December 31

Vermont’s Exchange to award $2 million to community partners for outreach and enrollment

first_imgThe Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) has announced an open, competitive grant application for Vermont Health Connect’ s Navigator program.  Through the application, the State seeks to identify organizations best qualified to help small businesses and eligible Vermonters access health coverage. A total of $2 million in grants will be announced in late May.  Launching in October, Vermont Health Connect will enable individuals, families, and small businesses to compare health coverage options, enroll in the plans that are right for them, and secure financial assistance. While many Vermonters are expected to welcome the opportunity to compare plans and enroll through the Vermont Health Connect website, many others will prefer to turn to the Vermont-based call center or in-person help. The Navigator program ensures that such help will be readily available to small businesses and individuals across the state. ‘ We are fortunate to live in a state with a rich array of business associations, community groups, and social service agencies,’ said DVHA Commissioner Mark Larson. ‘ Through our Navigator grants we’ ll be able to leverage these organizations’ expertise to assist Vermont families and small businesses. Together, we’ ll make quality health coverage more accessible to more Vermonters.’  The grant application is divided into three tiers to ensure that resources are available both statewide and for specific populations most in need of customized support. Organizations are permitted to partner to submit one application and are encouraged to do so if their capacity alone cannot meet Navigator Organization duties and requirements. Vermont Health Connect anticipates a diverse set of highly qualified applicants. An October 2012 Request for Information found that more than 150 organizations across the state are interested in providing this type of assistance. Approximately 18 to 24 applicants will be funded across the tiers. Grantees will designate individual Navigators to receive training and begin outreach work in July. Navigators will then provide in-person enrollment assistance when Vermont Health Connect opens in October. Applications can be found at VermontHealthConnect.gov and are due April 29 at 4:30 pm.last_img read more

December 31

Vermont ranks first in ‘Opportunity Index’

