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first_imgOn the opening day of the biennium, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce is pleased to publish its 2005 Priorities for Job Creation and Retention.Set a course to make health care more affordable, accessible, and financially stable:Ï Involve both the private and public sectors.Ï Eliminate cost shifting.Ï Stimulate healthy life styles and heightened personal responsibility.Ï Embrace market-driven methodologies that drive down costs.Give Vermont job providers greater opportunity to maintain and create quality jobs:Ï Exercise fiscal restraint in setting spending and revenue targets.Ï Refuse to enact new mandates.Ï Oppose raising taxes or approving new ones.Ï Reduce the burden of high workers compensation costs on workers and employers.Ï Require new social programs to be funded by currently available revenues.Fund economic development programs that encourage economic vitality:Ï Enhance technical centers that serve as magnets for high tech businesses.Ï Provide predictable funding for travel and tourism promotion.Ï Train and re-train Vermonters for jobs of the future.Improve education quality:Ï Analyze current K-12 structures, governance and delivery systems.Ï Increase funding for higher education.Ï Renew education choice law.Ï Maintain and improve teacher quality.Ï Emphasize student performance.Enhance transportation and telecommunications infrastructures:Ï Encourage private telecommunications investment and remove/reduce barriers.Ï Resist efforts to over-regulate telecommunications industry.Ï Support and implement the Vermont Telecommunications Plan goals.Ï Dedicate all revenue raised from transportation taxes to road and bridge projects.As the Voice of Vermont Business, the Vermont Chamber lobbying team is the source for business advocacy and information throughout the session.last_img read more

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first_imgCalkain Institutional Advisors, a division of Calkain Companies, a national real estate investment brokerage firm, has been chosen by R.P.M.Realty Trust as the exclusive listing agent to sale two fully leased properties located at198 & 200 Main Street in Lewiston, Maine.Joel Kahn, CCIM and Michael OMara will represent R.P.M. Realty Trust in thedisposition of these properties which houses the Department of Human Services for theState of Maine. 200 Main Street, consisting of 50,823 square feet on four floors, wascompletely renovated/expanded to comply with the states requirements for office space.The State of Maine currently holds a Standard and Poors credit rating of AAA, thehighest rating the service offers. Additionally, the abutting 198 Main Street building wassimultaneously renovated as a two story, 11,700 square foot multi-tenanted building fullyoccupied by several well known regional tenants.Calkain Companies, Inc. is a full service firm with a national scope focusing onsingle and multi-tenant retail, industrial, and office net leased transactions. Additionalinformation about the firm and its listings may be found at www.calkain.com(link is external).last_img read more

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first_imgStern Center addresses Workplace Challenges at Gallagher, Flynn’s HR ForumBlanche Podhajski, Ph.D., President of the Stern Center for Language and Learning in Williston, presented “Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficits in the Workplace” on September 3rd at the HR Forum at Gallagher, Flynn & Company, an independent a business consulting and CPA firm in Burlington. Human resources professionals from educational, financial, and nonprofit companies attended the presentation, which offered insights to help employers work more effectively with staff members who have learning differences.The Stern Center for Language and Learning is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to helping children and adults reach their full potential. Through high-quality direct service, professional development and research, the Stern Center is committed to enriching the lives of learners, because all great minds don’t think alike.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce is please to announce the 2009 – 2010 Top Ten Winter Events Award recipients. The winners, in chronological order are:CRAFT VERMONT – Fine Craft, Art, and Design – presented by Vermont Hand CraftersSouth Burlington-Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, November 19-22, 2009, Thurs. & Fri. 12-8 pm, Sat. 10-6 pm, Sun. 10-5 pm. At the CRAFT VERMONT – Fine Craft, Art, and Design Show you ll meet the artists and hear their stories, their inspiration, and their dedication to their craft. Shop over 130 booths of original, high quality, works in glass, ceramics, wood, and decorative fiber along with paintings, jewelry, photography, sculpture and wearable art made by Vermont s finest artisans. This highly acclaimed annual event offers a wide range of contemporary and traditional items in all price ranges. Four-day Pass $7 valid for unlimited re-entry. www.vermonthandcrafters.com;(link is external) 802-373-5429. Thanksgiving Weekend at Billings Farm & MuseumWoodstock, November 27-29, 2009, 10-3 pmView how Thanksgiving was celebrated over 100 years ago; the Thanksgiving meal is prepared in the 1890 Farm House wood burning stove. Traditional cooking demonstrations, horse drawn wagon rides, farm tours, and hands-on Thanksgiving activities and programs for every age. Adults $11, seniors $10, children ages 5-15 $6, ages 3-4 $3. www.billingsfarm.org;(link is external) 802-457-2355.The Lights of ChristmasSouth Royalton, November 27, 2009 – January 5, 2010Be captivated by over 120,000 lights and heart-warming displays honoring the birth of Jesus Christ at the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial Historic Site. Two-night lighting ceremonies. Enjoy The Lights of Christmas with live nativity, free refreshments, and continuous holiday music. NEW: Get in the spirit of Christmas with concerts by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir – America s Choir with renowned guest performers such as Angela Lansbury and Walter Cronkite on DVD in cozy 40 seat theater. It is one hour and is nondenominational.  