Vermont Business Magazine The Northeast Kingdom Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation made $110,243 in grants to 29 organizations in Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties this year. The NEK Fund was established in 2011 by the Vermont Community Foundation and local partners as a permanent philanthropic resource for people and communities in the region. In a new initiative for 2019, the NEK Fund grantmaking committee invited a small group of continuously supported NEK partners to apply for multi-year funding to provide for programmatic and operational grant requests.
Vermont Business Magazine Over 150 Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) Corporators and community leaders attended the organization’s annual meeting at Northern Vermont University on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The meeting, which marked the end of NVRH’s 2019 fiscal year, highlighted organizational achievements from the past year and featured remarks from NVRH CEO Shawn Tester, NVRH Board Chair Tom Robinson, and the Executive Director of Lumunos Clinicians Wellbeing Services Doug Wysockey-Johnson. The meeting also included election and re-election of Corporators and trustees for the St Johnsbury-based hospital.
Vermont Business Magazine Besides reducing their environmental impact and saving money, members who have enrolled in Vermont Electric Co-op’s Co-op Community Solar Program often cite convenience and lack of equipment maintenance as major reasons they participate. UnderCo-op Community Solar Program, members make an up-front payment to sponsor panels for either 10 or 20 years and receive a guaranteed, fixed, monthly credit on their electric bill. By the end of the sponsorship, the total value of the bill credits exceeds the initial up-front payment.
Vermont Business Magazine The Made in Vermont Marketplace is pleased to announce a new location for the annual two-day expo highlighting Vermont Made products. The 7th annual show will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Burlington. The 2020 Made in Vermont Marketplace will take place on April 4th & 5th, 2020
Vermont Business Magazine The next three F-35 Lightning II aircraft landed at the Vermont Air National Guard just after 3 pm today. These aircraft are part of the 20 total aircraft assigned to the Vermont Air National Guard, with the full complement arriving by summer 2020. The aircraft departed Thursday morning from Fort Worth, Texas, and were flown by Vermont Air National Guard pilots assigned to the 134th Fighter Squadron.
by Chad Farrell, Encore Renewable Energy In Vermont and across the country, many businesses, institutions and communities are recognizing the benefits that the sun can have on their bottom lines. In fact, our company Encore Renewable Energy, which specializes in the origination, development, financing and construction of community scale solar energy generation projects, has worked with dozens of businesses, schools, hospitals, utilities and municipalities across our state to give them an energy solution that is affordable, reliable, and good for the environment.
Vermont Business Magazine When it comes to profitability, energy efficiency counts. Inefficient lighting, ventilation, and equipment not only hike up energy bills; they also sap employee production and hurt customer experience.
Vermont Business Magazine The largest Button Up Vermont weatherization campaign ever is winding down this week, but Vermonters will benefit from the impacts of the campaign for years to come. The collaboration brought together towns, energy organizations, and energy service providers to provide resources to help Vermonters save money and energy on home heating through weatherization.
Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan I found the article published yesterday in Seven Days, “Guarded Secrets: Claims of Sexual Misconduct, Drug Use Plague a Vermont Prison for Women,” deeply disturbing. The behavior described is reprehensible, and Vermont’s inmates deserve better. I support the Governor’s directive to his Agency of Human Services Secretary Mike Smith for an investigation of the Department of Corrections. I will offer my assistance in my role as Attorney General to Secretary Smith. While the Department of Corrections is under the Governor’s authority, we should all be concerned for the safety and dignity of those who are in the custody of the Department of Corrections.
Vermont Business Magazine Late Wednesday afternoon, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation to crack down on unwanted and predatory robocalls. The House vote was 417-3. The Senate is expected to approve the bill in the near future and send it to the desk of President Trump for his expected signature. “Vermonters are fed up with intrusive robocalls that are annoying at best and predatory at worst,” said Welch. “These calls often originate from scam artists intent on ripping off unsuspecting consumers, particularly seniors. This bill gives the FCC the tools it needs to be the cop on the beat to go after these bad actors.”
Vermont Business Magazine US Senators Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, and Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, Thursday asked for an ethics investigation of Attorney General William Barr’s decision to approve an illegal mass surveillance program by the Drug Enforcement Administration in a letter to the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility. Barr approved the DEA program in 1992, during his first stint as attorney general, without conducting any analysis of whether it was legal, according to an Inspector General report released earlier this year. The vast surveillance program swept up billions of phone records over more than 20 years, using subpoenas that were never reviewed by a judge.