first_imgOpportunity Nation released today the 2013 Opportunity Index, the nation’s most comprehensive measure of economic, educational and civic factors that influence the upward mobility of Americans.  While the data shows modest growth ‘ 2.6 percent ‘ in Opportunity Scores nationwide between 2011-2013, the zip code where a person is born still largely determines his or her chances of success. In 2013, Vermont ranked #1 out of all 50 states and Washington, DC; Nevada ranks last for the third year in a row. Vermont had the highest score in both the Education and Community categories.A Look Inside the 2013 Opportunity IndexThe Opportunity Index is an interactive online tool (www.opportunityindex.org(link is external)) that focuses on the conditions present in different communities that expand or constrain upward mobility. The Index is designed to connect economic, educational, civic and community factors together to help identify obstacles to opportunity and economic mobility and develop concrete solutions.  The 16 interconnected factors include unemployment and poverty rates; preschool enrollment and high school graduation rates; access to healthy food and safe neighborhoods. The Opportunity Index was jointly developed by Measure of America and Opportunity Nation in 2011. The Index gives policymakers and community leaders a powerful tool to advance opportunity-related issues and work, advocate for positive change, and track progress over time.”While we are pleased to see some improvement in the conditions that expand opportunity for Americans, the fact is your zip code can still determine your chances in life,” said Mark Edwards, executive director of Opportunity Nation. “The data discredits the widely held belief that Americans have equal opportunities across the country to climb the proverbial economic ladder.”In comparison, low-income children born in Canada and a dozen European countries stand a better chance of improving their lot in life than low-income children born in the U.S.”The Index shows the interconnected conditions present in America’s communities that impact upward mobility and access to opportunity,” said Kristen Lewis, Co-Director at Measure of America. “GDP and unemployment rates do not give the whole picture of opportunity.”Highlights from the 2013 Opportunity Index Data:Slightly over half of states (26) and Washington, D.C., improved their Opportunity Score. Twenty-four (24) states showed declines or no improvement since 2011One in seven young adults between the ages of 16-24 are not in school and not working (called “disconnected” or “opportunity” youth)Forty-six (46) states experienced a drop in median household income in 2013, and income inequality increased in 39 states over three yearsForty-nine (49) states reported an increase in poverty since 2011Forty-four (44) states have experienced a drop in their violent crime rate ‘ a major improvement in community health and civic life since 2011Opportunity varies greatly depending on where you live, perhaps more than at any point in recent American history, given the growing inequality in the U.S. right now. It is encouraging to see some improvements in some regions, but much work remains. The implications of these findings are especially troubling for our nation’s young people. There are an estimated 5.8 million “disconnected youth” (16-24 year olds not in school and not working). These numbers have remained stagnant for the past three years. The data show that the percentage of people living in poverty and the number of disconnected youth correlate most closely with Opportunity Scores. As youth disconnection and poverty climb, the Opportunity Index tumbles.Overall, location continues to greatly determine the availability of economic, education and civic and community opportunities in the United States. “This runs counter to the vision of our country as a land of opportunity,” said Edwards. “We all need to work together to jumpstart the American Dream for the next generation.”About Opportunity NationOpportunity Nation is a bipartisan, multi-sector national campaign comprised of more than 275 businesses, educational institutions, nonprofits, civic organizations and individuals working together to expand economic mobility and close the opportunity gap in America.About the Opportunity IndexOpportunity Nation partnered with Measure of America, A Project of the Social Science Research Council, to create the Index in 2011. The Opportunity Index is a unique tool that measures the economic, educational and community factors that contribute to the expansion or constriction of upward mobility for Americans where they live. The Index measures the climate for upward mobility across the country, ranking all 50 states and Washington, D.C. and assigning letter grades A-F to more than 3,000 counties each year.BOSTON, Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — www.opportunitynation.org(link is external), www.opportunityindex.org(link is external), and www.measureofamerica.org(link is external)State Rankings IMPACT AREAS RANK STATE OVERALL OPPORTUNITY SCORE ECONOMY EDUCATION COMMUNITY1Vermont65.960.2962.4674.882Minnesota60.957.335966.353North Dakota60.864.8653.9263.734New Hampshire60.76259.9260.225Nebraska60.561.5153.9766.076Iowa59.259.7356.361.547Massachusetts58.956.1161.1959.518New Jersey58.955.2163.3958.079South Dakota58.561.2149.3964.8310Maryland57.859.2256.6857.3711Wisconsin57.854.3657.5961.3612Kansas57.558.1953.9560.3313Connecticut56.95654.7959.8714Maine56.554.2451.5463.6515Virginia56.257.454.4556.7616Utah56.258.4548.3461.7717Colorado55.954.8154.8757.9318Wyoming55.260.5747.7557.2919Alaska54.759.7341.8762.5720New York54.647.8453.162.7921Washington54.553.9848.8760.6922District of Columbia54.347.2151.2464.5623Pennsylvania54.353.1453.556.2124Hawaii53.955.7250.8655.1225Montana53.852.8550.7357.8426Illinois53.348.9755.1555.7127Delaware53.159.4447.852.2228Missouri51.750.2651.0553.8529Rhode Island51.548.5349.4456.5430Ohio51.450.4349.2354.6531Idaho51.349.9448.3755.532Oregon5147.3246.0859.6633United States50.949.449.2554.1434California49.745.9450.5152.7135Indiana4950.2843.5453.236Michigan48.847.246.4652.8837Oklahoma48.549.2245.251.0338North Carolina48.446.446.6152.0939Texas47.547.4346.5648.5540Kentucky47.145.845.2350.2441Florida46.848.7443.8347.9342Tennessee46.544.1345.5749.9443South Carolina45.644.8440.8151.0444Georgia45.444.142.9149.2645Arkansas44.844.442.5847.4346West Virginia44.646.1240.7346.9547Arizona44.446.2741.445.4748Alabama44.344.6140.1148.3149Louisiana43.543.1439.7147.5150New Mexico42.941.6437.0649.9151Mississippi4137.4736.5448.9852Nevada37.944.9925.9142.81last_img read more

December 31

Vermont homes sales up over last year

first_imgThe RE/MAX of New England September Monthly Housing Report shows Vermont experienced a boost in total transactions, up 29.7 percent (highest transaction % in New England), while median price decreased slightly, at -1.9 percent year-over-year. Pending sales were up 20.4 percent year-over-year.Across New England, there was an uptick of 17.7 percent in home sales year-over-year, and a seasonal decrease of 23.2 percent month-over-month across the region. Pending home sales are up on average 31.2 percent over September 2012. Every state reported on in New England, except for Rhode Island, experienced an increase in available inventory over August’s numbers.‘The New England housing market is reflecting a normal seasonal slowdown,’ said Dan Breault, EVP/Regional Director of RE/MAX of New England. ‘I’m encouraged that home sales are up over last year and pending sales are also up 31.2 percent over this time last year. As mortgage rates tic down, first-time homebuyers will continue to be an active segment of the market.’last_img read more

