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Vermont AG joins filing to intervene in suit to secure reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 2:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan joined a coalition of 14 attorneys general and the City of Chicago to intervene in a lawsuit that supports regulations to prevent greenhouse gas emissions. The lawsuit, which is before the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, is against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA is seeking to halt the implementation of regulations that stop leaks of greenhouse gas and other harmful air pollutants from new oil and gas sources.

Scott, Johnson, Ashe reach compromise on budget

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 2:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and legislative leaders have reached a compromise over the budget. Scott had vetoes the budget and property tax bills earlier this month, setting up today's veto session. The focus had been Scott's desire to institute a statewide teacher health insurance plan that would save state property taxpayers $26 million a year.

Kismet community health center opens in Williston

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 2:32pm -- tim

Vermont Businiess Magazine Over 200 people attended the Kismet Place Grand Opening Celebration Monday evening in Williston. Kismet Place is home to multiple businesses including the RehabGYM, Pingala Café and Eatery, Scott Benjamin Physical Medicine, Kids’ RehabGYM, Curiosity Counseling and Nectar Nutrition and a Community Fitness Studio hosting a wealth of independent fitness businesses. Kismet is an innovative model of community fitness and health.

Maintenance and Ops firm gets five-year deal with GlobalFoundries at BTV and Fishkill

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) has been awarded a contract by GlobalFoundries to provide onsite maintenance and operations support for its microprocessors and water fabrication units at GlobalFoundries’ Burlington, Vermont and Fishkill, New York locations. Fluor will book the undisclosed contract value in the second quarter of 2017. The project will be managed through Stork, part of Fluor’s diversified services segment.

Community Care Network, College of St Joseph bring CCN students to CSJ

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 3:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Community Care Network and College of St Joseph have partnered to make college more affordable and accessible to CCN employees and their families. The partnership, through CSJ’s corporate cohort program, offers CSJ’s associate, bachelor and graduate programs to CCN employees at a reduced tuition rate. Additionally, CCN has developed a tuition reimbursement program for its employees in tandem with the CSJ agreement. 

Vermont leaders launch Paris climate pledge coalition

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 4:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger, joined by Governor Phil Scott, members of the Vermont Mayors Coalition, and other community leaders, today launched a state-wide coalition – the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition – to help achieve the December 2015 Paris Climate Agreement pledge by the United States and to mitigate the impact of the Federal government’s recent withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.

Leahy, Sanders: GOP crafting secret Obamacare replacement

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 4:11pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Before the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Senate alone held over 100 hearings and roundtables on health reform.  Hundreds of amendments were considered by the Senate Finance and HELP Committees during an exhaustive markup process, with 160 amendments by Republican Senators adopted.  The process itself stretched for so long – more than a year – in the vain hope that Republicans would come to the table and stay at the table.  The final Senate bill included more than 145 Republican-authored amendments.  The legislation was posted for nearly a week before the Finance Committee marked up the bill.  The same can be said for the HELP Committee.  More than 160 hours were spent on this Senate floor in considering the Affordable Care Act. Contrast that with the action of today’s Senate.  No hearings.  No debate. No process. No score.  And as of now, no bill.  In the House, and now in the Senate, this charade boils down to bumper sticker politics.  It certainly is not a solid, serious, vetted, workable, fair and equitable plan or policy.

Leahy brings home $11 million in community funding

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 3:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) announced Tuesday that Vermont will receive more than $11 million in new affordable housing and community development funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Earlier this year, as Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Leahy successfully negotiated the fiscal year 2017 appropriations act, which included funding for HUD, the department responsible for administering the nation’s affordable housing programs, including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME pr

GBIC to honor Harry Behney at annual meeting Wednesday

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:51pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC) will hold its 63rd Annual Meeting on June 21, 2017 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Echo Leahy Center on the Burlington Waterfront.  Awards will be presented at 6 pm. The meeting is being dedicated to C Harry Behney, former President of GBIC who passed away earlier this year.

Québec, Vermont, NY collaborate to protect Lake Champlain

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Québec, Vermont and the State of New York today announced that they will continue to work together to restore and protect the waters and natural resources of Lake Champlain. Meeting in Crown Point, NY, the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, David Heurtel, on behalf of the Premier of Québec, together with the Governor of Vermont, Phil Scott, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and representatives from the states of New York and Vermont, joined Monday in the signing ceremony for the fourth edition of the Lake Champlain Action Plan, entitled Opportunities for Action: An Evolving Plan for the Future of Lake Champlain

Green Mountain United Way and Tatum’s Totes celebrate anniversary

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Green Mountain United Way and Tatum’s Totes partnership celebrated one year this month and there is so much to celebrate! In the past year, 57 children entering emergency foster care in the Barre and Newport Department for Children and Family districts have received individually created backpacks through Green Mountain United Way’s partnership with Tatum’s Tote’s. Green Mountain United Way administers Tatum’s Totes in these regions and recently helped to expand efforts to the Morrisville Department for Children and Families District.

UVM receives national award for work to reduce high risk drinking

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont was one of three institutions of higher education whose work to address high risk drinking and other substance misuse was honored with a Prevention Excellence Award at the ninth annual Campus Prevention Network Summit in Boston on June 12. The award was presented by EVERFI, Inc., a leading technology innovator.  The Campus Prevention Network is a nationwide initiative of over 1,700 institutions dedicated to creating safer, healthier campus communities.