Relay for Life NordicStyle raises $72,000

first_imgA special thank you to all of our event sponsors including state sponsors, Symquest, WCAX, and local sponsors, Trapp Family Lodge, Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, Harley D’s Bar & Grill, The Edge, Chartis/Stowe Mountain Resort, McCarthy’s Restaurant, Racing Chefs, Muddy Paw Coffee, The Pizza Joint, Bourne’s Energy, Piecasso, Commodores, Pie in the Sky, Sunset Grille, Stowe Cinema, Mansfield Dairy, Guys Farm & Yard, Northstar Fireworks, Coca Cola, McKenzie’s, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Black River Produce, Kathy’s, L&D Safety Marking, Capitol Earthmoving, Crystal Rock, & Green Mountain Coffee.   The top individual fundraiser was Jane Weaver of Stowe, who collected nearly $4,000 in donations. The top fundraising team was Snowbelles, led by Victoria Gonin of Waitsfield, which raised more than $9,500. The event theme Winter Olympics was enjoyed by 29 teams, along with 36 cancer survivors, who participated in this year’s Relay event. The teams were comprised of families, faith-based groups, businesses, clubs and other organizations from throughout New England. American Cancer Society. 3.5.2012. ‘For the people in our community who will face a cancer diagnosis this year,’ said  Jessica Blais, American Cancer Society Staff, ‘it’s critical that we come together during Relay to help the American Cancer Society achieve its mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.” ‘Through their hard work in preparing for the event, and by spending hours out in the cold for the cause, our dedicated participants certainly did their part to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” said Brian Fredette, event chair for the 2012 Relay For Life NordicStyle. To learn more about Relay For Life, is external) or call 1-800-227-2345. The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.6 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit The 9th annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life® NordicStyle raised $72,000 over the weekend of March 10, to support the Society’s mission of saving lives from cancer.  The overnight event left 250 participants exhausted, but happy, after cross country skiing or snowshoeing through the night.last_img read more

Attorney general settles with Vermont car dealer over errors in sales transactions

first_imgThe Vermont Attorney Generalâ s Office entered into an Assurance of Discontinuance with Capitol City Automart, Inc; L&T Auto Group, LLC; L&T Auto, LLC; Littleton Auto Mart, Inc; Littleton Chevrolet Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Inc; Quality Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Inc; Quality Motors, Inc and Springfield Auto Mart, Inc, after the Attorney Generalâ s investigation revealed several instances in which advertised automobile sales prices were not honored. Pursuant to the agreement between the dealerships and the Attorney Generalâ s Office, refunds of the overcharges will be paid to consumers by May 5, 2012. In addition, Capitol City Automart, Inc, has paid $16,000 in penalties to the State.Vermont law requires that automobile dealers honor the advertised sales price for vehicles sold during the time an advertisement ran, regardless of whether the consumer is aware of the advertisement. â In fairness to both consumers and other dealers, all dealers must comply with our automobile advertising laws,’said Attorney General William H. Sorrell. â Consumers need to make sure they understand what the advertisement offers, and insist that they pay nothing more, except tax, registration, and title fees.âThe dealerships have agreed that their sales contract prices will not exceed their current advertised sales prices. They have also agreed to comply with Vermontâ s Consumer Fraud Rules regarding automobile advertising, inform all management and sales supervisors of the Rules’requirements, and make their advertising sales promotions and vehicle sales contracts available to the Attorney Generalâ s Office until 2014. Attorney General 5.1.2012last_img read more

