The Vermont Technology Alliance, an industry trade group representing Vermont’s tech businesses, is proud to announce the finalists of the 2014 Vermont Tech Jam Awards, sponsored by Merchants Bank. There are two awards: The Innovation Award is presented to the individual or business with the most innovative new product, application of technology, or way of doing business.
Lake Champlain has received yet another world-class fishing designation. Renowned fishing media outlet, World Fishing Network, ranks Lake Champlain one of the seven best smallmouth bass lakes in North America. The ranking, which was first reported on WFN’s website, describes Lake Champlain as “perhaps the best lake in all of North America for both quality largemouth and smallmouth bass.”
EPA awards Healthy Communities Grants to 14 community-based projects across New England, including two for Vermont. The grant funds for New England total about $340,637 that will go towards community projects addressing environmental and public health issues in New England. EPA’s Healthy Communities Grant Program brings together discretionary funding across many different programs to fund community projects that reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health, improve the quality of life, and advance resilience.
Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) recognized four Vermonters for their outstanding efforts promoting renewable energy business this year at Renewable Energy 2014: “Leading the Change in Energy,” an annual renewable energy conference. RE2014 is Vermont’s annual convention bringing together key players in the clean energy sector. The conference was held Thursday and Friday at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington.
One of Vermont’s most picturesque ski towns is now considered one of the nation’s most tech-friendly towns, according to Google. Google has named Stowe as the 2014 eCity for the State of Vermont. The eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business communities in all 50 states. The businesses in these communities are embracing the web to find new customers, connect with existing clients and fueling their local economies. Stowe joins the ranks of America’s leading cities in the digital economy.
Keurig Green Mountain, Inc, today announced it has received notification from The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it is closing the previously disclosed four-year inquiry into accounting and disclosure matters at the Company and would not be recommending any enforcement action against the Company or any of its current or former employees.
Vermont will receive $83,000 of a settlement state attorneys general reached with TD Bank that resolves a 2012 data breach that affected almost 16,000 Vermont consumers. The breach involved the loss of two unencrypted backup tapes containing 1.4 million files that had been accumulated over eight to ten years. The files contained a variety of personal information belonging to some 260,000 TD Bank customers nationwide.
Vermont Business Magazine The cost of decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon is estimated to be $1.24 billion, the onsite storage of the spent nuclear fuel should be completed by 2020 and the plant will be put into SAFSTOR for an undisclosed period of time before the site is returned to a "green field" status, according to the plant's owner.
Vermont Business Magazine New unemployment claims in Vermont were up again last week, but increased at a brisker rate. Levels this year have been running consistently lower than those of last year. For the week of October 11, 2014, there were 487 new, regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont. This is an increase of 88 from the previous week's total, and 124 fewer than they were a year ago.
Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Unions representing over 1,700 of FairPoint's approximately 2,550 employees in Vermont (about 700), New Hampshire and Maine went on strike at 12:01 Friday morning. FairPoint said its operations will continue "without disruption." Negotiations had begun on April 25.
Vermont will receive $75,455 in restitution and other recoveries as its share of a national $31 million civil settlement with Organon Pharmaceuticals USA Inc to resolve allegations that the drug manufacturer, which is now owned by Merck & Co, Inc, engaged in various marketing violations.
After a comprehensive selection process, the University of New Hampshire has chosen the design-build team of Populous, Lavallee Brensinger Architects, and PC Construction for the new $25 million athletic complex slated to open in the summer of 2016. The new four-story stadium will feature tiered seating for 11,500 and include dedicated levels for concessions and restrooms, a president’s suite, press and club boxes with a common multi-purpose stadium club room, a gateway entry with ticket sales building, and a pedestrian concourse.