The McKernon Group is pleased to be honored with a 5th AnnualExcellence in Housing Award in the commercial construction category for thecompany’s work in revitalizing downtown Brandon’s Howe Scale Block. Theaward was presented to The McKernon Group by the Home Builders andRemodelers Association of Southern Vermont at an award ceremony on January14th.Kevin Birchmore, co-owner and Chief Operating Officer of TheMcKernon Group accepted the award, attending the event with Project ManagerBrian Thomas.”A lot of people worked really hard on this project. Several of thebuildings had to be rebuilt from the ground up. I hope that all the peopleworking on downtown Brandon for almost a year feel good about the award.They did the heavy lifting, they’re the ones who deserve to be recognized.We’re also grateful that everyone in Brandon was patient. I live in Brandon,and it’s great to see the town so improved,” remarked Kevin Birchmore fromThe McKernon Group’s offices in Brandon’s Park Village a mile north ofdowntown.Two of the three commercial buildings on Center Street, Route 7 indowntown Brandon are occupied. Demerest and MacNeal Interior Design, Inc.has retail space in 15 Center Street. Everywear for Everybody, is opening asecond store in 17 Center Street this month. Eleven Center Street with itslandscaped terrace, and overlooking Memorial Park would be a perfect spotfor a restaurant. It is currently under consideration by several parties.
The RightThing Acquires AIRS, First-of-Kind Recruitment DealAcquisition Combines Best-in-Class Services with Award-Winning Recruitment Software and Training SolutionsFebruary 18, 2008 The RightThing, a leader in customized recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) announced Monday the acquisition of AIRS, an award-winning recruitment training and sourcing technology company, based in Wilder, VT. AIRS will remain in Vermont at current staffing levels, according to the company.The acquisition will enhance The RightThing’s services by integrating AIRS recruitment sourcing software as well as training solutions, delivering customers a comprehensive suite of tools. AIRS A-list clients, including 70 percent of the Fortune 500, will benefit from The RightThing’s strong customer service as well as scalable and customized end-to-end recruitment options. AIRS products and training solutions will remain intact under The RightThing’s family of services.”The RightThing is very excited to welcome AIRS to the family,” said Terry Terhark, president and CEO of The RightThing. “AIRS thrives on innovation as does The RightThing, the synergy and cultural match of these two companies could potentially be the biggest thing this industry has seen with best-in-class technology, products, efficiency and power.”As the leader in recruitment process outsourcing, The RightThing has been building momentum since its inception in 2003 with exponential employee, client and revenue growth year after year, and award-winning thought leadership. With sourcing tools and training that help recruiters find the best talent, AIRS, founded in 1997, has experienced a 40 percent growth rate the past three years.”The RightThing and AIRS is a powerful combination of technology enabled services,” said Jason Corsello, vice president of Knowledge Infusion. “This has truly created a one-stop shop for any company’s entire recruiting and sourcing needs.””Together, The RightThing and AIRS will undoubtedly become one of the fastest growing recruiting solutions company in the industry,” said Chris Forman, president of AIRS. “Joining The RightThing will create a true paradigm shift for recruiting solutions. By offering top-notch services, technology and thought leadership under one unified company we will provide better hires and better outcomes to all of our clients.”Financial details were not disclosed.###About The RightThingAs the market leader in Recruitment Process Outsourcing, The RightThing redefines organizations’ approach and attitude towards recruiting and hiring processes. By developing and implementing strategic procedures for both national and global assignments, The RightThing consistently meets and exceeds client goals. Both short and long-term projects benefit from The RightThing’s smart solutions. For more information please visit http://www.rightthinginc.com(link is external).
