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Chamber names Norwich President Richard Schneider Citizen of the Year

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 9:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday the selection of retired Rear Admiral, United States Coast Guard Reserve, and Norwich University President, Richard W Schneider as its 2017 Citizen of the Year. Schneider’s contributions to Vermont will be celebrated at an awards dinner on Thursday, November 16 at the DoubleTree Hotel in South Burlington.

UVM med school dean Rick Morin to step down

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 3:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Frederick Morin, MD, announced today that next year, he will step down as dean of The Robert Larner, MD College of Medicine at The University of Vermont once a successor has been named. Morin became the College’s 17th dean 10 years ago, on August 25, 2007. “Rick Morin’s accomplishments at UVM are truly extraordinary,” said UVM President Tom Sullivan. “His creativity, persistence, and strong leadership have created a legacy for the Larner College of Medicine that will last for generations.

Amid federal uncertainty, state employer regulations on the rise

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 2:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine From healthcare reform to paid leave, major legislation on such issues at the federal level may be far off as Congress likely pivots its focus to tax reform and a government spending bill. With the federal regulatory picture uncertain, many state and local governments are moving ahead with their own legislation to advance such initiatives in their communities. Vermont, the Northeast and West Coast states are among those seeking more employee coverage. 

Castleton TRiO Upward Bound program expands to New York

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 11:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Castleton University recently received word from the office of Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy that its TRiO Upward Bound program has been funded for five more years to serve 63 additional high school students in Washington County, New York attending the target schools of Granville High School, Hartford High School, Salem High School, and Whitehall High School.

UVM gets NEH grant to update popular image of Vermont farmer

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 10:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Picture a Vermont farmer. Does a grizzled, seventh generation dairyman come to mind, Holsteins and silo in the background? A new $180,000 Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to a consortium that includes The University of Vermont and three partners aims to complicate that image. The matching grant program will use comic books and digital storytelling to spur dialog and deepen understanding of the state’s changing agricultural community.

Childcare: A critical support for people recovering from opioid addiction

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 5:05am -- tim

by Louis Josephson, PhD Vermont is fortunate to have an established system of outpatient care for people who are recovering from opioid addiction. In fact, our state’s Hub and Spoke system has been nationally recognized as a model for other states struggling with the current opioid epidemic. Hub and Spoke has been in place in Vermont since 2012. To understand its basic structure, Hubs are  opioid treatment programs located across the state.

Lajeunesse: Are you a 'hardworking' investor?

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 3:43am -- tim

by Gabriel C Lajeunesse, JD Next week, we observe Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. You work hard your whole life with the hope that your efforts will ultimately allow you to achieve your financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement. But for that to happen, you may need to apply some of the lessons of the workplace to your efforts as an investor.

So, what are these lessons? Here are a few to consider:

Vermont keeps trying to get people to pay Use Tax, offers grace period

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 4:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Taxes continues its outreach with a come-forward program for individuals who may not know what Vermont Use Tax is and when it is due. Use tax is due when a seller does not charge the buyer Vermont Sales Tax on an item that is taxable in Vermont. Taxable items sold over the internet, by mail, by phone, or bought out-of-state and used in Vermont generally qualify. Use tax is not a new tax. It has been in effect since Vermont established a sales tax in 1969.

Longtime chief of Ski Vermont Parker Riehle to lead NSAA

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 1:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The board of directors of the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), a nonprofit trade association that represents ski area owners and operators throughout the United States, named Parker Riehle on Monday as the new president and CEO of the organization. Riehle—who is currently the president of Ski Vermont, the Vermont Ski Areas Association (VSAA)—will assume the position on January 1, 2018, replacing Michael Berry, who is retiring after 25 years. 

PAI: State budget rescissions

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:41pm -- tim

by Jack Hoffman Public Assets Institute The governor’s office and the Legislature agreed in mid-August on how to close a $12.6 million budget gap that came to light after the Legislature adjourned its 2017 session. The gap surfaced last month when economists for the Legislature and the administration lowered their estimate of how much revenue the state can expect to collect this fiscal year. The good thing about the plan approved on August 17 is that it includes relatively little in actual cuts.