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Patrick Jordan III named COO at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Patrick F Jordan III has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system. Jordan, who previously served as COO for the at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, MA, was appointed to the position by Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and President Dr. Joanne M. Conroy. He begins his new role at Dartmouth-Hitchcock on November 20.

State warns Vermonters against unclaimed property scams

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan and State Treasurer Beth Pearce are warning citizens about phone solicitations and websites that falsely claim citizens must pay a fee to locate and retrieve unclaimed property. Vermont citizens are advised to search the State’s free unclaimed property database before accepting services from other entities. In recent days, several Vermont residents have reported that for-profit enterprises have contacted them by phone, letter or email offering unclaimed property search services for an upfront fee.

Sanders blasts House passage of tax plan

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Senator Bernie Sanders: "It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the House Republicans just voted to give the Koch brothers and other billionaire campaign contributors a massive tax break. Under the House bill, the top 1 percent would get half of the tax benefits, while nearly half of middle class families would see their taxes go up. As bad as the House bill is, the Senate tax plan is even worse..."

Sanders to hold student town meeting on opioids Friday in Burlington

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) will hold a student town meeting at Burlington High School to discuss the opioid crisis in Vermont and throughout the United States. The meeting will be held Friday at 1 pm. Sanders will be joined by a panel including Dr Heather Stein, associate medical director at the Community Health Centers of Burlington, and Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan. Following the panel discussion, there will be a question and answer session with the students.

Winter is Here: Early season updates at Vermont resorts

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 2:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine When Mother Nature hands out cold weather, Vermonters make snow with it, and November’s chilly temperatures coupled with the Green Mountain State’s world class snowmaking power allowed for Vermont’s resorts to open early and open strong for the 2017-18 season. Killington Resort stayed true to their legacy by being the first Eastern resort to open on November 8 and Mount Snow Resort took home a new accolade by opening on November 11 with the most open terrain East of the Rockies with 108 acres. Okemo Mountain Resort also began spinning their lifts on November 11. “This was our earliest opening in five years,” said Okemo Vice President and General Manager Bruce Schmidt. Come Thanksgiving weekend, skiers and snowboarders will have access to over half of Vermont’s mountains, with most major resorts opening by Friday, November 24.

Three Vermont dairy farms achieve Food Armor certification

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 2:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets have announced that three Vermont dairy farms have achieved full certification in a national program aimed at ensuring food safety and responsible medication use. In June 2017, the Agency launched a funding initiative to help offset the cost of dairy farm certification in the Food Armor HACCP for Proper Drug Use program.

Governor, treasurer create Financial Literacy Working Group

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 2:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and State Treasurer Beth Pearce today announced a new partnership and formation of a Financial Literacy Working Group to improve State agencies’ and departments’ delivery of personal finance resources to Vermonters. The Working Group, which will be led by the Treasurer’s Office and Department of Financial Regulation, is one of a series of actions to increase the financial well-being of Vermonters.

Burlington to improve parking, ease costs ahead of the holiday season

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 1:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine You'll no longer have to worry about getting a parking ticket at a meter late at night in Burlington. In advance of a festive and busy downtown holiday season, the Burlington Department of Public Works (DPW), the Burlington Business Association (BBA) and Church Street Marketplace (CSM) have announced a series of significant parking upgrades, improvements and a holiday season promotion. Many of these upgrades and improvements were made possible by the City’s new Sustainable Infrastructure Plan, the 2015 Downtown Parking and Transportation Plan and by Mayor Miro Weinberger’s and his Administration’s focus on improving the parking experience in Burlington, including lessening the time involved in finding and paying for parking, making parking as safe as possible and raising public awareness on additional parking opportunities in light of the Burlington City Place parking structure demolition.

Feds threaten to cut public safety funding over immigration policies

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department notified the State of Vermont and the City of Burlington that the Department believes they have laws, policies or practices that violate 8 USC 1373, a federal statute that promotes information-sharing related to immigration enforcement. In all, the Department cited 29 jurisdictions, sometimes derided as “sanctuary cities,” that are being threatened with the withholding of funds.

Sunwealth completes solar project at SIT in Brattleboro

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 7:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Sunwealth has announced the completion of the World Learning School for International Training (SIT) solar project installation. The 196.5 kW project, located on World Learning’s SIT Brattleboro, Vermont campus, will help the national non-governmental organization achieve $10,000 in energy savings per year. The project will also mitigate 183 metric tons of carbon in the first year of operation and produce approximately 260,200 kWh of renewable energy annually – equal to burning 211,866 pounds of coal per year.