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Donovan challenges legality of EPA’s rollback of clean water protections

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 11:47am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan, part of a coalition of nine Attorneys General, challenged the Trump Administration’s proposal to repeal the 2015 “Clean Water Rule.” The 2015 rule defines “waters of the United States” under federal law to ensure that the nation’s lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands receive proper federal protection.

Gifford’s new independent living facility opens

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 5:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On September 26, 2017, Gifford officially celebrated the opening of 49 new apartments in Strode Independent Living on the Morgan Orchards Senior Living campus in Randolph Center. Gifford staff, apartment residents, neighbors, and community members (many who have supported the Morgan Orchards project from the very beginning) gathered to celebrate as Vermont Governor Phil Scott cut a red ribbon that stretched across the entrance to the new building.

New Hampshire rolls out plan for new Brattleboro bridge

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 5:01am -- tim

by Wendy M Levy/The Commons Officials with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation presented two public information meetings — one in Hinsdale, and one in Brattleboro — to introduce the Connecticut River bridge project. If public comment at the Brattleboro meeting is any indication, residents really care about driving to Mountain Road in Hinsdale. In a presentation that lasted just under two hours, attendees’ questions kept coming back to whether the new bridge’s design would allow safe left turns onto Wantastiquet Mountain’s access road.

Fourth bidder for Burlington Telecom will not return

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 4:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger and City Council President Knodell released the following update on the Burlington Telecom process: "Since Tuesday we have spent hours together and with other parties exploring whether there is a way in which the fourth bidder could re-enter the BT sales process. The bidder has chosen to remain withdrawn from the process. The City greatly appreciates the interest the bidder had in Burlington and the ideas and energy they brought to the process.

Karen Scolforo, EdD, appointed president of Castleton University

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 2:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Dr Karen Scolforo will be Castleton University’s next President. The Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS) Board of Trustees voted unanimously for her appointment Thursday afternoon. Scolforo, who most recently served as president of Central Penn College in Summerdale, Pennsylvania, rose to the top of more than 50 candidates during an extensive national search.

Sue Minter named Special Olympics Vermont president and CEO

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 2:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Board of Directors of Special Olympics Vermont has named Sue Minter as the new President and CEO. Minter will replace Lisa DeNatale, who is retiring after six years leading the organization. Minter joins the statewide sports organization, serving children and adults with intellectual disabilities, with twelve years of executive and legislative experience, thirteen years of coaching youth sports, and a lifetime of participating in competitive athletics.

NRI to expand, move HQ to Waterbury

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 1:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Northern Reliability, Inc (NRI) today announced its plans to relocate the company's main headquarters and production facility from its founding location in Waitsfield to a larger property located in Waterbury, in order to meet the company's recent growth and business needs. NRI's plans for the 10,000-square-foot facility in Waterbury include a significant expansion of their existing production space, creation of a separate energy storage research and development area, as well as office space for existing and new employees coming onboard.

Discovery: Bernie Sanders spider, Obama and Leo too

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 12:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A scientist at the University of Vermont and four of his undergraduate students have discovered 15 new species of “smiley-faced” spiders—and named them after, among others, David Attenborough, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. You won’t find them in Washington, DC, Hollywood, or Vermont—but on Caribbean islands and other southern spots you might now get a glimpse of Spintharus davidattenboroughi, S. barackobamai, S. michelleobamaae, and S. berniesandersi as well as S. davidbowiei and S. leonardodicaprioi.

UVM, Albany College of Pharmacy to offer dual degree program

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont and Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences have signed an affiliation agreement to provide eligible students with an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree from UVM and a doctor of pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) from ACPHS in a total of seven years. Students seeking both of these degrees typically require eight years to complete the academic requirements of the two programs.