December 31

Merchants Bank WARMTH $40,000 challenge grant helps heat Vermont homes this winter

first_imgCommunity Bank NA,Merchants Bank is partnering with WARMTH to help prevent low income Vermonters across the state from going without heat this winter. Merchants Bank will match dollar-for-dollar all donations raised for WARMTH now through December 31, 2013, up to a total of $40,000.’ The $40,000 challenge grant will be distributed by CVOEO for use by all five community action agencies statewide for the emergency-based WARMTH program to help to offset home heating bills.’  Eligibility is based on household income as a percent of the Federal Poverty Level.’  Applicants must be within 5-7 days of running out of bulk fuel or in danger of having their utility service disconnected.‘Vermont is our home, too, and we know how cold it can get,’ said Mike Tuttle, President of Merchants Bank.’  ‘We want to help our neighbors keep their homes warm this winter.’During last year’s heating season, WARMTH provided over 4,000 assists to more than 2,800 households. ‘ This year, the number of households needing assistance is expected to go up.’  The problem is compounded by a significant reduction in assistance available per household because of changes to the Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding.’ There are two major components of LIHEAP funding:’ ‘  seasonal benefits, and crisis assists.’ ‘  In the 2012-2013 heating season the average seasonal benefit was approximately $900; this heating season it will be just $787. Last year, a maximum of three crisis assists was possible; this year only one.’  The WARMTH program supplements these seasonal benefits and crisis assists.‘The reduction in LIHEAP funding puts many limited income families at increased risk of going without heat during the winter,’ said Jan Demers, Executive Director of CVOEO. ‘Weatherizing a home is the best long-term solution for energy savings, but WARMTH funding provides an emergency lifeline for families in need so they can stay safe and warm in their homes.’To learn more about making a donation as part of this challenge grant, visit MBVT.com.’  One hundred percent of all donations will be used for WARMTH client services.To apply for home heating assistance, contact your local Community Action Agency.’  Vermonters age 60 and older may also call the Senior Helpline at 1-800-642-5119 for assistance.’ Community Action Agencies in Vermont:BROC’ – Community Action in Southwestern VermontRutland – 1-800-717-2762 or (802) 775-0878Bennington – (802) 447-7515Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC)Barre – 1-800-639-1053 or (802) 479-1053Randolph – 1-800-846-9506 or (802) 728-9506Morrisville – 1-800-639-8710 or (802) 888-7993Bradford – (802) 222-5419Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO)Chittenden County -’ (802) 863-6248Addison County – 1-800-639-2318 or (802) 388-2285Franklin / Grand Isle – 1-800-300-7392 or (802) 527-7392‘ Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA)Newport – (802) 334-7316St. Johnsbury – (802) 748-6040Canaan – (802) 266-7134Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA)Westminster – 1-800-464-9951 or (802) 722-4575Brattleboro – (802) 254-2795Springfield – (802) 885-6153Hartford – (802) 295-5215About WARMTHWARMTH is a statewide emergency-based program that utilizes privately donated funds to help prevent low income households from going without heat during the winter season.’  The Warmth program, which has existed since 1986, is administered by Community Action Agencies across Vermont; Community Action staff provides advocacy and financial assistance to households in need to help them resolve their home heating emergency.’  The Warmth program is intended to supplement the state’s Seasonal and Crisis Fuel Assistance services.’last_img read more

December 31

Vermont Gas Systems proposes 3 percent rate decrease

first_imgVermont Gas Systems Inc,Vermont Business Magazine Based in South Burlington, nearly 50,000 Vermont Gas customers could see their natural gas bills decrease for the 12th time since January 2012.  The company announced today it has proposed an overall rate decrease of 3 percent to the Public Service Board for rates that would go into effect November 1, 2015. VGS said the decrease will provide needed savings to businesses and families this winter. VGS serves Frankin and Chittenden Counties and is in the process of extended the gas line to Addison County, which currently is under further review by the PSB. The PSB is expected to rule by the end of the summer on the Addison extension, which has been under construction for over a year.“Keeping our rates competitive and affordable is at the core of our work at Vermont Gas. We are pleased to announce that we have proposed an additional rate decrease, helping our customers save more as they heat their homes and businesses this winter,” said Don Rendall, President and CEO of Vermont Gas Systems. “For almost 50 years Vermont Gas has provided a clean and affordable home heating solution to folks in Chittenden and Franklin counties and we’re committed to offering the choice of natural gas to more Vermonters in the future.”Since January 2012 Vermont Gas customers’ rates have decreased more than 15 percent.  The proposed decrease announced today would save the average Vermont Gas household approximately $30.00/year.  The savings would be significantly higher for businesses that use more energy.Based on today’sprices, natural gas is 43% cheaper than propane and 18% less expensive than heating oil.  In addition, Vermont Gas customers in the past year saved almost $14 million by participating in the company’s nationally recognized energy efficiency programs.  By switching to natural gas from heating oil and propane, customers prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to about 6% of the emissions from all of Vermont’s cars and light trucks.  Natural gas is also a reliable heating energy source during storms and power outages.To learn more about Vermont Gas’ efficiency programs and other benefits of cleaner, more affordable natural gas visit: www.VermontGas.com/efficiency(link is external).last_img read more

