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More than $3 million headed to Vermont to boost law enforcement and criminal justice programs

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 3:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday announced that more than $3 million in U.S. Department of Justice grants will be coming to Vermont to support programs aimed at reducing crime, tackling heroin abuse, and protecting Vermont’s local and state law enforcement officers.  The funding, included in Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations legislation, includes $70,977 to help 23 local police and sheriff departments to buy 196 new bulletproof vests for their officers.

$115 million issue includes nearly $30 million in Vermont 'Green' bonds

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 3:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine State Treasurer Beth Pearce announced today that the State of Vermont successfully sold $115.58 million in bonds in three different offerings. The sale included $28.52 million in Green Bonds, the first time Vermont has sold such bonds targeted toward investors with socially responsible investment (SRI) objectives. Green Bonds are used to fund projects that have positive environmental and/or climate benefits. Proceeds from these bonds are earmarked for green projects, but are backed by Vermont’s full faith and credit.

New report identifies upwards of $1.7 million in savings for Burlington taxpayers

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 2:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Resolving the troubled finances related to Burlington Telecom is starting to pay dividends for Burlingtonians. Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Bob Rusten has released the Annual Stability Bond Proceed Report, required by 2013 City Council resolution. The report summarizes the role the Fiscal Stability Bond played over the last three years averting possible fiscal crisis and contributing to the city's improved credit rating.

State and national awards presented to AGC/VT staffer Norm James

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 1:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A staff-member of the Associated General Contractors of Vermont has been recognized by the National Safety Council and the Vermont Governor’s for Outstanding Workplace Safety. Norman James, Manager of Project RoadSafe, a workplace driver safety training program at AGC/VT, was honored with the Vermont Governor’s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety, and the National Safety Council’s Alive at 25 Instructor of the Year award.

Entergy agrees to sell Rhode Island natural gas-fired power plant

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 12:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Entergy Corp. (NYSE:ETR) today announced that its wholesale generation division, Entergy Wholesale Commodities, has entered into an agreement to sell its 583-megawatt Rhode Island State Energy Center (RISEC), located in Johnston, RI, to Carlyle Power Partners. The facility is a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle generating plant that entered commercial service in 2002.

Ag Agency announces more than $50,000 of Farm to School grant funding for Vermont schools

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 12:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine State leaders gathered together today at Sustainability Academy in Burlington to recognize Farm to School Awareness Month, a statewide celebration of the Farm to School (FTS) Program that connects thousands of Vermont students with fresh, healthy, local foods every year.

Vermont Ag Agency gets USDA grant to continue market access development for Vermont producers

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 11:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Last week, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the Vermont Agency of Agriculture (VAAFM) will receive a $92,200 matching grant from the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) to enhance domestic export opportunities and market channels for Vermont agricultural products. Out of a total $1,005,906 in FSMIP funding awarded to 15 different projects in this 2015 application period, the state of Vermont received the third largest grant at $92,200.

Feds begin planning for Vermont Yankee waste removal

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 11:22am -- tim

by Mike Faher/The Commons For local residents and state officials, the central, painful reality of post–Vermont Yankee planning is that there is nowhere to take the plant’s spent nuclear fuel. That doesn’t mean, however, that there haven’t been conversations about the eventual removal of that waste from the Vernon property. As part of its attempts to develop a nationwide plan for transporting nuclear waste to a centralized storage facility, the U.S. Department of Energy recently has made inquiries with Vermont officials and has scheduled a visit to Vermont Yankee.

Fall summit celebrates Vermont town forests

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 11:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For Vermont's town forests, 2015 is a landmark year, marking 100 years since state lawmakers passed a municipal forest law that allowed for the creation of these forests. To celebrate, a day-long event packed with speakers, workshops and networking opportunities is planned for November 7 in Randolph Center. The Community Conservation Summit: Celebrating 100 years of Vermont Town Forests will be held at Vermont Technical College in Judd Gymnasium from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

GMP offers grants for four solar-powered EV charging stations

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 10:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As part of building a comprehensive electric vehicle charging network across the state, Green Mountain Power is offering nearly $50,000 in four separate grants to build four solar-paired electric vehicle charging stations. Applications will be accepted until October 23. “We are so excited to be placing more charging stations where lots of Vermonters will use them, and having the sun power it all,” said Dorothy Schnure, GMP spokesperson.

Amtrak restores partial Amtrak service Thursday

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 6:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin issued the following statement Wednesday after Amtrak announced that partial service will be restored on the Vermonter line thursday following Monday’s derailment in Northfield. The Vermonter northbound train will operate from Washington to Saint Albans as normal. Passengers traveling southbound will continue to be transported by bus to Springfield, MA,. or New Haven, CT, where they will board other Amtrak trains. The Vermonter is scheduled to arrive in St Albans at 8:57 pm.

Killington Town Manager Webb steps down to take tech advising position

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 3:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine After six years with the Town of Killington, Town Manager Seth Webb, announced he was stepping down to take a new position in the private sector. Webb has accepted the position of Managing Director at New York based Tusk Ventures, the first political strategy firm which specializes in helping startups analyze and navigate regulatory and political challenges at local, state and national levels and pursue opportunities in the public sphere.