Layoffs – Budget Cuts – Downsizing. Every day there seems to be another news story covering the fallout from the current economic downturn. Today’s economy has created an increasingly challenging environment for human resource administrators. If you are the person responsible for the HR functions of your organization, you may know that there are federal and state employment laws that can help you maneuver through these difficult times – but how familiar are you with them?The Workforce Development Center at Champlain College, in collaboration with HRSentry, is offering a series of online workshops that can answer your questions and give you the skills needed to successfully handle the human resources issues you face every day.Workshops are delivered 100% online, giving you access to the resources and knowledge you need 24/7, on a schedule that works for you.The first workshop, “What You Need to Know about Equal Opportunity in Employment Under the Law”, provides human resource administrators with a perfect overview of current HR laws and regulations, on both the federal and state levels.For a workshop series brochure Click HereKeep your organization safe. Register Now for “What You Need to Know about Equal Opportunity in Employment Under the Law” by Clicking HereHRSentry is HRMade Simple
Shearer Chevrolet Co. Inc.,Long-time Burlington auto dealer Bill Shearer acquired Lewis Motors in South Burlington effective July 1, 2009, adding three new brands to the Shearer family of dealerships in Vermont. The current location on Shelburne Road will be retained, but each brand will have its own dealership identity. The names will be changed to Shearer Acura, Audi South Burlington and Volkswagen South Burlington.”Acura, Audi and Volkswagen are flagship brands that have become mainstays in Vermont. The Lewis family has set a solid foundation for their future” said Shearer.Alex Lewis founded Lewis Motors in 1974 as a Volkswagen dealership. The Audi franchise was added in 1976. Alex’s son David joined the firm in 1987 after graduating from Norwich University. The Acura dealership opened in 1995 and David Lewis purchased Lewis Motors from his Dad in 1996.Shearer Chevrolet was founded in 1928, and is one of the oldest dealerships in Vermont. Shearer also operates Shearer Honda in Rutland, as well as Shearer Pontiac, Buick, Cadillac and GMC trucks in South Burlington. It also owns and operates Direct Autobody, a brand new state-of-the-art collision repair facility which opened in 2008 and is located behind Shearer Chevrolet.The Shearer Auto Group will now be able to offer customers the best cars and trucks from Japan, Germany and the United States. “It’s an exciting opportunity” Shearer concluded.
$0.18 203,427 137,831,574 2010 Operating income 1,166 March 26, Loss on financial instruments, net GREEN MOUNTAIN COFFEE ROASTERS, INC. Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations (Dollars in thousands except per share data) 43,499 GREEN MOUNTAIN COFFEE ROASTERS, INC. Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations (Dollars in thousands except per share data) $0.46 131,263,638 Cost of sales 158,034 $0.25 (22,730) Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests Diluted income per share: Basic income per share: 79,745 (As Restated)Net sales General and administrative expenses 131,116,251 Diluted income per share: weeks ended 4,045 Income tax expense 102,103 Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 473 24,464 436 $67,784 Thirteen Basic weighted average shares outstanding Interest expense 110 Cost of sales General and administrative expenses 39,169 5,624 2011 (1,881)Income before income taxes 65,808 Operating income 68,257 March 27, 24,055 $0.48 Gain on foreign currency, net Net income attributable to GMCR (16,672) $1,221,806 141,784,994 Diluted weighted average shares outstanding Net income weeks ended weeks ended 119,611 $647,658 2011 141,579,543 Net income (354)Gain on foreign currency, net Diluted weighted average shares outstanding Other income (expense) 835,351 Twenty-six weeks ended 147,558,595 96,626 (As Restated)Net sales (22,925)Net Income (133)Loss on financial instruments, net March 26, 386,455 $667,105 Income tax expense Interest expense Other income (expense) Gross profit 404,803 214,103 Selling and operating expenses 114,650 – – 1,078 142,891 – 463,678 (5,959) 43,251 (15,114)Net Income March 27, 47,636 (12,301) – Gross profit 40,135 $321,953 137,628,396 2010 Twenty-six (36,295) (833)Income before income taxes (46,393) Selling and operating expenses 34,115 Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., (NASDAQ: GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee and coffeemakers, today announced its fiscal 2011 second quarter results for the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2011. Revenues doubled over the second quarter of 2010 and net income nearly tripled. GMCR also announced that it was initiating a new stock offering (see related story). Second Quarter Fiscal 2011 Performance Highlights*Net sales up 101% over the same period in fiscal 2010GAAP EPS of $0.44; Non-GAAP EPS of $0.48GAAP operating income increases 198% over Q2’10; Non-GAAP operating income improves 178% over the year ago quarterGAAP net income increases 172% over Q2’10; Non-GAAP net income up 147% over Q2’10Second Quarter Fiscal 2011 Results*Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 increased 101% to $647.7 million as compared to $322.