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GMP first utility in the nation to install Tesla Powerwalls

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 4:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power today announced it has begun customer installations of the Tesla Powerwall home battery for customers. The cutting edge technology empowers customers to become more energy independent by storing power for use during outages. When paired with rooftop solar, customers can generate and store their own energy, increasing reliability and the production of clean power. The Powerwall also allows the company to reduce peak demand on the system, providing cost savings to all customers. GMP is the first utility in the country to install the Powerwall for its customers.

Vermont passes comprehensive birth control legislation

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 3:58pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s General Assembly today gave final approval of H620, the Access to Birth Control bill. The legislation increases access to the full range of reproductive health care. The bill received strong tripartisan support in both chambers, passing 128-15-7 in the House and by unanimous voice vote in the Senate. The legislation is now on it’s way to Governor Shumlin for his signature.

VTrans gets $1 million for Pittsford-Brandon right-of-way

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 10:16am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced more than $4.8 million in grants from the Federal Highway Administration’s Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program to fund projects in Arizona, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Vermont and the Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich’in Tribal Government in Fort Yukon, Alaska. The grants will be used to improve safety, mobility and project delivery, and encourage use of innovations that reduce time-to-completion for highway projects nationwide.

NBT Bancorp elects Dietrich new chairman, Durkee named president of New England

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 9:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Board of Directors of NBT Bancorp Inc (NBT) (NASDAQ: NBTB) elected President and CEO Martin A Dietrich to the position of chairman on May 3, 2016, following the retirement of Daryl R Forsythe. Dietrich also announced his intention to retire from active employment in December 2016. Dietrich began his career in financial services with NBT Bank, NA in 1981. He joined the Bank’s senior management team in 1995. NBT is based in Norwich, NY, with branches in upstate New York and western New England, including Vermont.

Vermont secures $3 million for affordable housing

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 8:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) today announced Vermont will receive $3 million from the National Housing Trust Fund. The funds are part of $174 million that is being dispersed nationally to build, preserve, and rehabilitate affordable rental housing. Sanders helped lead a 15-year effort to pass and fund the National Housing Trust Fund. “Since my time as mayor of Burlington, increasing the availability of affordable housing in Vermont has been one of my top priorities,” Sanders said.

Dan Feeney honored by Alzheimer’s Association, helped raise over $500,000

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 7:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Close to 400 Chittenden County business and community leaders gathered on Thursday, April 28th, for the Alzheimer’s Association’s 7th Annual Reason to Hope Dinner at the Hilton Burlington. Over the past five years, Dan Feeney, President of North Star Leasing and Co-Owner of Armistead Senior Care, has served as a lead organizer of the Reason to Hope Dinner planning committee and has helped to raise over $500,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. In recognition of his myriad contributions to the health and well-being of the greater Burlington community, the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, presented Dan Feeney with the 2016 Community Leadership and Activist Award. 

UVM ranks in top 50 as LGBT Friendly College

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 3:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine College Choice has published a ranking of the 50 Best LGBT Friendly College and Universities. The University of Vermont ranked 39th and was the only Vermont college on the list. The following ranking highlights many universities that have a strong history of creating quality programming for the LGBTQ community and its allies.These standout schools are some of the best in the country at committing time and resources to equipping their students, staff, and faculty with tools that encourage education, support, safety and inclusion campus wide. 

‘Ban the Box’ bill becomes law in Vermont

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 1:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In order to help people with criminal convictions find employment and build successful lives, Governor Peter Shumlin has signed a bill to remove questions about criminal records from the very first part of job applications in Vermont. “Banning the box” will give those with criminal records a fair chance at a good job and reduce the risk of recidivism and incarceration. The law follows a 2015 Executive Order signed by Governor Shumlin to implement a “ban the box” hiring policy for state jobs.

Gifford Hospital capital campaign approaches $5 million goal

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 12:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vision for the Future, the largest capital campaign in Gifford’s 113-year history, is making a final push to wrap up its $5 million fundraising goal. With just $397,000 to go, the campaign committee is asking everyone to consider contributing to help raise this final amount. Silently launched in 2013, the campaign has raised more than $4.6 million to support a 3-phased project: building a new Menig Nursing Home to anchor a senior living community, the creation of private inpatient rooms at the main medical center, and a new, updated Birthing Center.

Partnership set to improve care for children with special health care needs

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 10:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine, a national provider of team-based care coordination technology and services, has announced a partnership with the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP), a population-based maternal and child health services research and quality improvement program of the University of Vermont (UVM).