Starting this fall, the University of Vermont will offer a new medical science master’s program for students with a limited background in science and those whose undergraduate grades do not reflect their true academic ability. UVM’s Master of Medical Science degree is a 30-credit, one-year, on-campus program, which includes a cohesive set of core courses that cover the major biomedical disciplines and provides a foundation of understanding how the human body works.
Representatives from Enterprise Rent-A-Car visited the Brattleboro Retreat on Wednesday, April 1, to present a $1,500 donation to the Retreat’s Uniformed Service Program from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the company that, through its regional subsidiaries, operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, and Alamo Rent-A-Car brands.
The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has approved $5.6 million in financing for economic development projects throughout Vermont. The Authority’s financings leveraged enough private funds to bring project totals to $14.3 million.
“VEDA is pleased to be able to offer financing support to a variety of commercial, agricultural, entrepreneurial, energy and small business projects,” said VEDA CEO Jo Bradley.
Close to $1.7 million in direct commercial financing was approved, including:
by Erin Mansfield vtdigger.org The jobs bill, S138, was a central drama in the Senate last week as senators and the Shumlin administration engaged in a push-me-pull-you game of brinksmanship. The weeklong negotiations culminated in the passage of an economic development bill on Friday that Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland, describes as a “meaningful step toward job creation.” A key provision in the bill relaxes rules for companies that receive cash incentives.
Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) announced today that Andrea Cohen, Executive Director of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR), will be joining VEC’s senior leadership team at the end of the legislative session. Cohen will serve as Manager of Government Affairs and Member Relations. Cohen is stepping down as the executive director of VBSR at the end of May, where she has been for five years.
Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed Shawn Straffin, a resident of West Burke, to fill the seat vacated by Bryon Quatrini, who recently retired from the Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC). The Council is an 11 member board that authorizes job creation incentives and oversees the Tax Increment Financing District program and the Windham County Economic Development Program. Shumlin also re-appointed Stephan Morse of Newfane, Emma Marvin of Hyde Park, and John Davis of Williston, to new terms ending March 2019. Morse was also re-designated as Chair.
Vermont is the undisputed snowfall champ this season. Jay Peak Resort leads the way with 357 total inches as of April 13, 2015, far outpacing western resorts in accumulated snow, and at 100 percent open, the resort doesn’t plan to close until May. Other resorts in Vermont have similar stories of record snowfall.
As one final tribute to its 60th anniversary season, Mount Snow Resort is offering an advance purchase lift ticket deal to come celebrate the final day of winter operations on April 19. Paying homage to the year the resort first opened, skiers and riders can hop online and pay just $19.54 for a lift ticket to enjoy some turns before lifts stop spinning for the season.
by Governor Peter Shumlin A young woman suffering from an opiate overdose was recently brought to the Howard Center, an addiction recovery center in Chittenden County. The young woman had blue lips, was unresponsive, and was not breathing. Luckily, an opiate overdose reversal drug called naloxone was on hand. After receiving three doses of the drug, the young woman started breathing again and the overdose was reversed. She is now in treatment and recovery.
The National Gardening Association (NGA), located in Williston, Vermont, has entered the Seeds of Change Grant Program for an opportunity to win one of two $20,000, five $10,000 grants, or ten $1,000 grants and is asking the community to get out and vote for their application. The national grant program aims to enhance the environmental, economic and social well-being of gardens, farms and communities.
Award-winning filmmaker, author, and mountaineer Jennifer Jordan ’76 will deliver the commencement address at Sterling College’s 16th baccalaureate commencement ceremony, to be held at the College’s Houston House Gardens at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015. The College will confer degrees on 20 students.
BioTek Instruments, based in Winooski, will demonstrate their latest microplate-based imaging, detection and liquid handling solutions for cancer research at the AACR Annual Meeting to be held April 18-22 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Featured at BioTek’s booth #1463 will be the award-winning, second generation Cytation™ 5 Cell Imaging Multi-Mode Microplate Reader.