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Friday, January 17, 2014

Business News

Looking for a pick-up game of soccer or Ultimate Frisbee during your lunch break? Sign up for Recess, a new web-based platform that connects Burlington-area professionals with mid-day play., LORD MicroStrain and Seventh Generation all subsidize their employees' participation. Click here to read the story.

Law Enforcement

Police cruisers equipped with license plate scanners logged nearly eight million plate readings in the last year and a half, a new report finds. All those scans stay on file for 18 months. VPR's Taylor Dobbs looks at what police departments are doing with that data. Click here for the story from VPR.
FIRST Robotics Competition Mentor Training


Got an early-stage startup? Enter the second Launch VT competition for a chance at $25,000 in cash and $45,000 of in-kind support. The deadline to enter is February 15. Click here for more information.

Launch VT organizer Emily Piper appeared on WCAX-TV recently to explain the competition with last year's winner, Michael Adams of Gredio. Click here to watch the video.


At this lunch and learn, organized by the Vermont Technology Alliance, Vermont economic research analyst Ken Jones will share his draft plan for statewide economic development. It's a chance for techie types to give input on high-speed telecommunications, workforce development and marketing.

Wednesday, January 22, Champlain Mill, Winooski. Click here for more information.


How is Vermont's Office of the Creative Economy supporting tech initiatives, and what will it prioritize in 2014? Vermont Public Radio's Neal Charnoff talks with OCE director Lars Torres to find out. Click here for the interview.
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VPR Commentary: Dealer's Choice

Dealertrack's recent purchase of Burlington-based has created some newly minted millionaires. Digital strategist Rich Nadworny hopes they'll reinvest their money in the local startup scene. Click here to read his commentary.


Meet Donald Laackman, Incoming President of Champlain College

Donald Laackman takes the helm at Champlain this summer, when current president David Finney retires. In this Burlington Free Press interview, he says he expects Champlain's focus on technology-driven careers to "accelerate." Click here to read the interview.


Middlebury College to Expand Posse Partnership With STEM Scholars

Middlebury College plans to expand its partnership with the Posse Foundation, which recruits public school students in urban areas. Starting in 2015, the college plans to offer full-tuition scholarships to 10 Posse Scholars majoring in STEM fields. Click here for the press release.


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