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National Life Foundation doubles budget to $2M, launches Main Street Grants

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 1:47pm -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine National Life Group announced Tuesday that the annual budget of its charitable foundation will double to $2 million next year, reflecting the company’s strong sales and earnings growth over the past decade. Part of the National Life Group Foundation’s increased funding will go toward launching Main Street Grants, a new project designed to support revitalization of downtowns. Another new initiative targeting ways to combat childhood hunger is currently being developed and will be announced in coming weeks.

Tennessee contractor selected to assess Lake Carmi phosphorus management options

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is pleased to announce the selection of a contractor to conduct the first phase of the Lake Carmi In-Lake Phosphorus Management Project. The objective of this phase is to identify the most cost-effective strategy to reduce in-lake phosphorus. The three-phase project is a key part of the larger strategy to reduce phosphorus-laden runoff in the watershed. The selected contractor will evaluate a variety of options for management of the phosphorus that has accumulated in sediment in Lake Carmi, which has been plagued by extensive and prolonged cyanobacteria blooms that limit recreational use.

Community Bank donates $2,500 to Vermont Foodbank

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Community Bank NA recently presented Vermont Foodbank with a $2,500 donation to help restock their partner food shelves after the heavy rain and windstorm in late October. With each $3 buying five meals for a family, the donation will provide more than 4,100 meals to local families in need. A member of Feeding America, Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest anti-hunger organization.

Lund gets $3 million federal grant to support families in recovery

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Lund, the family assistance agency in South Burlington, has been awarded a five-year, $3 million Regional Partnership Grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Children and Families. Over the next five years, Lund will use this funding to develop and implement the Vermont Family Recovery Project (VTFRP), to provide intensive home-based services for at-risk families in Burlington and Newport.

E4H’s 2018 predictions for healthcare facility design

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 6:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine E4H Environments for Health Architecture, an architecture firm focused exclusively on healthcare, today released seven predictions for healthcare facility design trends in 2018. “From Emergency Departments to micro-hospitals, to the amenities in and locations of hospitals, the year ahead will see continued changes in how healthcare providers are designing and equipping their facilities to meet both patient and market needs,” said Jason Carney, AIA, E4H Partner.

Vermont women will not have to pay out-of-pocket for preventative mammograms

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 4:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine After months of working on a solution to a breast cancer screening impediment, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) wants all Vermont women to know that a state law passed in 2013, which eliminated out of pocket cost sharing for screening mammograms and any “call-back” mammograms, is now fully operational.

Blue Cross Vermont offers highly ranked Medicare Part D drug plan

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) reminds Vermonters of its high-ranking Medicare Part D prescription drug plan options. BCBSVT, in a joint venture with three other New England Blue plans, contracts with the federal government to offer prescription drug coverage, called Blue MedicareRxSM (PDP).

New chapel dedicated at Gifford Medical Center

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 2:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On December 1, 2017 community members, chaplaincy volunteers, and staff gathered to celebrate the dedication of the new Chun Chapel at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph. The original chapel, created in 1996 to honor the memory of beloved Gifford Surgeon Kwang Ho Chung, was relocated during hospital renovations in 2015 that created new private patient rooms.

Castleton University students lend a hand in community CPR training

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 2:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Led by Physical Education Professor Steven Lulek, Castleton University students will be giving back to the local community while learning valuable hands-on training skills by teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to local Castleton Elementary School children. “Teaching is a great way to ensure your skills are solid, save someone’s life, instill confidence, and show that life is bigger than us,” said Lulek. and White Ops to combat bot fraud

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington-based and White Ops, the market leader in automated threat prevention, have announced a partnership to combat advertising fraud that will enable a superior return on investment for automotive industry advertisers. is the first automotive-focused advertising provider to partner with White Ops. The partnership will allow to send all programmatic advertising requests through White Ops' MediaGuard technology and, within milliseconds, be informed as to whether an impression is being served to a human.

Waterline extension finally connected to first home in Bennington

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Governor Scott, Attorney General Donovan, Legislators representing Bennington and North Bennington, and community leaders connected the first home affected by perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA) contamination to the newly constructed waterline extension. This marks a significant milestone in Vermont’s response to the contamination that impacted hundreds of homes across the two communities.

Bennington Center for the Arts gifted to Southern Vermont College

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 1:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southern Vermont College (SVC) announced today that it has been given the Bennington Center for the Arts (BCA) and a significant portion of the collections it houses. This gift, the largest in SVC’s history, provides a transformative opportunity for new programs to engage students and the community and to increase SVC’s visibility as a critical contributor to Bennington’s cultural renaissance.