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BMH names Patty O’Donnell new board chair

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 5:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has announced that Patricia “Patty” O’Donnell has been elected as Chairperson of the Board of Directors. O’Donnell has served in various capacities on the Board, including several committees such as Quality, Planning, Joint Conference, and Board Executive. She represented the towns of Vernon and Guilford as a State Representative from 1998 to 2010. During that time, she served on both the Appropriations and Human Services Committees, where she became well-versed in healthcare issues in Vermont. 

Blue Cross installs 150K solar project at Berlin HQ

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:13pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross and Blue Shield of VT announced in a statement Monday that it had completed a 150 kW net metered solar array, which is installed at its Berlin campus. This system is a roof-mounted solar array comprising 860 panels, generating roughly 225,000 kW Hours per year. This project is expected to offset more than 169 tons of carbon dioxide per year and will eventually produce enough electric power to reduce the non-profit’s utility costs by $40,000 annually. Blue Cross is the state's largest health insurer.

Election day voter registration now in effect in Vermont

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 3:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Secretary of State Jim Condos announced today that eligible Vermont voters are now able to register to vote on any day up to and including Election Day. As of January 1, 2017 Act No. 44 (S 29) An act relating to election day registration officially went into effect, and will be implemented immediately for all local and state elections going forward, including any special elections and Town Meeting Day, which is Tuesday, March 7.

Vermont’s 54 most promising jobs revealed

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 1:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine What do four hundred electricians, more than two thousand nurses, and nearly five hundred software developers have in common? According to a newly updated brochure from the J Warren & Lois McClure Foundation and the Vermont Department of Labor, these are some of the most promising jobs expected in Vermont over the next 10 years. Wages run from low-40s to over $100,000 a year. As this data makes clear, high-pay, high-demand jobs do exist in the Green Mountain State. However, they largely require training and/or education beyond high school.

UVM: Vermont police data show racial disparities in traffic policing

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 11:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A new University of Vermont study reveals notable disparities in how police officers from 29 departments across Vermont treat drivers by race. The research finds racial disparities in traffic stops, searches, arrests and outcomes – which vary by police agency. It is the first study of statewide traffic policing and race, covering Vermont’s largest police departments, and follows a 2014 state law requiring police to collect race data.

Vermont foreclosures fall at slow rate

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 9:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont remains in the middle of the pack for bad mortgages as the nation as a whole continues to make significant progress in unwinding from the real estate collapse during the Great Recession of 2008-2009. Vermont, which had a smaller relative level of foreclosures than most of the country, is also more slowly working through the process.

Smith: Getting it wrong

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 9:16am -- tim

by Mike Smith On a Friday evening, just over a week ago, The Washington Post sent the entire world into a tizzy with claims that Russian hackers had penetrated this country’s electrical grid. The Post reported that it was a Vermont electric utility where hackers found entry to our electrical production and transmission systems. The mere thought of hackers gaining access to our electrical grid is frightening. Industrial, financial, medical and government operations — just to name a few — could be disrupted, or even worse, shut down.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife grants available to improve shooting ranges

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 8:10am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Fish & Wildlife is offering shooting range improvement grants to create more access to safe places to shoot. Developed to encourage upgrades of shooting ranges to enhance their safety and operation, the Shooting Range Improvement Grant Program seeks grant applications from shooting clubs, sportsmen's groups and government agencies involved in the operation of shooting ranges, including archery ranges until 4:30 pm on March 15. The grant period begins July 1, 2017.

Winners announced for 2017 Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 8:06am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation awarded $375,000 in matching grants to 15 nonprofits serving small- to mid-sized towns and cities across America to produce free outdoor concerts as part of the third annual Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards. St Johnsbury - Catamount Arts won in Vermont. Reflecting the Levitt Foundation's commitment to creative placemaking projects generating community support, the Levitt Foundation once again opened the AMP selection process to the public to choose the top 25 finalists.

UVM art professor's book cited on Best of 2016 lists

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 7:45am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine “Ground: A Reprise of Photographs from the Farm Security Administration,” a project by photographer and University of Vermont professor of art Bill McDowell, recently earned accolades as one of 2016’s top publications. “Mother Jones” included “Ground” on its list of standout photo books of 2016, and “Artnet News” placed the volume among its top 10 art books of 2016.

Blue Cottage Home Décor and Gift Store opens in Hinesburg

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 7:38am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cottage, a new home décor and gift store, has opened in the center of Hinesburg, VT at 30 Kailey's Way off of Route 116, near the Bristol Bakery and Kinney Pharmacy. Blue Cottage offers “unique finds and one-of-a-kind designs,” featuring vintage furniture, lighting, mirrors, stained glass windows, curios and hand-crafted products from Vermont artisans.

CCV Certified Public Bookkeeper program

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 6:19am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine CCV is gearing up to start their new Certified Public Bookkeeper (CPB) program in Rutland It’s Monday and Thursday evenings for one semester. In addition to tuition and textbooks, this program has an additional $400 in course fees to pay for the certification exams. Our advisors will work with each individual on funding options.