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Vermont Law School: Healthy Food Policy Project looks at policies across US

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:03am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Food law and policy experts this week launched a national Healthy Food Policy Project (HFPP) that identifies and elevates local laws and policies that promote access to healthy food and contribute to strong local economies, improved environmental quality, and health equity. The project, which focuses on socially disadvantaged and marginalized groups, is available at

Applications accepted for 2018 Climate Economy Model Communities Program

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 2:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) invites communities interested in charting a path to a more prosperous and self-sufficient future to participate in the 2018 Climate Economy Model Communities Program. A collaboration of VCRD, Efficiency Vermont, Vermont’s utilities and other partners, the Program works with two communities annually to help build and implement locally developed plans that increase economic opportunity, affordability, and resilience in the face of climate change.

Clean water working group acknowledges full funding not available

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Act 73 Working Group released its recommendations today for long-term water quality funding to meet the state’s clean water goals. Significant long-term investment is needed to restore and sustain the high quality of Vermont’s waterways. While existing resources available from state, municipal and private sectors will meet their portion of the required clean water investment in the immediate future, these resources are stressed and unlikely to be adequate after FY 2021.

NG Advantage delivers 150 Thanksgiving packages in Milton

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:11pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As part of its ongoing efforts to help its neighbors, NG Advantage is donating 150 Thanksgiving Packages to the Milton Family Community Center, and urging other local businesses and organizations to join in the spirit of giving during the holiday season to help those who are less fortunate. This donation will comprise half the Milton Family Community Center’s overall goal of 300 Thanksgiving packages. NG's natural gas terminal is located in Milton.

GW Plastics merges with Ireland-based NeraTek

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In response to growing customer demand in its European medical device and drug delivery business, Bethel, Vermont-based GW Plastics announced this week a merger with product development and 3D printing firm NeraTek Limited of Sligo, Ireland. NeraTek will be merged into Avenue Mould Solutions, which GW acquired in July. NeraTek provides product development, 3D printing, additive manufacturing, and prototyping design services for leading medical device and pharmaceutical companies.

Welch slams Trump-Ryan tax proposal during House debate

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This afternoon, Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) spoke against the Trump-Ryan tax proposal being debated by the House of Representatives. A final vote on the bill is expected tomorrow by early afternoon. “If you asked 435 members of Congress if they want to raise taxes on students, the answer from 435 members would be ‘no.’ This bill was written by and for the donor class. Let’s defeat this bill and stand up for the middle class.”

USCIS to welcome 35 new citizens at Christ the King School

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 9:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present 35 citizenship candidates to the Honorable Colleen A Brown, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the US District Court for the District of Vermont, at a ceremony to be held at Christ the King School in Rutland Wednesday. The Honorable Judge Brown will preside over this special venue ceremony and will deliver the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest citizens.

American Red Cross calls on Vermont residents for nominations for the 2018 “Everyday Heroes” Awards

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 9:07am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Every day, ordinary people make extraordinary contributions by putting their own needs aside to help others in our community. The American Red Cross is calling on all Vermont residents to nominate someone for the “Everyday Heroes Awards,” an annual event that salutes these often unsung heroes.  

Governor appoints Degree and Buxton to lead workforce growth plans

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 8:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of a bipartisan duo of former legislators to strengthen and coordinate his Administration’s initiatives to expand the size of Vermont’s workforce. Senator Dustin Degree (R-Franklin) will serve as special assistant to the Governor and executive director of workforce expansion. Former Representative Sarah Buxton (D-Windsor-Orange 1) will assume the new role of director of workforce policy and performance within the Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL).

Bashara family plans for new hotel, $17M investment for downtown Montpelier

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, joined by Governor Phil Scott and Montpelier Mayor John Hollar, the Bashara Family announced plans to build a new 89-room hotel on their existing 3-acre property in downtown Montpelier.  The hotel, a new, four-level parking structure, and a revitalization of the existing Capitol Plaza lot, is expected to bring over $17 million in new investment to Montpelier. The project will create 50-60 construction jobs during the year-long construction phase, and the Bashara Family estimates they will create 30-50 new jobs at the hotel.