Valener Inc (Valener) (TSX: VNR), the public investment vehicle in Gaz Métro Limited Partnership, is today announcing its financial results for the second quarter ended March 31, 2013. Gaz Métro is the owner of Green Mountain Power and Vermont Gas Systems.
Thanks to state funding approved by the Vermont legislature, providing $230,000 to expand marketing efforts, the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM) has launched a comprehensive marketing campaign in Washington, DC, and Philadelphia; these are the first campaigns launched in these regions in nine years.
The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Convention Bureau, and GBIC announced Monday that they will host the Eighth Annual Taste of Vermont Reception in Washington, DC, with honored guest Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Thursday, May 16, 2013.
Green Mountain College shook off the threat of rain and awarded diplomas to 24 graduate students and 124 undergraduates during its 176th commencement ceremony Saturday morning. Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, a national and international leader in environmental sustainability, corporate responsibility and social justice, addressed the graduates and received an honorary doctor of laws degree from GMC.
"This stage is so crowded – my mother and my father are here in spirit, and my grandparents are here,” she said.
by Anne Galloway May 10, 2013 vtdigger.org Legislative leaders announced Friday that they do not have a budget and tax agreement with the Shumlin administration.
John Campbell, left, and Shap Smith. vtdigger.org photo
The US Small Business Administration and KeyBank will host “Bank on SBA” events at four Vermont KeyBank branches throughout May. At each “Bank on SBA” event, representatives will be available to discuss various SBA loans available to current and aspiring business owners.
Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding released the April 2013 General Fund (GF) Revenue results today. General Fund revenues totaled $216.66 million for April 2013, and were +$26.95 million or +14.21% above the $189.71 million consensus revenue forecast for the month. Year to date, General Fund revenues were $1,103.74 million, and +$26.73 million or +2.48% ahead of the cumulative target of $1,077.01 million. April is the tenth month of fiscal year (FY) 2013.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) Friday announced that General Electric Aviation of Rutland has been awarded an additional $2.6 million for a US Navy contract for the development and production of fighter engines for the EA-18G Growler aircraft.
New unemployment claims in Vermont fell again last week to below 1,000. For the week of May 4, 2013, there were 922 new, regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont. This is a decrease of 127 from the previous week's total, and 208 more than they were a year ago.
by Andrew Stein May 10, 2013 vtdigger.org The Vermont House this week became the first legislative body in the country to pass a law that would require the labeling of foods derived from genetically modified organisms.
Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC – maker of Woodchuck Hard Cider -- is happy to announce that construction is underway on a state-of-the-art cidery in Middlebury, Vermont. The $30 million project is being built less than a mile from the current Middlebury facility.
The new cidery will provide 100,000 square feet of production, warehouse, and office space. A post and beam barn will also welcome visitors to Woodchuck, with a gift shop, tastings, and tours.
MVP Health Care and Hudson Health Plan (Hudson) announced today that they have signed an agreement under which Hudson, a Tarrytown-based Medicaid managed care organization, will join the MVP family of companies. Both Hudson and MVP are nationally recognized not-for-profit health plans. Financial terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.
The nonprofit Windham Foundation, parent company of the historic Grafton Inn, announced the appointment of Donald Bruce as Innkeeper, who started his position on May 6. A native Vermonter with hometown roots just 15 miles from Grafton and nearly 30 years in hospitality, Bruce will oversee all management, operations, sales and marketing of the inn.
by Anne Galloway May 10, 2013 vtdigger.org The legislative Democratic leadership has given the two tax-writing committees the go ahead to pursue a change to the income tax code in the waning days of the session.
Shap Smith and John Campbell, right. vtdigger photos.
by Alicia Freese May 9, 2013 vtdigger.org How diverse can a “miscellaneous” bill be? That was more or less the question that squashed an attempt in the Senate on Thursday to allow child-care workers to unionize.
Governor Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) has announced the awarding of $135,000 of federal Workforce Investment Act funds to 12 organizations in Vermont to administer the Summer Employment Opportunity (SEO) programs. The purpose of the SEO program is to provide young Vermonters with meaningful work experiences to increase their employment, academic and personal skills and confidence.
by Anne Galloway May 9, 2013 vtdigger.org On Tuesday, Governor Peter Shumlin and legislative leaders agreed to eliminate any new General Fund taxes this year, effectively killing a number of provisions in the miscellaneous tax bill, H.528.
Vermont had the third highest residential electric rates in the nation in February at 18.41 cents per kilowatt hour and the seventh highest for all sectors at 14.57 cents/KWH, according to the federal government. Vermont was 2.58 cents higher than the average New England residential rate and 0.2 cents lower overall. The US average was 11.61 and 9.77 respectively. Both the Vermont and US rates were higher than for February 2012. For residential, New York and Hawaii were higher. Overall, in addition to New York and Hawaii, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Alaska were higher.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, on a bipartisan voice vote, Thursday approved legislation authored by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and cosponsored by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) that blocks the creation of a land-border crossing fee.
People's United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People's United Bank, announced that it has awarded a $100,000 grant to DonorsChoose.org, in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10, 2013.
Kilawatt Technologies has great pleasure to announce the first quarter results for 2013 of the Energy and Environment Management Project with Vermont Mutual Insurance Group.Vermont Mutual achieved a 34 percent Reduction in Thermal Energy consumption. In addition, they achieved more than a 31 percent reduction in electrical energy consumption.
This equates to a fuel oil burn for their building of 0.05 Gallons per Square Foot for the month of February.For 2012 as a whole, Vermont Mutual achieved a total energy reduction of almost 21 percent for the year.
Anbaric Transmission has announced that the "Transmission Customer Open Solicitation" for the Grand Isle Intertie Project ("GII") released on April 12, 2013, resulted in expressions of interest well in excess of the planned capacity of 400MW.
by Anne Galloway May 9, 2013 vtdigger.org The members of the House and Senate budget conference committees met twice on Wednesday to find $10 million in budget reductions. Democratic legislative leaders and the governor charged conferees with a double scrubbing of the budget on Tuesday when they announced a deal to scuttle at least $10 million in tax proposals. Instead, Gov.
by Alicia Freese May 8, 2013 vtdigger.org The Senate passed an end of life bill Wednesday, 17-13, ending a longstanding stalemate and salvaging an imperiled piece of legislation.
The unusual compromise now heads back to the House, which must decide whether to accept the latest iteration of the bill.
Porter Hospital in Middlebury has recently agreed to join with all other Vermont hospitals, as well as Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in the newly formed OneCare Vermont Accountable Care Organization (ACO).
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc, (NASDAQ: GMCR), based in Waterbury, Vermont Wednesday after markets closed announced its second quarter fiscal year 2013 results for the 13 weeks and 26 weeks ended March 30, 2013. GMCR also announced a major new partnership with rival Starbucks SEE STORY. GMCR's stock price at the end of Wednesday's trading was $59.48, up $0.92 (1.57%). GMCR's 52-week range is $17.11 - $59.62.
Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX), the world's largest coffee retailer, and Vermont-based Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee and coffeemakers, have signed an agreement that provides for the expansion of their successful partnership for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution, and sale of Starbucks- and Tazo-branded single serve packs for use in GMCR's Keurig single serve brewing systems globally.
The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has reached a settlement with Trademark Monitoring Services, Inc., California, for mailing solicitations to Vermont businesses that misrepresented that the businesses owed it money for trademark-related services.