Vermont Business Magazine Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc (NYSE: BHLB) ("Berkshire") and SI Financial Group, Inc (NASDAQ: SIFI) announced Tuesday that they have signed a definitive merger agreement under which Berkshire will acquire SIFI and its subsidiary, Savings Institute Bank and Trust Company, in an all-stock transaction valued at $180 million based on Berkshire's stock price as of the close of business on December 10, 2018. Berkshire Hills is the parent of Berkshire Bank with branches in southeastern Vermont.
Vermont Business Magazine TD Bank increased its US Small Business Administration (SBA) lending portfolio in 2018 to take the position as top lender in eight states and in Washington, DC, up from seven states in 2017. In addition, TD Bank ranked second nationwide for number of 7(a) loan units approved during the SBA's fiscal year. TD Bank ranks second in Vermont in SBA financing.
Vermont Business Magazine Today at the University of Vermont Medical Center, former patients of the UVM Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), their families, clinicians and hospital leaders, gathered to celebrate a $1 million donation from New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU). The donation kicks off a project to renovate the UVM Children’s Hospital’s NICU.
Vermont Business Magazine The US Senate late Tuesday passed a new five-year Farm Bill that includes significant wins for Vermont families, dairy, organic and hemp farms, and the state’s rural communities, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont). As a member of the conference committee that negotiated the bill, Leahy played a central role in shaping the final provisions that are vital to Vermont’s economy, farmers, working landscape, the food and nutrition of Vermont’s families, and the economic vitality of rural communities throughout the state. Leahy also is a former chairman of the Agriculture Committee and is the panel’s most senior member.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott has appointed Ed Adrian of Burlington, Lisa Carlson of Danville, and Heidi Tringe of Montpelier to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), the state’s non-partisan commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls.
Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power filed its 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) Monday with the Public Utilities Commission, outlining its efforts to continue to deliver clean, cost-effective and reliable power to customers, while cutting carbon through innovation. The IRP is a road map for GMP’s approach to serve Vermonters over the next ten years. Utilities are required to file a new IRP every three years.
Vermont Business Magazine US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) issued the following statement announcing that the Senate will vote tomorrow on the resolution to end US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
Vermont Business Magazine Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vermont) tweeted today that Vermont has won a preliminary victory in the effort to defeat the FDA’s proposed rule to require “added sugar” labels on pure maple syrup in the text of the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill is expected to pass the House and Senate this week.
Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan and members of the Attorney General’s Office will co-host an expungement clinic with Vermont Legal Aid and the Chittenden County State’s Attorneys Office this Friday December 14, in Winooski. This is the first in a series of expungement clinics that Attorney General Donovan and Vermont Legal Aid will host around the state.
Vermont Business Magazine Wintertime has arrived in Vermont, and so has flu season. With cases already reported in the state, health officials are urging Vermonters to get their annual flu vaccine. “Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect ourselves from the flu,” said Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD. “When we all take this one simple step, we do more than just protect ourselves – we help keep the people around us healthy and safe from potentially deadly flu complications.”
Vermont Business Magazine A partnership between Let’s Grow Kids, Vermont Birth to Five and Casella Waste Systems was recently recognized in a national report from Child Care Aware of America, one of the country’s leading voices advocating for a child care system that effectively serves all children and families. The report, called “The US and the High Cost of Child Care: A Review of Prices and Proposed Solutions for a Broken System,” references Vermont’s child care crisis and how it impacts the employees of Casella Waste Systems, located in Rutland County.
Vermont Business Magazine A new scholarship advancing addiction recovery in Vermont has been established to support the Vermont Foundation of Recovery (VFOR) by Dominion Diagnostics, a leading national medical laboratory with a two-decade long history in the state and deep roots in its treatment and recovery community.