December 31

Gervais takes over at Burlington Adventure Bootcamp

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Women in Chittenden County searching for a new adventure need look no further. Burlington Adventure Boot Camp for Women announces ISMA Certified Personal Trainer Travis Gervais as the new owner/trainer. Gervais, an Essex Junction resident and St Albans native, holds seven different fitness certifications including AAAI, HKC, and Adventure Boot Camp, as well as completed seven marathons, four 50K runs, three 50 mile runs and most recently, the TARC 100 mile run in Massachusetts.“I have a passion for fitness and enjoying bringing that passion to my clients,” said Gervais. “Working hard and having fun is at the core of all of my workouts and training sessions.”Gervais has not always been in top physical condition. In 2004, he found himself overweight and unhappy with his lifestyle so he vowed to make a change. Last month, he was the only Vermonter to complete the grueling 100-mile TARC run, finishing in just over 28 hours.“I knew I had to do something, not only to lose weight but to change my overall lifestyle,” he said. “I began strength training, running and studying nutrition. As I began seeing the results, I started to fall in love with fitness.”Today, he is sharing that love first thing in the morning with dozens of women participating in Burlington’s Adventure Boot Camp. The year-round, four-day-a-week classes begin at 5:30 a.m. and consist of core conditioning, short distance running, muscular strength, circuit training and sport drills. The camp is held outdoors from April through October. It moves to the Mater Christi School gymnasium during the winter months.“The women I train have seen dramatic results in just a short amount of time and are having a great time doing so,” he says.For more information on Burlington Adventure Bootcamp or to try a class out for free, visit http://www.burlingtonbootcamp.com/(link is external).last_img read more

December 31

Dunne unveils plan to overhaul Vermont’s healthcare system

first_imgMove the state to a system of universal primary care. Dunne believes Vermonters are paying too much for something that is a right, not a privilege. As governor, he will support legislation that would provide universal primary care for all Vermonters. Universal primary care will help reduce the overall cost of healthcare in the state, as well, because chronic and emergent conditions will be treated and managed before they become costly health crises.“The current system is just broken. We need to start paying for public health, not the number of MRIs a hospital can jam in at the end of their fiscal quarter,” Dunne said. “Doctors know what we are doing isn’t sustainable, and the hospitals know it too. My plan will implement practical steps to address the rising cost of healthcare, change the way we pay and ensure all Vermonters have access to affordable, high quality care.”“Universal Primary Care is the best investment Vermont could make to improve the health of our population, lower overall costs, and improve quality,” said Deb Richter, M.D.“Healthcare is a human right, and Rights & Democracy was excited to endorse Matt Dunne for Governor because he is committed to putting that idea into action,” said James Haslam, Executive Director of Rights & Democracy. “Matt has been organizing people around that idea for years. He’s the right candidate, with the right healthcare policy to be our next Governor.”“Matt and I agree that healthcare is a human right. I’ve been a registered nurse in Vermont since 1988, and I’ve witnessed firsthand how a political system hijacked by private, corporate interests has an impact on the health and well-being of Vermonters,” said Mari Cordes, RNIII VA-BC, and former President of the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals. “Matt has a plan to help turn this around, starting with a system of publicly funded universal primary care. He’s also right to prioritize community health programs. Our current system is broken, and we need a new approach to turn it around. I have confidence in Matt’s plan to put us back on track and implement policies that will improve access to high quality care for all Vermonters.”Dunne has long been an advocate for healthcare for all. As a member of the legislature in the 1990s, Dunne co-sponsored a universal healthcare bill and has fought for healthcare reform throughout his political career. Oversaw the self-insurance contract when he was at AmeriCorps*VISTA and worked on healthcare IT issues in the Senate. More recently, Dunne has served on the board of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.Source: Dunne Campaign 6.30.2016.  http://www.MattDunne.com/healthcare/(link is external) Address the cost of healthcare. The state’s healthcare spending is increasing at an unsustainable rate, rising $650,000 per day. Dunne is proposing a shift in the way healthcare providers are reimbursed, moving from a volume based system to a system that pays for positive health outcomes. This will give hospitals and clinics a set amount of resources to deliver the best possible health outcomes for the community they serve. His plan increases support to community public health programs that are proven to help lower healthcare costs and make more Vermonters well and supports the creation of affordable care organizations (ACOs) to allow for the coordination and collaboration among healthcare providers to invest in localized walk-in clinics and other holistic strategies that would avoid expensive emergency room visits. Vermont Business Magazine Matt Dunne, Democratic candidate for governor, today unveiled a comprehensive plan for overhauling the state’s healthcare system. Dunne released his healthcare plan at an event at the State House, where he was joined by universal healthcare advocates, including Deb Richter, MD, and James Haslam, Executive Director of Rights & Democracy.“Healthcare is a human right, but unfortunately our state policy has taken a wrong turn when it comes to ensuring every Vermonter has access to affordable, high quality care” Dunne said. “As Governor, I will begin on day one to put us back on track, starting by fixing the Vermont Health Connect website once and for all and laying the groundwork to move us to a model of funding public health.”Dunne’s plan, issued by his campaign, to address the state’s healthcare system is built around three core strategies:Fix the website. Vermont Health Connect failed Vermonters, resulting in a loss of trust that has set the state back. Dunne will put his unique private and public sector experience to work on fixing the website, building an expert team and holding them accountable. Dunne will take a fresh approach to Vermont Health Connect to ensure both the right people and the right technology are in place and that core operating standards are being met.last_img read more

