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VNA to explore affiliation with UVM Health Network

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 4:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties (VNA) Board of Directors voted unanimously on Thursday, May 25, 2017, to sign a non-binding Letter of Intent to explore a formal affiliation with the UVM Health Network, the parent organization of The university of Vermont Medical Center. The agreement recognizes the on-going changes in health care delivery and the importance of greater integration and collaboration among providers, resulting in improved care and lower costs.

Bullrock to build new solar array to power 500 Vermont homes

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 4:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Bullrock Corporation of Shelburne announced today that it has received a Certificate of Public Good that will enable it to construct the state’s largest solar array intended for consumption by Vermonters. The 5.7 megawatt project will be built in Grand Isle on 57 acres of land leased from Dreamwalker Farm. Construction is slated to begin in July and will employ approximately 40 people during the six-month project. The lease allows the farm to remain in agriculture and avoid development.

Weinberger affirms City of Burlington’s commitment to Paris goals

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 4:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger released the following statement announcing he has joined hundreds of mayors and leaders from across the country in signing an open letter, released today, declaring that the signatories will continue to support the Paris Climate Agreement: “Burlington is proud to be the first city in the nation to source 100 percent of its energy from renewable generation, and we are now working hard to become a net zero energy city,” said Mayor Weinberger.

New law takes steps to protect Vermonters’ drinking water from polluters, hold parties accountable

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 2:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott, joined by a bipartisan group of Bennington County lawmakers, signed S10 into law Friday. The legislation is designed to protect the drinking water of families and communities from chemical contamination. The new law, co-sponsored by Bennington County Senators Dick Sears and Brian Campion, holds individuals and businesses liable for the release of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in or near drinkable water sources. The law creates strict penalties for PFOA detected in areas that could pose potential harm to the drinking water of municipalities within the state of Vermont.

Groups thank Governor Scott over action on climate change

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 2:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Last Friday, 13 business, low income, faith and environmental organizations denounced President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement and sent a letter to Governor Scott urging swift action to stem the negative consequences of this shortsighted move. They've issued a letter saying they are pleased that Governor Scott has decided that Vermont will join other state’s in the US Climate Alliance; one of six specific actions the groups called on Scott to take. The organizations thanked the governor for taking this first step and ask him to act on five other specific requests.

Study: Vermont in middle of pack for state economies

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 1:51pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The states with the most robust economies are tending to be on the coasts, while the interior of the US is growing more slowly. Vermont ranks 26th. On the top five "best" and "worst" subcategories, it is in only one, ranking second best in educational attainment of newcomers. Other states have seen a tremendous rebound from the Great Recession. California, for instance, blossomed in 2016 as the sixth largest economy in the world, boasting a GDP that’s comparable in size to the UK’s and even larger than those of France and India. Meanwhile, Illinois continues to be in a fiscal free fall, with a record $14.5 billion in unpaid debt — imperiling its schools and social programs — as well as the second-highest unemployment rate in the Midwest.

Norwich fills leadership positions: New Provost, CIO, and Dean

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 1:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University officials have named its new Provost, CIO, and Dean of the College of National Services. The Northfield university has named Sandra G. Affenito, PhD, as new provost and dean of faculty beginning August 1, 2017. Affenito comes to Norwich after serving as associate provost and dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) in West Hartford, Ct. As dean at USJ, Affenito functioned as a Chief Academic Officer for two major academic units.

Smith: Sanders and Dean offer better national strategy for Democrats

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:09pm -- tim

by Mike Smith Many liberals and progressives are bewildered over the national Democratic strategy to win the 24 seats needed to regain control of the US House of Representatives. At a time when many in the party are motivated and energized, these liberals and progressives are urging their party to challenge Republicans at every opportunity across this country to maximize their chances for success.

Scott presses forward on teacher health insurance contract

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 10:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and Representative Linda Joy Sullivan (D-Bennington-Rutland) hosted dozens of Vermonters at a town hall-style meeting Friday in Dorset. Sullivan was one of several House Democrats who voted for and nearly pushed through legislation that would create a statewide, teacher health insurance plan. Democratic leadership and the teachers' union oppose Scott's proposal.

LCC hosts training sessions for cyanobacteria monitors

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 10:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Lake Champlain Committee (LCC) is recruiting citizens interested in water quality to serve as cyanobacteria monitors for Lake Champlain and select inland Vermont lakes. LCC will host training sessions starting June 6 for new and returning monitors. The program provides critical data on where and when blooms are happening and is relied on by health, environmental and recreation agencies to keep people informed about lake conditions.

GMP works with Freedom Nissan to give customers $10,000 off Leaf purchases

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 10:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power customers who bring their energy statements and a special code to Freedom Nissan in South Burlington now through September 30 will get $10,000 off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of a 2017 Nissan Leaf. The newly dubbed “Leaf Power Program” is the newest in GMP’s many programs encouraging Vermonters to go green and reduce costs. The Nissan Leaf is a 100 percent electric vehicle.