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Vermont PSD to hold Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel meeting Sept 28

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 3:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Public Service Department has announced the next meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 6 pm to 9 pm in the multipurpose room at Brattleboro Area Middle School, 109 Sunny Acres Rd, Brattleboro. Scott State, CEO, NorthStar Group Services will outline NorthStar’s proposed site restoration standards.

Burlington native Carter to be ordained at St Michael’s September 16

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 3:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Edmundite Deacon Michael R Carter, a native of Burlington and a 2012 Saint Michael’s College graduate, will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, September 16, at the Chapel of St Michael the Archangel on the Saint Michael’s campus in Colchester. Burlington Bishop Christopher J Coyne will be the presider and homilist for the 11 am Mass, and will ordain Carter. The Society of Saint Edmund, or “Edmundites,” founded Saint Michael’s College, and they are based on campus.

Auction raises over $15k for Ronald McDonald House

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 4:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Ronald McDonald House Charities of Burlington hosted its inaugural Bucket List Auction at Higher Ground on September 9th and raised over $15k for local programs. The evening began with a current Ronald McDonald House guest, Diane Boots, sharing her story of how RMHC has helped her family. Diane has been staying at the Burlington house for over a month, since her 8-year old granddaughter, Camryn, suddenly contracted a rare infection in her hip.

Vermont gets $9.9 million federal grant for substance abuse and mental health services

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 4:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Mental Health (VDMH) has been awarded a $9.9 million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The grant, which will be disbursed over a five-year period, will fund the Vermont Family Centered Healthcare Home Project (VFCHP) in its facilitation of a comprehensive approach to health – including mental, emotional and physical health – for children and their families.

Condos celebrates National Voter Registration Month

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 3:51pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Secretary of State Jim Condos would like to remind Vermonters that September is National Voter Registration Month. Voting is the foundation of our democracy. Casting a ballot, in-person on Election Day or early by mail, is one important way that Vermonters can make their voices heard in the political process. The nation's Secretaries of State established National Voter Registration Month in September as a non-partisan means of encouraging voter participation and increasing awareness about state voter registration requirements and voting.

Sanders introduces Medicare for All Act of 2017

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 3:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and 16 of his Democratic colleagues introduced legislation Wednesday to guarantee health care to every American by expanding and improving Medicare. “Today, we begin the long and difficult struggle to end the international embarrassment of the United States being the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all its people,” Sanders said. “At a time when millions of Americans do not have access to affordable health care, the Republicans, funded by the Koch brothers, are trying to take away health care from up to 32 million more. We have a better idea: guarantee health care to all people as a right, not a privilege, through a Medicare-for-all, single-payer health care program.”

PAI: Vermont 'progress' report card

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 2:30pm -- tim

Public Assets institute Vermont made progress this year making the kinds of investments that can move the state forward and create an economy that works for everyone. The 2017 Report Card is based on the policy recommendations in last year's “A Framework for Progress." To continue to advance these issues, we compiled this short report card assessing the progress made on each of the recommendations during the 2017 legislative session.

Mamava Mia! Vermont CLF lending exceeds $960,000

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:50pm -- tim

Vermont Community Loan Fund What, you might ask, are those pod-shaped kiosks adorned with adorable baby pics that keep popping up in airports, shopping malls and stadiums? You (particularly you new parents out there) will be interested to know they’re Mamava freestanding lactation suites. They’re making a case for nursing moms and babies on the go, and making a statement that can’t be ignored: nursing is a right, not a privilege.  

Wyoming-based ski resort contracts with Vermont's Inntopia

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Grand Targhee Resort has decided to implement Inntopia Commerce in order to package and sell lift tickets, lodging, and other activities through their website and central reservations call center. The Wyoming-based resort averages more than 500 inches of annual snowfall, and is looking forward to the ability to give guests a better experience purchasing vacation packages in a single shopping cart. Inntopia is based in Stowe.

Vermont math and English scores fall

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 10:00am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont saw its scores in standardized testing decline slightly this past year after an increase a year ago. Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe today announced statewide results from the 2016-17 Smarter Balanced Assessments, a set of computer adaptive tests for English Language Arts and Mathematics developed by a national consortium currently made up of 15 states, the US Virgin Islands, and the Bureau of Indian Education. This was the third year Vermont students, statewide, participated in the Smarter Balanced program.

Smith: Scott's future tied to 'affordability'

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 5:20am -- tim

by Mike Smith It was this headline in VTDigger that probably caught supporters of Governor Phil Scott by surprise: “Scott commits to lake cleanup, even if new taxes are needed.” They weren’t surprised by the governor’s commitment to clean up our lakes but rather his reluctance to rule out new taxes. In fairness to Scott, the story indicated that he would much prefer to find lake cleanup money through existing resources.

2017 litigation survey: Vermont second best again

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 3:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The perception of the threat of litigation toward business in Vermont has dropped precipitously in the last seven years, as the state has gone from 25th to second. The 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States was released today and conducted for the US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform by Harris Poll to explore how fair and reasonable the states’ liability systems are perceived to be by US businesses. These perceptions matter, the report states, because they can be influential in business decisions about where to conduct/expand/constrict business operations or sales. Vermont was also second in the previous report, released in 2015, after being 25th in 2010. Long-time corporate state champion Delaware, home to numerous domiciles, has fallen to 11th.