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50 businesses named as Best Places to Work in Vermont 2018

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 2:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced today the top 50 Best Places to Work in Vermont 2018. The awards program was created in 2006 and is presented in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management, Vermont State Council, (SHRM), the Vermont Department of Labor and the Vermont Department of Commerce and Community Development and Best Companies Group.

Vermont House passes consumer protection bill

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 2:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The House today unanimously approved H593, the consumer protection bill. This legislation addresses automatic contract renewals, retainage for construction materials, credit protection for vulnerable persons and use of credit information for personal insurance. House Speaker Mitzi Johnson supported the legislation, stating that “one important feature of this bill is the provision that ensure that Vermonters who invest in consumer contracts are not subject to automatic renewals unless they explicitly opt in to the provision. This protects Vermonters from companies that automatically renew contracts and charge consumers for services year after year, such as magazine subscriptions, gym memberships, and media streaming services. Sellers will be required to provide a notice of renewal 30-60 days before the auto renewal or termination date.”

New system puts permit info into hands of all Vermonters

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 1:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Once considered out-of-sight, the state’s environmental permitting system recently got a massive makeover that’s making information significantly more accessible. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has launched the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB). Now, for the first time, there is an online hub ( that gives anyone the ability to easily track permit applications and add public comments.

Morgan True joins Heady Vermont

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:48am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Morgan True is joining Heady Vermont as a writer and editor. He brings more than five years of journalism experience to Heady’s editorial team, most recently as Burlington bureau chief for Before that, Morgan was VTDigger’s health care beat reporter. He graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a bachelor of science in journalism, and spent the next several years working for newspapers in Massachusetts and as a legislative relief reporter for the Associated Press in New Hampshire.

Mitzi Johnson, Phil Scott statements on passing of former Speaker Timothy O’Connor Jr

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 9:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero) today issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Speaker Timothy O’Connor Tuesday at 81. O'Connor was a Democrat from Brattleboro who nonetheless served as Speaker during a Republican majority in the House. He was the first Democrat to hold the post since the 1850s when he took the gavel in 1975. He also has been the long-serving town moderator.

VSP: Bank robbery suspect fatally shot by police officers

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 9:04am -- tim

Vermont State Police At approximately 1105 AM troopers from the Vermont State Police and the Montpelier Police Department shot at and killed a male subject identified as Nathaniel Giffin, 32, of Essex, Vermont. The shooting occurred on the athletic field at the Montpelier High School following a bank robbery that Giffin committed at approximately 930 AM.

VNRC praises DEC's decision to withdraw Great Hosmer Pond Rule

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Natural Resources Council is praising a decision by the Department of Environmental Conservation to withdraw a proposed rule that would have imposed restrictions on the use of non-motorized boats on Great Hosmer Pond in Craftsbury, Vermont. DEC drafted the rule last year and indicated its intention to formally move the proposal through the rulemaking process.

Donovan, 22 AGs sue FCC over 'illegal rollback' of net neutrality

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Attorney General TJ Donovan joined a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing a multistate lawsuit to block what they say is the Federal Communications Commission’s illegal rollback of net neutrality. The coalition filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, formally commencing the lawsuit against the FCC and the federal government.

Phil Scott appoints 24 to boards and commissions in December

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of 24 Vermonters to State boards and commissions, made in the month of December. Boards and commissions serve an important role in state government, giving Vermonters numerous opportunities to serve their state and communities. The Governor’s office is currently soliciting applications to fill vacancies and upcoming term expirations. All those interested in serving on a board or commission should visit the Governor’s website at to apply.

Norwich promotes Kathleen Murphy-Moriarty to VP of Communications

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 3:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider announced the promotion of Kathleen Murphy-Moriarty to Vice President of Communications beginning Jan. 1, 2018. Murphy-Moriarty has led Norwich University’s Office of Communications since August 2013, when she was hired as Director of Communications and Marketing. She had previously served as Chief Marketing Officer for the State of Vermont.