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Vermont Electric Co-op seeks adopters for new smart energy device

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 5:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Co-op (VEC) is seeking members in several towns in and around Chittenden County to help test a cutting-edge energy management technology that’s designed to make the electric grid cleanercheaper, and easier to run. Under the pilot, technicians would install a device – developed by Vermont start-up Packetized Energy – on members’ water heaters that would tell the water heater to heat water when electricity is plentiful and to avoid times when it’s scarce.

Community Kitchen Academy celebrates Feb 1 graduation in Burlington

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 3:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Foodbank and Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf (CEFS) are excited to announce the 24th graduation ceremony for the Community Kitchen Academy (CKA) program in Burlington. Through this intensive culinary job training program, students develop and apply new skills by cooking with donated food from the community. They work closely with instructors to transform this food and create meals that are then distributed back to neighbors facing hunger, all while gaining valuable job skills.

Vermont’s Constitution staying warm with wood heat

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 3:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The bitter arctic cold snap that hit this month has many Vermonters thinking about keeping their homes and businesses warm with wood and pellet stoves, but did you know that the Vermont State Archives, home to the Constitution, is also heated with wood? Last fall the Department of Buildings and General Services (BGS) replaced the aging boilers in the State Archives in Middlesex with two new automatic Froling wood pellet boilers.

Norwich to celebrate renovation of historic Weather Bureau building

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 2:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University officials will celebrate on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at 12:45 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, a complete renovation to one of the oldest buildings on campus, the College of Liberal Arts’ academic building, Ainsworth Hall. The public is invited to join President Richard W Schneider, along with Provost Dr Sandra Affenito and College Dean Ted Kohn, PhD, who will give remarks and invite faculty back into the building after seven-and-a-half months of construction costing $4.8 million.

Leahy reacts to President Trump’s State of the Union

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 5:14pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy Under this President, the State of our Union is suddenly tenuous, in many ways. President Trump can say he’s for uniting instead of dividing the nation.  He’s said it before.  But after a year of intensely divisive actions, petty insults and disgraceful race-baiting, those words ring hollow by now.  Nor does doubling down on his broken promises to help struggling Americans sound as convincing as it once might have.

First climate change initiative bill on appliances gets prelim OK in House

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 4:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine At the opening of the 2018 Legislative Session, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero) charged each committee with working on legislation within their jurisdiction that lessens Vermont’s dependence on fossil fuels and sets Vermont up for a stronger, more resilient future.

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund expands business assistance services

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 3:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, a nonprofit organization focused on sustainable economic development, announces the expansion of its suite of services for clients from private sector businesses in the early and growth stages of development. Services have expanded to include waste management, renewable energy, and environmental technology sectors, in addition to agriculture/food system and forest product sectors.

Deb Markowitz joins the Gund Institute at UVM

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 2:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Deb Markowitz, who led Vermont’s top environmental agency, has joined the Gund Institute for Environment at UVM as Director of Policy Outreach. Markowitz’s distinguished public service career spans nearly 20 years as Secretary of Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources (2011-2016) and Vermont Secretary of State (1999-2011). She is currently a Gund Affiliate and visiting professor at UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR).

Vermont lawmakers join nine-state coalition to advance carbon pricing legislation

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 2:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Legislators Senator Chris Pearson (P/D-Burlington), Representative Sarah Copeland Hanzas (D-Bradford), Representative David Deen (D-Putney), and advocates from the Energy Independent Vermont Coalition today announced Vermont’s participation in the Carbon Costs Coalition. This multi-state coalition is focused on reducing carbon emissions, ensuring equity in policy proposals, developing market-based solutions, creating resilient local and regional economies, and improving public health.

Mobile Medical awarded $43K Vermont Training Program grant

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 1:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mobile Medical International in St Johnsbury is implementing strategic workforce development to enhance employee skills and increase productivity through a recent $43,668 matching grant awarded from the Vermont Training Program. Mobile Medical International CEO Jeffrey T. Paquet said, “Mobile Medical International Corporation is involved in a highly specialized field that requires expertise not easily found in any labor market, much less a small rural market like Vermont.

Attorney General releases list of Top 10 Scams

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 10:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermonters filed 5,233 scam reports with Attorney General TJ Donovan’s office in 2017. Most scam reports are for the IRS scam, with 1,337 reports in 2017. The IRS scam involves scammers who claim to be government officials collecting back taxes. Over the past year, scammers also tried to get money or personal information from Vermonters by posing as online tech support, credit card services, lotteries such as the Publishers Clearing House, grant disbursers for the government and even grandchildren.

AM Best removes from 'under review with positive implications' EDIC

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 9:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine AM Best has removed from under review with positive implications and upgraded the Financial Strength Rating to A- (Excellent) from B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “a-” from “bbb+” of Eastern Dentists Insurance Company (A Dental Society Risk Retention Group) (based in Burlington and regulated by Vermont's Captive Insurance Division). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.