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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.

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.

Leahy: Grants Totaling $185,865 To Two Vermont Farms

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:46pm -- katie

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) says two Vermont farms will receive a total of $185,865 in grants under a program that encourages value-added American agricultural products.  The awards, under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Value-Added Producer Grant program, will be used to expand natural meat production and to develop nutritional labels, among other projects.

Champlain College Class of 2018 Arrives August 22

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:05am -- katie

Orientation Weekend includes Convocation, Activities and Special Events for Largest Class Ever

The Champlain College Class of 2018 will arrive Friday for an information-packed, fun-filled, three-day orientation. The incoming class of 662 students represents 36 states and six countries.

Residential move-in begins Friday morning followed by a lunch for parents, students and friends. Champlain College’s new president, Donald J. Laackman, will welcome the students and parents on Aiken Lawn after a campus barbecue.

City of Burlington Leads the Way with Launch of Employee Bikeshare Program

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:17pm -- katie

Mayor Miro Weinberger today launched the City Green Employee Bikeshare Program, now available to all City of Burlington employees. The program was fully funded by a wellness grant from the City’s health insurance carrier, BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont (BCBSVT), as part of BCBSVT’s efforts to reduce healthcare costs by encouraging active, healthy employee lifestyles. The City’s Wellness Committee organized the bikeshare program.