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Senator James Jeffords dies at 80 in Washington, D.C.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:14pm -- katie

Anne Galloway, and Vermont Business Magazine

Sen. James Jeffords died this morning at the Knollwood Military Retirement Residence in Washington, D.C.
He was 80 years old. Jeffords had lived at the residence since his wife died of ovarian cancer eight years ago.

The Vermont congressman and senator served 32 years in Congress until 2005 when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Jeffords became famous in May 2001 when he left the Republican party to become an independent and began caucusing with the Democrats in the Senate.

Vermont Unemployment Rate Rises to 3.7 percent in July

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:03am -- katie

The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for July 2014 was 3.7 percent. This represents an increase of three-tenths of a percent from the revised June rate (3.4 percent). The equivalent national average was 6.2 percent, which increased by one-tenth of a percent from the previous month’s estimate. This is the second monthly increase to the statewide unemployment rate in Vermont in the past year.

AllEarth Renewables CEO David Blittersdorf receives honorary degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology, delivers commencement address

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 3:22pm -- katie

Vermont renewable energy entrepreneur and President and CEO of AllEarth Renewables, David Blittersdorf, received an honorary degree from Boston’s Wentworth Institute of Technology and delivered the keynote address at their summer commencement Saturday.

AG reminds Vermont borrowers about Sept. 1 refund deadline

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:50pm -- katie

Vermont borrowers who took out a loan from Western Sky (also known as CashCall or Delbert), one of the largest online lenders of high-interest consumer loans, are reminded that September 1, 2014, is the deadline to file their claim for a cash refund. Specific details regarding the Western Sky/CashCall settlement and how to file a claim are available here. 

Norwich awards $64,000 in tuition waivers to Leadership Summit participant organizations

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 9:57am -- katie

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) has awarded $64,000 in tuition waivers to this year’s Leadership Summit participant organizations. 

Seven organizations received tuition waivers of $4,000 apiece for employees who wish to pursue one of nine online master’s degree programs at Norwich University during any of the five start dates between September 2014 and September 2015.

FirstLight Fiber Chosen by SymQuest to Enable Cloud-Based Capabilities and Support Business Technologies

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 9:32am -- katie

FirstLight Fiber, a facilities-based telecommunications service provider operating fiber optic networks in Upstate New York and Northern New England with connectivity to Canada, announced today that it will provide data center and connectivity services to SymQuest, a design, installation, and support business that handles the information flow of electronic communications over the cloud in addition to its other managed services.

GMP’s Middlebury Hydro Building is a Safe Haven for Endangered Bat

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 9:11am -- katie

Green Mountain Power today announced that special guests have made their home in the company’s Middlebury hydro facility and they are welcome to stay. GMP is now providing shelter to a colony of state endangered little brown bats. State biologists believe that the colony has chosen the more than 100 year-old hydro building because of its proximity to the Otter Creek and the warmth inside the building created by the power generation.