Vermont Business Magazine FirstLight, a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in the Northeast, has announced that Tri State Area Federal Credit Union, formerly Hoosick Federal Credit Union, has selected FirstLight for Internet and Voice services for its Bennington, VT location. Tri State Area Federal Credit Union (FCU) is a small, up and coming ($24M) community chartered not-for-profit doing business in the Tri State area of New York, Vermont and Massachusetts. The company will utilize FirstLight’s services to support data processing in the cloud.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont will be represented at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games by 19 athletes, Unified partners, and coaches competing in athletics (track and field events), Unified basketball, and swimming. Every four years, Special Olympics presents the USA Games where athletes from across the country compete in 14 team and individual sports. Over 4000 Special Olympic athletes are expected to participate in the USA Games this July in Seattle, Washington.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today signed an executive order creating a Community Violence Prevention Task Force. The Executive Order, he said in a statement, is one part of the governor’s broader efforts to ensure Vermont continues to be one of the safest states in the country.
Vermont Business Magazine The state Senate has quickly overridden Governor Phil Scott’s veto of bill S103, which sought to give the Vermont Health Commissioner more flexibility in regulating consumer goods, with special concern regarding those for young children. The bill also follows along from the PFOA contamination in Bennington from the ChemFab plant, discovered in 2016. The bill would require testing of new groundwater sources and potable water supplies for specified chemical parameters. The governor vetoed S103 last Monday night. In doing so, he said the bill is duplicative to the state's already strong standards on hazardous materials and could increase costs of goods to consumers and businesses.
Vermont Business Magazine Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) is calling for the immediate resignation of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt. Welch has co-sponsored a House ‘no confidence’ resolution (H.Res. 834) in response to Pruitt’s reported ethics violations, misuse of taxpayer funds, and policy actions that have undermined the agency’s core mission at expense of the environment, public health and science.
Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), joined by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont), announced a $792,000 grant to bring the medical records system at the Vermont Veterans’ Home in Bennington into the 21st century. The grant meets a longstanding priority of the Bennington facility and was made possible by new funding for veterans in the bipartisan budget agreement reached by Congress in February.
Vermont Business Magazine On Monday, Governor Scott, along with representatives from the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), participated in the Aerospace Innovation Forum 2018, hosted by Aero Montreal. Scott and ACCD were joined by seven Vermont businesses in the aerospace industry: MSI, Stephens Precision, Sathorn Corporation, Microwire Transmission, Liquid Measurement Systems, SemiProbe, and Vermont Aerospace.
Vermont Non-Profit Leaders The Vermont House has passed H.911, which we believe, if enacted, will fundamentally change the nature of charitable giving in Vermont. Its negative effects will hurt Vermont non-profits, and more importantly, diminish our ability to serve Vermonters in our communities.
Vermont Business Magazine After many months of planning, fund-raising and anticipation, a major renovation project was launched this week at Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Nursing in Middlebury. This $900,000 project will result in a state-of-the-art post-acute unit for residents recovering from surgery or other conditions requiring short-term rehabilitation, and a new end-of-life suite offering a comfortable and family-centered environment for residents and their loved ones which, for the ARCH organization, represents the realization of their founding mission.
Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington 2030 District, a private/public partnership that supports ongoing local efforts to mitigate climate change, looks forward to its official launch event on Tuesday, May 1 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Union Station (1 Main Street) in Burlington. All are welcome to attend this celebration, where attendees will learn how voluntary participation in this initiative helps property owners to increase asset value, reduce operating costs, and create a healthier community.
Vermont Business Magazine This year at the annual sofi Awards, Vermont specialty food producers brought home three gold awards. The sofi Awards, which stands for “specialty outstanding food innovation,” are the most prestigious awards in the specialty food industry and honor excellence across a variety of food categories, from vinegars to vegan snacks. Vermont’s gold winners were Vermont Creamery, Mount Mansfield Maple Products, and Blake Hill Preserves.
Vermont Business Magazine The Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) at Vermont Law School today released “Low-Income Solar Ownership in Vermont: Overcoming Barriers to Equitable Access,” a report prepared for the Vermont Low Income Trust for Electricity (VLITE), Inc. The report examines how to give low-income customers equitable access to the benefits of distributed solar as the renewable energy resource becomes an increasingly cost-effective option to meet clean energy goals.