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Waitsfield Telecom CEO Gregg Haskin dies, 54

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 3:05pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Gregg L Haskin, 54, President/CEO of Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Berlin on Wednesday, June 6. Arrangements are being made with the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury and a service will be held June 14. Kurt Gruendling, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, told VBM that he received the call early Wednesday morning that Haskin had died in his sleep. 

Major housing bill stays alive in Senate

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 2:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) on Thursday steered a funding bill through the US Senate Appropriations Committee that protects vital housing and community development programs important to Vermont from elimination by the Trump administration and maintains new investments achieved in last year’s bipartisan budget deal. Leahy is the Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Senate committee approves TIGER funding

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 2:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday preserves key infrastructure resources for communities across Vermont and the nation.

Sanders outlines plan to strengthen Postal Service

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 2:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) outlined his plan to strengthen the United States Postal Service in a letter Thursday to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the chairman of the president’s task force on the Postal Service. Sanders includes several recommendations to help the Postal Service succeed and thrive into the 21st century, without moving toward privatization and endangering the jobs of the 640,000 Americans employed by the Postal Service.

Leahy protects funding for Vermont-based PTSD facility

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 2:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill approved on Thursday by the committee includes several key Vermont initiatives to help veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Notably, the bill protects $40 million in funding for the PTSD Consultation Program, run out of the National Center for PTSD at White River Junction, and created by Leahy in fiscal year 2013. 

NEFCU awards 2018 STEM scholarships

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 1:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) has announced the winners of its 2018 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarships. Three scholarships of $3,000 each were awarded.

This year’s winners are:

Chiara Antonioli, a senior at Champlain Valley Union High School, will be attending the University of New Hampshire to study Animal Science.

Nicholas Bouffard currently attends the University of Vermont and he is pursuing a degree in Neuroscience with a minor in Computer Science.

2018 grantees of the Working Lands Enterprise Fund announced

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 1:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Working Lands Enterprise Board awarded over $750,000 in grants to 25 Vermont agriculture and forest sector businesses and service providers at the State House today, in support of businesses and organizations that support Vermont’s working landscape. The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative has distributed over $3.8 million in grants since its inception in 2012, leading to an additional 428 jobs and $18.1 million in sales.

US Census: Vermont fifth highest school spending per student

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 12:52pm -- tim

US Census Bureau The US Census has released its updated school spending report. The current spending per pupil for all 50 states and the District of Columbia was $11,762 in 2016, an increase of 3.2 percent from 2015. The states spending the most per pupil were New York ($22,366), the District of Columbia ($19,159), Connecticut ($18,958), New Jersey ($18,402) and Vermont ($17,873). Lowest was Utah ($6,953). Vermont's relatively highest spending category per pupil was in school administration ($1,296; US average $651), which was second highest only to DC ($1,447). Vermont ranked sixth in teacher salaries ($6,743, US average $4,603; DC highest $9,547; New York highest state $9,407; Utah lowest, $2,698).

Recycling: Problems, Problems, Problems

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 7:17am -- tim

Markets fall as China cuts back and costs rise

by CB Hall Vermont Business Magazine The handling of Vermont's recyclable wastes has long been a more or less straightforward matter, of the out-of-sight, out-of-mind variety, but that's changing. China, which had been receiving about a third of all recyclables exported from the United States, announced last July that it would stop accepting 24 materials that have long been among those exports – including key components of the global trade in recyclables.

Do you recycle right? What does ‘Single-Stream’ really mean?

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 7:16am -- tim

by Michele Morris, the Director of Outreach and Communications at Chittenden Solid Waste District Single-stream recycling has been known by many names: “all in one,” “commingled,” “No Sort” and “Zero Sort,” but all of them mean the same thing: You don’t have to sort your cardboard, glass bottles, aluminum cans, and other recyclables into separate bins. Just put them all in the same bin or cart, and the single-stream system will sort them for you.

UVM spinoff’s small packets are a big deal for energy industry

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 7:01am -- tim

by Jeff Wakefield, University of Vermont It’s been a whirlwind few months for Packetized Energy, the energy sector start-up spun off from a large Department of Energy project in 2016 by three UVM electrical engineering faculty, Paul Hines, Jeff Frolik and Mads Almassalkhi. After completing a pilot with Burlington Electric Department at the end of 2017, the company launched ambitious demonstration projects in January with Green Mountain Power and the Vermont Electric Cooperative that put its innovative technology to the test under real market conditions.

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