by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc, based in Waterbury, Vermont, has legally changed its name to Keurig Green Mountain Inc. The name change received overwhelming approval at the company's annual meeting held March 6.
Joined by several business owners, Governor Peter Shumlin today called on lawmakers to approve a phased-in increase in Vermont’s minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017. The governor, President Obama and several regional governors had issued a similar appeal for an increase at the national level, and are supporting an increase in the wage in their respective states.
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org
The Chittenden County Transit Authority announced on Sunday morning that bus services will operate as scheduled on Monday in the Burlington area.
Last week the local Teamsters union threatened to strike on March 10 if CCTA and union members couldn’t agree to a three-year contract in negotiations this weekend.
Vermont is home to some of the most vibrant locally made products in the country. Vermont Business Magazine, the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development and the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets are presenting the First Annual Made in Vermont Marketplace tradeshow on April 12 & 13 at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex.
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org Vermont has one of the most extensive private land conservation efforts in the country. Over the past 30 years, the Vermont Land Trust, community land trusts and The Nature Conservancy have preserved hundreds of thousands of acres in Vermont.
The cornerstone of the land conservation movement has been the notion that property — working forests, farms and ecologically important lands — would remain undeveloped in perpetuity.
AT&T has invested nearly $60 million its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in Vermont between 2011 and 2013, driving a wide range of upgrades to enhance speed, reliability, coverage and performance for residents and business customers.
As the Legislature returns from their Town Meeting Week sabbatical, Vermont Business Magazine is offering this review of recent vermontbiz.com poll questions, featuring Governor Shumlin's effort on reducing heroin and opiate addiction, the Legislature's rally to make hand-held cell phone use illegal while driving (the governor opposes the bill), and a recent push by lawmakers to use the rooms and meals tax to help pay for the cleanup of Vermont's waterways, most notably Lake Champlain.
General Fund revenues totaled $60.12 million for February 2014, $1.88 million or 3.23 percent ahead of the monthly target. Year to date, General Fund receipts are now $833.64 million, -$.26 million or -0.03 percent below the cumulative target. Year to date revenue is +$27.20 million (+3.37 percent) ahead of the same period for the prior fiscal year (FY 2013). Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding released the February 2014 General Fund (GF) revenue results Thursday.
Senator Patrick Leahy on Friday announced the witnesses who will testify at the US Senate Judiciary Committee’s field hearing, in Rutland on March 17, on “Community Solutions To Breaking The Cycle Of Heroin And Opioid Addiction.”
New unemployment claims rose last week for the second consecutive week after a long preiod of decline. They had decreased for seven consecutive weeks, or every week since the end of 2013. For the week of March 1, 2014, there were 1,009 new, regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont. This is an increase of 185 from the previous week's total, and 75 fewer than they were a year ago.
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org Vermont’s 72-year-old junior senator told The Nation that he has begun meeting with political strategists, traveling to southern states and entertaining the logistics of a run for president in 2016.
To provide additional support to Vermonters signing up for April 1 health coverage, Vermont Health Connect is extending the Customer Support Call Center hours this weekend and next. The Call Center will be open:
Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce are soliciting Nominations for the 24th Annual Deane C Davis Outstanding Vermont Business Award. Given to the Vermont Business whose outstanding accomplishments in 2013 complement its history of success and awareness of what makes Vermont unique. Nominations close on March 7.
The award will be presented at the Vermont Chamber Business and industry EXPO on May 21, 2014, at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center. The theme of this year's Expo is Business Innovation: Media, Workforce, and Finance.
by Laura Krantz vtdigger.org
Last fall, Governor Peter Shumlin publicly supported an initiative that is supposed to make it easier for the state to keep guns out of the hands of alleged domestic abusers. A fee mechanism to pay for safe storage facilities is part of that initiative.
A newly released report shows AT&T wireless customers in Vermont are enjoying a network experience ranked highest in a tie for combined/overall voice, data, and text performance by an independent mobile research and testing organization.
National Bank of Middlebury has announced a major donation in support of Howden Hall in Bristol. Pledged in celebration of the bank’s 175th Anniversary (2006), NBM donated its gift of $25,000 upon the recent completion of the renovations to the home of the Bristol Historical Society.
by Morgan True vtdigger.org
Vermont Republicans are questioning the Shumlin administration’s decision to hire a special lobbyist to push its health care reform agenda. In an email blast on Wednesday, the GOP attacked the man tapped for the job.
Susan L Donegan, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, announced today that the state has received more than $270,000 as the result of a settlement reached last week into the conduct of a Rutland area securities broker.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) Wednesday led a coalition of 17 senators and 24 members of the House in support of a proposed regulation by the Food and Drug Administration that will improve the labeling on generic drugs and secure equal treatment for consumers who take generics.
Madrid-based BKOOL.com has chosen St Johnsbury, Vermont, to set up its first American sales and support office, tapping long time bike industry veteran and Peacham resident Craig Harrison as US brand manager.
BKOOL US Brand Manager Craig Harrison racing in 2010.
Out of concern and respect for passengers, CCTA is advising the public that a potential strike by its drivers’ Union could interrupt service beginning Monday, March 10, 2014, it said in a statement issued Thursday.
Teamsters Local Number 597, the drivers’ Union at CCTA, has indicated to CCTA the potential for a labor action beginning Monday, and public comments suggest it is planning for a strike, despite the fact that negotiations are planned to resume this Saturday.
B Corp, the premier entity that measures the social and environmental practices of businesses nationwide and internationally, has certified Gardener's Supply of Burlington, Vermont, a leading online and catalog garden products retailer and wholesaler, as a Certified B Corp
By a vote of 375-36, the US House of Representatives Wednesday afternoon approved energy efficiency legislation authored by Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont). The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, HR 2126, is the first significant bipartisan energy initiative approved by the House in the 113th Congress.
by John Herrick vtdigger.org
More than a dozen towns voted to oppose any effort to pump oil from Canadian tar sands across the Northeast Kingdom at town meetings on Tuesday. The Portland-Montreal pipeline carries crude oil from South Portland, Maine, to Montreal. The company, Portland Pipe Line Corp., is considering a reversal of the flow to bring tar sands oil to ports in Maine.