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GS Precision commits to expand manufacturing in Brattleboro

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In a decision that could mean a substantial increase in high-paying jobs and the retention of 300-plus existing jobs for the Brattleboro region, GS Precision President and CEO Norm Schneeberger today announced that the company is exploring potential expansion plans at the Exit One Industrial Park that would include additions to its two facilities located in the park.

Vermont Air Guard re-deployed to South Korea

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 2:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Airmen from the 158th Fighter Wing in Burlington, Vermont, have changed locations supporting the Pacific Command Theater Security Package, moving from Japan, where they were deployed in June, to South Korea. Approximately 150 personnel and 10 F-16 Fighting Falcons have deployed to Kunsan Air Base in South Korea. The TSP deployment is designed to provide the PACOM region with forces capable of a variety of operations, including disaster relief, global situational awareness, combating piracy, active defense and power projection.

Roper: In age of Uber, 'Right to Work' makes more sense than ever

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 1:49pm -- tim

by Rob Roper Vermont is a tougher than average place to make a living. No secret there. One of the first questions you get from folks you meet is, “You live here full time? How do you make it work?” Some of the answers are necessarily creative. Vermont is a great place to live, but it comes with sacrifices. There are fewer career paths, a lack of high paying jobs overall, and lower pay here for doing the same job in another state. So, lots of people telecommute. Many work multiple jobs.

Vermonters could get up to $5,500 by switching to wood pellet heating

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 3:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermonters now have a short-time frame before the new year to capitalize on a incentive offering to help them save money on home heating, while supporting Vermont jobs and sustainable forests, while making sure they stay warm this winter. Vermonters can get up to $5,500 to help switch from fossil fuel to local wood heating. Cash incentives are available from the Clean Energy Development Fund and Efficiency Vermont. Renewable Energy Vermont and the Renewable Energy Resource Center have partnered to help promote the incentives.

Class of 2019 most academically talented in UVM history

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A record number of students applied to the University of Vermont this year, and this week, UVM welcomes its new class — the most academically talented in school history. Incoming students earned an average GPA of 3.53 on a 4.0 scale and an average SAT score of 1197, a 12-point increase over last year. The Class of 2019 also boasts a record number of Green & Gold Scholars — top students from Vermont high schools. Thirty-four of these talented students have enrolled at UVM.

UVM School Lunch Study: Visual proof kids are tossing mandated fruits and veggies in trash

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 3:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Less than a month before Congress votes on whether to reauthorize a controversial program mandating healthier school lunches, a new study confirms the suspicions of school officials - many students are putting the fruits and vegetables they're now required to take straight into the trash, consuming fewer than they did before the law took effect. The new study, published online in Public Health Reports on August 25, is the first to use digital imaging to capture students' lunch trays before and after they exited the lunch line.

Vermont AG investigates Brattleboro Retreat over Medicaid fraud allegations

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 1:21pm -- tim

by Mike Feher State officials have launched a criminal probe of the Brattleboro Retreat in the wake of Medicaid fraud allegations raised repeatedly by a former employee. The investigation, first reported by The Associated Press, was confirmed by Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell on Tuesday. And documents show that at least some of the state’s concerns arose from the complaints made by whistleblower Thomas Joseph, a controversial figure who has alleged millions of dollars of malfeasance at the Brattleboro psychiatric hospital.

DCF seeks public comment on proposed child care & preschool regulation

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Department for Children and Families' Child Development Division (CDD) is updating the state regulations for family child care homes and center-based child care and preschool programs in Vermont. There are currently 1,347 home and center-based programs in Vermont with the licensed capacity to serve up to 25,636 children. Since the regulations were last updated, there have been many changes affecting child care and preschool programs.

Changes include:

Burlington Schools Superintendent Yaw Obeng granted visa

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Incoming Superintendent of the Burlington School District Yaw Obeng has been granted an H-1B Visa and is expected to begin work in the District in the next few weeks. Burlington School Board Chair Mark Porter announced that the sought-after clearance was obtained when a faculty position at the University of Vermont became available that matched Obeng’s credentials. “We have been working with the US Citizenship and Immigration Service ever since the board selected Yaw to be our next superintendent,” said Porter.

Vermont Creamery quadruples capacity with new aged facility in Websterville

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Responding to rapidly growing demand for their aged goat cheese, Vermont Creamery completed a significant expansion to their aged cheese facility in Websterville, Vermont adding 14,000 square feet and more than quadrupling cheesemaking capacity. The $4 million expansion is the largest investment made by the Creamery in more than 30 years of business and will allow them to meet projected demand for their signature aged goat cheeses—Bonne Bouche, Cremont, Coupole, and Bijou—into the next decade.