by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine (GlobalFoundries announced Thursday that it had received federal approval for its acquisition of IBM's semiconductor business. IBM will transfer its Essex Junction, Vermont, plant over to GlobalFoundries scheduled for today, June 30, 2015. GlobalFoundries said the deal will close "in the near future.") The patent on the silicon-based integrated circuit was barely five years old when an IBM manager called into his office in East Fishkill, NY, a small group of his best young engineers.
TThe United States Supreme Court on Thursday granted Vermont’s request to review a lower court decision regarding VHCURES, Vermont’s all-payer health care database. VHCURES is an important repository of health care claims information, which Vermont uses to assess health care costs, access, and quality. The Green Mountain Care Board administers VHCURES and requires all health care payers (including private insurers and plan administrators) to provide de-identified claims data for this database.
Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced that Chief of Staff Mike Kanarick will be leaving the Mayor’s Office after serving in City Hall since Weinberger became Mayor more than three years ago. Kanarick has accepted a position with the Burlington Electric Department where he will serve as Director of Customer Engagement and Communications, effective July 6.
Chroma Technology Corp, based in Bellows Falls, has received an award for workplace safety from workers’ compensation insurer MEMIC. Only eight, out of more than 20,000 policyholders, were honored with a safety award at MEMIC’s Annual Meeting. Chroma Technology Corp is an employee-owned manufacturer of optical filters.
Attorney General William H Sorrell has announced that Jennifer Newsome, age 50, of Ludlow, Vermont, was arraigned on June 23, 2015, in Vermont Superior Court for Windsor County on two felony counts of Medicaid Fraud and three felony counts of False Pretenses. The court imposed conditions of release governing Ms. Newsome’s conduct while the case is pending.
by Mike Smith The pathway to the presidency often hinges on the south. This is particularly true for Republicans, but Democrats too must be competitive in key southern states like North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia to win the presidency. That is why, for years, both parties tap-danced around removing the Confederate battle flag from public property and condemning it for what it has become — a symbol of racism. For years, presidential candidates have either said nothing or avoided taking a definitive stance that might anger some southerners.
by Amy Ash Nixon vtdigger.org Superintendents and school board leaders representing 23 supervisory unions in Vermont flocked to Montpelier last week, seeking guidance on how to begin tackling Act 46 – the new education governance reform law which calls for larger school districts to be formed.
Ben & Jerry’s is celebrating Friday’s landmark decision from the United States Supreme Court making same-sex marriage a basic right for all Americans. Known for taking a stance with its values as much as its euphoric flavors and cleverly named products, Ben & Jerry’s is commemorating the Supreme Court decision by renaming its iconic Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream: “I Dough, I Dough.” I Dough, I Dough will be available in a special commemorative pint sleeve at participating scoop shops for a limited time.
After 20 hours at the bargaining table beginning Friday and continuing into Saturday morning, nurses from the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals reached a tentative agreement to settle their contract with the management of UVM Medical Center. Nurses will hold their ratification vote over the next week. Nurses won improvements in key areas areas including professional education, wages and scheduling.
Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims in Vermont increased by more than 300 and spiked for the first time since early May. Claims had been down to their typically low summer level. There were 761 new, regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont, an increase of 366 from the previous week's total and 34 fewer than they were a year ago. Generally, claims have been running below last year's totals.
During its 20-plus year history Woodstock Farmers’ Market’s (WFM) success has rested on sure and steady growth. What began as a seasonal farmstand has morphed into an integral local favorite food mecca as well as a nationally recognized year round specialty food market. Through the years there remained a missing link – the bakery department. Now thanks to some key culinary professionals the sweet smell of success prevails throughout the market.
Mount Family Group, Ltd., the longtime Burlington-based franchisee of Westaff Workforce Solutions and Remedy Intelligent Staffing, has moved its corporate headquarters from 74 Main Street in Burlington to 188 Allen Brook Lane in Williston. This move was precipitated by the need for more space in the growing Burlington Westaff branch office and for a larger meeting space for the Mount Family Group’s corporate office. This new corporate headquarters is the home to James Mount, COO, Karen Mount, CAO, Jill Marsano, CFO, and Denise Burns, Director of Administration.