Northeast Benefits Management, LLC in South Burlington, VT is pleased toannounce that Kate Fosher has joined its organization as a BenefitsAdministrator.Kate has a B.A. in History with Secondary EducationLicensure from Johnson State College.Kate, formally of Morgan Stanleywill be supporting clients that utilize NBM’s web-based flexible spendingaccount claims and processing system.NBM is an independent firm,delivering a full range of employee benefits management services. As afee-for-service company, we provide organizationally targeted employeebenefits program planning, including review, analysis, administration andemployee communication. NBM offers effective, comprehensive solutionstargeted to the specific needs for companies.NBM is delighted to welcomeKate Fosher to its growing team.
“COW” FOLLOWS PHISH TO COVENTRY,VERMONT CONCERT DATESVerizon Wireless Network Prepared to Accommodate Concert CrowdsBURLINGTON, VT When Phish fans gather to welcome the Vermont-based rockband back home at the final shows of the band¹s Summer 2004 Tour, VerizonWireless will be on hand with a “COW,” a portable cell site called “CellOn Wheels,” which is used to increase network capacity for special eventswhere significant cell phone usage is anticipated. The Phish concerts arescheduled for August 14 and 15 at the Newport State Airport in Coventry.”Coventry and immediately surrounding communities are going to see a spikein visitors those two days and we want to make sure our customersattending the shows continue to experience the best Verizon Wirelessnetwork experience,” said Bob Stott, president, Verizon Wireless NewEngland.Verizon Wireless invests more than $1 billion in its networkevery 90 days to provide customers with the most extensive wireless voiceand data network in the United States. The company offers popular wirelesssolutions including its NationalAccesssm high-speed wireless Internetaccess service, text messaging, picture messaging, text-based alerts andnews reports, as well as downloadable ringtones, games and businessapplications. Verizon Wireless COWs have also been deployed in New Englandat the Democratic National Convention in Boston, the Greater Hartford OpenGolf Tournament, and during racing events at the New HampshireInternational Speedway.
Burlington, VT — June 9, 2005 Four women-owned businesses in Chittenden County have come together during the month of June to donate 5% of their combined profits to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf in Burlington.Creative Thymes Catering, Jill Myers for Mary Kay Cosmetics, the Makeup Artist Guild and Salvanellis Authentic Italian Specialties are all members of the Women Business Owners Network, Chittenden Country Chapter and all ready to donate to the Food Shelf. “As local business owners we support programs such as the food shelf not only with our own contributions, but by reminding others of the need for year-round donations, Teresa Davis of the Makeup Artist Guild commented. It is amazing what can be accomplished if everyone does a little bit.”Wanda Hines, Executive Director of the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, emphasized that the month of June is a quiet donation month, making this donation timely and necessary. “Hunger doesn’t take a vacation, explained Wanda. The support of these four women business owners is greatly appreciated and a fine example of local businesses supporting local services.”These four women business owners believe their efforts will serve as an incentive to other business owners to donate to the Food Shelf at this time of the year. Each business offers something unique for this time of year including weddings, graduations, family reunions, special events and Fathers Day.” Creative Thymes Catering, owned and operated by Gail Benson, specializes in family and corporate celebrations of all kinds, personalized cooking classes, and Culinary Get-Away Weekends. Creative Thymes Catering may be reach at telephone 802-660-9865, or e-mail address email@example.com(link sends e-mail).” Jill Meyers is an Independent Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics. Jill can be reached at telephone 802-862-2120 or 1-888-768-2102, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail), or at website www.marykay.com/jillmeyers(link is external).” The Makeup Artist Guild, owned and operated by Teresa Davis, is an association of professional makeup artists, estheticians and hair stylists. They provide on-location services for your Vermont wedding or special event. Visit them on-line at www.makeupartistguild.com(link is external) or call 1-800-728-4167.” Salvanellis Authentic Italian Specialties, owned by Gloria Salvanelli, is a gourmet Italian food basket business for holidays, special occasions and events, as well as corporate functions. All foods, except for DellAmores Sauce and the Croccante, are authentic Italian foods imported from Italy. Visit Salvanellis on-line at www.salvanellis.com(link is external), via e-mail at email@example.com(link sends e-mail), or telephone 802-951-2523.I like to donate to the Food Shelf as one way to give back to a community that has supported me in my business, said Independent Beauty Consultant Jill Meyers. Its a wonderful community resource, seconded Gail Benson of Creative Thymes.When you make your purchases during the month of June, why not contact one or more of the businesses listed above. A portion of their June profits will directly benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. If you are a business interested in donating the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, please contact Wanda Hines, Director, at 802-658-7939.