Invasive species are a threat to Vermont’s environment

first_imgIn nature everything is connected, so when an ecosystem becomes unbalanced because of an invasive pest, plant or disease it has a domino effect that can create big problems for Vermont.  It not only changes the balance in an ecosystem, destroying habitat, but it is also costly for Vermonters.  The estimated damage from invasive species is in the millions of dollars.  As the Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources I know that small steps can make a difference.  I also know that we cannot protect Vermont’s environment alone.  We need your help!  Find out how you can help prevent invasive species from harming Vermont’s environment by visiting is external). ·         Use only local firewood ‘not only in Vermont, but wherever you travel.·         Make sure the plants you transplant into your yard or garden are not invasives and replace invasive plants with non-invasive alternatives.·         Clean your boat and boating equipment thoroughly before transporting between bodies of water.·         Don’t move baitfish from one water body to another.·         Clean your boots and equipment before you hike or camp in a new area.·         Never release exotic animals or aquarium fish and plants into the wild.·         Volunteer your time with one of Vermont’s invasive eradication teams.·         Find out more by visiting the Vermont Invasives website is external). Source: ANR 8.6.2012 by Deb Markowitz, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources Vermont received bad news last week when we learned that a new aquatic invasive species, the spiny water flea, was found in Lake George as well as in feeder canals to the Champlain Canal – both waters that flow into Lake Champlain.  Like many invasive species, the spiny water flea competes with native species for food, but because it has no natural predators or other population controls it can quickly dominate the ecosystem and make it hard for native species to survive. The tail spines of the spiny water flea also catch and foul up fishing lines causing a great inconvenience to anglers. This is just the latest of a growing number of threats to Vermont’s environment from non-native species. ·         The hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive insect from Asia that feeds on the sap of hemlock trees, has been detected, for the first time, in Bennington County.  If left unchecked it can decimate our hemlock trees which are important for both timber and wildlife.·         The emerald ash borer is an insect from Asia that was first discovered in Michigan in 2002.  Now, ten years later it has spread to 16 states and provinces, killing tens of millions of trees. In July it was detected in Connecticut, the first confirmed infestation in New England.·         Common Buckthorn is already established in some parts of Vermont. It is a native of Europe and was introduced into the United States as an ornamental shrub.  Once it gets established it can take over an area, destroying wildlife habitat and impeding productive forests by crowding out other understory plants and preventing the regeneration of slower growing hardwoods like Sugar Maple trees.·         VHS (Viral hemorrhagic septicemia) is a deadly fish virus that originated in Europe that wipes out populations of trout and salmon.  In 2005 this virus was identified in Lake Ontario and has since then spread across all five Great Lakes and into many inland lakes including the Finger Lakes in New York, killing tens of millions of fish in the process. Scientists at the Agency of Natural Resources, along with our state, federal and academic partners, are working hard to understand how best to prevent new invasives from coming to Vermont, and to eradicate (when possible) or contain the ones that are already here.  But they cannot do this alone.  In some cases we have rules in place to prevent the spread of a particular plant, pest or disease. Our state parks only permit firewood that comes from within 50 miles of the park, and we ask boat owners to wash boats and equipment before moving it to a new water body.  We regulate the use of baitfish and we ban the sale of some invasive plants; however in many cases we must rely on education to get homeowners and landscapers to be cautious about what they transplant into their yards and gardens.  Invasive pests do not generally move to a new area all by themselves.  People help.  The spiny water flea hitchhikes on boats or equipment that has passed through an infested area.  The emerald ash borer spreads from the movement of firewood or through the purchase of infested nursery stock.  Buckthorn got its start as an ornamental plant in yards and gardens.   Diseases like VHS can be introduced in a new area when baitfish are moved from one water body to another. This means that to prevent the spread of invasives everyone needs to do their part. Things you can do to help protect Vermont’s native plants and animalslast_img read more

Shumlin to promote electric vehicles at the State House Thursday

first_imgGovernor  Peter Shumlin, attending a Drive Electric Vermont celebration of electric vehicles in Vermont, today announced that the State Fleet program will launch a plug-in electric hybrid vehicle to further Vermont’ s goals to reduce reliance on gasoline and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The electric sedan — a Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid — was plugged in today at a new charging station located near the State House on Governor Aiken Avenue.  ‘ Supporting electric-drive transportation in Vermont helps our environment by reducing greenhouse gases, increases our smart transportation choices, and provides an important boost to the state’ s economy by saving money on gas, keeping dollars that would have been spent on imported oil right here in Vermont,’ the Governor said. This newly installed electric charging station is capable of charging two electric plug-in vehicles simultaneously.  While one space will be reserved for the Fleet vehicle, the other space is available for public use.  By making public charging stations convenient for residents and using plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in the State Fleet, Vermont continues to lead the way and expand its commitment to the environment while reducing the cost of operating state vehicles. Electric vehicles can charge at any conventional electric outlet, but public charging stations enable a quick and convenient way to recharge during the day. According to Drive Electric Vermont, there are already nearly 250 electric vehicles registered in the state, which represents an almost threefold increase since Vermont first started keeping track just nine months ago. There are also 18 public charging stations operational in Vermont, with seven more slated to come online in the next six months, and many more in the planning stages.  ‘ Vermonters can be really proud of the leadership Governor Shumlin and his partners in the Legislature are showing on electric vehicles,’ said Karen Glitman of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, lead partner in the Drive Electric Vermont effort. ‘ Homes and businesses in our state could save hundreds of millions of dollars annually through the reduced cost, and more efficient use, of energy for powering their travel.’  The new electric plug-in hybrid sedan will be available in Montpelier for State business travel through the Department of Buildings & General Services Fleet Management Services (FMS) motor pool program.  FMS will assign the vehicle to employees based on their travel destination in order to best utilize the vehicle’ s electric range capabilities while concurrently limiting its fuel consumption.  This pilot vehicle investment will allow the State Fleet to collect real-time data of vehicle life-cycle cost, fuel consumption, tailpipe emission reductions and overall vehicle performance.  This is the first step to incorporating electric vehicle and charging infrastructure into the State Fleet in an effort to create a sustainable transportation system by reducing Vermont’ s reliance on imported petroleum and by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.   Drive Electric Vermont is a project of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation in partnership with the State of Vermont, Project Get Ready, and a broad array of stakeholders advancing electric vehicle technology. For more information, please visit read more