December 31

SKI NH partners with Inntopia to sell lift tickets

first_imgInntopia,Vermont Business Magazine Ski NH, the statewide trade association representing alpine and cross country resorts across New Hampshire, has partnered with Vermont’s Inntopia, the leading e-commerce and central reservation platform for destination travel in North America, to sell ski tickets to participating ski areas in the Ski NH ticket program. Inntopia will help Ski NH provide an intuitive and enjoyable experience for its customers as well as help Ski NH with increased operational and administrative efficiencies. “We are very excited about our partnership with Inntopia,” said Jessyca Keeler, Executive Director at Ski NH. “We needed a system that delivers ease of use for our consumers, our Ski NH team, and the resort ticketing staff. Inntopia’s intuitive yet powerful platform will meet our needs and provide additional operational functionality that will benefit our sales and marketing efforts.”Inntopia’s online solutions will enable Ski NH to easily sell and distribute various ski vouchers to be redeemed later at the ski areas. Furthermore, Ski NH will now have the ability to efficiently manage products, inventory, and prices, track usage of each product, gather consumer data, run reports of all kinds, and rely on secured payment options. Guests of Ski NH will enjoy the intuitive reservation platform and the true one-stop online shopping experience, along with the ability to easily purchase multiple tickets from various mountains in one simple transaction.The partnership with Ski NH represents Inntopia’s growing presence in the statewide ski business. “We are very excited to be working with Ski NH,” states Trevor Crist, founder and CEO of Inntopia. “We will help them deliver their guests an intuitive and complete booking experience and are looking forward to long-term success. We expect this to open doors with other statewide associations that have experienced similar challenges and are looking for the ideal solution that Inntopia provides.”About Ski NH: Ski NH(link is external) is New Hampshire’s not-for-profit, private ski area trade association representing 34 alpine and cross country ski resort members. They support the ski members with government relations and education, marketing and promotion, and membership and networking opportunities. The ski areas participating in the ticket program for 2016-2017 include: Loon Mountain, Dartmouth Skiway, Granite Gorge Ski Area, McIntyre Ski Area, Mount Sunapee, Black Mountain, Bretton Woods, Cannon Mountain, Cranmore Mountain Resort, Gunstock Mountain Resort, King Pine Ski Area, Pats Peak, Ragged Mountain Resort, and Waterville Valley Resort.About Inntopia: Headquartered in Stowe, Vermont, Inntopia(link is external) provides the leading suite of advanced reservation solutions in the destination travel industry, with a continuously evolving platform using over 15 years of measurable results and feedback from industry leading partners. Inntopia’s innovative technology solutions serve ski (link is external)and golf resorts(link is external), water parks and attractions(link is external), destination marketing organizations, tour operators, hotels, and activity providers. Inntopia has partnerships with over 75 major resorts and destinations across the globe, including Aspen, Intrawest, Whistler.com, Thredbo (Australia), and World Golf Village.last_img read more