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2010. Under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 totaled $65.4 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, representing an increase of 172% as compared to GAAP net income of $24.1 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2010.The Company’s non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 increased 147% to $71.5 million, from non-GAAP net income of $28.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2010. Second quarter fiscal 2011 non-GAAP net income excludes pre-tax items of: $1.9 million in Van Houtte transaction-related expenses, $11.7 million in amortization of identifiable intangibles related to the Company’s acquisitions, $0.4 million in legal and accounting expenses related to the SEC inquiry and pending litigation, and a $3.0 million tax benefit related to the reversal of certain non-deductible acquisition-related expenses incurred in prior quarters which are now deemed deductible in accordance with recently enacted tax regulations. Second quarter fiscal 2010 non-GAAP net income excludes pre-tax items of: $4.8 million in transaction-related expenses for the Diedrich acquisition and $3.1 million in amortization of identifiable intangibles related to the Company’s prior acquisitions.On the same basis of presentation, GMCR’s non-GAAP earnings per diluted share increased 131% to $0.48 in the second quarter of fiscal 2011 from $0.21 in the second quarter of fiscal 2010.‘We believe healthy post-holiday in-store brewer inventory levels and positive word of mouth from enthusiastic Keurig owners combined to help drive a very strong fiscal second quarter for GMCR,’ said Lawrence J. Blanford, GMCR’s president and CEO.The Keurig® Single-Cup Brewing system brews a perfect cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa or iced beverage in under one minute at the touch of a button.‘We believe we are in the early stages of potential Keurig system adoption in North America and continue to work to scale our operations, processes and workforce to meet both the current and expected demands of the business,’ said Blanford. ‘The addition of leading, nationally recognized brands like Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks and Swiss Miss to the Keurig Single-Cup Brewing system expands customer choice within the system, fuels new excitement by current Keurig owners and users, raises system awareness, and has the potential to attract new consumers to the system.’Fiscal 2011 Second Quarter Financial Review*Approximately 82% of consolidated net sales in the second quarter were from the Keurig brewing system and its recurring K-Cup® portion pack sales, including Keurig-related accessory sales.Net sales from K-Cup® portion packs totaled $411.8 million in the quarter, up 94%, or $199.1 million, over the same period in 2010.In response to rising green coffee costs and increases in other input costs, in September 2010 the Company announced a price increase on all K-Cup® portion packs beginning on October 11, 2010. The price increase was fully implemented across all channels as of February 2011. In the second quarter of fiscal 2011, the price increase improved net sales by approximately 10.3% over what net sales would have been if calculated based on the pricing for K-Cup® portion packs in effect during the prior year period.Net sales from Keurig brewers and accessories totaled $116.2 million in the quarter, up 86%, or $53.8 million, from the prior year period.Supporting continued growth in K-Cup® demand, GMCR sold 1.2 million Keurig brewers during the second quarter of fiscal 2011. This brewer shipment number does not account for consumer returns to retailers. We estimate that GMCR brewer shipments represented approximately 91% of total brewers shipped with Keurig technology in the period.The acquisition of Van Houtte completed on December 17, 2010 contributed $100.5 million to consolidated net sales, after eliminating the effect on consolidated net sales of K-Cup® portion pack sales to Keurig by Van Houtte and royalties recorded by Keurig from Van Houtte.Second quarter fiscal 2011 gross margin was 37.5% of total net sales compared to 33.5% for the corresponding quarter in fiscal 2010.The Company increased its GAAP operating income by 198%, to $119.6 million, in the second quarter of fiscal 2011 as compared to $40.1 million in the year ago