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VCV partners on nationwide campaign for local progress on clean energy

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 2:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In the absence of federal leadership, and building on a string of clean energy policy wins in states across the nation, Vermont Conservation Voters is joining with the national League of Conservation Voters and other state affiliates in the Conservation Voter Movement to double down on the progress that can be made at the state and local levels by launching a first-of-its-kind “Clean Energy for All” campaign to advance clean energy solutions and support leaders in an effort to move th

Leahy to meet with NATO officials on national security threats

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine  Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and other members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees will meet today and Friday with NATO officials, at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, about national security issues facing the United States and its NATO allies. The meetings come as the United States and the NATO allies are acting to counter a variety of security threats, especially from Russia, which include interference in elections, the conflict in Syria, cyber warfare, and the attempted murder on English soil of a former Russian intelligence agent.

Produce growers awarded $74K in safety improvement grants

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 1:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) awarded $74,000 to nine Vermont produce growers making on-farm improvements that prevent or reduce produce safety risks. Prompted by high demand, VAAFM’s Produce Program issued a second round of funding to help Vermont producers continue to grow food safely, efficiently, and economically.

UVM study confirms racial disparities in Vermont traffic stops

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 12:10pm -- tim

University of Vermont A 2017 study showing that Black and Hispanic drivers in Vermont were more likely than White drivers to be stopped and searched by state and local police, and less likely to be found with contraband, was welcomed by many in the state’s law enforcement community for providing valuable feedback that could be put to good use in training programs. But questions were also raised about the study's methodology and the reliability of its data. 

Condos responds to potential inclusion of citizenship question on the 2020 census

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 10:59am -- tim

by Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos Data from the census touches nearly every aspect of our lives as Vermonters, from political representation, congressional seats and the drawing of district lines to federal funding allocations and how local government officials make important policy decisions, from the Governor’s office all the way down to our local school boards.

I strongly support any actions taken by Attorney General TJ Donovan in resisting the addition of a citizenship question on the census, and thank him for his leadership on this issue.

VT Fish & Wildlife: Turkey Hunting Seminar April 15; Hammond Cove shooting range open and range improvement grants deadline April 5

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 10:20am -- tim

VT Fish & Wildlife The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a free Turkey Hunting Seminar in Guildford, Vermont on April 15, 2018. This seminar is in addition to the two turkey hunting seminars being held on April 7 at Barre Fish and Game Club and April 8 at the Hartland Fire Department. The opening of the Hammond Cove Shooting Range in Hartland, Vermont has been postponed until Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. because of poor access road conditions caused by snow and ice. The Shooting Range Improvement Grant Program seeks grant applications from clubs and government agencies involved in the operation of shooting ranges

VEC offers bill credits for buyers of electric plug-in hybrid cars

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 4:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Co-op (VEC) is offering expanded financial incentives in 2018 to VEC members who purchase or lease electric or plug-in hybrid cars. VEC members Eric and Ingrid Nuse were among those who recently took advantage of a VEC bill credit when they bought an all-electric Nissan Leaf last fall.

The Vermont Organics Recycling Summit: Closing the gap to 2020

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 4:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Next time you toss that banana peel in the trash, you may want to consider composting it instead. Each year, Vermonters throw away almost 100,000 tons of organics, like food scraps and yard debris, all of which could be composted or managed in better ways. This waste adds up, filling landfills and contributing to massive greenhouse gas emissions.

National Life recognized as one of ‘America’s Magnificent Eight’

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine National Life Group has been recognized as one of “America’s Magnificent Eight Exceptional Companies” by CEO Forum, a media company that highlights the innovative work of chief executives from around the country. Additionally, Mehran Assadi, National Life’s chairman, CEO and president, was featured in a column on in which seven CEOs shared their insights into building an exceptional business.

Downtown Bennington among those benefiting from $2.9 million in VHCB awards

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine At a meeting on March 15, the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board awarded $2,955,197 to create new homes in a downtown Bennington development, to conserve 440 acres of farmland in Rutland and Orleans Counties, and to protect public access to water in Calais, Burlington and Bolton.