December 31

Vermont AG won’t investigate campaign finance complaint against Scott

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has concluded that the facts presented in a complaint which merely suggested the general possibility of a Vermont campaign finance law violation were not sufficient to trigger a civil investigation. The complaint theorized that three video advertisements run by A Stronger Vermont, an independent-expenditure-only political committee, featuring film footage of gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott were unlikely to have been made without coordination with Lieutenant Governor Scott. The complaint did not provide evidence of prearrangement or coordination between A Stronger Vermont and the Scott campaign.“By statute, in order for this Office to commence an investigation of a campaign finance complaint, we must have ‘reason to believe’ a person is in violation of the campaign finance laws,” said Attorney General Sorrell. “This legal threshold requires more than mere speculation as to a violation.” Under Vermont law, an expenditure will be treated as “related” and a contribution to a candidate only if it is “intentionally facilitated by, solicited by, or approved by the candidate or the candidate’s committee.” To be considered a “related expenditure” under this law, the candidate must have some knowledge that his actions will be used in connection with the campaign expenditure, or be willfully blind to this fact. In addition, federal precedent holds that the First Amendment permits the treatment of “related expenditures” as contributions to a candidate only where the facilitation involves some “prearrangement or coordination.”In contrast to other complaints received by the Attorney General’s Office, the instant complaint did not offer any evidence that the political committee’s advertising expenditure was intentionally facilitated, solicited, or approved by the candidate. The video footage of Lt. Gov. Scott appears to have been filmed at public venues, such as parades and restaurants, and at locations that were publicly advertised on his campaign website. “Such activity, standing alone and in the absence of any indication of coordination or prearrangement, is insufficient to cause the Attorney General’s Office to open an investigation,” explained General Sorrell.Source: Vermont AG, Sept 29, 2016last_img read more

December 31

GMP ranked one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Energy

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Fast Company today announced its annual ranking of the world’s Most Innovative Companies for 2017, honoring leading enterprises and rising newcomers that exemplify the best in nimble business and impactful innovation. Green Mountain Power was named to its Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Energy list for its groundbreaking work to partner with customers on a new energy future. Green Mountain Power is laser focused on energy transformation, with more reliable, cost-effective and low-carbon energy, by radically transforming the antiquated grid system to one that is more home, business, and community centered and leverages innovations like battery storage.  “GMP’s recognition on this prestigious list is richly deserved, as Mary Powell and her team have consistently demonstrated that even a smaller utility can distinguish itself through fearless innovation and relentless focus on enhancing the customer experience,” said David Crane, former CEO of NRG Energy and NRG Yield. “Other utilities, which persist in the old utility model, fighting a rearguard action against progress in the power industry, will be left behind. GMP’s customers need not have that fear.”  Most Innovative Companies is one of Fast Company’s most significant and highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. To produce the 2017 list, Fast Company reporters surveyed thousands of enterprises across the globe to identify the most notable innovations of the year and trace the impact of those initiatives on business, industry, and culture.“If there’s a single thread that runs through this year’s list, it’s the importance of focus. Over the past year, the nation’s political dialogue offered many reasons for uncertainty and pause. Culture will keep moving, and those enterprises that move with it—that attack their missions with fearlessness—will find themselves in the strongest position to weather whatever political or economic disruption comes our way,” said Robert Safian, editor and managing director of Fast Company. Other top companies making the Energy list include: Tesla, GE, and Google.“It’s an honor to be counted among such a distinguished list of businesses that are collectively making the world a better place through ingenuity, grit, and a refusal to settle,” said GMP President and CEO Mary Powell, who in 2016 was also named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business. “As an energy transformation company, our mission is to continue to offer new products and services that improve customers’ lives, while creating a more sustainable and cost-effective energy system for the long term.”Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March 2017) is now available online at www.fastcompany.com/MIC(link is external) as well as in app form via iTunes, and will be available on newsstands beginning February 21.  About Green Mountain Power Green Mountain Power Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and is partnering with customers to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. In 2014, Vote Solar named GMP a Solar Champion. More information at: www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external). Connect with GMP on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GreenMtnPower. ABOUT FAST COMPANYFast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethical economics, leadership, and design. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, one of the U.S.’s leading media companies.Source: GMP 2.13.2017last_img read more