quarter.GMCR’s second quarter fiscal 2011 non-GAAP operating income of $133.6 million increased 178% over non-GAAP operating income of $48.0 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2010. Non-GAAP operating income represented 20.6% of net sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2011 and 14.9% of net sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2010.The Company’s tax rate for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 was 35.5% as compared to 38.6% in the prior year quarter reflecting a lower corporate income tax rate in Canada from the Van Houtte acquisition and due to the recent Internal Revenue Service Revenue Procedure 2011-29 which allows taxpayers to deduct 70% of the previously non-deductible success-based fees incurred in connection with certain acquisitions.Diluted weighted average shares outstanding increased 7% to 147.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2011 from 137.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2010 primarily due to the issuance of 8.6 million shares of common stock to Luigi Lavazza S.p.A in a private placement on September 28, 2010.Balance Sheet HighlightsCash and short-term cash investments were $64.5 million at March 26, 2011, up from $62.9 million at December 25, 2010.Accounts receivable increased 77% year-over-year to $226.8 million at March 26, 2011, from $128.2 million at March 27, 2010, reflecting continuing sales growth.Inventories were $300.8 million at March 26, 2011 including $29.5 million of Van Houtte-related inventories. This compares to $262.5 million at September 25, 2010.Debt outstanding increased to $1.060 billion at March 26, 2011 from $354.5 million at September 25, 2010 primarily as a result of the Company’s acquisition of Van Houtte on December 17, 2010.The Company is pursuing a sale of the Filterfresh U.S.-based coffee services business portion of its Van Houtte acquisition, which is classified as ‘assets available for sale’ in the Company’s financial statements, and expects to use any proceeds from an ultimate sale to reduce debt.Business Outlook and Other Forward-Looking Information*Company Estimates for Fiscal Year 2011The Company provided the following revised estimates for its fiscal year 2011.Total consolidated net sales growth of 82% to 87%, up from previous net sales growth guidance of 75% to 80%.The Company increased its 2011 non-GAAP earnings per diluted share range to $1.43 to $1.50 per diluted share from $1.19 to $1.29 per share, excluding any acquisition-related transaction expenses; legal and accounting expenses related to the SEC inquiry, the Company’s internal investigation and pending litigation; amortization of identifiable intangibles related to the Company’s acquisitions; deferred financing costs; and, foreign exchange impact of hedging the risk associated with the Canadian dollar purchase price of the Van Houtte acquisition.Capital expenditures for fiscal 2011 in the range of $275 million to $305 million, up from previous capital expenditure guidance of $245 million to $290 million.Company Estimates for Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2011The Company also provided its first estimates for its third quarter of fiscal 2011:Total consolidated net sales growth of 90% to 95%.Non-GAAP earnings per share in the range of $0.34 to $0.38 per diluted share excluding any acquisition-related transaction expenses; legal and accounting expenses related to the SEC inquiry, the Company’s internal investigation and pending litigation; deferred financing costs; and, amortization of identifiable intangibles related to the Company’s acquisitions.*All comparisons to prior periods reflect restated financial results for those periods as reported in Annual Report on Form 10-K filed December 9, 2010. A complete reconciliation of the Company’s GAAP to non-GAAP results is provided with this announcement.Use of Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresIn addition to reporting financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the Company provides non-GAAP operating results that exclude certain charges or credits such as acquisition-related transaction expenses, legal and accounting-related expenses associated with the SEC inquiry, the Company’s internal investigation and pending litigation, foreign exchange impact of hedging the risk associated with the Canadian dollar purchase price of the Van Houtte acquisition, and non-cash related items such as amortization of identifiable intangibles, each of which include adjustments to show the tax impact of excluding these items. These amounts are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, GAAP. The Company’s management believes that these measures provide investors with transparency by helping illustrate the underlying financial and business trends relating to the Company’s results of operations and financial condition and comparability between current and