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EPA awards $800,000 to Vermont to clean up 'brownfields'

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 3:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine EPA has announced it will be awarding $15,994,000 in Brownfield grants to municipalities and organizations working in all six New England states to protect people’s health by assessing and cleaning up contaminated parcels in New England communities. Vermont's share will be $800,000, which will be split between the Windham and Chittenden regional planning commissions.

Vermont unemployment rate falls to 3.2 percent in April

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 10:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine With all the major indicators suggesting a strong trend, the Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for April was 3.2 percent. This represents a decrease of one-tenth of one percentage point from the revised March rate (3.3 percent). The number of employed and the labor force were up versus both the previous month and the previous year and the number of unemployed was down versus both time indicators. The national rate in April was 5.0 percent. Overall, Vermont’s unemployment rate was tied for fifth lowest in the country.

Ben & Jerry’s co-founders unveil newest ice cream flavor in North Carolina to kick off 'Democracy Is In Your Hands' campaign

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 3:58pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - I scream, you scream, we all scream… for voting rights. Ben & Jerry’s, the ice cream maker known for its progressive values and fun as much as their chunk and swirl laden ice cream, is back at it again. The company, which has never shied away from controversy, is tackling a not so new challenge: the nation’s democracy. The company chose North Carolina to launch its newest flavor and “Democracy Is In Your Hands’ campaign because it is at the epicenter of the fight for voting rights in the United States.

Leahy: Senate passes Bipartisan emergency response for the emerging Zika crisis

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 2:54pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - In a vote of 68 to 30, the Senate Thursday afternoon approved an emergency appropriation to combat the ongoing Zika crisis.  The bipartisan compromise, co-authored by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., broke a legislative stalemate that has delayed Senate action on the Zika threat for three and a half months.   

BMH and CCV collaborate in developing a new accelerated medical assistant program

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 2:52pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) and Community College of Vermont (CCV) are joining forces in response to challenges filling positions within the local healthcare workforce by launching an accelerated program to prepare qualified candidates for jobs as Certified Medical Assistants. Enrollment in the 14-week program will be limited to 20 participants. Classes will be held on the CCV Brattleboro campus.

Burlington accepts President Obama's My Brother's Keeper challenge

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 2:50pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - At a local action summit in Contois Auditorium Wednesday morning, Mayor Miro Weinberger joined community leaders working with Burlington teens in announcing the City of Burlington’s acceptance of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Challenge. My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is a White House cradle to career initiative President Obama launched in 2014 to address opportunity gaps facing American youth, particularly boys and young men of color.

Heritage animals teach valuable lessons at Vermont History Expo

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:24am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - The Vermont Historical Society returns to the Tunbridge World’s Fairgrounds with the Vermont History Expo on June 18 and 19, 2016. A unique country history fair, the Expo will feature barns full of heritage breed cattle, pigs, and poultry. Farming techniques such as raising poultry will also be demonstrated.

Feds focus on railroads for moving Vermont Yankee nuke fuel

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 6:55am -- tim

by Mike Faher/The Commons Brattleboro When it’s time to remove spent nuclear fuel from Vermont Yankee, it appears likely that will happen via rail — not trucks. That was the takeaway last week for local officials and for plant administrators after meeting with a visiting team from the Department of Energy. That team was in town to begin planning for the eventual transport of 3,880 radioactive fuel assemblies stored at the Vernon plant.

1 in 17 Vermont workers employed in clean energy industry, leads nation

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 5:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont continues to lead the nation when it comes to clean energy jobs, according to the 2016 Clean Energy Industry Report announced today by Governor Peter Shumlin and the Department of Public Service. In the past year, there has been an increase of over 1,400 clean energy jobs, bringing the total number of Vermonters employed in this industry to 17,715. With one in every 17 workers - or about 6 percent of the State's workforce - now part of the clean energy economy, Vermont has the highest number of per capita clean energy jobs of any US state.

New resources aid the development of rural enterprises

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 4:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) has recently released a collection of resources for farmers and communities about land use issues for rural enterprises. Rural enterprises are businesses, often on farms, that are suited to a rural area because they are supportive of agriculture or forestry activities and provide employment opportunities.