Free. 802-783-7742.First Night BurlingtonBurlington, December 31, 2009, Noon to midnight.Vermont s largest single day arts festival, whose mission is to bring the community together with an accessible, substance-free New Year s Eve celebration of the arts. Over 20,000 people attend at 23 sites in downtown Burlington. $15 buttons ($20 day of event), $2 tickets. www.firstnightburlington.com;(link is external) 802-863-6005.Winter Dew TourMount Snow (West Dover), February 4-7, 2010, 9-6 pm.Over 20,000 spectators and another 1,000,000 television viewers witnessed hometown girl Kelly Clark s winning halfpipe run at the 2009 competition, while pros like Simon Dumont and Shaun White battled for the coveted Dew Cup. Festival Village features interactive displays, giveaways, athlete signings and live music. Party with the pros at the ALLI-After-Dark parties! Visit allisports.com or mountsnow.com for more information. Free. www.mountsnow.com;(link is external) 800-245-SNOW.Snowflake Festival 2010Lyndon and East Burke area events, February 12-28, 2010The Lyndon/Burke Snowflake Festival is two weeks of non-stop family fun in the Lyndon/Burke area celebrating the best of winter in the Northeast Kingdom. Many events take place at Lyndon Outing Club, the oldest volunteer-run ski area in Vermont. Burke Mountain is a spectacular setting for lots of family fun throughout the festival. Join us for pancake breakfasts, torchlight ski parades, free horse drawn wagon rides, cross-country and alpine skiing and much more! Most events are free. www.lyndonvermont.com;(link is external) 802-626-9696.Montshire Museum Igloo BuildNorwich, February 15, 2010, 10:30 am – 3 pmLearn how to build an insulated, sturdy house, strong enough to support the weight of a polar bear. Join Dr. Bert Yankielun, author of How to Build an Igloo and Other Snow Structures and learn the secrets of building with snow – from making the initial snow angel, to placing the final block on the dome, to sawing yourself out. Then try building your own igloo! Activities and presentations throughout the day. Free with Museum admission ($10 adults, $8 children 2-17, free for Montshire members and children under 2) www.montshire.org;(link is external) 802-649-2200.Middlebury Winter Carnival & Chili ContestMiddlebury, February 27, 2010, 2-5 pmThe Better Middlebury Partnership proudly presents the Middlebury Winter Carnival & Pro/Am Chili Contest! The streets of Middlebury will be alive with free chili, free live music and free treats for all! Last year 29 local restaurants served over 50 different kinds of chili! Amateurs and professionals are encouraged to enter – the public votes! Other activities include public skating, snowshoe races, an open house at the Middlebury Fire Station, dog sled demos, and a bonfire! Free. www.middbiz.org;(link is external) 802-388-4126.Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding ChampionshipsStratton Mountain, March 15-21, 2010The U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships have showcased the world s most progressive riding longer than any other snowboarding competition. For the 26th consecutive year, the competition will take place at Stratton Mountain Resort. Snowboarding s elite athletes like Shaun White, Danny Kass, Kelly Clark, and Hannah Teter are U.S. Open staples and compete in quarterpipe, halfpipe, and slopestyle events. The Open, which draws more than 20,000 fans, big name sponsors, snowboarding legends and international media, is free of charge to spectators. www.stratton.com;(link is external) 1-800-STRATTON.13th Green Mountain Film FestivalMontpelier, March 19-28, 2010Montpelier, in the heart of Vermont, provides the perfect setting for this intimate festival bringing together films and film makers from all over the world. Nearly 120 separate events over ten days, including interviews and discussions with film makers, writers, and other special guests from the world of film. Recent guests have included Oscar nominated screenwriter Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and  Memoirs of a Geisha), and NPR and LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan. $7-$8.50, some events free. Discounts available. www.greenmountainfilmfestival.org;(link is external) 802-262-3423.Each year, a panel of independent judges chooses Vermont s best activities, selected for their diversity and wide appeal. This year s winners display a wide-range of family-friendly activities and represent many different parts of the state.In order to qualify as a Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top Ten Event, events must appeal to out-of-state visitors as well as Vermonters; appeal to a diverse audience, including children and families; and due to the additional attention a Top Ten garners, the event must be able to accommodate an influx of visitors up to twice the normal count.last_img read more

