Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the composition of his Government Modernization and Efficiency Team (GMET), with no shortage of big names, which he established via Executive Order 03-17 on his first day in office. The GMET team includes Biotek's Adam Alpert, Obama Administration official Allyson Laackman and BED GM and Douglas Administration official Neale Lunderville.
Vermont Business Magazine Today, a national data firm reports that US and Vermont home prices increased in December. Vermont tied for the third largest increase. The Data & Analytics division of Black Knight Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE: BKFS) released its latest Home Price Index (HPI) report, based on December 2016 residential real estate transactions. The US average HPI was $267,000. According to real estate analyst Trulia, Vermont counties ranged from $116,500 (Essex) to $269,500 (Chittenden) in February.
Vermont Business Magazine A new report by The Solar Foundation cites Vermont as a national leader in the solar industry, ranking third for the number of solar jobs per capita. Between 2015 to 2016, solar jobs in Vermont grew by 29 percent, with an additional 400 solar jobs created in the state last year.
Vermont Business Magazine The Greater Burlington YMCA announced today that NorthCountry Federal Credit Union has donated $100,000 to support the Y’s Youth Development programs. NorthCountry’s gift will help to underwrite early education, afterschool programs, summer camps, and youth swimming throughout the year. NorthCountry has been the Y’s Community Partner for six years, a relationship that has worked so well because of the two organization’s mutual focus on providing Vermonters the tools and opportunities they need to achieve their potential.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Brewers Association (VBA) is pleased to welcome Good Measure Brewing Co, out of Northfield, VT as the 51st member of the Association. The team at Good Measure Brewing Co includes Scott Kerner and Andrew Leichthammer. The group has plenty of combined experience in the industry. Scott has opened Three Penny Taproom and Mule Bar, while Andrew has the passion and experience for brewing.
Leonine Public Affairs Last week set the stage for the House’s workload for the remainder of the legislative session. Wednesday was the deadline for legislators to get bills they are sponsoring into the queue for referral to the relevant committee. Of the 492 House bills that have been introduced since the session began in early January, 167 of them came in this week. The new arrivals address topics as diverse as securing the safety of the electrical power grid from an electromagnetic pulse attack or severe solar storm (H.431), to requiring a study of fragrances in State buildings (H.451). Because the number of bills exceed the House’s capacity to review and consider all of them, many bills simply will not advance. In fact, the time crunch is all the more intense as this week saw the setting of Friday, March 17 as the “crossover” deadline. That is the date by which bills must pass out of committee in order to be eligible to pass the legislature this year. “Money” bills such as the budget bill get an extra week. Because the legislature will be taking the week of March 6th off so members can go to their town meetings and have a short break, there are only two weeks to get most bills out of their respective committees and to the floor.
by Representative Sarah Copeland Hanzas As a state legislator, my first responsibility is to stand up for a Vermont that works for all of us. I’m continually looking at what we can do to strengthen Vermont’s economy for future generations. I’m proud to be a lead sponsor of legislation that would create a family and medical leave insurance program in our state. With tri-partisan support and more than 50 co-sponsors, this proposal is a perfect example of the meaningful improvements we can make right here in Vermont.
Vermont Air National Guard In support of Operation Inherent Resolve a squadron of F-16s and 310 Airmen from the 158th Fighter Wing returned home from a three-month long deployment to the CENTCOM AOR. The last of the 310 deployers and jets returned to Vermont Saturday, February 25, 2017.
Vermont Business Magazine BNI Vermont announced today that it has launched a Montpelier Chapter. Heart of Vermont BNI is the 12th BNI chapter to open in Vermont. The ‘ charter becomes effective February 24, 2017. “Having Professional representation in the State Capital is a huge asset to BNI Vermont,” said Vickie Wacek, Executive Director of BNI Vermont.
Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is thrilled to announce Diana Krall, Pink Martini, and Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective as three of the headliners for the 34th annual event. The festival runs from June 2-11 and kicks off summer in Vermont style. Tickets go on sale to members at the Messenger level and above Tuesday, February 28 and to the general public Friday, March 3. The exclusive member pre-sale starts Tuesday, February 28 for members at the $120-level and above. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, March 3. The festival will announce the complete lineup in the coming weeks.
Edible Green Mountains If you want to go deep on how food is produced, Barry Estabrook is your go-to resource. The comforting aroma of butter, cinnamon and fruit fill Marian Burros’s kitchen as she eases a warm torte from the oven. “I’ve made this recipe a thousand times yet I never tire of it,” she says, reaching for a pint of vanilla ice cream (local, of course). With all that Vermont has to offer, no wonder this venerable cookbook author and cosmopolitan food journalist calls this state home. Try her delicious recipes for Original Plum Torte and Pimiento Cheese Spread, Vermont Style and you’ll be as enamored with the Green Mountains as she!