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Vermont health centers receive national recognition, another half-million in funding

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 3:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) announced today that all 11 community health centers in Vermont received funding totaling $493,860, in recognition of their achievements providing high quality health care. The awards are Vermont’s share of $63.3 million in nationwide grants for 1,153 health centers and will be used to expand access to high quality primary care. Today’s announcement included awards for health centers with the highest clinical outcomes and clinical improvement.

What's driving the health-care rate increases?

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:14pm -- tim

by Olga Peters/The Commons, Brattleboro Vermont’s health care system is in flux. The state’s path to reform the system — to increase access, prevent disease, and contain costs — has come with as many potholes as advances. The state announced increases in premium costs for Blue Cross Blue Shield (5.9 percent) and MVP (2.4 percent) insurance plans August 14. And right next to this announcement, state officials highlighted forward movement on a backlog with its online health insurance exchange, Vermont Health Connect (VHC).

Governor Shumlin marks recovery milestones in Waterbury

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 11:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Standing at the intersection of State Drive and Main Street, Governor Peter Shumlin Tuesday morning congratulated the community of Waterbury on the opening of South Main Apartments and beginning construction of the Hunger Mountain Children’s Center. At the conclusion of the event, he handed keys to a family moving into one of the new affordable homes. The projects each were supported by $1 million grants of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds from the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

Vermont EB-5 Regional Center names Eugene Fullum director

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 10:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Joan Goldstein, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Economic Development, announced today that Gene Fullam has joined the department as director of the Vermont EB-5 Regional Center. Before moving to Vermont from New York City nearly two years ago, Fullam worked for several notable investment banking houses, both domestic and international, including Salomon Brothers (Citigroup), Hongkong Shanghai Bank, Lehman Brothers and Standard & Poor’s Corp.

UVM part of $3.1 million NIH grant to fight obesity using online approach

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 3:58am -- tim

University of Vermont A $3.1 million grant awarded to the University of Vermont and the University of South Carolina by the National Institutes of Health could play a part in curbing the nation’s obesity epidemic, expected to cost the United States about $900 billion by 2030, if present trends continue. The five-year grant will fund research to determine if adding economic incentives to online behavioral weight-loss programs will enable them to achieve the same positive results as their in-person equivalents.  

Vermont gets $174K grant to help small business exporting

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 1:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The state of Vermont has received a $174,000 grant from the Small Business Administration to assist small businesses reach international markets. This marks the fourth time the state has been awarded a grant through the SBA’s State Trade and Export Promotion Program. STEP’s goal is to increase the number of exporters in the U.S. and increase the value of exports. Vermont has received more than $900,000 since STEP was created as a result of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.

English higher than math in Vermont statewide testing

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine While students taking the latest statewide educational assessment in English all scored above 50 percent in proficiency, only in grade 3 did students reach that level in math, with students in grades 6 and 11 scoring below 40 percent. Today, Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe announced statewide results for the 2014-15 Smarter Balanced Assessment.

Among the neighbors, Vermont’s recovery is just okay

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 9:35am -- tim

Public Assets Institute Vermont’s economy has been slowly recovering since the end of the recession. But its labor force has not. The number of Vermonters working or actively looking for work decreased more than 3 percent from 2009 to 2014 — the biggest drop in New England. This year through July, Vermont’s labor force has inched up by 0.2 percent.

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LCC Week 10 blue-green algae reports

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 4:57am -- tim

by the Lake Champlain Committee (LCC) This week's heat wave brought with it numerous reports of blue-green algae blooms. St Albans Bay and Missisquoi Bay were hit the hardest but blooms also showed up in the northern part of the Main Lake, the Alburgh Passage, and on Lake Carmi. With few exceptions, waters generally remained clear from the Islands south. Thursday's (8/20) high winds may have moved scums around and changed conditions but cyanobacteria will be present for some weeks yet.