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Six percent of Vermont kids have experienced a parent being in jail

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont has the second highest incidence of children with parents who are or were incarcerated, according to the The Annie E Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Data Center. While the state is slightly below the national average (7 percent), most of its peer-group states had lower rates than Vermont's 6 percent, including New Hampshire (5 percent), Massachusetts (5 percent) and New York (4 percent). Close to 6 million kids in America have experienced losing a parent to prison or jail at some point in their lives — and this number is growing.

Attorney general dismisses campaign finance complaint against Corren

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced today that his office has reached a settlement with Dean Corren in a campaign finance enforcement action arising out of Corren’s 2014 campaign for lieutenant governor. The parties filed a stipulation of dismissal with the Superior Court today. By the terms of the settlement, Corren will pay $255 to a Vermont charitable organization.

TD Charitable Foundation donates $800,000 to food banks from MA to VT to FL

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, announced today that it will provide $800,000 in grants to 36 food banks across the bank's Maine to Florida footprint to help provide meals locally to families and individuals in need. The grants focus on food stability; healthy growth and development; and access to fresh food for underserved communities. Food banks in Bennington, Chittenden and Washington counties in Vermont will benefit.

Vermont launches initiative to 'get the lead out' at school

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health, in partnership with the Agencies of Education and Natural Resources, is launching a pilot project designed to encourage schools to test drinking water for lead at each tap used for drinking or cooking, and take actions to lower lead levels. Sixteen schools that get their drinking water from municipal water systems were invited to take part in this voluntary effort, and all agreed to participate.

VEDA's Jo Bradley presented CDFA Lifetime Achievement Award

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) is proud to announce the recipient of the 2017 CDFA Lifetime Achievement Award. This year’s recipient is Jo Bradley, Chief Executive Officer at the Vermont Economic Development Authority. She was presented the award during a special ceremony at the 2017 National Development Finance Summit in Atlanta, GA, on November 16.

Darn Tough adds more muscle to Southeast with new sales team

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Darn Tough Vermont, the fastest growing American manufacturer of premium performance outdoor and lifestyle socks, is pleased to welcome Decker and Associates to the team as the agency of record in the Southeast territory. With deep experience working with iconic brands such as Adidas Outdoors, Helly Hansen and more, the appointment of Decker and Associates illustrates Darn Tough’s continued commitment toward establishing the strongest sales network nationwide.

NEFCU donates $20,000 to COTS

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 8:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Thursday, November 16th, representatives from New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) presented a symbolic “big check” for $20,000 to Burlington’s Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS). On hand at COTS to make the surprise presentation were NEFCU’s Senior Vice President and CFO Susan Leonard, Senior Marketing Executive Cindy Morgan, Mortgage Manager Greg Hahr, Sales Manager Pat Weaver, and Secondary Market Analyst Abbie Jefferis.

McClaughry: A global renewable energy power play

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 4:06am -- tim

by John McClaughry Here’s an interesting insight into the arcane world of global renewable energy politics, based on the October 30 column in Forbes by widely-read energy blogger Rod Adams. Last week the annual “Conference of Parties” (COP23), the consultative body for the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change, convened in Bonn, Germany.  For the past eight years a business-oriented Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF) has been held alongside the COP, cosponsored by the U.S.-led advocacy group Climate Action and the UN Environment Program (UNEP).

Leahy claims victories in funding for Lake Champlain and Vermont

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 4:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) on Monday itemized what he called several key victories in the face of White House headwinds for programs that support Lake Champlain, conservation initiatives, and historic downtowns across Vermont. The programs were funded through the Appropriations Committee bill on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, for Fiscal Year 2018, which was released on Monday afternoon.