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Frontier launches only non-stop flights from Burlington to Orlando

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 4:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines celebrated its arrival in Vermont on Saturday with the start of service from Burlington International Airport (BTV) to Orlando International Airport (MCO). The new route provides the only non-stop service from Vermont to Florida. Additional connections will be available to select cities across Frontier’s network. Officials marked the day with a launch party at the Frontier gate. To celebrate the start of this new low-cost service, Frontier is offering fares as low as $49 which are available now at

Workers’ comp sees third straight rate decrease

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 2:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced that workers’ compensation insurance will continue to cost less for most Vermont employers when new rates approved by the Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) become effective on April 1, 2019. This is the third straight rate decrease since Governor Scott took office and represents $10.5 million in pricing relief for Vermont employers. When coupled with the two prior decreases, Vermont employers are paying about $40 million a year less in workers’ compensation premiums.

Castleton's Killington School of Resort & Hospitality Management set for fall launch

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 1:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Castleton University has received notice from the New England Council on Higher Education (NECHE) that it is approved to operate at Killington Resort. The University will offer an accelerated Bachelor of Science degree in Resort Hospitality Management delivered under a cooperative education model starting this fall.

Condos: Strengthening our democracy

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 1:23pm -- tim

by Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos The term ‘voting rights’ is thrown around all too often today as a buzzword and policy stance that’s used as a political football. We must never forget that the right to vote is enshrined in our Constitution. Efforts to deny or restrict any eligible voter’s right to vote are an affront to our democracy. Every new denial chips away at the very bedrock upon which the foundation of our country was built.

Windham Foundation reveals $59,000 in grants

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Twelve organizations received a total of $59,000 in funding from the Windham Foundation, recognizing and investing in their ability to positively impact the lives of rural Vermonters. Liz Bankowski, CEO of the Windham Foundation, said: “We are proud to be partnering with wonderful organizations in every corner of the state. Their initiatives speak to the empathy and creative problem-solving apparent in so many of Vermont’s nonprofits. We are eager to follow the positive impact of their work.”

Latest Business Conditions Survey leaves sour taste

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR) and Jeffrey Carr, President, Economic & Policy Resources (EPR), announced the Q1 of 2019 outlook results of their joint initiative, the VBR/EPR Business Conditions Survey and Index.
Survey results show that: More than 60 percent of respondents shared negative outlooks specifically with ease of hiring for available positions (64%); a slight shift toward neutral from the previous survey; a supermajority of respondents expressed a neutral or negative outlook about the state’s overall business climate (85%), a sharp increase from the previous survey.

Saint Michael’s College a top producer of Fulbright scholars

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 11:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Saint Michael’s College is included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. students – that is, American college students awarded Fulbrights for educational experiences around the world. Fulbrights are highly competitive international grants given to students, scholars, professors and young professionals to study, research or teach overseas. Each year the U.S.

Vermont Law School study focused on cybersecurity of electric grid

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 10:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Cost recovery for electric sector cybersecurity investments and development of resilience metrics to gauge the industry's progress are two of several recommendations unveiled Sunday by Vermont Law School researchers who briefed the Critical Infrastructure Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) on the findings of a six-month study of electric grid security.

Developer secures $20.5 million financing for Cambrian Rise in Burlington

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 10:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont real estate developer Eric Farrell today announced that 375 North Avenue, LLC has raised $5.3 million in equity funding from accredited investors and closed on approximately $15.2 million in secured debt. Brokerage Services, LLC, a FINRA-member broker-dealer based in Burlington, is engaged by the company to raise capital from accredited investors and institutions and to provide strategic advisory services to the Company. 

NAACP & ACLU respond to reports that Bennington officials failed to disclose key evidence in Kiah Morris case

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 9:48am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont branch of the NAACP and the ACLU of Vermont are calling for a broader inquiry following revelations that Bennington officials failed to disclose information directly related to the safety of Kiah Morris and her family to investigators with the Attorney General’s office. On Thursday, Attorney General Donovan acknowledged that information should have been provided, though he did not elaborate. 

Vermont CyberPatriot teams complete competition, SB comes out on top

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 9:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today recognized eight Vermont high school teams who participated in this year’s CyberPatriot XI competition, part of the nation’s largest youth cyber education program. The South Burlington Cyber Wolves claimed victory at the Vermont State Championship in January and advanced to the semi-final round on February 1. The top 12 of more than 6,000 competing teams from across the nation win an all-expense paid trip to the National Championships in Baltimore, Maryland in April.

Leonine: The world of tomorrow

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 10:18pm -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs Week five had some moments of high intensity as the House deliberated on a bill that would delay forced school mergers and a public hearing on reproductive rights drew a very large crowd of people from around the state (and likely beyond). On Wednesday evening hundreds of people gathered for a public hearing held by the House Human Services and House Judiciary Committees. H.57 would codify Roe v. Wade in Vermont law as protection against a possible reversal of that landmark decision by the US Supreme Court. The hearing drew impassioned testimony by members of the public with both pro-choice and pro-life views. Statehouse security did their best to control the influx of people with lines stretching out both sides of the building onto adjoining sidewalks. The House Human Services Committee passed H.57 soon after the hearing by a vote of 8-3. The bill now goes to the House Judiciary Committee.