prior periods. Management uses the measures to establish and monitor budgets and operational goals and to evaluate the performance of the Company. Please see the ‘GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation of Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations’ tables that accompany this press release for a full reconciliation the Company’s GAAP to non-GAAP results.Conference Call and WebcastGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. will be discussing these financial results with analysts and investors in a conference call and live webcast available via the Internet at 5:00 p.m. ET today, May 3, 2011. Management’s prepared remarks on its quarterly results will be provided via a Current Report on Form 8-K and also posted under the events link in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.GMCR.com(link is external). As a result, the conference call will include only brief remarks by management followed by a question and answer session. The call along with accompanying slides is accessible, via live webcast from the events link in the Investor Relations portion of the Company’s website at http://investor.gmcr.com/events.cfm(link is external). The Company archives the latest conference call for a period of time. A replay of the conference call also will be available by telephone at (719) 457-0820, Passcode 6217671 from 9:00 p.m. ET on May 3, 2011 through 9:00 PM ET on Sunday, May 8, 2011.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative Keurig Single-Cup brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in sustainably-grown coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its website, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. The Company encourages investors to consult this section of its website regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to the Company’s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements contained herein are not based on historical fact and are ‘forward-looking statements’ within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as ‘anticipate,’ ‘believe,’ ‘could,’ ‘estimate,’ ‘expect,’ ‘feel,’ ‘forecast,’ ‘intend,’ ‘may,’ ‘plan,’ ‘potential,’ ‘project,’ ‘should,’ ‘would,’ and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Owing to the uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual results could differ materially from those stated here. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the impact on sales and profitability of consumer sentiment in this difficult economic environment, the Company’s success in efficiently expanding operations and capacity to meet growth, the Company’s success in efficiently and effectively integrating the Company’s acquisitions, the Company’s success in introducing and producing new product offerings, the ability of lenders to honor their commitments under the Company’s credit facility, competition and other business conditions in the coffee industry and food industry in general, fluctuations in availability and cost of high-quality green coffee, any other increases in costs including fuel, Keurig’s ability to continue to grow and build profits with its roaster partners in the At Home and Away from Home businesses, the Company experiencing product liability, product recall and higher than anticipated rates of warranty expense or sales returns associated with a product quality or safety issue, the impact of the loss of major customers for the Company or reduction in the volume of purchases by major customers, delays in the timing of adding new locations with existing customers, the Company’s level of success in continuing to attract new customers, sales mix variances, weather and special or unusual events, the impact of the inquiry initiated by the SEC and any related litigation or additional governmental investigative or enforcement proceedings, as well as other risks described more fully in the Company’s filings with the SEC. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s analysis as of the date of this release. The Company does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments, other than in its regular, quarterly earnings releases.GMCR-C $34,115 59,165 242,855 Net income attributable to GMCR $65,372 $24,055 $0.26 Basic weighted average shares outstanding 107,850 – Net income Net income Thirteen 85,530 $0.17 147,310,364 $0.46 $0.44 Basic income per share: 57,040