GMP to use one rating agency

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,Green Mountain Power has announced that it will rely on rating services from Standard & Poor’s credit agency and discontinue its practice of using two separate agencies.”S&P is a well respected and professional agency that will fulfill our rating needs,” said Dawn Bugbee, chief financial officer of GMP. “Using one agency will streamline our financial review and ultimately save our customers money.”In the past, Green Mountain Power engaged both Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s rating agencies. This change, GMP said, is part of Green Mountain Power’s ongoing and continuous process to drive costs out of the company and provide customers with the most efficient and cost-effective service possible.COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwired – July 24, 2013) -GMP.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in Vermont and is a leader in wind and solar generation. The Company, which serves more than 250,000 customers, has set its vision to be the best small utility in America. For further information, visit is external).last_img read more

New sensors to take pulse of watershed, UVM receives $2 million NSF grant

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,With a changing climate, storms in the Northeast are becoming more frequent and intense. Patterns of land use ‘for agriculture, development and forest ‘also are rapidly shifting across the region. How will these changes affect water quality? How will streams and rivers react? And what can people do to more effectively respond to fast changes in the Lake Champlain Basin, as surges of water and nutrients move through?A new network of high-tech sensors is coming to Vermont that will help to answer these kinds of questions.Vermont is the lead state in a new $6-million grant from the National Science Foundation that allows Vermont, Rhode Island, and Delaware to deploy advanced optical sensors that can gather data from underwater and transmit it remotely, giving a moment-to-moment portrait of what is happening across selected watersheds in all three states as storms, droughts and seasons pass.”You can liken it to taking the pulse of the watershed,” says UVM assistant professor of geology Andrew Schroth, one of about twenty researchers involved in the new project. “We can continuously monitor the biogeochemical pulse of the watershed.”Led by the Vermont Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) at the University of Vermont, the collaborative effort will gather high-frequency water quality and quantity data across all three states ‘as well as launch a network of lab and field-based experiments to investigate how to best present the “big data” from the new sensor network for use by policy makers and managers of the watersheds.UVM’s portion of the grant will be $2-million.”Understanding how best to represent high-frequency data for use by those who manage the Lake Champlain Basin and watersheds in Rhode Island and Delaware will be of broad interest beyond our states,” says Judith Van Houten, director of Vermont EPSCoR and UVM professor of biology, who is the lead investigator for the new project. “A goal is to allow policymakers and managers to accelerate their responses to storm events.”Rapid measures The new sensors, drawing on designs originally used in oceanography, “can measure the optical properties of constituents in the water every few seconds,” says Schroth. These include dissolved oxygen, dissolved organic matter, suspended sediments, nitrates, biological pigments and other information. These sensors will allow the research team to monitor water quality and biogeochemical processes within these watersheds across timescales ranging from daily to seasonal and even from year to year, says Schroth, “all of which can provide unique and unparalleled  insight into the environmental drivers of water quality across the region and how they vary in both time and space.”
 And in an area of particular concern to Lake Champlain, “these sensors will help us better understand the underlying phosphorous problem,” says Schroth. “We’ll be able to get a much better estimate of when and why more sediments and nutrients are coming out of the watershed during specific times of the year or specific storm events.” But the project’s goals extend beyond Vermont’s concerns about phosphorous and algae in Lake Champlain. “We want to understand more generally how watersheds with different land covers typical of the Northeast, from Delaware to Vermont, respond to regional and large-scale environmental disturbances and drivers,” says Schroth. For Vermont, the researchers will be focusing on Chittenden County’s Potash Brook and its urbanizing watershed as well as agricultural and forested watersheds within the Missisquoi River basin. “We’ll monitor typical landscapes and watersheds across the network and then try to extrapolate our findings to the larger region,” he says.The new collaborative, called the North East Water Resources Network (NEWRnet), arises from previous collaborations, forged over six years, by the North East Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (NECC). Through previous NSF awards, the NECC constructed an advanced optical fiber network and collaborates on other water research enabled by this network. The new project will use the NECC optical network and data centers, and build upon common interests of the three states in research for water resources, resource management and decision-making.In other words, the science data is only part of the project. How it is used is equally important. NEWRnet will create economics experiments across all three states to test how people ‘ residents, land-use managers, farmers, regulators, business owners and others ‘react to frequent inputs of information about their local and regional watersheds and environments. How do behaviors change? How do different displays of the data affect people’s perceptions and choices? From these experiments and other data, advanced computer models ‘”agent-based models” ‘will be developed to simulate how decision-making happens across the region.”The overarching goal of the new network,” says UVM’s Van Houten, “is to improve the environmental governance and market mechanisms that sustain and improve water resources by linking information from the new sensors to behavioral results from decision makers.”                                                    PHOTO: UVM professor Andrew Schroth and summer intern Jessica Mailhot ’16 deploy an advanced underwater sensorSource: UVM 8.2.2013last_img read more

GMP’s heat pump piliot program exceeds expectations

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,Due to an extraordinary customer response, Green Mountain Power is expanding plans for what is believed to be the first utility-sponsored heat pump rental program in the country, but has closed the pilot to new customers effective today.‘The pilot clearly tapped into something, because the response has been flabbergasting,’said Steve Costello, GMP’s vice president for generation and energy innovation.  ‘We had hoped to get 200 customers to participate in the pilot, and thought it might take a few months to develop that much interest.  More than 500 customers have expressed interest in just a few days, dramatically exceeding our expectations.‘As a result, with support from the Department of Public Service, we have expanded the pilot to include all customers who have responded to this point, but we are closing the pilot to additional customers for now,’Costello said.  ‘We hope to be able to expand the pilot to a larger program after we have more experience with heat pumps and customers’experiences with them.’The pilot effort, centered in Rutland, is intended to save customers money and demonstrate the comfort air-source heat pumps can provide in a cold-weather climate.The rental program includes installation of air-source heat pumps in homes and businesses with no up-front costs for the customer, and is expected to save participants hundreds of gallons of heating fuel and thousands of dollars each year.Employees in GMP’s Energy Innovation Center will contact all customers who voiced interest by noon today.  Given the demand, follow-up calls will be spread over several weeks.  Once a customer decides to go ahead, a contractor will be scheduled to do the installation.‘We have been amazed by the customer interest,’Costello said.  ‘Customers we’ve spoken with are focused on reducing their reliance on foreign oil, cutting their carbon emissions and reducing high heating bills.  We believe air-source heat pumps can do all that, while improving customer comfort year round.’Cold climate heat pumps, also known as mini-split heat pumps, are ductless heating systems that also provide air conditioning during hot weather.  Installed in less than a day, a heat pump includes an outdoor unit that works as a heat exchanger, like the compressor in a refrigerator, and is connected with copper tubing to a small interior unit.In cold weather, gas within the copper tubing extracts heat from outdoor air down to temperatures of about 13 below zero, and the warmth is brought inside.  In hot weather, the process reverses to cool the building.  GMP plans to heat its Energy Innovation Center largely with air-source heat pumps.Under the pilot program, GMP will pay to install heat pumps in customers’homes and small businesses, and rent them to the property owners for about $45 to $50 per month.Through a heat pump summit last fall and a program with Efficiency Vermont and NeighborWorks of Western Vermont to package weatherization with heat pump incentives, GMP has developed relationships with numerous installers in the HVAC, plumbing and home performance industries.  Six models are available through two manufacturers, Mitsubishi and Daikin.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power ( is external)) generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the state of Vermont. The company, which serves more than 250,000 customers, has set its vision to be the best small utility in America.last_img read more

Fund will make it possible to protect productive farmland

first_imgThe 48-acre Bragg Farm in Fayston, Vermont, known for its iconic barn, open hay meadows and outstanding scenic views of the Green Mountains, has been farmed continuously for more than 200 years.’  Much further south,’ the Bunker Farm’an agricultural and scenic treasure in Dummerston’has been a’ fixture in town for over 160 years. When these two farms went on the market, they were at risk of being sold to someone who was not interested in farming. These communities risked losing these productive farms.’ In both instances, the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) acted quickly and placed offers on the properties using a revolving fund to buy time to find farmers, put the conservation deals together, and permanently protect the land for the next generation of farmers.’ A new partnership between VLT, the’ Vermont Community Foundation (VCF) and the High Meadows Fund (HMF) will create more opportunities for VLT to provide’ farmers with access to affordable farms for commercial operations.’  VCF and HMF will loan VLT a combined $850,000 for their Farmland Access Program. This loan will allow VLT to take high-demand farmland off the market while finding farmers who are the best match for the land and infrastructure. It will also allow VLT the time to raise thefunds to purchase conservation easements on land’an important step to ensuring future affordability.’ ‘ ‘The Foundation has $7 million to deploy in Vermont, and we’re always looking for new ways to improve the state,’ said Debbie Rooney, VP for Finance at VCF. ‘When the Vermont Land Trust came to us, we saw an exciting opportunity to invest in a great organization and in a project that dovetails with our Food and Farm Initiative by supporting local farms and local food. It makes a lot of sense. Yes, VLT could have gotten some commercial dollars to do this, but it would have been a much higher rate, and they wouldn’t have been able to do some of the other work they do. We see this as a resource for VLT to be able to readily maintain working farms in Vermont.’’ The Farmland Access Program and this loan fund will prevent the sale of the farms that are often at the highest risk of development or an estate purchase, circumstances that lead to a major loss to communities that value their farms and local food.’ ‘The Farmland Access Program has helped more than 30 farmers in Vermont buy their first farm, or to expand their operation,’ said Jon Ramsay, the director of VLT’s Farmland Access Program. ‘When we see an opportunity, we buy a farm with bridge financing. Now we can use lower-cost capital to purchase, conserve, and sell the farm at an affordable price to a farmer who can create a viable business.’’ ‘We’ve seen that putting land conservation deals together takes longer than it used to,’ said Gaye Symington, Executive Director of the High Meadows Fund. ‘There are a lot of complex questions to resolve with conservation deals and this takes time. Questions about the ecological values on the farm, the proximity to river systems, and farm-labor housing are a few examples. We see this loan as important because it offers VLT longer-term dollars. Becoming investors in this loan fund is a demonstration of HMF’s confidence in VLT.’’ In the case of Bragg Farm, more than 225 people in the Mad River Valley community contributed $500,000. With backing from the Town of Fayston, and a grant of $320,000 from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, the funding has been raised to permanently protect the Bragg Farm. The project was officially completed last week, when VLT sold the conserved farm to Marisa Mauro of Ploughgate Creamery for $175,000 (the appraised agricultural value of the land, barn and residence). In Dummerston,’ four farmers, working as partners, were selected as the new owners of the farm. The farmers are leasing the farm now and will buy it subject to a conservation easement once VLT raises $110,000, along with other grant funding, to pay back the loan and cover the costs of conserving this land.’ ‘The related investments by the Vermont Community Foundation and the High Meadows Fund have helped the Vermont Land Trust take Farmland Access to the next level,’ said Nick Richardson, Vice President for Finance and Enterprise at the Vermont Land Trust.’  ‘There are many highly qualified and passionate farmers looking to access land to start or build their enterprises on good farmland, and communities that are waiting to welcome them.’  The partnership allows us to leverage our own capital and help make the match, and we’ve been able to put it to work right away on projects all across the state.’last_img read more

Cynthia K Hoehl donates $2 million endowment gift to the Cynthia K Hoehl Institute at the Stern Center

first_imgCynthia K Hoehl, of Ferrisburgh, VT, has given a historic gift of two million dollars to the Cynthia K Hoehl Institute for Excellence Endowment at the Stern Center, based in Williston. This, the single largest gift ever given to the Stern Center, will ensure the perpetuity of the Cynthia K Hoehl Institute for Excellence. The Institute implements best practices from neuroscience through its instruction and professional learning programs. Specifically, it reduces instruction fees for students with family incomes below $125,000; and, it grants awards to schools and educators to help underwrite professional learning.”“Cynthia Hoehl’’s extraordinary generosity will give future generations access to the Cynthia K Hoehl Institute for Excellence to extend their knowledge as teachers and learners,”” said Dr Blanche Podhajski, Founder and President of the Stern Center. ““It is a gift of hope, power and promise.””Dr Blanche Podhajski with Cynthia K Hoehl at the Stern Center. Below, Podhajski with Tad Hoehl (left) and John Hoehl (far right) at the announcement Thursday. Courtesy photos.Established in 2008, the Institute makes learning opportunities accessible to more students and educators through earnings generated by its now $3 million endowment. Since its inception, the Institute has awarded just under one half million dollars to students and teachers. With this new gift, we hope to increase our awards to $750,000 over the next five years.This gift from Cynthia’’s personal estate sustains the legacy of an educator passionately committed to extending teacher knowledge and to assuring that students have access to learning grounded in science.”“This gift is an investment in a program I believe in because the Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute for Excellence changes learners’ lives,”” said Hoehl said.Source: Stern Center. 1.15.2015.The Stern Center for Language and Learning is a nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of learners because all great minds don’t think alike. Since 1983, we have worked with children and adults to help them reach their academic, social and professional goals. We provide research-based learning evaluations and customized instruction, including those with learning disabilities, dyslexia, language disorders, social learning challenges, autism, attention deficit disorders and learning differences. We design and deliver customized professional learning programs and system development using current research and trends in education. Through the Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute, we work with schools and individual educators in early literacy, oral language, reading, written language, social cognition, executive functioning and math. We have offices in Williston, VT and West Lebanon, NH. Scholarships are available. More information may be found is external).last_img read more

KeyBank earns 2016 Military Friendly Employer designation from Victory Media

first_imgVermont Business Magazine KeyBank has announced that it has earned the 2016 Military Friendly® Employer and Military Spouse Friendly Employer® designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse. Companies competed for the elite Military Friendly® Employer title by completing a data-driven survey, with data independently tested by EY (Ernst & Young) based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media and its Advisory Board. Criteria for the survey included a benchmark score across key programs and policies, such as the strength of company military recruiting efforts, percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs for veterans, and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service.KeyBank is committed to hiring military talent, knowing first-hand that recruiting from the military community is not only the “right thing to do,” but it makes good business sense. “Making the transition to the business world is easier when both the employee and their employer are strongly focused, as we are, on serving our communities,” said Brian Fishel, KeyBank Senior Vice President/Head Talent Management. “Our commitment to service, volunteerism, and helping others makes KeyBank a good fit for veterans. We value the service of the men and women of the military and their families and welcome them to begin their journey to a new and fulfilling chapter in their lives at KeyBank.” Now in its 13th year, Military Friendly® Employers is the premier resource for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment. Each year, companies taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Advisory Board consisting of leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. A full list of board members can be found at“Companies that have earned the 2016 Military Friendly® Employer award have exceptionally strong hiring programs and meaningful careers for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Employers are moving the needle beyond answering ‘why hire military’—they are truly aligning their jobs and recruiting efforts with Military Friendly® educators to translate military competencies into civilian jobs.”KeyBank will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly® Employers in the December issue of G.I. Jobs® magazine and the January 2016 issue of Military Spouse Magazine, as well as on is external).About Military Friendly® Employers: The Military Friendly® Employers designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of companies with annual revenue over $100 million nationwide; the Top 100 Military Friendly® Employers list includes companies with annual revenue over $500 million. The survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Advisory Board comprised of higher education, recruiting, HR and diversity professionals from across the country. The survey is administered for free and open to companies meeting the eligibility criteria. The methodology and more information about the program, along with the complete list of employers, can be found on KeyBank: KeyCorp was organized more than 160 years ago and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, Key had assets of approximately $95.4 billion at September 30, 2015.  Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals and small and mid-sized businesses in 12 states under the name KeyBank National Association. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit is external). KeyBank is Member FDIC.About Victory Media: Based in Pittsburgh, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects classrooms to careers for the nation’s next generation of professionals. Our data-driven ratings are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur® and STEM JobsSM media, and featured in national media including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE, Bloomberg, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others. Learn more about our Media, Training and Ratings solutions at is external), and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.BURLINGTON (November 9, 2015) – KeyBanklast_img read more