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Burlington teachers, school board avert strike, reach tentative deal

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 7:35am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Education Association, which is the union representing the city's teachers, and the Burlington School Board reached a tentative agreement Wednesday evening that will avert a strike that could have happened as early as Thursday. The agreement between negotiators and mediator Ira Lobel will still need to be ratified by the Board and the BEA. The BEA will meet Monday. School will go ahead as usual for the rest of this week. Terms of the agreement were not available, but the BEA said on its Website that it is for a one-year contract.

Catamount Solar now accepting applications for 2016 Community Grants Program – Deadline Nov 15

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 6:43am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine A progressive company operating as a workers' cooperative, Catamount Solar sets goals beyond bottom line profits in assessing the impacts of its efforts. These include the desire to motivate positive social change in the areas they serve. To achieve this goal, Catamount Solar allocates 5% of its annual profit to support community and environmental programs and initiatives. Co-founder Kevin McCollister heads up the grants program.

sonnen opens nation's first net zero, low income rental housing in Vermont

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 4:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine sonnen celebrated a milestone Wednesday at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the McKnight Lane Affordable Housing Development in Waltham, Vermont, the first net-zero, low-income rental housing development in the country. The project is led by the Addison County Community Trust and Cathedral Square. It represents the efforts of a coalition of stakeholders from community development agencies, industry, Vermont government, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector to transform a blighted mobile home community into an energy resilient community using solar plus the sonnenBatterie smart energy storage technology.

Roper: Yes, the plan is to pass a carbon tax in 2017

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 3:21am -- tim

by Rob Roper Back in December of 2014 Representative Tony Klein (D-East Montpelier), chair of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee, gave an interview about Carbon Tax legislation he planned to take up. Klein admitted he did not expect a bill to pass in 2015 or even 2016, stating, “It’s at least a three-year process,” and that “you don’t [pass a massive tax increase] in an election year.”

Vermont proposal would set opioid prescription limits to combat addiction

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 4:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin and Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD today in Burlington announced proposed changes to the Health Department's rule governing the prescribing of opioids for pain. When finalized in December 2016, the amended rule will, for the first time ever, give guidance to prescribers and set legal limits on the dosage and number of opioid painkillers that may be prescribed. For some minor procedures, the proposal calls for a limit of between nine and 12 pills. 

UVM Medical Center Auxiliary donates $1 million to Miller Building

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 4:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Continuing a long history of providing major support for key projects, the University of Vermont Medical Center Auxiliary announced today it is donating $1 million toward completion of the Robert E. and Holly D. Miller Building which will replace antiquated double-bed rooms with single-patient rooms. Patients in the Miller Building will experience enhanced quality of care due to the privacy, space for families and healing environment single-bed rooms provide. Currently, only about forty percent of rooms at the UVM Medical Center are private. 

Gubernatorial candidates offer different proposals to fix Vermont’s early childhood system

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 3:53pm -- tim

Let’s Grow Kids About 200 people watched an early childhood gubernatorial candidates panel on Friday, October 14, which was held at the UVM Davis Center in Burlington and livestreamed on the Let’s Grow Kids website. Candidates Sue Minter and Phil Scott, who are neck-and-neck in the race to be Vermont’s next governor (according to a recent VPR poll), answered questions related to child and family policies; economic development and early childhood; and the state budget.

Comcast increases Internet speeds in Vermont

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 3:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Comcast today announced it is significantly increasing the speeds of two of its most popular Internet speed tiers – Blast! and Performance Pro – for both new and existing customers in the Northeast Division, which includes 14 northeastern states from Maine through Virginia and the District of Columbia. Most Blast! customers will see their download speeds increase from 150 Mbps to 200 Mbps, and Performance Pro customers will see an increase from 75 Mbps to 100 Mbps, both at no additional cost.

VHFA revising housing tax credits, seeks input

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 3:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Housing Finance Agency's Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced today that interested parties are invited to submit comments on how housing tax credits are allocated. Housing tax credits are Vermont's primary funding source for developing affordable rental housing. The comments will be considered during this year's upcoming revisions to Vermont's Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP).  As administrator of the housing tax credit program, Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) allocates credits to specific projects in accordance with identifie

Vermont Community Foundation names Jake Wheeler new board chair

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 2:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Community Foundation has named James “Jake” G Wheeler, Jr chair of its board of directors. Wheeler was elected to the board in 2009 and has served as vice chair for the last two years. The Vermont Community Foundation Board of Directors is elected by the Foundation’s 150 members.

James “Jake” G Wheeler, Jr

Topnotch Resort recognized with Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Award

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 1:39pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Topnotch Resort recognized as a “Top Resorts in New England,” ranking ninth in the category with a score of 93.92. “Receiving recognition from the readers of Condé Nast Traveler is the ultimate tribute because it’s based entirely on the opinions of our guests,” said Ryan Krukar, general manager of Topnotch Resort. “Topnotch is committed to providing every guest with authentic and satisfying experiences.