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first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin on Wednesday will take part in the Agency of Transportation’s ‘Safety Day’ events, which include a golf cart texting course, a vehicle rollover crash display, and more. Date: May 18, 2011Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.Location: The National Life campus; Montpelier The day will be filled with safety demonstrations, exhibits, information and presentations, reminding employees and the public that safety is integral VTrans’ mission, and also the responsibility of every individual to be informed and to stay ‘focused of safety.’  Initiated by Vtrans employees, and working in partnership with partner Agencies from the Governor’s Highway Safety program to Department of Public Safety, the day will feature demonstrations throughout the National Life campus, as well as activities to education and inform, including: Golf Cart Texting Course:  On the top deck of the parking garage (the end nearest the building) will be an obstacle course set up for drivers to navigate utilizing a golf cart.  Drivers will navigate the course both with, and without, trying to text a predetermined message on their cell phone.  This course has been successfully used throughout the state in recent years and is intended to demonstrate the dangers associated with texting while driving.  The course will be available all day, but is weather dependant. Driving Simulator:  The VT Police Academy will be providing the driving simulator used by the academy to train law enforcement officials in various types of real life driving scenarios.  The simulator is housed in a trailer which will be available for you to participate in (or just observe) on the top deck of the garage. Rollover Display:  The Rollover is a real life simulation of a vehicle in a rollover crash.  It is a reminder of the tragic outcome that is often realized when a passenger in an automobile is unbuckled during a crash.  Members of the law enforcement community will be with us throughout the day to provide this demonstration.  The demonstration will be located on the top deck of the parking garage, and is weather dependant. Car Seat Safety Check:  We are pleased that several child car seat specialists will be joining us to inspect child car seats and their installation.  There will be a table with information set up in the North Lobby and the safety seat checks will take place on the top deck of the parking garage (the end farthest from the building).  The inspections will be on a first come first serve basis and it will be a ‘drive through’ model.  Simply drive up and park at the inspection station.  There will be enough space to accommodate 2 or 3 cars at a time. Motorcycle Safety:  The Department of Motor Vehicles will be here to discuss the ins and outs of motorcycle safety.  Their exhibit will be located on the top deck of the parking garage, and will be staffed throughout the day.  If the weather turns bad, this exhibit will be moved to the 4th floor of the parking garage. Fire Extinguisher Training:  The OPS Safety Section will be using a fire extinguisher simulator to offer training on how to use a fire extinguisher.  This training will benefit you in your home or in the office environment.  This training will be offered throughout the day on a first come first serve basis, and will be located on the top deck of the parking garage.  If the weather turns bad, this training will move to the 4th floor of the parking garage. Poisonous Plants:  The OPS Environmental Section will have an exhibit on the top deck of the parking garage to show and discuss different types of poisonous plants that you many encounter when working in the field.  They will be available to answer questions and offer advice.  If the weather turns bad, this exhibit will move to the 4th floor of the parking garage. Each year nearly 80 people are killed and several hundred people are severely injured in thousands of highway crashes throughout the state.  These crashes can be avoided.  Poor choices on the highway are the leading cause of crashes.last_img read more

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first_imgComcast Cable,Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin joined Comcast officials today for the launch of Internet Essentials, an ambitious and comprehensive broadband adoption program.  The Internet Essentials program addresses three of the primary barriers to broadband adoption that research has identified ‘ 1) a lack of understanding of how the Internet is relevant and useful; 2) the cost of a home computer, and 3) the cost of the Internet service. Available to low-income families across Vermont with children who are eligible to receive a free lunch under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the goal of Internet Essentials is to help close the digital divide and ensure more Americans benefit from all the Internet has to offer. “Today’s announcement demonstrates Comcast’s commitment to our community,” said Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. “Extending the opportunity for reliable Internet availability at an affordable price will assist many Vermont students and their families with research for school projects. I’m pleased to have an opportunity to participate in this announcement.””The Internet is a great equalizer and a life-changing technology,” said Mark Reilly, Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Comcast’s Northeast Division, which includes Vermont. “Internet Essentials helps level the playing field for low-income families by connecting students online with their teachers and their school’s educational resources and by enabling parents to receive digital literacy training so they can do things like apply for jobs online or use the Internet to learn more about healthcare and government services available where they live.”Today, during an Internet Essentials launch event at the O’Brien Community Center in Winooski,Governor Shumlin and Comcast’s Reilly were joined by elected and community leaders, including Susan Elliot, Community Liaison from the office of U.S. Congressman Peter Welch, Vermont Speaker of the