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2017 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival announces first round of headliners

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 5:34am -- tim

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.

Two culinary legends discuss the future of food in Vermont

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 5:08am -- tim

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! 

Springtime in Vermont means maple & murals, sugarhouses & sculptures

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 3:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In the Green Mountain State, sweet signs of spring include maple forests awakening and a plethora of outdoor art awaiting visitors. With more than 3,000 sugarmakers in residence, Vermont is the top maple syrup producer in the United States, generating over one million gallons annually. This year, pair visits to the state’s famed maple sugarhouses with outdoor arts exploration. From Maple Open House Weekend, March 25-26, to the Vermont Maple Festival, April 22-24, the opportunities for exploring Vermont Arts and savoring the season are as ample as maple is sweet.

VELCO and IBM create Utopus Insights

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 4:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the creation of Utopus Insights, Inc, based in Valhalla, NY. Utopus Insights is a new company that will strive to be a leading provider of the next generation of intelligent energy solutions. VELCO, an electric transmission company owned by in-state electric distribution companies, will be an investor and strategic partner of Utopus Insights. Terms and conditions of the agreement were not disclosed.

Flood Watch for Vermont – be attentive to rising rivers and streams

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:46pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flood Watch for all of Vermont through this weekend.  Rain, snowmelt, and thawing river ice could cause localized flooding in areas of Vermont from Friday evening through Sunday night. NWS says the greatest flood threat will occur during or shortly after heavy rainfall.  The flood threat will also be elevated close to rivers where there exists a potential for ice breakup and jams.  Those who live near waterways should monitor water levels and seek high ground should flooding occur.

Brett Smith appointed CEO of Springfield's One Credit Union

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 2:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Jeff Taft, Chairman of the One Credit Union Board of Directors, has announced the appointment of Brett Smith as their new President and CEO. Brett will assume responsibilities on February 27, succeeding Jerry Cross, who retired following 32 years of service. Smith has been part of One Credit Union for three years, serving as the Chief Financial Officer. In addition to managing the finances of the Credit Union, Smith also oversaw the Compliance and Property Management areas of the Credit Union.

'Climate caucus' doubles membership to 63 lawmakers

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 2:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Climate Solutions Caucus of the Vermont General Assembly today announced its leadership and initial membership for the 2017-18 legislative biennium.  Founded in 2012, the non-partisan Climate Solution Caucus supports legislation that promotes Vermont's economy while reducing reliance on fossil fuels. In the 2017-18 legislative biennium, the Climate Solutions Caucus has doubled in size to 63 members and represents 34 percent of the House of Representatives and 40 percent of the Senate.

Page: NorthStar decommissioning of Vermont Yankee means benefits sooner rather than later

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 11:33am -- tim

by Guy Page The advantage to Vermonters of the sale of Vermont Yankee to NorthStar can be summed up this way: sooner rather than later. As early as 2021, NorthStar, would begin a decade’s worth of decommissioning. By comparison, the original decommissioning plan as prescribed by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission would begin no sooner than about 20 years from now, and more likely around 2072.

Weekly unemployment claims rise for week, fall for year

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims edged up last week, but fell from the same time last year, which has been the pattern so far in 2017. By industry, Construction reported the most claims, as it has since the beginning of the new year. Most times of the year, Services record the most claims. The spikes in the graph below reveal the volatility in hiring and firing in Service positions around the holidays.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care initiates healthy homes program

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 9:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Community leaders gathered at 206 Park Street in Bennington to welcome Southwestern Vermont Health Care employees Russell Carrier and Leah Hart, along with their 9-month-old son Able, to their new home. The young family’s new home was provided by Healthy Homes for Bennington, LC3. The organization is a project of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), in cooperation with The Bank of Bennington and the Town of Bennington.  Healthy Homes’ mission is to enhance community health while revitalizing Bennington, Vermont’s downtown region by renovating distressed or vacant homes and facilitating home ownership.

AG: Vermont protects transgender community

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 2:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In response to the President’s announcement that he intends to rollback protections for transgender students, Attorney General Donovan re-affirmed the commitment of his office and the State of Vermont, to protecting the civil rights of all Vermonters. Governor Jim Douglas signed Act 41, in May 2007, which prohibits gender identity discrimination in workplaces, housing, and places of public accommodation, including schools.

Farm groups release cover-crop video

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 12:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine To help the public better understand the benefits of cover crops and other environmentally friendly farming practices, three Vermont farmer watershed protection groups have partnered to produce a short video. The video, Protecting the Soil: Cover Crops for Clean Water, was developed by the Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition (CVFC), Connecticut River Watershed Farmers Alliance (CRWFA) and Farmer's Watershed Alliance (FWA) in cooperation with University of Vermont (UVM) Extension. It features Vermont agronomists and farmers discussing strategies for using winter cover crops to help protect Lake Champlain and other state waterways.