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Vermont’s Realtor survey shows 76 percent of Vermonters believe property taxes are too high

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 2:45pm -- tim

Today, Vermont Realtors announced the results of an August 2014 telephone survey of Vermont registered voters which demonstrates significant dissatisfaction with current property tax rates and increasing support for candidates who are committed to working towards meaningful property tax reform. VR has shared the results of the survey directly with candidates for office in an effort to initiate a dialogue about the need for property tax reform, and the level of importance this issue has for voters this election season.

Fletcher Allen seeks approval to build new $187.7 million inpatient building

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:32am -- tim

Fletcher Allen Health Care filed a Certificate of Need (CON) application today with the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) seeking the Board’s approval to build a 128-bed inpatient building to replace the most outdated inpatient facilities on the Medical Center Campus. The submission of this CON is part two of a three-part process, where part one was preliminary planning under the Conceptual CON issued August 2013 and part three will be the submission of final project costs in November 2014 after construction costs associated with the final design documents have been verified.

Entergy outlines post-shutdown plans for Vermont Yankee

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 7:27pm -- tim

by John Herrick vtdigger.org Spent radioactive fuel will be removed from the reactors at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant by 2020, the plant’s corporate owner told a citizen oversight panel Thursday. But Louisiana-based Entergy said it does not know when it will begin tearing down Vermont Yankee after it stops producing power in December. The plant has already begun to slow power production and plans to cut 40 percent of its workforce by January.

Emergency landing at Basin Harbor airport

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 7:22pm -- tim

According to the Vermont State Police, at approximately 1315 hours on 09/27/14 Burlington Airport Tower notified the Vermont State Police, New Haven of a possible Aircraft crash at the Basin Harbor Airport, Ferribsurgh, VT. Upon arrival it was discovered that a 1958 Piper "Tri-Pacer" fixed wing prop-plane had made and emergency landing in a field near the Basin Harbor Airport. The Pilot, Roger Teese and his passenger were not injured as a result of the field landing.

IBM job fair October 3

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 7:00pm -- tim

IBM’s semiconductor manufacturing facility in Essex Junction, VT, has immediate openings for those interested in working in an advanced technology environment. Openings exist for candidates with a high school diploma (GED), 2 and 4 year college degrees, experienced and entry level. 

When: Friday, October 3, 2014 from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. 

Where: Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, 

Williston Road, South Burlington, VT 

Immediate Job Openings 

Ski-Doo and Burton team up

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 5:18am -- tim

BRP's Ski-Doo brand is partnering with Burton Snowboards, the world's leading snowboarding company based in Burlington, Vermont, with Ski-Doo becoming the official snowmobile for Burton Snowboards' team of pro riders. The two companies also agreed to co-develop products to suit the needs of snowboarders and snowmobilers and Ski-Doo becomes sponsor of the Burton Mountain Festival.

Vermont Early Educators United files for union election

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 4:37am -- tim

A majority of home-based early educators have come together and asked the Vermont Labor Relations Board to begin the process certifying Vermont Early Educators United, AFT, as the organization that they have formed to negotiate as equals with the state.

"We have been organizing for this moment for five years," said Kay Curtis, a licensed home provider in Brattleboro, "once we prove our majority, providers will negotiate as equals with the state and advocate for what is best for Vermont's children."

New Vermont manufacturing survey projects large investments for the year ahead

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 2:30pm -- tim

NPI (Network Performance Inc) a South Burlington Technology Management firm, has completed a survey gauging the use of technology at 178 Vermont based manufacturers. The results projected that the overall state of the Vermont manufacturing economy will be slightly above average in the coming year. However, the respondents indicated that their own businesses will perform well above average in the next 12 months due in part to the contribution of their technology investments.

Groundbreaking set for solar project on National Life Group campus

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 1:47pm -- tim

Site work has begun and construction officially gets under way Sept. 30 on National Life Group’s 500 kilowatt solar power project, which will help move Montpelier toward its “net zero” goal. Mehran Assadi, National Life Group president and CEO, and Gov. Peter Shumlin will formally launch the project September 30 at 10:30 am at the site at 157 Northfield Street.

Burlington's OGE turns building investment into opportunity for customers

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 1:43pm -- tim

Local gear shop owners Marc Sherman and Mike Donohue are investing in the future of Outdoor Gear Exchange (OGE) by purchasing the building currently occupied by their store on the corner of Church and Cherry Streets in downtown Burlington. What’s different about this real estate transaction is they are rewarding customers for their help with the investment. OGE designed a tiered program (think Kickstarter) that allows customers to participate while being rewarded up to 130% with merchandise, discounts, quarterly  certificates.

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