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Three Vermont dairy farms achieve Food Armor certification

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 2:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets have announced that three Vermont dairy farms have achieved full certification in a national program aimed at ensuring food safety and responsible medication use. In June 2017, the Agency launched a funding initiative to help offset the cost of dairy farm certification in the Food Armor HACCP for Proper Drug Use program.

Scott, Kurrle highlight Vermont’s Apprenticeship Program

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 2:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Department of Labor Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle and Governor Phil Scott celebrated the third annual National Apprenticeship Week (November 13-19) today, with a commemorative proclamation signing. Apprenticeship Week is a dedicated week each year that highlights the importance of Vermont’s Apprenticeship Program, and aims to bring together employers and apprentices to celebrate the success of the programs, and encourage more people to choose apprenticeships as a path to a great career.

Governor, treasurer create Financial Literacy Working Group

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 2:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and State Treasurer Beth Pearce today announced a new partnership and formation of a Financial Literacy Working Group to improve State agencies’ and departments’ delivery of personal finance resources to Vermonters. The Working Group, which will be led by the Treasurer’s Office and Department of Financial Regulation, is one of a series of actions to increase the financial well-being of Vermonters.

Burlington to improve parking, ease costs ahead of the holiday season

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 1:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine You'll no longer have to worry about getting a parking ticket at a meter late at night in Burlington. In advance of a festive and busy downtown holiday season, the Burlington Department of Public Works (DPW), the Burlington Business Association (BBA) and Church Street Marketplace (CSM) have announced a series of significant parking upgrades, improvements and a holiday season promotion. Many of these upgrades and improvements were made possible by the City’s new Sustainable Infrastructure Plan, the 2015 Downtown Parking and Transportation Plan and by Mayor Miro Weinberger’s and his Administration’s focus on improving the parking experience in Burlington, including lessening the time involved in finding and paying for parking, making parking as safe as possible and raising public awareness on additional parking opportunities in light of the Burlington City Place parking structure demolition.

SO Vermont Arts & Living Magazine to celebrate 10th anniversary

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 1:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine SO Vermont Arts & Living magazine announced today that it will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special 10th Anniversary issue due out in January, 2018, featuring a gatefold of past covers that showcases the works of prominent artists in the region, which has become the magazine’s trademark.

Xfinity brand will be featured on US Ski & Snowboard uniforms, at Killington

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Comcast announced today it will be the official cable television and communications partner of US Ski & Snowboard, the Olympic sports organization based in Park City, Utah. America's top Olympic skiers will showcase Comcast on their racing suits when the FIS Ski World Cup tour comes to America later this month, with stops in Killington and Beaver Creek.

Feds threaten to cut public safety funding over immigration policies

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department notified the State of Vermont and the City of Burlington that the Department believes they have laws, policies or practices that violate 8 USC 1373, a federal statute that promotes information-sharing related to immigration enforcement. In all, the Department cited 29 jurisdictions, sometimes derided as “sanctuary cities,” that are being threatened with the withholding of funds.

Sunwealth completes solar project at SIT in Brattleboro

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 7:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Sunwealth has announced the completion of the World Learning School for International Training (SIT) solar project installation. The 196.5 kW project, located on World Learning’s SIT Brattleboro, Vermont campus, will help the national non-governmental organization achieve $10,000 in energy savings per year. The project will also mitigate 183 metric tons of carbon in the first year of operation and produce approximately 260,200 kWh of renewable energy annually – equal to burning 211,866 pounds of coal per year.

Kahler: Vermont’s workforce dilemma

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 7:12am -- tim

by Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Vermont’s struggle to grow its workforce weakens our economy, inhibits the ability for Vermont businesses to expand their operations, and threatens the ability for Vermonters and future generations to grow and thrive here in the Green Mountains. An aging workforce, stagnant wages in jobs without career ladders, the cost of housing and childcare, the opioid epidemic, and a need for more young adults entering the workforce are all contributors to our workforce dilemma.

Vermont AG opposes roll back of greenhouse gas performance measure

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 6:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan has joined with five other state attorneys general to oppose the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)’s plan to roll back an important Greenhouse Gas Performance Measure. The Measure went into effect on September 28, 2017. It requires all states to track on-road greenhouse gas emissions, to set locally-appropriate performance targets, and to ensure consistency in data collection.

NERC launches Environmental Sustainability Leadership Awards

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 5:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Earlier this year the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), based in Brattleboro, inaugurated a new recognition program – the Environmental Sustainability Leadership Awards. Lynn Rubinstein, NERC Executive Director explained that, “This is an exciting new initiative that we are delighted to launch in conjunction with our 30th anniversary.”