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MacroFuel’s Rietsema wins Vermont Road Pitch, ‘Pitch-Off’

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 2:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The first annual Vermont Road Pitch “Pitch-Off” was held at Champlain College on Tuesday, October 18. Augustine (Gus) Rietsema from MacroFuel Food won the statewide Pitch-Off, edging out 10 other talented entrepreneurs. Earlier this summer, 11 businesses won local and regional Road Pitch competitions to qualify for the Statewide Pitch-Off.  Fresh Tracks Road Pitch is a 5-day motorcycle tour that brings 45 riders with investment and business experience to towns throughout Vermont to hear business ideas from local entrepreneurs.

Skiing World Cup at Killington highlights Vermont’s November tourism events

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 12:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine While November marks the return of skiing and snowboarding to the mountains of Vermont, this season’s opening of the slopes will be highlighted by an event that welcomes many of the best skiers in the world to the Green Mountain State. Skiing’s top women competitors will make their way to Killington over Thanksgiving weekend as the resort hosts the Audi FIS Ski World Cup. This will be the first alpine World Cup event in the eastern United States in 25 years.

2016 Vermont Renewable Energy Awards revealed

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 11:05am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine More than 460 business, community, environmental, and government leaders gathered over 2-days at the 16th Annual Renewable Energy Vermont Conference & Expo held October 13 & 14 in S. Burlington.  Recognizing legislative, citizen, and industry champions and innovators for their outstanding contributions toward securing our sustainable energy future, Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) presented the following 2016 Renewable Energy Awards.

Four Vermont wetlands slated for Class I protection

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 7:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Natural Resources is starting a rulemaking process to promote four special Vermont wetlands to Class I status, the highest level of state protection under the Vermont Wetland Rules. The four wetlands vary in size, region, and function, but all have been determined to be irreplaceable or exceptional in their contribution to Vermont’s natural heritage. These wetlands are the Black Gum Swamps in Vernon, Dennis Pond Wetlands in Brunswick, Chickering Fen bog in Calais, and the Sandbar Wetlands in Milton and Colchester.

Burlington teachers, school board avert strike, reach tentative deal

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 7:35am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Education Association, which is the union representing the city's teachers, and the Burlington School Board reached a tentative agreement Wednesday evening that will avert a strike that could have happened as early as Thursday. The agreement between negotiators and mediator Ira Lobel will still need to be ratified by the Board and the BEA. The BEA will meet Monday. School will go ahead as usual for the rest of this week. Terms of the agreement were not available, but the BEA said on its Website that it is for a one-year contract.

Catamount Solar now accepting applications for 2016 Community Grants Program – Deadline Nov 15

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 6:43am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine A progressive company operating as a workers' cooperative, Catamount Solar sets goals beyond bottom line profits in assessing the impacts of its efforts. These include the desire to motivate positive social change in the areas they serve. To achieve this goal, Catamount Solar allocates 5% of its annual profit to support community and environmental programs and initiatives. Co-founder Kevin McCollister heads up the grants program.

sonnen opens nation's first net zero, low income rental housing in Vermont

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 4:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine sonnen celebrated a milestone Wednesday at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the McKnight Lane Affordable Housing Development in Waltham, Vermont, the first net-zero, low-income rental housing development in the country. The project is led by the Addison County Community Trust and Cathedral Square. It represents the efforts of a coalition of stakeholders from community development agencies, industry, Vermont government, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector to transform a blighted mobile home community into an energy resilient community using solar plus the sonnenBatterie smart energy storage technology.

Roper: Yes, the plan is to pass a carbon tax in 2017

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 3:21am -- tim

by Rob Roper Back in December of 2014 Representative Tony Klein (D-East Montpelier), chair of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee, gave an interview about Carbon Tax legislation he planned to take up. Klein admitted he did not expect a bill to pass in 2015 or even 2016, stating, “It’s at least a three-year process,” and that “you don’t [pass a massive tax increase] in an election year.”

Vermont proposal would set opioid prescription limits to combat addiction

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 4:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin and Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD today in Burlington announced proposed changes to the Health Department's rule governing the prescribing of opioids for pain. When finalized in December 2016, the amended rule will, for the first time ever, give guidance to prescribers and set legal limits on the dosage and number of opioid painkillers that may be prescribed. For some minor procedures, the proposal calls for a limit of between nine and 12 pills. 

UVM Medical Center Auxiliary donates $1 million to Miller Building

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 4:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Continuing a long history of providing major support for key projects, the University of Vermont Medical Center Auxiliary announced today it is donating $1 million toward completion of the Robert E. and Holly D. Miller Building which will replace antiquated double-bed rooms with single-patient rooms. Patients in the Miller Building will experience enhanced quality of care due to the privacy, space for families and healing environment single-bed rooms provide. Currently, only about forty percent of rooms at the UVM Medical Center are private. 

Gubernatorial candidates offer different proposals to fix Vermont’s early childhood system

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 3:53pm -- tim

Let’s Grow Kids About 200 people watched an early childhood gubernatorial candidates panel on Friday, October 14, which was held at the UVM Davis Center in Burlington and livestreamed on the Let’s Grow Kids website. Candidates Sue Minter and Phil Scott, who are neck-and-neck in the race to be Vermont’s next governor (according to a recent VPR poll), answered questions related to child and family policies; economic development and early childhood; and the state budget.