Innovators throughout the business and education worlds are increasingly seeking ways to harness the untapped potential of electronic games and social media as powerful learning tools. The Emergent Media Center (EMC) at Champlain College has led the way in exploring this exciting new territory. Now that pioneering journey takes its next step as the EMC moves into new quarters at Winooski’s historic Champlain Mill.A celebration to mark the official opening of the EMC was held Tuesday, Oct. 21. The community met the students, faculty and staff of the high-tech education center and saw some of the ground-breaking projects. Gov. Jim Douglas, Champlain College officials, Winooski City officials and representatives from many top technology and software designers were expected to attend the opening.Gov. Douglas sees the EMC’s move into the Champlain Mill as a critical step in the creation of a thriving hub for innovative new media and technology businesses. The EMC is poised to become a vital link to a burgeoning creative community, one that will work with the Vermont Software Developers Alliance to grow this sector of the economy.Since its launch in 2006, the EMC at Champlain College has blazed a trail to where emergent technologies and learning converge, according to Ann DeMarle, director of the EMC. The electronic game industry is a world-wide economic engine that generates over $32.6 billion in revenue annually. That figure is expected to double by the year 2011, she said.Students at the EMC are not merely seizing new opportunities, they’re creating them. Their skills and professionalism led to ground-breaking partnerships with a wide range of organizations, she said.Among these many milestones is a project with the United Nations Population Fund. In partnership with the Population Media Center, the EMC is using new electronic media to positively impact women’s public health and human rights issues. Other current EMC partners include IBM, America’s Army, CIMIT at Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Vermont and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Games for Health, Information Literacy, Google Earth, and the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain.According to state officials, the EMC is a great example of showcasing the exciting careers young people can enjoy in Vermont. Located in a renovated woolen mill in Winooski, Champlain students are able to live across the street in a new student housing facility, and rub elbows with design and software engineering professionals who have already located to the Champlain Mill.Vermont has one of the highest concentrations of high-tech exports in the nation. In fact, three-quarters of all exports from Vermont are high-tech goods, heading for places like Canada, Hong Kong and South Korea, according to a recent study by AeA, the nation’s largest technology trade association.
Governor-elect Shumlin announced today that Elizabeth Miller will be the next Commissioner of the Department of Public Service. The DPS represents the public interest in matters regarding energy, telecommunications, water and wastewater. Shumlin made the Miller announcement in Montpelier this morning and then traveled to Rutland in the afternoon to announce that Megan Smith would become the state’s next Tourism & Marketing Commissioner.Of Miller, Shumlin said, ‘There will be no better advocate for the public’s interests than Liz. She will work tirelessly for the citizens and ratepayers of Vermont. I have laid out several ambitious goals for my administration, such as delivering broadband to every last mile by 2013 and developing a successful renewable energy economy. Liz is an incredibly bright, talented and energetic individual who will be instrumental in helping to achieve these goals. ‘Elizabeth H. Miller is a practicing lawyer and business owner with Spink & Miller PLC in Burlington. This is the same firm newly named Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson also comes from. After graduating from Yale Law School, Liz served as a law clerk to the Honorable James L. Oakes, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in Brattleboro. She then practiced law in San Francisco, California, where she helped represent independent power producers in federal court and administrative actions. After moving back to Vermont in 1998, Liz launched a small law firm in Burlington, helping it grow into a successful commercial litigation practice.As a business owner and community member, Liz has been involved in a variety of organizations. She has been a member of the Energy Policy and Health Care study groups for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, and has served on the boards of the Vermont Alliance for Arts Education, Local Motion, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Chittenden County Bar Association, and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. She recently joined the Burlington Bike Path Task Force, appointed by the City Council. She has taught at Community College of Vermont and has served on Congressman Welch’s Business Advisory Council. As Commissioner of DPS, Liz’s salary will be approximately $96,000. Megan Smith has 30 years of business experience, including 15 years in corporate hospitality and owner/operator of two businesses including the Vermont Inn. She currently develops and maintains the Vermont Marble Trail, as Executive Director of Dimensions of Marble which is a statewide tourism initiative. In that role, Smith works with all Chambers, Visitor Centers and Historical Societies on the western side of the state.‘Megan Smith has just the right blend of business and tourism experience that Vermont needs to attract new businesses and tourists to Vermont,’ said Shumlin. ‘I am excited that she has joined our jobs team.’From 2008 to 2010, Smith was a Representative from Rutland/Windsor 1 and served on the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee. Prior to that, Smith was District Manager for Au Bon Pain. As District Manager, Megan supervised up to 18 cafes in several markets. From 1977 to 1987, Megan served as the Human Resources and Food and Beverage Manager where she oversaw the opening of 2 restaurants and 2 banquet departments on new hotels. Megan received a B.S. from Southern Illinois University. As Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing her salary will be approximately $79,000. ‘Megan is a respected hospitality entrepreneur with a diverse background that brings much strength to the position,’ said Lawrence Miller, Secretary-Designee of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. ‘As someone who moved to Vermont to open a business she personally understands the relationship between tourism and economic development.’ Source: Shumlin’s office. 12.14.2010
