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UVM President Tom Sullivan to be honored by Vermont Council on World Affairs

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine University of Vermont president Tom Sullivan will be the 2019 annual honoree of the Vermont Council of World Affairs. Sullivan will be honored at the organization’s 2019 annual dinner on June 13. According to the organization, Sullivan is being recognized for his academic work, including his many published scholarly articles, a number of which address international themes; his years of service at UVM; and his commitment to supporting international education and cultural exchange. 

The Essex named to US News & World Report's Best Hotels List for 2019

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, was recently named to the US News & World Report's "Best Hotels List" for 2019. The Essex is part of Benchmark, a global hospitality company, which had 22 of its luxury hotels and resorts recognized US News. The exclusive hotels spanned leading destinations in 15 states and the Caribbean and are part of the company’s Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and Gemstone Collection brands.

BTV secures second Denver direct flight

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 3:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington International Airport (BTV) has announced new United Airlines service to Denver International Airport (DEN) beginning in June 2019. The new service complements United’s service between Burlington and its hubs in Chicago (ORD), New York/Newark (EWR) and Washington Dulles (IAD). This is the second recent announcement of new, direct service to Denver. Frontier announced in mid-January that it will begin three-days-a-week BTV service starting in May.  

Scott reveals recommendations to combat opioid crisis

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 5:13pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In a press conference Thursday, Governor Phil Scott announced his administrations plan to further attack the opioid crisis. Those plans include greater access to suboxone to deter overdoses and more assistance for those in prison. At the press conference, Scott, Secretary of Human Services Al Gobeille, Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson, Health Commissioner Mark Levine and Director of Drug Prevention Jolinda LaClair marked the release of the Opioid Coordination Council’s 2019 report, Building Bridges. This is the second annual report from the Council to the Governor, making policy and strategic recommendations to strengthen the state’s approach to addressing the opioid crisis.

New England’s electric auction closes with adequate resources for 2022-2023

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 2:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine New England’s annual capacity auction for power system resources concluded Monday with sufficient resources to meet peak demand in 2022-2023, and preliminary results indicate the clearing price was the lowest in six years. The auction is run by ISO New England Inc to procure the resources that will be needed to meet consumer demand for electricity in three years.

ISO New England awards Sunrun landmark wholesale capacity contract

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 1:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In a historic breakthrough for clean, distributed energy, San Francisco-based Sunrun Inc (Nasdaq:RUN), the nation’s leading home solar, battery storage and energy services company, this week won a bid to deliver home solar and batteries as a source of energy capacity to ISO New England, the grid operator for one of the largest electricity markets in the United States. Vermont is one of 22 states in which Sunrun operates.

Governor targets energy independence and carbon reduction as goals

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 6:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott visited SunCommon on Tuesday in Waterbury and shared his thoughts on energy independence and how Vermont achieves that goal during a visit with 120 employees of the solar-energy company. Governor Scott told the crowd, which included solar installers, customer support and managers, “Energy independence, from my perspective, is the goal. That’s where we want to be. Now I believe the climate is changing. I believe we should be doing everything we can to wean ourselves off of carbon emitting fuels.”

Leahy introduces bipartisan bill to prevent Big Health Insurance from price fixing, collusion

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 4:58pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) Wednesday introduced legislation to ensure that health insurance companies are held accountable for pricing drugs.  Their bill, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act amends McCarran-Ferguson, which exempted insurance companies from federal antitrust laws.

Cassie Polhemus named as VEDA's new CEO

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 4:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) today announced that Cassie Polhemus has been named the Authority's new Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2019. Polhemus is the current Chief Operating Officer at VEDA and joined the Authority in 2013 as a Commercial Lender. She will succeed Jo Bradley, who has served as VEDA's CEO since 1997 and is retiring on March 31st.  

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