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Vermont’s annual count of homelessness shows 11 percent increase

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 3:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine 1,225 Vermonters were found to be literally homeless on a single night in January. The 2017 Point-in-Time Count Report, released by the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance, showed an overall increase in homelessness by 11% compared to the 2016 Point-in-Time Count. While there was an overall statewide increase, there were striking regional differences, including decreases in Chittenden (-12%) and Franklin (-17%) counties.

Bluehouse Group names marketing director, commits to flexible workplace

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 2:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Bluehouse Group, a digital marketing and web design firm, has hired Michelle Massa as the company’s marketing director.  Massa brings nearly 20 years of marketing and business development experience in local and global markets.  She will manage marketing operations within Bluehouse Group and provide expanded online marketing services to help clients reach their marketing goals.

Scott creates Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 3:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today issued Executive Order 11-17, establishing the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC), a task force to strengthen and expand Vermont’s $2.5 billion outdoor recreation economy. The governor announced the initiative at a press conference Thursday, which highlighted the decades-long work of land managers, nonprofit recreation and conservation groups, and outdoor recreation businesses to build this important industry.

Vivint brings more rooftop solar to Vermont

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A Utah firm is the latest national solar firm to enter the Vermont market. Vivint Solar, Inc, (NYSE: VSLR), a leading full-service residential solar provider, today announced that its residential solar energy systems are now available to Vermont residents. Vermont ranks number 2 on the Union of Concerned Scientists' Clean Energy Momentum State Ranking, and is noted for leading the country in clean energy jobs per capita and for its carbon reduction target. Vermont has committed to attain 90 percent of its energy from renewable energy sources by 2050. Vermont residents who wish to install solar energy systems can currently interconnect to the grid under traditional net metering.

Vermont ski industry rebounds to nearly 4 million visits

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont skier visits finished this past season at nearly 4 million, well over the previous season's disappointment of 3.2 million. Friends and supporters of the Vermont ski and snowboard industry gathered at Killington Resort for the Vermont Ski Areas Association’s 48th Annual Meeting Wednesday evening. Alpine and Nordic members, marketing partners and associate members were among those who celebrated the 2016-17 comeback season.

Meeting of Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel June 22

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 11:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Public Service Department today announced the next meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2017, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Governor Hunt House, 322 Governor Hunt Road in Vernon.The Panel will receive presentations from AREVA and Burns & McDonnell, NorthStar’s partners in the Vermont Yankee decommissioning.

Vermont leads coalition of states to challenge NRC's nuke plant decommissioning rules

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 11:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan and four Vermont state agencies led a coalition of four northeastern states in filing Comments on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) proposed decommissioning rulemaking. The States contend that the proposed rules fail to take into account the interests of states, like Vermont, which are home to nuclear power plants. The States suggest specific changes that would ensure rules to protect the health, safety, environmental, and economic interests of host communities during the decommissioning process.

UVM Medical Center lifts visiting restrictions, gives patients control

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 11:00am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center has removed traditional “visiting hours” limitations in favor of giving patients control over who comes to see them, and the timing of those visits. Research indicates patient outcomes improve when they are allowed to choose how and when their loved ones can be present and involved in their care.

Leahy slams Republicans’ closed-door cobbling together of a Senate Trumpcare plan

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 10:52am -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy The budget submission from the Department of Health and Human Services would reduce discretionary spending by nearly $8 billion – that is a 12 percent cut. This includes cuts to virtually every agency under HHS, including a 17 percent cut to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a 21 percent cut to the National Institutes of Health, and a 23 percent cut to mental health programs in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  This budget also targets women’s health by discriminating against providers that serve low-income women, and by eliminating funding for teen pregnancy prevention.  And it would leave people in the cold, by eliminating the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) — a program thousands of Vermont families depend upon year after year.

Share the road with farmers: Be alert. Be patient. Be kind.

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 10:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Be alert. Be patient. Be kind. That’s the message state officials are sending to Vermont drivers this season, as farmers return to the roads with tractors and heavy equipment. The Agencies of Agriculture, Transportation, and Department of Public Safety have teamed up to create a new public safety message that reminds Vermonters to take extra care on the roads. They are sharing the PSA with Vermonters on social media, in an effort to build awareness for rural road safety.