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ECO AmeriCorps program seeking service site locations for 2017-2018

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:55am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Environmental Careers and Opportunities (ECO) AmeriCorps program is seeking partners interested in hosting a talented AmeriCorps member this coming 2017-2018 service year. Towns and organizations with identified environmental project and outreach needs are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be matched with an AmeriCorps member by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, which administers the program.

GMP ranked one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Energy

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Fast Company today announced its annual ranking of the world’s Most Innovative Companies for 2017, honoring leading enterprises and rising newcomers that exemplify the best in nimble business and impactful innovation. Green Mountain Power was named to its Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Energy list for its groundbreaking work to partner with customers on a new energy future.

Advocates visit Vermont to share resources to help fight suicide

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in the state of Vermont. To help prevent this tragic loss of life, volunteer advocates from the Vermont chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are visiting the state capitol on Thursday, February 16th to share resources and information about suicide prevention with their legislators.

Vermont Teddy Bear raises record amount for Make-A-Wish Vermont

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 5:08pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Teddy Bear Company’s recently held Sweetheart Bear fundraiser has raised a record $7,000 to benefit Make-A-Wish Vermont. The fundraiser consisted of auctioning a hand-stitched One-of-a-Kind Sweetheart Bear, with all profits from the winning bid being donated to Make-A-Wish Vermont. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the Sweetheart Bear will help bring love and beauty on a special day.

PAI: What budget gap?

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 4:35pm -- tim

Public Assets Institute On one level, Governor Phil Scott’s first budget proposal provides a useful lesson. He showed it’s relatively easy to reduce or eliminate a state budget “gap,” at least on paper. You just move the problem into a different account. But it also could be a useful service if it shifts the budget conversation in Montpelier away from “the gap” and more toward to the purpose of raising and spending public money.

Vermont Air Guard to return home after supporting fight against ISIS

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 4:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Air National Guard confirmed today that Airmen and aircraft from the Vermont Air National Guard's 158th Fighter Wing are returning home after a three month deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in the Middle East. Approximately, 300 Airmen from the wing will be returning home to Vermont by the end of February. While deployed, the Green Mountain Boys provided air-to-ground attacks to support operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

FreshTracks Capital increases support of THINKMD in recent financing round

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 2:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine FreshTracks Capital III, LP has further invested in Burlington-based THINKMD, a registered Vermont Benefit Corporation. THINKMD is a global healthcare innovation company founded by University of Vermont Medical Center pediatricians Barry Finette and Barry Heath.  THINKMD’s first product, MEDSINC, is a point-of-care clinical assessment tool that enables a minimally-skilled user to gather patient information, assess the severity of an illness, and provide approved triage and treatment recommendations. 

Governor declares February 15 as Recovery Day in Vermont

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 1:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott declared Wednesday, February 15 as Recovery Day in Vermont, recognizing those who experience the effects of mental illness, addictions, and co-occurring conditions in the state and nationwide. “It is my honor to proclaim today Recovery Day. Thanks to the efforts of People Education Advocacy and Recovery (PEAR), this day serves as an important reminder that recovery is possible and recognizes Vermonters in recovery and their vast support networks,” said Gov. Scott.

Champlain College named winner of the first CFA Institute Research Challenge in Vermont

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 1:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine CFA Society Vermont has announced that Champlain College has won the first CFA Institute Research Challenge in Vermont and now advances to the Americas Regional in Seattle, WA, on April 6 and 7, where it will compete against universities from the United States, Canada and Latin America. The Champlain College team consists of Zhomart Dairov, Shawn Leary, Victoria Morelli, Kyle Sherman and Adam Vernali. 

UVM included in national human rights award

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 1:13pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A consortium of programs treating torture survivors that includes an initiative launched at the University of Vermont has received the 2017 Human Rights Award from the American Psychiatric Association. The award was given to the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP). The New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma (NESTT), a member of the consortium, has its roots at UVM. 

AGC: Infrastructure, construction project costs could increase with new 'Buy America' provisions

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The cost of materials and services used in construction rose markedly faster than the price of completed buildings, according to a new analysis of federal producer price data released Tuesday by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned that potential restrictions on the use of imported construction materials threaten to drive up the price of infrastructure, buildings and new homes and apartments.

Lamberton: Good jobs are begging for skilled workers

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:02pm -- tim

by Cathleen Lamberton, Executive Vice President, Associated General Contractors of Vermont We have an aging workforce in Vermont and a student population that is confused by the choice to pursue a traditional college education or prepare for a career in the trades. It’s a fact: businesses across the state lack trained employees to fill good paying jobs. We can build a better Vermont by utilizing the skills and talents of our youth while improving our workforce to ensure good paying jobs and companies remain in Vermont.