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Brattleboro Memorial Hospital plans $22 million Modernization Project

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 12:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) has submitted to the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) a Certificate of Need (CON) application for a Modernization Project. The project includes the construction of a four story building to house replacement for the three existing operating rooms and support areas, two floors for medical offices, and expansion of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation services. The project also includes upgrading the hospital’s power plant. 

Central Vermont RPC seeks transportation planning and study ideas

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 6:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The public is invited to offer suggestions to the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) for transportation planning projects that would benefit Washington County and the towns of Orange, Washington, and Williamstown. CVRPC is asking for help to make getting around easier, safer, and more convenient for everyone by contributing your transportation planning and study ideas. 

Leahy comments on intelligence report on Russian interference in American election

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 3:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) issued the following comment Friday after the release of a report on Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.  Earlier this week, Leahy joined other Democratic Senators in introducing legislation calling for an independent, nonpartisan commission to comprehensively investigate the matter.

Phil Scott appoints Snyder, LaClair, Mohlman, Lincoln, Thompson to key posts

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 10:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Scott Friday evening announced more appointments to his extended cabinet and key policy directors within his Administration. Michael Snyder has been reappointed Commissioner of Forest, Parks & Recreation. Jolinda LaClair has been named Director of Drug Abuse Prevention. Mary Kate M Mohlman, PhD, MS, has been named the Director of Health Reform. Sam Lincoln of Randolph Center has been appointed Deputy Commissioner of Forests Parks & Recreation. Darwin Thompson has been named Commissioner of Information and Innovation.

Keurig to brew up beer

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 10:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine When Keurig Green Mountain Inc was bought last year in a blockbuster, $13.9 billion deal by European holding company JAB, it shortly thereafter severed its partnership with Coca Cola to market Keurig Kold, a home-based beverage system. Apparently its thirst for ice cold refreshment has not been slaked. On Friday, Waterbury-based Keurig quietly announced on its Website that it will develop a beer-making system with Budweiser, which also will include a variety of alcoholic drinks.

Sugarbush Resort to host military families for a day for skiing and fun Sunday

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 3:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, and with fresh snow on the ground, Sugarbush Resort is ready to host Post-9/11 Veterans, Service Members and their Families for a free day of skiing and riding on Sunday, January 8, 2017. The free day of winter fun is made possible through Sugarbush’s ongoing partnership with Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program. Sugarbush will provide equipment (including adaptive ski gear), instructors, lift tickets and lessons for all participants.

Vermont Futures Project releases Vision Report: State needs more workers

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 12:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Bill Shouldice, CEO of Vermont Teddy Bear and Chair of the Vermont Chamber Foundation, unveiled A Vision for Vermont's Economy, a new report from The Vermont Futures Project at the Vermont Economic Conference n Friday morning at the Hilton Burlington. The report by The Vermont Futures Project reflects conversations with nearly 500 Vermonters about the current Vermont economy and what is needed to secure Vermont's economic future.

Weekly unemployment claims stay high, higher than last year

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 12:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims stayed at their post-holiday level as service companies shed short-term workers. Claims also were higher than last year at this time. While Services reported the most claims, Manufacturing doubled for the week to an unusually high 444 claims. 

The holidays typically produce wild swings in unemployment claims, because of an increase in hiring in the Service sector, from retail to delivery-related businesses, and then an abrupt round of layoffs. 

Vermont hunters had successful 2016 deer seasons

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 11:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says preliminary numbers show 16,160 deer were taken during Vermont's 2016 deer hunting seasons. Reports from big game check stations indicate hunters had successful deer seasons in 2016, taking 3,447 deer in archery season, 1,438 in youth season, 7,725 in rifle season, and 3,550 in muzzleloader season. The 16,160 deer brought home by hunters yielded more than 3 million meals of local nutritious venison.

Burlington School District improves financial performance

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 11:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington School District’s recent audit revealed that the District is deficit-free for the second consecutive year. School Board Chair Mark Porter applauded the results, saying “The strong financial progress signals a shift from deficit spending towards consistent budget oversight. This pattern of increased financial stability over the past two years has our District poised to make exciting new investments in our students and programs."

New England Center for Circus Arts gets $75K matching grant

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 10:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) has received a $75,000 matching grant from the Jane’s Trust. Jane’s Trust offered NECCA the matching grant at the end of 2015. NECCA supporters met the challenge and the match was received in December. The total raised to date is now $1.218 million toward the $2.5 million goal.

“From the beginning of this campaign four years ago, NECCA has been like The Little Engine That Could, defying all expectations,” says campaign director Lisa Barnwell Williams of Chanticleer Consulting.