Vermont Business Magazine On his first day in office, Governor Phil Scott signed an executive order to merge the state commissions that regulate Liquor and Lottery into a single entity. The House on Tuesday, however, introduced a bill (H525) that would form a committe to study whether to merge Liquor and the Lottery, even while saying that it seems to make sense. Scott does not see the need to delay what he sees as a more efficient single commission.
Vermont Business Magazine Ten teams of Vermont high school students competed last week to test their knowledge of personal finance and economics at the 2017 Vermont Treasury Cup Challenge, an annual event hosted by Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce. After 18 head-to-head matches, Mount Mansfield Union High School’s five-person team won the championship. Champlain Valley Union High School came in second, with South Burlington High School finishing a close third. This was the ninth year of the day-long competition.
Vermont Business Magazine Gary S Thulander, president and general manager of the Woodstock Inn & Resort, was awarded the Borden E. Avery Innkeeper of the Year by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce at the 34th Annual Vermont Tourism Summit, held April 5 & 6 at Stoweflake Resort, Stowe. The Vermont Chamber of Commerce Hospitality Awards are an important component of the Vermont tourism and hospitality sector.
Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington School Board and the Burlington Education Association, which represents unionized teachers, issued the following statement following a meeting Tuesday with a third-part mediator. The two sides signed a one-year agreement last fall after the previous contract expired in August. The agreement avoided a possible teacher strike, but not after bitter negotiations.
by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine One of the final remaining questions involving the re-development of the Burlington Town Center – where’s the money coming from? – has been answered.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Jim Harrison as Representative for the Rutland-Windsor District, serving Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington, and Mendon. Harrison, a resident of North Chittenden, was appointed to fill the seat vacated by former Representative Job Tate (R), who – as a reservist serving with a Naval Mobile Construction Battalion – is being deployed. Keeping with traditional practice when replacing a member of the Legislature, Governor Scott selected a replacement from the same political party.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott filled another extended cabinet position in his administration last Thursday, with the appointment of Lisa Menard as Commissioner of the Department of Corrections (DOC). Menard had been serving as Acting Commissioner of the department since Governor Scott took office in January. As Commissioner, Menard leads a team of 1,047 corrections professionals that operate the state’s correctional system.
Vermont Business Magazine A $6 million gift from the Gund family – with a challenge to raise even more from other donors – will create the University of Vermont’s first university-wide sustainability institute that will accelerate UVM’s longstanding commitment to the environment. Designed to catalyze interdisciplinary research at UVM, the new initiative also will connect scholars with government, business and societal leaders to address urgent sustainability issues around the globe. The gift was announced by the university Tuesday morning.
by Vermont Representatives Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, Johannah Leddy Donovan, Diana González, and Martin LaLonde Donald Trump’s anti-climate agenda threatens Vermont’s economy and endangers Vermonters’ health. While the president retreats to bygone days when coal was king, there are no coal mining jobs in Vermont. There are, however, 17,000 Vermonters whose jobs in clean energy are threatened by his policies.
Vermont Business Magazine Greenbanc, a certified B Corporation and the winner of Green Mountain Power’s InspireSpace contest, has partnered with The Alchemist to offer all employees a free Home Energy Score. The score is a new approach to measuring home energy performance, developed by the Department of Energy, that is fast, affordable, simple, creditable and flexible. It is an asset-based rating intended to be similar to a vehicle’s miles-per-gallon rating for a home.
Vermont Business Magazine In 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded Vermont a three-year, $8.9 million dollar grant to develop a job readiness and training pilot program for people receiving 3SquaresVT benefits. Since March of 2016, over 1,350 Vermonters have participated in the pilot called Jobs for Independence (JFI).