Vermont Business Magazine Top RN to BSN (www.toprntobsn.com), a leading nursing school search resource, has published its 2016 ranking of the best residential BSN programs in the United States. The University of Vermont program ranked 46th in the nation. The reviewers cited UVM's clinical program and in particular its practicum in conjection with the UVM Medical Center as one of its strengths.
Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Vermont Department of Public Service filed expert testimony in the Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) rate case recommending a 5.68 percent rate decrease. Vermont Gas had requested a rate decrease for its customers of 3.3 percent. The testimony filed today with the Public Service Board recommends that no more than $112.5 million of the Addison Expansion Project costs be allowed in rates at this time.
Vermont Business Magazine Joined by Vermont State Police Commander Matthew Birmingham, US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Monday announced that six new positions – including five detectives – have now been added to the Vermont Drug Task Force to strengthen heroin trafficking investigations in Vermont. This expansion of the Task Force was made possible with a $1.4 million grant from the Department of Justice’s Anti-Heroin Task Force program that was awarded last September.
Vermont Business Magazine The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) recently awarded the Castleton University Polling Institute a $400,000 contract to develop and pilot test an interactive health-related survey and journal system. Director of the Polling Institute Dr. Rich Clark and Associate Director Amanda Richardson will lead a team of experts from major research universities. The international team of researchers was assembled by YMG survey group, owned and managed by Yasamin Miller, former director of Cornell University’s Survey Research Center.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF) announced today a new partnership with Cabot Creamery Cooperative and eight local co-operative food stores to benefit Vermont farmers and food producers. A portion of the proceeds from sales of Cabot products at these stores will go to the Food, Farms & Forests Fund, a loan fund dedicated to meeting the capital needs of small farms, food producers, and working lands entrepreneurs. Items bearing the VCLF sticker are available now at participating food co-ops.
Public Assets Institute Vermont added jobs in July, but half of that growth reflected seasonal adjustments in the number of teachers on local government payrolls. Private employers increased their payrolls by 1,800—the second best month this year—mostly just offsetting June’s losses. So far this year Vermont has added about 3,000 private sector jobs, but month-to-month growth has been volatile.
by Mike Smith Donald Trump blasted the media on Twitter last weekend, saying: “If the disgusting and corrupt media covered me honestly and didn’t put false meaning into the words I say, I would be beating Hillary by 20 percent.”
Trump was angered by media reports describing turmoil in his campaign and saying that advisers, including family members, were urging him to stay focused on the economy and public safety rather than getting sidetracked on other, sometimes trivial, issues.
Vermont Business Magazine More than 45 motorcycle riders circumnavigated Vermont from August 1st through August 5th as part of the third annual FreshTracks Capital Road Pitch. The riders (comprised of investors, entrepreneurs and business advisors) each travelled more than 550 miles and stopped in 10 towns to review 50 business pitches from local entrepreneurs. Each entrepreneur had seven minutes to present their business concept or plan and eight minutes to answer questions from the group of riders. In each town, a Riders’ Choice Winner was selected and the winner received $500, and a special edition Vermont Teddy Bear biker bear and an entry into the Road Pitch statewide “Pitch-off” to be held on October 18th at Champlain College.
by Rob Roper Over the past legislative session, the issue of divesting state pension funds of fossil fuel investments received considerable debate both in the State House and around Vermont. This debate spilled over into the August 9 primary election where incumbent Treasurer Beth Pearce, a vocal opponent of divestment was challenged by Richard Dunne, who ran a pro-divestment campaign. Divestment lost in a landslide.
Vermont Business Magazine The state of Vermont’s electronic Property Transfer Tax Return (ePTTR) online application has processed more than $100 million in property transfer taxes for the state.
Agency of Natural Resources – Watershed Management The following are Public Alerts submitted by Wastewater Treatment Facilities for prompt public awareness of untreated discharges and their locations. The most recent on August 15 occurred in Montpelier. These alerts have been directly reported by Wastewater Treatment Facilities and may have not yet been reviewed by the State. Wastewater Treatment facilities are required to submit a public alert as soon as possible, but no longer than one hour from discovery of an untreated discharge from the wastewater treatment facility.
Vermont Business Magazine The flag is being lowered in honored of Justin Beebe, a federal firefighter from Bellows Falls, Vermont, who was killed while battling a wildfire on August 13, 2016, in Great Basin National Park in Nevada. Justin was in his first year as a member of the Lolo Hotshots, an elite US Forest Service crew based in Missoula, Montana. Justin’s body will return to Vermont on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.