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Community Health Centers expand with $2.1 million in ACA funds

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 4:38pm -- tim

Ten community health centers in Vermont were awarded $2.1 million to expand primary health care services, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced today. The funds are to support 47 new full-time employees to care for 11,850 new patients across the state. The awards were Vermont’s share of $295.5 million in nationwide grants for 1,195 health centers. The federal funds were authorized by a Sanders provision in the Affordable Care Act that authorized $11 billion community health centers.

Vermont organizations get $2.3 million from USDA to foster job creation

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 1:59pm -- tim

During a news conference at Burlington’s Intervale Community Farm Friday, United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden announced 13 organizations across Vermont will share more than $2.3 million in USDA grants and loans aimed at creating jobs in rural Vermont.Intervale Community Farm Cooperative Manager Andy Jones said these types of grants have helped his farm connect with thousands of consumers through direct sales.

$524,000 grant will help expand Lund Center’s help to pregnant, postpartum women in conquering substance abuse

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 1:42pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I), and Representative Peter Welch (D), announced a $524,000 grant to provide residential treatment for pregnant or postpartum women who are suffering from substance abuse in Vermont. The grant was awarded to the Lund Family Center in Burlington to extend outreach and support to as many as 645 low-income pregnant or postpartum women over three years.

State Treasurer Pearce launches new financial reporting Web page

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:43am -- tim

Investors interested in buying State and municipal bonds in Vermont now have a new interim financial disclosure Web page to more easily access information needed to evaluate a bond investment. Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce says this voluntary enhancement in state disclosure efforts will benefit the entire investment community and increase transparency. The design follows best practice guidelines approved by the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT).

Addison Chamber announces award recipients, change in leadership

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:35am -- tim

The Addison County Chamber of Commerce recognized a local business, organization, and individual with annual awards during the its annual meeting held on September 10th at Café Provence in Brandon, Vt. Three awards were presented in front of a crowd of nearly 80 attendees which included Chamber members and local business people. In addition to the award presentations, it was announced that the Chamber’s current president, Andy Mayer, is leaving his position at the end of September to become the president/CEO of a chamber in Washington state.

New study gives hot and wet forecast for Lake Champlain Basin

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Here’s your northern Vermont forecast for the rest of this century: annual precipitation will increase by between a third and half an inch per decade, while average temperatures will rise some five degrees Fahrenheit by midcentury. By late in the century, average temperatures will have spiked more than eight degrees. In July, by 2100, the City of Burlington will have at least ten additional days above ninety degrees. The growing season picks up 43 more days.

BMH raises $21,000 at Touch A Truck

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 4:32am -- tim

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has announced that the sixth annual Touch a Truck event held on Saturday, September 6 raised approximately $21,000 to help with providing medical services to the community. Approximately 1000 children, parents and grandparents visited the BMH parking lot to get an up close and personal look at more than 50 vehicles, including a forklift, fire trucks, a water rescue boat, Zamboni, and soapbox racer. Every vehicle owner was on hand volunteering their time guiding children as they sat in the vehicles and learned about their operation. 

TRORC has been awarded $21,200 from VT’s Ecosystem Restoration Program

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 3:55am -- tim

The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) has been awarded $21,200 from the State’s Ecosystem Restoration Program’s (ERP) to design a floodplain restoration area along Pinney Hollow Brook at the site of the former Farmbrook Motel in Plymouth on VT Route 100A.  TRORC will work with a consultant this spring to design a restoration plan for this site that creates new floodplain for this tributary that was ravaged by Tropical Storm Irene.  New floodplain access will give the river a chance to deposit debris and sediment as well as water during a flood and will improve the Ottauque

Vermont Chamber of Commerce names Stephen Terry Citizen of the Year

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:25pm -- tim

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday the selection of Stephen C Terry as its 2014 Citizen of the Year. Terry’s contributions to Vermont will be celebrated at an awards dinner on Thursday, November 13, in the Grand Maple Ballroom at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center. A former journalist and energy executive, Terry was selected by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce for the 51st Citizen of the Year Award for his extensive community involvement and continual devotion to the betterment of Vermont.

Newport Airport gets $8.8 million in FAA grants

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:18pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) Thursday joined Federal Aviation Administrator Michael P Huerta in announcing that the Newport State Airport will receive two FAA grants totaling $8.8 million to help with the airport’s expansion. The grants to the airport in Newport come on the heels of a Federal Aviation Administration grant of $8.1 million to Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport for safety improvements.

Fletcher Allen Partners to discontinue debt strategy

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 4:01pm -- tim

by Morgan True vtdigger.org The parent organization of Fletcher Allen Health Care plans to stop using a debt strategy that includes interest rate swaps, a mechanism that effectively allows an borrower to bet on the future direction of interest rates. One of these financial instruments cost Fletcher Allen Partners $3.1 million to cancel. The debt strategy came to light at a Green Mountain Care Board hearing on hospital budgets last month, when a union representing health care workers criticized the institution’s borrowing practices.

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