Vermont Business Magazine One of Vermont’s Rising Stars is about to start marketing one of Vermont’s rising regions. Mondo Mediaworks, headed by Luke Stafford, a 2016 Vermont Business Magazine Rising Star, has been selected from a field of nearly two dozen bidders to create regional marketing campaigns aimed at rebranding the greater-Rutland region, putting to bed myths about a lack of local jobs, and reversing downward population trends.
Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont now ranks among the top 25 institutions nationally for its pass rate on the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) exam, based on the latest rankings from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. The university’s 78.6 percent first-time pass rate is based on the scores of 49 students, primarily graduates of UVM’s Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program in the Grossman School of Business, and ranks among the top three percent nationally, well above the U.S. and international pass rate of 54.4 percent.
by Bill Schubart If current political events have taught us anything, it’s how vulnerable we all are to misinformation and innuendo. And if 80% of us don’t trust our own government, we must then ask how many Americans even understand how their government works or their own role in a vibrant democracy. Three quarters of Americans can’t name the three branches of government and one third can’t name even one branch.
Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN) and Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) announced today additions to their respective leadership teams. UVMHN announces five new Board of Trustees appointments, whose four-year terms became effective Jan. 1, 2017. They replace five members of the 17-member board whose terms ended at the close of 2016.
Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General Thomas J. Donovan, Jr reached a settlement yesterday with the Grand Buffet restaurant in Essex Junction. The investigation arose from security breaches where at least one employee stole customers’ credit card numbers. The thefts, which took place in 2014, involved at least 100 customers. The resulting credit card fraud totaled approximately $35,000.
Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger today released new principles and announced the pursuit of new initiatives to address the deepening opioid crisis in the region that has resulted in a significant 38 percent increase in opioid-related deaths in Vermont from 76 in 2015 to an estimated 105 in 2016. In Chittenden County, indicators such as retail theft and opioid-related arrests also show a growing crisis. The City is moving on numerous fronts to organize a sustained local effort to turn the crisis around, and announced today new partnerships with the University of Vermont Medical Center, the Chittenden County State’s Attorney, and metro area police departments.
Vermont Business Magazine The Himalayan Cataract Project, based in Waterbury, is one of eight groups named as semi-finalists in 100&Change, a global competition for a single $100 million grant from the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation. In June 2016, the MacArthur Foundation launched the competition, offering a $100 million grant to fund a single project which makes measurable progress towards solving a significant global problem. The winner will be announced later this year.
Vermont Business Magazine A $30,000 grant from the National Life Group Foundation will benefit youth food programs of the Vermont Foodbank. The grant will help to support the Backpacks program, in which children are given backpacks filled with nutritious, tasty food to take home on weekends when they and their family might otherwise go hungry.
Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University President Richard W Schneider along with Distinguished Leader in Residence General Gordon R Sullivan, USA (Ret) ’59 will launch the Center for Global Resilience and Security (CGRS) with roundtable discussions focused on community resilience and security, on Friday, March 3. The Center for Global Resilience and Security (CGRS) is a Norwich University research center of excellence dedicated to the advancement of the interrelationships between human resilience and sense of security in the face of global challenges. CGRS is focused on challenges in the areas of climate change, water, energy, and infrastructure and their impact on resilience and security. CGRS will craft creative, innovative, and sustainable solutions for building resilient communities, through inter-disciplinary research and design collaboration.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) is seeking director candidates for four positions on the Board of Directors that will open in May of 2017. VEC's twelve-member board is responsible for setting policy for the member-owned electric distribution utility, which serves approximately 32,000 members in northern Vermont. Board members are elected by VEC members in their district or zone and are expected to represent the interests of the members.
Vermont Business Magazine Ben & Jerry's fans looking for the latest in daring flavors will be delighted to discover six new tasty treats developed by the company's outrageous Flavor Gurus. Whether dairy-less or dairy-full, these new, incredibly indulgent ice cream and Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert flavors are full of the chunks and swirls fans have come to expect. The new lineup includes three traditional ice cream pint flavors and three Vegan Certified, Non-Dairy flavors made with almond milk.
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Vermont Business Magazine Union Institute & University is expanding its Veterans in Union living allowance stipend opportunity nationwide to Vermont veterans. As a Yellow Ribbon University, and recently named a 2017 Military-Friendly School, Union is committed to serving the unique needs of veterans. “This stipend opportunity assists veterans in the completion of their undergraduate, master’s or PhD degrees. The unique program targets those who have served our country and need additional support to fulfill their educational goals.