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McClaughry: The Lake Champlain phosphorus crisis

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 4:19am -- tim

by John McClaughry The Vermont legislature is now well into the final chapter of a high-stakes saga that began in 2010. At its center is the phosphorus level in Lake Champlain, especially in St Albans and Missisquoi Bays. As a state document explains, “In excessive amounts, phosphorus and associated algal growth can impair recreational uses and aesthetic enjoyment, reduce the quality of drinking water, and alter the biological community. In some cases, algal blooms can produce toxins that harm animals and people.”

BMH receives workforce development grant

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 3:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Economic Development recently awarded Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) a $74,000 Workforce Development Grant. Funded through the Vermont Training Program, the grant will enable BMH to hire, train, and employ medical assistants and scribes for the hospital’s medical practices.

Medical Assistants (MA’s) support clinicians by preparing patients for their exams, performing basic laboratory tests, and taking the patient’s medical history, among other clinical responsibilities. 

Leahy to vote 'no' on Treasury nominee Mnuchin

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 4:58pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy The Treasury Department plays an essential role in the development of the economic policies that financially secure the United States in world markets, that expand the opportunities available to all Americans, and that help set the stage for a sound and growing economy.  Our country’s economic engine must be one that is accessible to all Americans, not just the wealthy few. Regrettably, while Mr Mnchuin may have a knowledge of the inner-workings of Wall Street, he seems to know shockingly little of the hardships faced on Main Street.

BioTek celebrates multiple SelectScience Scientists’ Choice Awards

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 4:49pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine BioTek Instruments was awarded two SelectScience “Scientists’ Choice Awards”, as announced at a special ceremony on February 6 during the SLAS 2017 Conference and Exhibition in Washington DC. The awards are nominated and voted for by SelectScience’s global community of research scientists.

McHenry named new president of Vermont Law School

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 4:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Board of Trustees of Vermont Law School today announced Thomas JP McHenry will serve as the next president and dean of VLS, effective July 1. McHenry will succeed President and Dean Marc B. Mihaly, who will return to teaching after a period of transition. Last fall Mihaly announced he would not renew his contract when it expires in July, for personal reasons. He plans to return to teaching as a member of the VLS environmental law faculty.

Chittenden County ECOS Partnership Releases 2016 Annual Report: The State of Chittenden County

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 4:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Chittenden County has met many of its development goals, but is still suffering from a declining prime workforce and a lagging amount of housing, despite an increase in units. The Chittenden County ECOS Partnership has released its 2016 ECOS Annual Report and online data Scorecard. For the second year in a row, the Annual Report is an infographic that visually displays some of the most interesting trends and notable accomplishments from 2016 relating to people, place, and prosperity in Chittenden County.

UVM leads $1.8 million Energy Department project to improve grid’s ability to handle renewables

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 2:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine An innovative project developed at the University of Vermont has received a $1.8 million award from the US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative for research aimed at improving the electric grid’s ability to accommodate power generated from renewable energy sources. The award, one of only 13 awarded nationally, is part of SunShot’s newest program called Enabling Extreme Real-time Grid Integration of Solar Energy, or ENERGISE.

Sanders 'outraged' by $89,000 pricetag for exisiting drug

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 1:13pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD), ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Marathon Pharmaceuticals Monday demanding answers about its plan to charge $89,000 per year for deflazacort, a drug that is widely available abroad for approximately $1,000 per year.

Grants up to $500,000 available for economic and infrastructure development in northern Vermont

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 11:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC), a federal-state partnership for economic and infrastructure development, has announced the availability of grant funds for projects in Essex, Orleans, Caledonia, Lamoille, Franklin, and Grand Isle counties in Vermont. The Commission seeks applications from public bodies or non-profit organizations for projects that will help achieve Vermont’s statewide economic and community development priorities, as well as the goals of the recently adopted Northern Vermont Economic Development District and NBRC strategic plans.

Smith: What are they hiding?

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 4:27am -- tim

by Mike Smith Ten months ago, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accused Bill Stenger and Ariel Quiros of using more than $200 million of investor money for purposes other than where it was supposed to go. The SEC described the fraud as a “Ponzi-like scheme.” Quiros was also accused of using money diverted from investor accounts for his own personal benefit. This scandal shocked most of us because we believed that fraud allegations of this magnitude happened elsewhere, but not in this state.

Vermont Gas Systems offers winter storm safety information

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 3:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermonters are gearing up for the first major storm of the winter, expected to last into Monday night, where accumulation is forecasted statewide between 6 inches to a foot. Vermont Gas Systems has offered the following safety tips to help customers prepare for the winter weather.  

Here are some important reminders to consider: