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Dear vtTA Members & Supporters,

As 2016 draws to a close, we want to take the time to thank all our members, friends and sponsors. It's because of you that we are able to support, promote and work on behalf of Vermont's vibrant and growing technology sector.
We welcomed 40 new members this year, from individuals to large companies, and we were pleased to have so many others renew their membership with us this year. Not a member? We hope you put it on your New Year's resolution list to join us in 2017.

From our tech job recruitment effort and the publication of the Vermont Tech Employment Report and the launch of the Career Center, to our outreach statewide and into Quebec, and our advocacy and communications, it has been active and productive year for the Alliance.

We look forward to continuing our efforts in 2017 to promote and advance Vermont's tech businesses, entrepreneurs and jobs. How can we help? How can you help? What's important to you or your business? Let us know at info@vtta.org .

We hope you can join us for the year-end Bio & Tech Beer social event at Queen City Brewery on Dec. 14. You can find information and register here .

We wish you all the best for this holiday season.
Jeff Couture
Executive Director, Vermont Technology Alliance

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Upcoming Events

[December 14, 2016 - Queen City Brewery, Burlington]

Join the Vermont Technology Alliance and the Vermont Biosciences Alliance for a year-end
Holiday Bio & Tech Beer social event at Queen City Brewery on Dec. 14. Come to one of Burlington's coolest breweries and enjoy networking with others in the biotech and technology fields while enjoying craft beer and pizza.

Find more information and registration here.
[December 15, 2016 - Coworking Plus, Brattleboro]

The Brattleboro Area Tech group holds its monthly meeting at Coworking Plus, the new coworking space in downtown Brattleboro. It's a social event, and also an opportunity to discuss upcoming BAT events. Everyone is invited who works with, or is interested in technology in the Brattleboro area, from makers to programmers to artists.
Find more here .

Cabin Fever Series: Secure IT for Your Business
[January 19, 2017, Symquest, South Burlington]

SymQuest offers a workshop on developing a secure and manageable IT infrastructure for business. Topics include common network vulnerabilities, backup and recovery methods, and virus prevention and encryption.

Find more here .
Vermont Technology News
Dynapower and Samsung SDI Launch Energy Storage System
[December 8, 2016 - Source: Vermont Business Magazine/Press Release]
South Burlington-based Dynapower Company and Samsung SDI announced the introduction of an integrated behind-the-meter energy storage system. The initial release will be a 250 kWh/550 kWh offering, with a 100 kW two-hour system to follow. The integrated energy storage offering reduces costs for commercial and industrial end users in the deployment of energy storage.

Read more here .

Chroma's $20 Million Expansion Gets Vermont OK
[December 7, 2016 - Source: Vermont Digger]

The state has approved a Rockingham manufacturer's plans for an expansion project carrying an estimated $20 million price tag. Chroma Technology received an Act 250 land use permit for a 36,800-square-foot addition that will more than double the optical filter manufacturer's physical presence in Rockingham. The project is expected to create at least 20 to 25 jobs over several years while retaining Chroma's current 113 jobs.
Read more here .
Windham Region Looks for 'Green' Recovery from Yankee Closure
[December 7, 2016 - Source: The Commons]

What do foreign trade, education, and climate preparedness have to do with hazelnuts, hemp, and mushrooms? The answer is that they all are part of an effort to transform the Windham Region and neighboring counties in New Hampshire and Massachusetts into a mecca for "green" economic activity - an "Ecovation Hub."

Read more here .

FairPoint Sold to Illinois-Based Consolidated Communications
[December 6, 2016 - Source: Vermont Digger]

An Illinois-based communications company announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase FairPoint Communications Inc. Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc. will buy FairPoint for $1.5 billion. The merger is to be completed in 2017. Consolidated Communications, based in Mattoon, Illinois, has communications networks in 11 states and uses a fiber optic network and data centers to sell access to Internet, voice, video, managed services cloud computing and wireless backhaul.    
Read more here .
VEDA Approves $17.4 Million in Financing
[December 6, 2016 - Source: Press Release/Vermont Digger]

The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) announced more than $17.4 million in financing for economic and agricultural development projects throughout Vermont.
Among the projects funded was $240,000 to Flex-A-Seal, Inc. in Essex Junction, a producer of sealing products used in chemical, food processing, drug manufacturing and other industries; and $350,000 to SchoolHack Solutions, Inc., designers of an educational software platform to help schools monitor students' personalized learning plans.

Read more here .

[December 1, 2016 - Source: Press Release/Vermont Business Magazine]

Norwich University was recently awarded more than $700,000 from the National Security Agency (NSA) for cyber security training, including scholarships for soldiers, capacity building, and local and regional community outreach and development. Norwich will provide scholarships to US Army Reserve soldiers to enter the online graduate certificate programs for information security and assurance. The grant also will fund software and hardware upgrades.

Read more here .

[November 30, 2016 - Source: Press Release]

Dealer.com announced that its Digital Advertising Solution has been approved by General Motors as an in-Market Retail (iMR) Turnkey Product. The certification allows GM dealers to purchase Dealer.com's advertising product and receive co-op reimbursement from GM for their investment.

Read more here.
[November 29, 2016 - Source: Vermont Business Magazine]

The state's largest utility has partnered with the state's largest manufacturer to develop the state's largest solar energy array. Vermont's newest solar farm is now generating electricity in Williston. Owned by Green Mountain Power and located on GlobalFoundries property, the sprawling facility off Mountain View Drive will generate more than 8 million kilowatt hours every year, or the equivalent energy to power more than 1,100 homes.

Read more here .

[November 29, 2016 - Source: Press Release/Vermont Business Magazine]

The Generator maker space in Burlington closed its doors at Memorial Auditorium and the 170-member creative community is moving to its new home on Sears Lane. The move is made possible by an investment in infrastructure improvements from Champlain College and a $300,000 capital campaign. Generator is planning an open house on January 18.

Read more here .

[November 23, 2016 - Source: Press Release/VTDigger]

Comcast announced it has added 50 outdoor Xfinity WiFi hotspots in Burlington, increasing the number of its outdoor hotspots in the city to 120. This launch is part of the ongoing expansion of a Wi-Fi network in Comcast's Vermont footprint that now includes more than 600 outdoor hotspots and 4,800 business hotspots.

Read more here .

[November 17, 2016 - Source: Politico Magazine]
Politico takes a look Burlington's distinction of being the country's first city that draws 100 percent of its power from renewable sources. The profile notes that this accomplishment comes from Burlington's decades-long commitment to sustainability, which has paid off with cheap electricity --  and some pretty great homegrown food.

Read more here .

Featured Member

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.

Find more information at: 
www.greenmountainpower.com .

Vermont Technology Alliance Membership Update

The Vermont Technology Alliance thanks the following new and renewing business members:
New Members: InfoZen, Whitney Feininger, Daniel Holt-Gosselin, James Schmidt/Pulse of the Heart of the Rockies
Renewing members: FirstLight Fiber, Middlebury Interactive Languages, Bill Coates-Oxford Networks, Propeller Media Works, Judith Mueller, Greg Hendrix
The Vermont Technology Alliance welcomes businesses and individuals to join our non-profit business association. Members benefit from vtTA's advocacy and programs and services, including job postings in our Career Center , invitations and discounts to events, and networking and business opportunities.  To find our more and to discuss membership, contact Jeff Couture, jeff@vtta.org , or sign up to be a new member here .

Useful Information & Links
Useful Information & Links
The Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) has launched "Start Here," a podcast sharing the stories of active, aspiring, and accidental entrepreneurs. Start Here is co-hosted by VCET's David Bradbury and Sam Roach-Gerber. The first four episodes are available on SoundCloud and iTunes, beginning December 14.
Read more here.

Check out the quarterly newsletter from the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, with the latest news, projects and research from the College.
Read more here .

[November 11, 2016 - Source: vtTA]

Vermont PBS has launched Season 2 of InnoVaTe, a tech-centric series that profiles some of Vermont's most innovative and creative businesses.Six new episodes highlight entrepreneurial Vermonters, and Vermont companies, including Greensea, VELCO, John Churchman, Qor360, Vermod and Game Theory. The new season launched is available at vermontpbs.org/innovate .

Read more here
Score continues to offer free education sessions for small businesses on the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the New England Federal Credit Union in Williston. This series is targeted to those who are either thinking about getting into business or have a new business, and could use some information and education to help them be successful.
Upcoming workshops:
  • How to Fund My Small Business - Dec. 14, 2016
  • Branding: Who is Your Small Business? - Jan. 11, 2017
Find more information here .

The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center is offering Lean training in 2017: 
  • Fundamentals of Lean Office 101, January 12, 2017 - Williston 
  • Value Stream Mapping: Planning, Leading and Executing, January 24, 2017 - Williston 
  • Principles of Lean Manufacturing 101, February 2, 2017 - Essex Junction 
  • Structured Problem Solving, February 7, 2017 - Randolph 
  • Lean Measures and Decision Making (aka Accounting for Lean), March 28 & 29, 2017 - Colchester
Find more here.

  vtTA's Career Center
Vermont Technology Alliance member companies are hiring, and when you visit the Career Center on the Vermont Technology Alliance website you can browse and search for these job openings . We currently have more than 170 job openings for both tech and non-tech positions, making it a great source for finding an opportunity with growing Vermont tech businesses.

Are you looking for business services, meet-up groups, government information or funding sources? Find this and more at vtTA's resources page posted on the Vermont Technology Alliance website . And be sure to let us know if there's something we should add.

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