TransFair USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States, today announces that it has received a $50,000 grant from Green Mountain Coffee, and a three-year commitment of $925,000 from the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Foundation. The Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Foundation was established and is led separately from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) by GMCR Founder and Chairman Bob Stiller.
Sovernet Communications, a leading provider of telecommunication services in Northern New England, announced several network infrastructure and equipment upgrades designed to better serve their customers. The changes will enhance both reliability and operational efficiencies, as well as bring new next-generation services to additional markets.
Secretary of Administration Neale F Lunderville announced today that Vermont’s February Revenue Figures were down substantially, especially for the General Fund, which was below the monthly target by nearly $10 million or 17.6 percent lower than anticipated. The General Fund revenues were off $15 million or 2.2 percent for the fiscal year to date. The Transportation Fund was also below the forecast for the month by $520,000 or 3.7 percent and for the year down by one-half percent.
Jonathan Leopold, the Chief Administrative Office for the City of Burlington, has sent a Letter to the Editor of Vermont Business Magazine, saying that some statements made in a February 2010 article on Burlington Telecom were inaccurate. He begins by saying, "The story 'City Council Probes Burlington Telecom' in the February issue of VBM was a disservice to your readers and the City of Burlington. The former General Manager of BT, Mr. Tim Nulty, made numerous inaccurate statements and allegations about the finances of Burlington Telecom."
Secretary of State Deb Markowitz will officially announce her candidacy for governor Monday, at a public event in Barre at the Barre Auditorium's Alumni Hall. Markowitz will tour the state Monday and Tuesday, listening to Vermonters' ideas about jump starting the economy and she will lay out her vision for economic development, education and the state's energy needs.
Source: Markowitz campaign.
Average retail gasoline prices in Vermont moved just 1.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.79/g today. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.74/g, according to gasoline price website VermontGasPrices.com.
City Market, Burlington’s only community-owned grocery store, is officially powered by the sun. After a year of planning and a few weather delays, the installation of 136 solar panels on the Co-op’s roof is completed. The project will generate 31 kilowatts of power which will help the Co-op to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels by at least three percent.
An inspection Friday by Vermont Yankee engineers and technicians revealed a dime/quarter size hole at an elbow in a 1 to 1.5 inch diameter AOG drain line, according to a statement released late Friday afternoon. Water and steam Could be seen coming from this hole. Concrete blocks at the junction of the Advanced Off Gas pipe tunnel and the OG-100 drain line connection have been removed allowing telescopic camera and Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) inspection of the tunnel.
Governor Jim Douglas today awarded more than $630,000 in Community Development Block Grants to South Burlington, Montpelier, Vergennes, Georgia and Bristol. At a ceremony at the American Legion Post 14 in Vergennes, the Governor announced funding for an affordable housing project for the elderly, as well as money for improvements to make the Georgia and Bristol municipal buildings handicapped accessible.
The Vermont House is expected to begin working next week on an $8.7 million economic stimulus bill that its Senate sponsor says will put a lot of contractors to work.
The federally funded measure, which would pump money into several of the state's economic development programs, passed the Senate on a voice vote last month (see summary attached). Governor James Douglas says he supports the legislation.
The funding is available to Vermont as part of the national economic recovery package developed last year by President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress .
Laid off workers at the former Monahan Filaments (formerly Specialty Filaments) plant in Middlebury will be eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance through the US Department of Labor. This could lead up to an additional $12,000 in benefits. The DOL announced yesterday that approximately 5,500 workers from companies in 12 states California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Vermont are eligible to apply for assistance related to jobs lost to foreign trade.
As predicted based on a survey conducted by Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) for the nonpartisan and nonprofit Civil Society Institute, the vast majority of Vermont Town Meetings deliberating this week the fate of the Vermont Yankee came out in support of closure of the controversial nuclear reactor by 2012. The final tally of Town Meetings in Vermont opposing the relicensing of Vermont Yankee was 14-1. The town of Rockingham was alone in passing a pro-Vermont Yankee resolution and, even then, only by a margin of three votes, according to reports.