Vermont Business Magazine Fall is approaching and the University of Vermont and Champlain College in Burlington are preparing to welcome students back to their campuses. Beginning on Friday, August 25th, residence halls for both institutions will be opening for first-year students, with returning students arriving over the weekend. Plans will be implemented to manage the traffic and parking challenges associated with the move-in process, including organizing hundreds of student, faculty, and staff volunteers to help move students in quickly, hiring of extra traffic control at key intersections, providing off-campus parking areas for faculty and staff, and assigning scheduled move-in times to students.
Vermont Business Magazine The Attorney General’s Office settled with four landlords in Vermont for violations of consumer protection and lead laws. Vermont’s lead law protects all Vermonters, especially children, from the harmful effects of lead poisoning. Every landlord with pre-1978 rental properties is required to submit annual compliance statements which show that the landlords have performed the essential maintenance practices (known as EMPs) and the properties are in compliance with the lead law.
Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced the appointment of Cindi Wight as the new director of the Burlington Parks, Recreation, & Waterfront Department (BPRW). Wight brings over 24 years of experience, including four years as the Superintendent (Director) of the Rutland Recreation & Parks Department, where she oversees all aspects of the department, including budgeting, long-range planning, grant writing, and community partnerships.
Vermont Business Magazine A new ranking of environmentally-focused colleges reveals that New England is home to the greenest colleges in the nation. College of the Atlantic, Green Mountain College, and Sterling College were awarded the top three spots in Sierra magazine’s “Cool Schools,” the recently released ranking of the greenest colleges and universities in the US. The Cool Schools ranking is among the most well-known and prestigious sustainability rankings in higher education. The rankings recognize the colleges’ commitment to sustainability, which encompasses academics, research, operations, and engagement.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont hospital executives and surgeons make the most money, not surprisingly, with Dr John Brumsted, the CEO of the University of Vermont Health Network, the top earner in the region at over $2 million a year. More than half of his income was from bonuses and other compensation. Dr James Weinstein, who recently stepped down as CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in West Lebanon, NH, has the highest salary at $1.2 million, with a total compensation of $1.5 million.
Vermont Business Magazine Nearly 400 runners, walkers, and motorcycle riders from all over the region gathered in Randolph on August 18th and 19th and raised $105,000 for the 12th annual Last Mile Ride. The popular two-day fundraiser has raised $646,000 thousand dollars over the years to support unique end-of-life services provided by Gifford Health Care. Starting in 2006, when 74 motorcyclists rode the very first Last Mile Ride route, the event has expanded into a two-day celebration that includes a timed 5K run and 1- and 2.5 mile walking routes.
Vermont Business Magazine General Surgeon Dr Ovleto Ciccarelli is offering private skin cancer screenings at Gifford’s Community Health centers through the early fall. These private screenings are free and open to everyone, not just Gifford patients. Dr. Ciccarelli notes that early skin cancer warning signs can appear on hard-to-see areas of the body, or in areas that might be difficult to find for the elderly or people living alone.
Vermont Business Magazine GMP crews are ready to restore power if this afternoon’s severe thunderstorms and high winds cause outages across Vermont. “GMP is prepared for the upcoming storm that may cause outages across Vermont,” said Dorothy Schnure, GMP spokesperson. “Our dedicated crews are ready to work quickly and safely to restore any power outages that may occur.”
Vermont Business Magazine On Friday, August 18, Fitch Ratings revised the Burlington International Airport’s (BTV) outlook to positive from stable and affirmed the Airport’s BBB- credit rating (lowest investment grade, complete ratings table below). In its report, Fitch states that “Positive Outlook reflects an improving fiscal profile demonstrated in recent years which should continue under a recently implemented airline agreement with strong cost recovery mechanisms…” The report also notes the strengthening liquidity position of the airport, the stable debt coverage, manageable four year $85.9 million infrastructure plan, and conservative debt structure.
Vermont Business Magazine August is National Immunization Awareness Month — and the latest immunization rates reported on the KIDS COUNT Data Center indicate that there’s cause to celebrate. That’s because 75 percent of 2-year-olds across the country were immunized in 2015. Vermont, which just in 2011 was slightly below the US average, now stands just above at 76.7 percent, up over 50 percent since 2009.
Vermont Business Magazine The Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) recently received two regional awards for health care communications and marketing from the New England Society for Health Care Communications (NESHCo). SVHC received a Silver Lamplighter Award for Digital Strategy, including the integration of website, social media, and e-newsletter content. In the category for Community Relations Events, the health system’s Jump Rope Challenge was also honored with a Silver Lamplighter Award.
Vermont Business Magazine Barr Hill Gin by Caledonia Spirits is announcing Bee’s Knees Week in partnership with Liquor.com. Bee’s Knees Week is a week to celebrate, educate, and drive awareness of the importance of bees to agriculture, and our ecosystem as a whole, through the Bee’s Knees Cocktail. This event will be a week long celebration at participating bars from September 25 through October 1, 2017. Bee’s Knees Week will take place in all 30 US Markets where Barr Hill Gin is distributed.