Once again, snowmakers defied Mother Nature’s thoughts of a warm winter and made enough snow this week so that skiers and riders could celebrate opening day Saturday at Bolton Valley, just 30 minutes from Burlington and 10 minutes from Interstate 89.Bolton Valley opened at 10 am with two trails and two lifts. Photos are available here.To kick off the 2011-2012 season, Bolton Valley officials created a festive package of activities to complement skiing and riding on opening day. In addition to the inaugural turns on opening day, skiers and riders filled their tummies with yummy samples of some of Vermont’s finest food purveyors. Olivia’s Croutons and Two Guys in VT Soups, Vermont Natural Foods, Vermont Cookie Love, and Red Maple Granola were just a few of the companies offering samples of their wares from 11 a.m. ‘ 3 p.m. to guests at Bolton.Santa was closing act for the day at Bolton as Mr. and Mrs. Claus arrived around 4 p.m. and lead a tree lighting ceremony at the ski area.Early season lift ticket prices are $29 for adults and $24 for youth/college/seniors. The ski area is open tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 11 and will then close for skiing and riding from Monday ‘ Thursday. The ski area plans to re-open on Friday, Dec. 16 with skiing and riding from the top of the Vista Quad, weather and snow conditions permitting. Snowmakers will continue to make more snow as weather permits. For the latest snow conditions, visit www.boltonvalley.com(link is external).Bolton Valley is Vermont’s most convenient and affordable big mountain skiing. Less than 10 minutes from I-89 and less than 30 minutes from Burlington, the family-friendly mountain offers skiers and riders of all abilities three mountain peaks with 70 trails and 6 lifts, plus 3 terrain parks including the Burton Progression Park.Bolton Valley was the first in Vermont and the second in the US to implement wind power as an energy source and is the recipient of the National Ski Areas Association’s 2010 Silver Eagle Award for environmental initiatives. Approximately 88km of high elevation Nordic terrain, a complete Sports Center and Indoor Amusement Center plus Vermont’s most extensive top-to-bottom night skiing and riding are just a few of the extras available to guests. For more information visit www.boltonvalley.com(link is external) or call 877-9BOLTON. BOLTON VALLEY, Vt. (Dec. 10, 2011) ‘
The e-Vermont Community Broadband Project is working across Vermont to help communities solve local issues with 21st century tools. On February 16 e-Vermont will host Vermont Communities in a Digital Age to highlight some of the projects taking place and bring leaders and learners together to share what they have discovered so far. Topics include mobilizing community resources during emergencies, a hands-on lab about digital tools for business, a showcase of how technology is expanding the classroom for 4-6th graders, and a preview of how town meetings can reach a wider audience. The all-day workshop takes place at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center.‘‘High speed Internet is the critical resource of the 21st century for business, education, community building, good governance and communicating with friends and family. It touches on all parts of our lives,’ says e-Vermont Project Director Helen Labun Jordan. ‘But making the best use of this resource takes the kind of creative thinking we’ll be sharing on February 16.’ Labun Jordan notes that this workshop is for people who are comfortable with computers and focused on applying those skills to larger community goals, not on learning basic skills. Anne Galloway is the keynote speaker. Anne is an award-winning journalist and founder/editor of VTDigger.org, a statewide news website dedicated to coverage of Vermont politics, consumer affairs, business and public policy.Registration is only $20 and includes course offerings, refreshments and lunch. For a complete schedule and to pre-register online visit the e-Vermont website at www.e4vt.org(link is external), call 802-859-3090, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail). Follow e-Vermont on Facebook (e-Vermont) and Twitter (@eVermont).e-Vermont partner The Snelling Center for Government is the lead organizer for Vermont Communities in a Digital Age.‘The whole day will offer participants new ideas about how digital tools can be used to create jobs, reinvent schools, attract visitors, improve civic involvement, and enliven Vermont communities,’ stated conference coordinator Joanna Cummings. ‘We hope that hearing directly from some of our communities about their projects will inspire other towns to adapt these tools for their unique needs.’The e-Vermont Community Broadband Project is led by the Vermont Council on Rural Development, and is made up of the Vermont State Colleges, the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Vermont Department of Public Service, Vermont Small Business Development Center, the Snelling Center for Government, Front Porch Forum, Digital Wish, Evslin Family Foundation and Vermont Community Foundation.e-Vermont is supported by a $2.5 million stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Additional support comes from the Evslin Family Foundation, Vermont Community Foundation, the Jan and David Blittersdorf Foundation, UVM’s Center for Rural Studies, the Vermont Rural Partnership and by donated services and equipment from Dell, Microsoft, and Comcast.