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it is recognizing the State of Vermont and the city of Burlington with its coveted ‘Doorknocker Award’ for their outstanding work in producing affordable housing. From creating a stable living environment for those with disabilities to providing rental assistance to homeless veterans, each community represents a model for developing innovative housing solutions to meet their specific needs. (See below for description of Vermont developments honored.)HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the awards to 11 local communities and three state agencies for their exceptional use of funding provided through HUD’sHOME Investment Partnerships Program. The announcement of the ‘Doorknocker Awards’ coincides with the 20th anniversary of the HOME Program, the largest federal block grant program dedicated to producing affordable housing at the state and local level. Since 1992, HOME produced more than one million units of affordable housing through the US. ‘These Vermont organizations have set themselves apart on a national level, earning two out of 14 national awards for their work building better communities and creating opportunities for people most in need,’ said Barbara Fields, HUD New England Regional Administrator. HUD’s HOME ProgramThe Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act created the HOME Program in 1992. HOME provides formula grants to States and localities that communities use-often in partnership with local nonprofit groups-to fund a wide range of activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or homeownership or provide direct rental assistance to low-income people. Each year, HUD allocates approximately $2 billion to more than 600 State and local participating jurisdictions to increase the stock of affordable housing and provide tenant-based rental assistance for low- and very low-income households. Since the program’s inception, the HOME Program has completed more than one million units of affordable housing and provided more than 240,000 families with critically needed rental assistance. Each dollar of HOME funds leverages nearly $4 in other public and private investment and has leveraged more than $78 billion over the life of the program. Each award-winning project demonstrates how the flexibility provided by the HOME program is used by State and local governments to meet the specific needs of low-income families and underserved populations in their areas. These projects and programs serve as models for other jurisdictions to replicate throughout the country in four categories of innovation ‘producing producing sustainable housing, promoting long-term affordability, reaching underserved populations and building CHDO (non-profit) capacity. VERMONT City of BurlingtonKing Street Housing(New construction mixed-use rental and commercial) King Street Housing is a 20-unit rental development with 10,000-square feet of office space developed by the City of Burlington in partnership with the Champlain Housing Trust (CHT), a HOME Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO). The project is located in a downtown neighborhood that had been designated as a Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area and threatened by gentrification and displacement of low-income residents. Under the Community Land Trust model pioneered by CHT, 17 of its units are affordable in perpetuity. The building, with both residential and commercial spaces, is LEED-certified and has energy-efficient features that lower operating costs. The project is close to retail and businesses, and is transit oriented, located on a major bus route and two blocks away from the City’s transportation hub. To help achieve long-term affordability, the City made contributions to the project from both its housing trust and its inclusionary zoning funds. State of VermontCHDO Capacity Building Program(Community housing development organization) CHDO capacity building efforts have been extraordinary. Under the leadership of the State and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, the entity selected by the State to administerits HOME Program, the CHDO network has grown from two nonprofits covering three counties to 10 CHDOs and several nonprofits covering the entire state. In the last ten years, the CHDOs have been responsible for the development of nearly 3,000 units of affordable housing, of which 1,000 are HOME units. More than half of the HOME-assisted projects have been developed in communities as small as 1,000 people, yet projects have also been undertaken in exclusive resort communities like Manchester and Vermont’s largest city, Burlington. These projects have cleaned up brownfield sites, revitalized neighborhoods, and served people with extremely low incomes and disabilities. CHDOs play a vital role in executing the State’s major housing-related goals as articulated in its Consolidated Plan: (1) providing decent housing; and (2) providing a suitable living environment. The plan for increased CHDO capacity occurred in three stages: creating and expanding the capacity of CHDOs to develop affordable housing; expanding the asset management capacity of CHDOs and other nonprofits; and expanding the capacity to manage high energy prices. The major activities for implementing this plan included outreach, financial support and incentives, training and targeted technical assistance, monitoring and evaluation, and troubleshooting and project workouts when necessary. This strategy for increasing CHDO capacity, coupled with the commitment to provide permanent affordability and serve the most vulnerable of populations, has resulted in affordable housing in every county of the State.
