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Vermont AG, Human Rights Commission release report on racial disparities

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 5:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Attorney General and the Vermont Human Rights Commission have released their Report on Act 54 - Racial Disparities in State Systems to the Joint Justice Legislative Oversight Committee. Section 3 of Act 54charges the Attorney General, together with the Human Rights Commission and interested stakeholders, with developing a strategy to address racial disparities within the state systems of education, labor and employment, access to housing, healthcare, and economic development. The over-arching theme was that in order for Vermont to successfully address and reduce racial disparities, it will need to change the underlying culture of our state with regard to race. 

GMCB approves OneCare's budget

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 5:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) voted unanimously to approve OneCare Vermont’s $620 million 2018 Accountable Care Organization (ACO) budget. The budget was approved with a series of conditions that the ACO must meet to better ensure that quality improvement and cost containment efforts are successful.

Burlington Housing Trust Fund awards over $300K in grants

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 3:36pm -- tim

Vermont Busines Magazine The 2018 Burlington Housing Trust Fund (BHTF) grant awards were announced today. This year, the fund provided $310,455 in projects and capacity funds to projects that will help create or preserve over 70 affordable homes in Burlington through Cathedral Square and the North Avenue Co-op and will support capacity at Champlain Housing Trust, COTS, Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity, and HomeShare Vermont.

Sheahan to lead Roundtable's Talent Pipeline program

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 1:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Vermont Business Roundtable announced that it has hired Mary Anne Sheahan of Shelburne, as Executive Director of the Vermont Talent Pipeline Management Program (VTPM). “The Roundtable and its VTPM partners around the state are very excited about this important next step toward the full realization of our program, which will improve alignment of employer needs with education and workforce programs, and grow Vermont’s economy,” said Roundtable President, Lisa Ventriss.

Heady Vermont bringing hemp to skiers and riders

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 8:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine With interest in legal, non-psychoactive hemp and CBD products growing rapidly, and the explosive growth of legal hemp cultivation, processing, and products being made in Vermont, Heady Vermont presents CBD 101: Cannabidiol for Winter Sports Athletes and Weekend Warriors. The inaugural event will take place on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Burke Mountain Hotel and Conference Center, and will be part member ski day, part farmers market, and directly support hemp education and understanding, as well as spotlight the local, legal, and fast-growing Vermont hemp industry and the pioneering farmers and small businesses leading the way.

A.M. Best withdraws credit ratings of MVP Health Plan, Inc and affiliates

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 8:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B+ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of “bbb-” for MVP Health Plan, Inc., MVP Health Services Corp. and MVP Health Insurance Company (all domiciled in Schenectady, NY) (collectively referred to as MVP Group). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. Concurrently, A.M. Best has withdrawn the ratings as the company has requested to no longer participate in A.M. Best’s interactive rating process.

Donovan settles water quality claims with Berkshire Farm

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 5:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Attorney General’s Office announced it has reached a settlement with a Berkshire, Vermont farm to resolve claims relating to agricultural water quality. In July 2016, the silage leachate pond at Pleasant Valley Farms of Berkshire, LLC discharged into the nearby Godin Brook. The leachate discharge flowed at least 7,200 feet downstream toward the Missisquoi River.

Where in the US is a white Christmas most likely this year? Northern VT

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 3:50am -- tim

AccuWeather Global Headquarters AccuWeather reports several storm systems will impact the central and eastern United States during the days leading up to Christmas and will determine who will and will not experience a white Christmas. In addition to bringing the chance of a white Christmas to some areas, travel may be hindered by the storms. A white Christmas in the US is defined as having an inch or more of snow on the ground on the morning of December 25.

Vermont Electric Co-op earns health and safety certification

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 3:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) has earned high-level health and safety recognition from the Vermont Department of Labor after a rigorous review of company operations and management. The certification comes through the Green Mountain Voluntary Protection Program, which is administered by the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA). The program is the state version of the federal Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).