mark Fogel announced March 29, 2004, the launch of the Vermont Center for
Emerging Technologies, a multi-faceted initiative that will play a
crucial role in diversifying Vermont’s economy and boosting economic
development in the state.

Senator Leahy secured an appropriation of $1 million to help launch the
center, which will be located in Farrell Hall on the Trinity College
campus of the University of Vermont.

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Cambium Group, a leading web site development firm based in Montpelier is pleased to announce the launch of a new website for Truliant Federal Credit Union www.truliantfcu.org. Truliant, based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina is currently the 84th largest credit union in the country. Cambium and Truliant partnered together to develop a website that offers their members a refreshing, updated design with improved navigation to the many products and services the credit union offers.

Southern Vermont AHEC and Governor’s Institutes inspire future healthcare leaders
A Passion to Do the Right Thing: Michael Monte and the Champlain Housing Trust
Vermont Historical Society awarded IMLS grant
American Meadows and High Country Gardens support community organizations by donating unsold plants resulting in 0% organic waste
UVM taps Tim Rademacher to lead research at Proctor Maple Research Center