Despite the numerous punches thrown by Mother Nature so far this year, Vermont’s apple growers are still standing. ‘Most growers are subscribing to the concept of the glass being half full, not half empty,’ reports Steve Justis, Executive Director of the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association. ‘Tropical storm Irene did cause some damage to orchards, but overall, losses were fairly light. We have a good crop of apples, and we’re still pretty early in the season.’ Many growers saw apple-laden trees blown down from Irene’s strong winds and heavy rains, but Justis estimates that less than one percent of the state’s trees were damaged. ‘Several growers last week felt that the rains were a mixed blessing— many orchards were getting dry—they needed the rain’, Justis noted. ‘A few early varieties, including Jersey Mac and Paula Red have already been harvested, but the main season is still ahead of us’, notes Justis. ‘McIntosh, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Red Delicious, Empire, Macoun and others will be ready for picking in a matter of days.’ While McIntosh is still the state’s leading variety, representing over 50 percent of the crop, some newer varieties, including Honeycrisp, are growing in popularity. Vermont also excels with many heirloom and antique varieties, ranging from Ananas Reinette (1500’s, France) to Wolf River (1850’s Wisconsin). Vermont’s 2011 apple harvest is expected to be 600,000 bushels, down 28 percent from the 833,000 boxes harvested in 2010 and 35 percent below the five-year average of 919,000 boxes. The Vermont crop was hindered by record rainfall at the beginning of the season, but recent widespread hail took the biggest bite of production. The national apple crop is expected to be down three percent in the East, up 58 percent in the Midwest. The western states will be down three percent, for a national gain of three percent over the 2010 crop, and equal to the national 5-year average. Vermont apple growers are concerned about the numerous road closings across the state, which may keep retail customers away. The Vermont apple growers association has stepped up its marketing efforts this year. Many Vermont growers are participating in the Pick for Your Neighbor program with the Vermont Foodbank and the Apples to iPods promotion with the Vermont Department of Tourism. Growers have also incorporated artwork by nationally-acclaimed Vermont graphic illustrator Hal Mayforth to encourage consumers to eat more apples.
Bolton Valley Resort,The minute temperatures dropped into the ‘snowmaking zone,’ Bolton Valley snowmakers were at the ready, firing up the snowguns last night in anticipation of the area’s opening for the 2011-2012 ski and snowboard season on Saturday, Dec. 10. Snowmakers will make snow whenever temperatures permit.‘It’s been a challenging few weeks with warm temperatures but the cold weather is dropping in at the right time for us ‘ about one week out from opening day’which is about the amount of time we need to get trails open for the season,’ said Josh Arneson, director of sales and marketing. ‘While some natural snow would be nice, so long as it stays cold and dry, we’ll continue to make our own storm.’Bolton received 5-7 inches of snow the day before Thanksgiving in its first official snowstorm of the season, however warmer temperatures made that natural snow disappear. On average, Bolton receives more than 300 inches of natural snow annually.Plans for opening day weekend include shopping, festivities and the arrival of Santa in nearby Waterbury on Friday night, the sampling of treats from some of Vermont’s finest food purveyors plus the Eastern Mountain Sports Telemark Demo Day on Saturday. Santa will be the closing act for day skiing and riding at Bolton (night skiing is from 4-8 p.m.) as Mr. and Mrs. Claus will arrive around 4:00 p.m. and lead a tree lighting ceremony at the ski area.For updates on opening day and snow conditions, guests should visit www.boltonvalley.com(link is external).Bolton Valley is Vermont’s most convenient and affordable big mountain skiing. Less than 10 minutes from I-89 and less than 30 minutes from Burlington, the family-friendly mountain offers skiers and riders of all abilities three mountain peaks with 70 trails and 6 lifts, plus 3 terrain parks including the Burton Progression Park.Bolton Valley was the first in Vermont and the second in the U.S. to implement wind power as an energy source and is the recipient of the National Ski Areas Association’s 2010 Silver Eagle Award for environmental initiatives. Approximately 88km of high elevation Nordic terrain, a complete Sports Center and Indoor Amusement Center plus Vermont’s most extensive top-to-bottom night skiing and riding are just a few of the extras available to guests. BOLTON VALLEY, Vt. (Dec. 3, 2011) ‘ Photo courtesy Bolton Valley Resort