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Shumlin reveals $2.8 million in Community Development grants

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 2:58pm -- tim

Standing within sight of a failed retaining wall, Governor Peter Shumlin announced a $300,000 grant to replace the wall, reopen a neighborhood street and restore parking spaces behind the historic Brooks House in downtown Brattleboro. The grant was one of eight Vermont Community Development Program awards announced today totaling more than $2.8 million.

Welch introduces 'call quality' phone legislation

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 2:13pm -- tim

Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vermont) and Congressman David Young (R-IA) recently introduced legislation that would address the critical concern of call quality and completion in rural America, the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act. In some rural areas, nearly one in five inbound calls to land line phones are not completed or are of poor quality. This is a great inconvenience to families, but can also be catastrophic to small businesses whose customers cannot reach them.

Smith: Scott versus Welch?

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 5:35am -- tim

by Mike Smith Scott versus Welch? It would be a loss for Vermont if one were elected at the expense of the other. Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott, a moderate Republican, and Congressman Peter Welch, a liberal-leaning Democrat, are widely respected, trusted and, most importantly, liked by most Vermonters. They both would likely clear the field of credible opponents in their respective party primary. Both would attract voters from all political perspectives: Democrats, Republicans, independents and even Progressives.

Vermont has the 21st highest rate of injury deaths in US

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 5:24am -- tim

In a new report, "The Facts Hurt: A State-By-State Injury Prevention Policy Report," Vermont ranked 21st highest for the number of injury-related deaths in the state, with a rate of 66.0 per 100,000 people. Overall, the national rate is 58.4 per 100,000. Rates in Vermont remained stable over the past four years for injury deaths, which includes drug overdoses, motor vehicle crashes, homicides and others. Overall, 17 states increased, 24 remained stable and 9 decreased.

SVC graduates in Radiologic Sciences receive high scores on ARRT exam

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 5:00am -- tim

The John Merck Division of Science and Technology at Southern Vermont College (SVC) is pleased to announce that the 2015 graduates of the Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Sciences received a 100 percent pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination in Radiography. This was the largest graduating class from this major at SVC. In addition to the pass rate, SVC students scored high marks.

New England Telehealth Consortium connects 300th healthcare location onto network

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 4:43am -- tim

The New England Telehealth Consortium (NETC) has announced that it has connected the 300th healthcare facility to its network. NETC worked with FairPoint Communications, one of several vendors, to link healthcare facilities in northern New England to the network. NETC is a federally funded consortium of healthcare providers whose mandate is to create a shared network among rural and urban healthcare facilities across the region.

Former Rutland Mental Health CEO’s poor leadership may have put clients in danger

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 3:13am -- tim

by Morgan True Dan Quinn, the former CEO of Rutland Mental Health Services, was pressured to resign last week because of poor management. Sources say the state asked the board of the social service agency to take “bold action” and effectively asked that Quinn leave. His resignation comes on the heels of intensified state scrutiny. Officials cite a pattern of shortcomings in the care provided by the agency that contributed to a client’s overdose, a client being sexually exploited and several others being placed in neglectful or abusive situations, according to documents obtained by VTDigger. Poor management may have also contributed to one client’s untimely death.

Shumlin highlights major investments at VTC to bring jobs and grow manufacturing

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 2:00pm -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin today highlighted two major rural economic development investments at Vermont Technical College that will bring 45 jobs to the region and help prepare Vermonters for the hundreds of advanced manufacturing jobs available statewide. Joined by Vermont Tech and Vermont State Colleges officials, cabinet members, and representatives from Vermont advanced manufacturing businesses, the Governor pointed to two projects included in the recently signed Capital Bill that will benefit Vermont Tech and the region’s economy.

Leahy kicks off Vermont launch of patent pro bono program

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 11:45am -- tim

US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) announced today a new form of assistance for small businesses and startups at the launch of the Vermont Patent Pro Bono Program. The event, at the Burlington Generator in downtown Burlington, was held in conjunction with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Vermont Small Business Development Center, the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston, and the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts.

Rutland Economic Report: Planes, trains and solar voltaics

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 6:18am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine The massive earthworks at the Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport is the largest of its kind in New England. The top three largest employers represent health care (Rutland Regional Medical Center, 1,300 employees), high-end manufacturing (GE Aircraft Engines, 1,000 employees) and hospitality (Killington/Pico Ski Resort, 800 employees). Rutland downtown is as good as it’s been in anyone’s memory. Higher education, until recently a weakness, is becoming a significant contributor to the economic landscape.