House Shap Smith, Winooski Mayor Michael O’Brien, Winooski Superintendent of Schools Mary Martineau, Boys & Girls Club of Burlington Executive Director Mary Alice McKenzie and other elected officials and community partners who came out and showed their support.”Winooski is pleased to have Comcast invest in our community. Access to the Internet is critical to every aspect of our society,” Winooski Mayor O’Brien said. “Providing the ability for our citizens to stay in touch with school happenings, research projects, and apply for jobs will create opportunities currently not available. The City is grateful for this investment.”Service Details:Internet Essentials participants will receive:Residential Internet service for $9.95 a month + applicable taxes;No price increases, no activation fees, or equipment rental fees;A voucher to purchase a low-cost computer for $149.99 + tax;Access to free digital literacy training in print, online or in person.Additional benefits include Norton Security Suite ($160 value) for comprehensive online security protection at no additional cost.Eligibility:A household is eligible to participate in the Internet Essentials program if it meets all of the following criteria:Is located where Comcast offers Internet service;Has at least one child who is eligible for a free school lunch under the NSLP;(As an example, according to the Department of Agriculture, a household of three would have to make less than $25,000 a year in income);Has not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days;Does not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment.Comcast will sign up eligible families in the program for at least three years and through the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Any household that qualifies during this three-year period will remain eligible for Internet Essentials provided the household still qualifies for the program until that child graduates from high school.Digital literacy training sessions are being offered at the following locations:North Country Career Center, 209 Veteran’s Avenue, Newport – September 28, 6:30 PM-8:00 PMBoys & Girls Club of Burlington, 62 Oak Street, Burlington – September 29, 5:00 PM-6:30 PMFor general information about Internet Essentials, please visit www.internetessentials.com(link is external) for English and visit www.internetbasico.com(link is external) for Spanish. Educators or third-parties interested in helping to spread the word can find more information at www.internetessentials.com/partner(link is external). Parents looking to enroll in the program can call 1-855-846-8376 or, for Spanish, 1-855-765-6995.In Vermont, Comcast also supports One Economy through the Comcast Digital Connectors program at the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington. Digital Connectors is a digital learning and service program that teaches teens and young adults from diverse, low-income backgrounds how to use broadband technology and put that knowledge to work to increase digital literacy in the greater community. Comcast also provides courtesy Internet services to Boys & Girls Clubs, schools and libraries throughout the state.About Comcast CableComcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) (www.comcast.com(link is external)) is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services. Comcast is principally involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers. Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks. PICTURED: top, Mary Alice McKenzie; bottom, Susan Elliot, Karen Marshall, Shap Smith, Governor Shumlin.SOURCE Comcast Cable WINOOSKI, Vt., Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

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first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) on Saturday, November 19, will close a section of Route 125 in Hancock so that a culvert damaged by Tropical Storm Irene can be replaced. The closure, which will take place along                    Route 125 about two miles west of its intersection with Route 100, will render the road impassible for two days. Work crews will close Route 125 at sunup on Saturday, November 19, and plan to reopen the road sometime on Monday, November 21. ‘There is no doubt that this closure will inconvenience some travelers,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘Fortunately, most of the work can be done quickly and over the weekend to minimize impacts on people’s commute to work.’ Shortly after Irene destroyed a culvert in this location, state crews installed a temporary pipe adjacent to the old one. While this temporary culvert allowed the road to remain open, it is undersized for the location, and a larger, permanent structure needs to be installed. The new culvert will be made of concrete, and will have a larger opening than the original. The larger culvert will allow greater volumes of water to flow underneath the road, and help prevent similar storm damage from occurring in the future. While Route 125 will reopen on Monday, November 21, work will not be completed at that time. Motorists should expect traffic to be constricted to one lane at this location for several more days as crews finish repairs. Irene struck on August 28, 2011 and severely damaged more than 500 miles of state highway, including some 200 state bridges. Today, only 2 bridge locations remains closed, and all but nine miles of state roadway are open to public travel. Questions regarding storm-damaged roads and bridges related to Tropical Storm Irene can be answered by calling VTrans’ Irene Storm Center at 1-800-Vermont. People can also visit VTrans’ website at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) and follow the agency’s progress on both Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more