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Vermont to get nearly $69 million to launch Smart Grid Technology

Tue, 10/27/2009 - 7:49am -- tim

The Vermont Congressional Delegation – Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) – announced today that Vermont Transco, LLC, will receive $68,928,650 in federal support to launch Vermont’s Smart Grid technology.  The funds are part of $3.4 billion in Smart Grid grants across the nation that President Obama announced – the largest awards made in a single day from this year’s American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

General Dynamics to leave Burlington

Tue, 10/27/2009 - 6:26am -- intern

After years spent at their Lakeside Avenue plant in Burlington's South End, General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has announced plans to relocate. In a statement released on Friday the 23, the company revealed that it will be moving its operations to IBM Road in Williston next year. The company is one of Burlington's largest private employers, with a roster of nearly 450 people. 

Co-operative Insurance Companies wins technology award

Tue, 10/27/2009 - 5:05am -- tim

Co-operative Insurance Companies was recognized this month for its achievements in improving electronic communication with its agencies. In presenting Co-op with the 2009 Interface Partner Award, insurance technology company Applied Systems noted Co-op’s leadership, innovations, and commitment to providing its agents with easy access to the most up-to-date quoting and policy information.

Bothfeld named new Vermont deputy secretary of agriculture

Tue, 10/27/2009 - 4:52am -- tim

Roger Allbee, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture yesterday announced the appointment of Diane Bothfeld as Deputy Secretary. David Lane, formerly Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture recently resigned to pursue another opportunity.
“Diane is very enthusiastic, dedicated and concerned about agriculture in Vermont and nationally. She brings an excellent skill set and energy to the position,” said Allbee. “We look forward to working with her in this new role for the agency.”

Sanders announces $944,000 in law enforcement, first responder funds

Mon, 10/26/2009 - 5:40pm -- tim

US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) today announced $944,000 in federal funding for state law enforcement and first responders. Sanders secured $506,000 to for the Vermont Department of Public Safety to improve communications equipment and technology. Another $250,000 will allow the Vermont State Police to take advantage of the most advanced in-cruiser camera technology available, according to Col. Tom L’Esperance, the state police director.

Vermont, NY Champlain Bridge plan includes free ferry service

Mon, 10/26/2009 - 2:30pm -- tim

In response to the recent Champlain Bridge closure, New York Governor David A. Paterson and Vermont Governor Jim Douglas today announced transportation alternatives so that residents can cross Lake Champlain. New York and Vermont have reached an agreement with the Fort Ticonderoga Ferry operator to offer free ferry service between Ticonderoga, New York and Shoreham, Vermont and with Lake Champlain Transportation to offer free ferry service at the Essex/Charlotte crossing. Also, starting tomorrow, free express bus service will bring commuters to three major employers in Vermont.

Transportation officials to hold Champlain Bridge meetings Tuesday, Wednesday

Mon, 10/26/2009 - 9:49am -- tim

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and Vermont Agency of Transportation will host two public information meetings regarding available transportation alternatives for crossing Lake Champlain and the plan to repair and reopen the Lake Champlain Bridge spanning from Crown Point, New York, to Chimney Point, Vermont.

Hansen Beverage Company and Rock Art Brewery reach 'Monster' agreement

Mon, 10/26/2009 - 9:28am -- tim

Hansen Beverage Company and Rock Art Brewery today issued the following statement in connection with a recent trademark issue: Hansen Beverage Company and Rock Art Brewery have reached an amicable agreement under which both companies' respective products will be protected -- Hansen's Monster Energy(R) line of energy drinks and Rock Art's Vermonster beer products.

FairPoint files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Mon, 10/26/2009 - 5:05am -- tim

FairPoint Communications, Inc, which provides most of Vermont's landline telephone and DSL internet services, today announced it has reached agreement on a comprehensive financial restructuring plan with creditors and will file for bankruptcy protection. The company assured the public that service will not be interrupted. The debt-for-equity deal makes the creditors the de facto owners of FairPoint, while reducing the debt service significantly. The company also said it is negotiating a deal with bond holders to further stabilize its liabilities.

Douglas addresses wide-range of Champlain Bridge challenges

Fri, 10/23/2009 - 10:10am -- tim

In the week since New York Department of Transportation officials deemed the Champlain Bridge connecting Chimney Point, Vermont to Crown Point, New York unsafe for vehicle or pedestrian traffic, federal, state and local officials have been hard at work pinpointing and addressing the wide-range of challenges created by the bridge closure.  Governor Jim Douglas today spoke with his staff via conference call from Seoul, South Korea to hear the latest update on the situation.  At Governor Douglas direction, members of his cabinet have been coordinating efforts to ensure the needs of Vermonter