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US News: Iowa 'Best State,' Vermont 9th

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 3:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Iowa is the best state in the country, according to the second annual 2018 Best States study from US News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and civic journalism. US News evaluated all 50 states across a range of criteria, from education and health care to infrastructure and the economy, to capture how states best serve their citizens. Vermont ranked 9th overall, with its best sub-categories being Health Care, Opportunity and Crime & Corrections. It lagged in Economy and Infrastructure and was only average in Quality of Life.

Grinold: Economic development is about people and communities

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 3:04pm -- tim

by Adam Grinold, Executive Director, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation I lead an organization that is working to build a vibrant regional economy. The dry language of economic development does little justice to the way our work touches real people and real communities. A sample of our activities from just the past few weeks illustrates the range of challenges and triumphs, and what our daily work entails.

VRGA gets workforce development grant

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 2:56pm -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Retail & Grocers Association (VRGA) is proud to announce they will receive a $2,500 Workforce and Education Training fund grant from the Department of Labor. The “mini” grant fund promotes job readiness activities that will eventually lead to jobs. The grant is for VRGA’s RISE Up retail training pilot program, which will provide 100 individuals with scholarships to complete the National Retail Federation’s Retail Industry Fundamentals credential.

Vermont State Craft Centers Standards Group seeks members

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 2:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont State Craft Center Overview Commission is seeking new volunteer representatives from the Vermont crafts community to join the Standards Group for the Vermont State Craft Centers network. For anyone with a working knowledge of the Vermont crafts in his/her community, this is an opportunity to play an important role in helping to elevate craft and craft education throughout the state.

Op-Ed: Home visiting, a first step for a healthier future

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:31pm -- tim

by Mary Kate Mohlman, Director, Health Care Reform and Jolinda LaClair, Director, Drug Prevention Policy, Agency of Human Services Each year almost 6,000 women check out of a Vermont hospital with their newborn. As they leave, behind them is a place filled with doctors, nurses, lactation consultants, food, and the resources to address almost any emergency. There is a sense of security and safety. In front of them is a car, a heavy, awkward car seat, and a drive to a home where the joys and challenges of caring for an infant await them.

Device could save Vermont’s food producers thousands annually

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 10:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A University of Vermont Extension professor has invented a $300 device that could save Vermont’s produce growers an average of $6,500 annually in improved storage conditions and its artisanal cheese and meat producers up to $10,000 a year in higher yields during processing. The device, called a DewRight, modernizes 200-year old technology to more accurately measure temperature and relative humidity.

Southern Vermont College receives $100K gift to support nursing scholarships

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 5:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southern Vermont College has announced the receipt of a gift of $100,000 from award-winning former IBM executive Nicholas M Donofrio to support scholarships for new nursing students entering the BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program. The scholarship also applies to transfer students entering the BSN program.

Castleton University and SUNY Adirondack create degree pathway

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 5:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Castleton University and SUNY Adirondack have formed a collaborative agreement creating a pathway for degree completion. The agreement makes the transition for graduates of the upstate New York community college to Castleton seamless and affordable. “We are committed to delivering affordable liberal arts education combined with practical career preparation to a broad range of students,” said President Karen M Scolforo.

Quiros assets released to cover Jay Peak fraud case

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 6:21pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine United States District Court Judge Darrin Gayles in Miami today signed off on releasing the assets of Ariel Quiros for the purpose of paying off more than $81 million to settle claims in the Jay Peak EB-5 fraud case. The assets include both the Jay Peak and Burke Mountain resorts, several properties in the Northeast Kingdom, and, among other bank accounts and assets, two condos in Manhattan, one on 5th Avenue and the other at Trump Place.