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Vermont Chamber Releases Top Legislative Priorities for the 2005 Session

Tue, 01/04/2005 - 8:00pm -- tim

On the opening day of the biennium, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce is pleased to publish its 2005 Priorities for Job Creation and Retention.
Set a course to make health care more affordable, accessible, and financially stable:

Ï Involve both the private and public sectors.

Ï Eliminate cost shifting.

Ï Stimulate healthy life styles and heightened personal responsibility.

Ï Embrace market-driven methodologies that drive down costs.
Give Vermont job providers greater opportunity to maintain and create quality jobs:

ForesTrade, PPKGO Mobilize Sumatra Relief Efforts

Tue, 01/04/2005 - 8:00pm -- tim

ForesTrade Inc. and the PPKGO Mobilize Relief Efforts in Aceh, Sumatra
Donations Channeled Through Coffee Kids and Café Femenino Foundation
January 3, 2005 - With a local presence already on the ground at the time
of the December 26 earthquake-tsunami disaster, local partners of Vermont
specialty importer ForesTrade Inc. were able to quickly mobilize relief
efforts in Aceh, Sumatra. The PPKGO (Gayo Organic Coffee Farmers
Association) Fair Trade coffee cooperative quickly responded in

Burlington groups challenge stormwater decision

Tue, 12/21/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

GBIC Files Motion To Stay Water Resources Board Decision
MONTPELIER - The Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC), along
with co-appellants Pomerleau Properties and Martin's Foods of South
Burlington, has filed a motion to stay the October 14th NPDES decision of
the Water Resources Board (WRB). The motion is an effort to protect
property owners in impaired watersheds from lawsuits in federal court
while the appeal of the Board's decision is pending before the state
Supreme Court.

Dillon Named New Deputy Secretary Of Commerce Agency

Tue, 12/21/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Dillon Named New Deputy Secretary Of Agency of Commerce and Community
MONTPELIER -- Lu Ann Dillon of South Burlington has been appointed
the new Deputy Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community
Development. Dillon takes over the post from Dawn Terrill, who left in
November to become Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
Since 1994, Dillon has been the Senior Vice President of Bell & Company
Management Consultants in Easton, Maryland. As Bell's lead consultant, she

Saliba named Exec VP at Citizens Bank

Tue, 12/21/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Carol-Lynn Saliba named Executive Vice President,
Director of Retail Banking for Citizens Bank in NH and VT
MANCHESTER, NH -- Citizens Bank New Hampshire has announced that
Carol-Lynn Saliba has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Director
of Retail Banking. In her new position she is responsible for the branch
network in New Hampshire and Vermont, including community business lending
and consumer banking. Her team supports the branches in all aspects of
sales, customer service, and training. Most recently, Saliba was senior

Union Bank Announces New Hires

Tue, 12/21/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Union Bank Announces New Hires
Union Bank, headquartered in Morrisville, VT, is pleased to announce the
following new hires:
Brad Prior - Deposit Operations Manager
Mr. Prior comes to Union Bank following a career at Chittenden Bank,
where he served as a Project Coordinator in their loan servicing area. In
his new position at Union Bank, Brad is responsible for managing deposit
operations activities to insure a high level of service for the bank's
customers. Mr. Prior earned an MBA from the University of Vermont in 1993.

Champlain College taps NYU's Finney as next President

Sun, 12/19/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Champlain College Taps NYU's David Finney to Become Next President
Burlington -- Dr. David F. Finney has been selected by Champlain
College's board of trustees to become the college's seventh president. Dr.
Finney has accepted the board's invitation and will succeed retiring
Champlain president Dr. Roger H. Perry on July 1, 2005.
Dr. Finney is currently Dean of New York University's School of
Continuing and Professional Studies in New York City. One of the
largest schools of continuing education in the country, SCPS annually

MMU teacher wins NASDAQ award

Sat, 12/18/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Mt. Mansfield Union High School Teacher Wins $1,000
NASDAQ National Teaching Award
Laurel Ann Butler of Colchester, a teacher at Mt. Mansfield Union High
School in Jericho, was one of five regional semi-finalists in the annual
NASDAQ Teaching Awards competition. The $1,000 award was announced by the
National Council on Economic Education and the NASDAQ Stock Market
Educational Foundation.
Butler was one of 25 teachers nationwide and five in the northeast to
receive a total of $70,000 in prizes from the competition. The awards are

US Senate passes Champlain Valley bill

Thu, 12/16/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. Senate has given its final approval to a
bill introduced by U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords, I-Vt., to establish a
National Heritage Partnership within the Champlain Valley. The bill, which
authorizes as much as $10 million for the effort, will now go to the
President for his signature.
The program would be funded by the National Park Service and
administered through the Lake Champlain Basin Program for

VEDA approves $4.9 million in financing

Thu, 12/16/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Montpelier, VT - Business development, acquisition and expansion plans totaling almost $10.9 million will receive $4.9 million in financing assistance from the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA).
Projects approved by the Board include manufacturing, educational, travel and tourism, agricultural, and service businesses, said Jo Bradley, Chief Executive Officer of VEDA. We are pleased to be able to help these businesses grow and expand, bringing new jobs to their regions.