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Crippen: Be wary of Act 46 merger tactics

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 5:24am -- tim

by Barbara Crippen, Campaign for Vermont, Policy Coordinator As the June deadline for Act 46 school district merger votes approaches voters in choice towns should be extremely wary of the tactics being used to promote mergers. One common tactic is the use of Articles of Agreement to bribe voters in choice towns. They include provisions to “grandfather“ in choice for limited time periods in exchange for a merger eliminating choice altogether.

Farrell Distributing, Lake Monsters team up again on the 'Here's To The Heroes' campaign

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 3:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Farrell Distributing is once again teaming up with the Vermont Lake Monsters for the "Here's to the Heroes" campaign, a promotion based on the existing Anheuser-Busch "Here's to the Heroes" program, benefiting the families of fallen soldiers. For the entire season, Farrell Distributing will donate $10 to the Folds of Honor Scholarship Program for every run scored by the Lake Monsters at home.

University of Vermont seniors capitalize on strong job market

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 5:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine College graduation season is always a happy time. But many students are even more buoyant than usual this year, thanks to a job market for new college graduates that’s finally lifting off after years of recession. Jobs are “surging for new college graduates” National Public Radio proclaimed in a recent story. “Best Job Market Yet for Millennials,” an Economist story was headlined.

WIZN, Mt Mansfield Media win Best in Show awards at VAB

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 3:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington radio station WIZN-FM and Colchester advertising agency Mt Mansfield Media won Best in Show awards May 25 at the Commercial of the Year Awards luncheon at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. The competition is organized by the Vermont Association of Broadcasters and the awards were announced during the organization’s 61st annual convention in Montpelier. Featured speaker at this year’s convention was Former U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters.

Congressman Welch Honored as National Retail Federation Legislator of the Year

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 2:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The National Retail Federation announced that Congressman Peter Welch, D-Vt., is one of the retail advocate’s Legislator of the Year honorees. SenatorTim Scott, R-South Carolina, was honored with the Legislator of the Year distinction in the Senate. The award was presented on Tuesday during the Retail Advocates Summit, NRF’s annual congressional fly-in.

Vermont National Guard preparing for $25 million tarmac upgrades

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 2:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont National Guard is preparing to go to bid on a major construction project for apron replacement and taxiway upgrade at the Air National Guard Base located at the Burlington International Airport. The project is slated to start late this fall and continue through to fall of 2017. The project is estimated at greater than $25 million.

PC Construction receives Deane C Davis Outstanding Business of the Year award

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:46pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce today announced PC Construction Company as the winner of the prestigious and highly anticipated Deane C Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award. Presented by Governor Shumlin at the opening ceremonies of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Business and Industry EXPO, this annual award honors a Vermont business that shows an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an acute awareness of what makes Vermont unique. The award, named for the former governor of Vermont, was created 26 years ago by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce to recognize and honor the state’s best companies.

Key Senate panel move could help restore Montrealer

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday approved an annual spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and with it key provisions authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to increase national security and facilitate travel and commerce between the United States and Canada. Preclearance arrangements are especially important to Vermont, which hopes to restore “Montrealer” passenger train service linking Vermont to Canada in the coming years, and to secure flight service from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Burlington International Airport.

Vermont Creamery’s Bijou named 2016 sofi award winner

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Creamery was recognized for excellence this week, winning the specialty food industry’s highest honor—a gold sofi Award for its Bijou aged goat cheese; Bonne Bouche was honored as a finalist. Bijou was one of 28 winners from over 3,200 entries in the Specialty Food Industry’s prestigious competition. Every eligible entry to the sofi Awards was carefully assessed by a panel of passionate and knowledgeable food professionals including chefs, culinary experts, academics, food writers, and category buyers.

Vermont Restaurant Week donates $20,000 to the Vermont Foodbank

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A total of $20,000 was donated to the Vermont Foodbank as a result of Seven Days' 7th annual Vermont Restaurant Week. This popular event was presented by the Vermont Federal Credit Union and organized by Seven Days, publisher of 7 Nights, the statewide guide to Vermont’s restaurants and bars.

Gay Landstrom named interim CEO at Mt Ascutney Hospital

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Gay L Landstrom, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, has been named interim Chief Executive Officer of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC). Landstrom, who serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system, will serve temporarily while MAHHC conducts a search for a successor to Kevin W Donovan, who was named CEO at LRGHealthcare in Laconia, NH, on May 4. Donovan will leave Mt Ascutney Hospital on June 15, 2016.