Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced two appointments to the leadership team at the Agency of Natural Resource’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and appointed a state librarian within the Agency of Administration. Rebecca Ellis, senior counsel for Government Affairs with DEC has been appointed to the position of deputy commissioner and Neil Kamman, manager of DEC’s Monitoring, Assessment and Planning Program, has been promoted to the role of senior policy advisor in the Commissioner’s Office.
Vermont Business Magazine Saint Michael's College President John J Neuhauser announced plans to leave the College in June of 2018 in a memo to the College community on May 26, 2017. Named 16th president of the residential liberal arts Catholic College on July 1, 2007, President Neuhauser successfully led the College through the US financial crisis to dramatically improve the College’s academic standing, the student experience, and facilities.
Vermont Business Magazine New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) President/CEO John J Dwyer, Jr announced today a $1 million grant from NEFCU to Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) to address the critical need for affordable housing. The money will be awarded by VHFA over the coming year to several housing developments that have funding shortfalls.
Vermont Business Magazine Four years of planning and 16 months of construction culminated in the May 25 open house celebration at Red Clover Commons, a 55-unit apartment building which will provide replacement housing for residents of Melrose Terrace and others.
Leonine Public Affairs Little will be remembered about the 2017 legislative session beyond what happened during the last four weeks. The end of session debate over teachers’ health insurance contracts and Governor Phil Scott’s subsequent threat to veto the budget largely defines the first year of the biennium.
Vermont Business Magazine Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), joined by 28 of their colleagues in the Senate, introduced legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Reps Bobby Scott (D-Va) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn) introduced a companion bill Thursday with 152 cosponsors in the House.
Vermont Business Magazine Lyft, the fastest growing ridesharing service in the US, has launched in Vermont. The service area extends from Burlington to Montpelier to Middlebury. Lyft was founded in June 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to reconnect people and communities through better transportation. Lyft is the fastest-growing rideshare company in the US and is available in more than 300 cities.
by Nils Behn Last Tuesday the Public Service Board published their final rules on sound level restrictions for wind turbines. The restrictions added up to a rule that is the equivalent of a ban on wind power. Such an action is out of touch with Vermont’s commitment to sourcing 90 percent of our energy from renewables, and is contrary to Vermont statute. Furthermore, it threatens a clean energy sector which has brought millions of dollars into the state in the form of taxes, jobs, and environmental benefits. The wind industry creates good paying jobs where people are rebuilding our local economies, and protecting the planet.
Vermont Business Magazine A total of $21,380 was donated to the Vermont Foodbank as a result of Seven Days' 8th annual Vermont Restaurant Week. This popular event was presented by Vermont Federal Credit Union and organized by Seven Days. “Vermont Restaurant Week is an incredible celebration of food for our community. It raises awareness about the issue of hunger in our state and helps us ensure all of our neighbors have the quality food they need to thrive,” said Vermont Foodbank CEO John Sayles.
Vermont Business Magazine Sugarbush Resort is opening Rumble’s Kitchen this weekend, a new restaurant located at the base of Lincoln Peak. Rumble’s Kitchen will take the place of Timbers, a restaurant that opened in 2006 and remained open through early May of this year. The restaurant is named in honor of Sugarbush Owner and President Win Smith’s Bernese Mountain Dog, Rumble.
Vermont Business Magazine FirstLight, a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in the Northeast, announced Wednesday that it has completed the next step in its integration process with Sovernet Communications, which is that Sovernet has been rebranded to FirstLight. FirstLight said in a statement that this brand change marks an exciting time of growth for the company. FirstLight will retain the former Sovernet offices and staffing in Bellows Falls, where it was formed in 1995.
Vermont Business Magazine Regulators in Maine and New Hampshire reached settlements with Consolidated Communications this week that help clear the way for the FairPoint sale to Consolidated. The company is still meeting with regulators in Vermont, and a settlement is expected there soon, according to the IBEW union. FairPoint is Vermont's largest telecom. Consolidated is expected to acquire FairPoint this quarter. FairPoint agreed to be acquired by Consolidated last December in an all-stock deal valued at about $1.5 billion (includes $887 million in debt).