Vermont Business Magazine It's easy to find out how many calories are in a Twinkie. But how about in a tweet? A team of scientists have invented a new instrument for measuring just that: the caloric content of social media posts--like tweets. The state of Vermont isn't that great, as it turns out, and bacon appears to be the issue. "This can be a powerful public health tool," says Peter Dodds, a scientist at the University of Vermont, who co-led the invention of the new device--called a Lexicocalorimeter. "It's a bit like having a satellite image of how people in a state or city are eating and exercising."
Vermont Business Magazine The rumors proved true. Vail Resorts, Inc (NYSE: MTN) announced this morning that on Friday, February 17, 2017, it entered an agreement to acquire Stowe Mountain Resort from Mt Mansfield Company, Inc (MMC), a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc. (AIG), for a purchase price of $50 million, subject to certain adjustments. Stowe Mountain Resort will be Vail Resorts' first mountain resort on the East Coast. Vail Resorts is acquiring all of the assets related to the mountain operations of the resort, including base area skier services (food and beverage, retail and rental, lift ticket offices and ski and snowboard school facilities) at Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. The deal does not include the Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe Mountain Club, Stowe Country Club and certain real estate owned and held for potential future development, which will be retained by MMC.
Vermont Business Magazine The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties (VNA) announces that the Janet S Munt VNA Family Room will transition from being a program of the VNA to a newly created freestanding non-profit organization in July 2017. The VNA Family Room, established in 1988, is one of 15 state-designated parent-child centers in Vermont providing a wide range of programming and support for parents and children from birth through age six in Burlington’s Old North End.
Aly Richards Healthy children. Happy parents. A positive work culture. Engaged, productive and loyal employees who feel valued and supported to do their very best work. These are just a few of the many reasons the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children chooses to offer paid family leave. We believe offering paid family leave is not only good for young children and their families—it’s good for Vermont overall.
by Mike Smith President Donald Trump and Governor Phil Scott are both Republicans, but that’s where the similarities end. Nothing illustrates the differences between these two politicians more than their opposing positions on immigration.
Leonine Public Affairs This week the Statehouse was relatively slow moving in terms of House and Senate floor action. The House did settle on the rules for the recount of the Orange-1 House race and there was a vote to elect new UVM trustees, but beyond that, action was light. Things should start to pick up as bills move out of committee in advance of the Town Meeting week recess in two weeks, which also marks the midway point of the 2017 legislative session.
by Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe Just over 50 years ago, in response to a national poverty rate of almost 20 percent, President Johnson introduced legislation known as the “War on Poverty.” His goal was “not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it." A central piece was the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), which emphasized equal access to educational opportunity and accountability for meeting equity goals. The Act mandated funds to support those goals.
Vermont Business Magazine Saint Michael’s alumnus and National Public Radio (NPR) Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman ’77 will be presenting on campus on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in the McCarthy Arts Center at Saint Michael’s College. His talk, titled “Reporting on war and conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq,” will highlight Bowman’s many trips to the war-torn region and being embedded with US troops. Bowman was nearly killed last year when his convoy was ambushed, killing his colleague, NPR photographer David Gilkey, and their Afghani translator.
Vermont Business Magazine An abundance of snow and chilly temperatures could not keep Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) veterans away from the slopes of Pico Mountain recently. Participants skied, rode snowboards, and enjoyed the benefits of getting out of the house and connecting with fellow service members. Warriors and guests arrived at the mountain early, eager to obtain their equipment and conquer the snowy peaks. Many participants were beginners, so the bunny slope was busy throughout the day. Only an afternoon trip to the Slopeside Grill for lunch interrupted the action.
Vermont Business Magazine Girls on the Run Vermont (GOTRVT) is excited to welcome its 18th season by announcing that program registration for Central VT is open! From now until February 22, parents/guardians can register their girl for the Central VT spring program at their participating site or rec center via the GOTRVT website.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and members of his senior staff and cabinet traveled to Québec City this week for the first official meetings with their Québec counterparts, as well as meeting with businesses and industry groups in the Province. Scott and Premier Couillard discussed opportunities to expand the Vermont-Quebec partnership through continued collaboration, promoting trade integration, improving the Vermont-Quebec multi-sectorial cooperation agreement and exploring increased education exchange opportunities.
Vermont Business Magazine Special Olympics athletes, Program leaders, Unified Partners, and family members from 39 states and the District of Columbia converged on Capitol Hill on February 15 for Special Olympics’ 15th annual “Capitol Hill Day.” Special Olympics athletes from across the nation held more than 250 face-to-face meetings with Members of Congress in both the House and Senate, challenging and inviting their elected officials to partner with them to achieve the goals of expanding Special Olympics Unified Sports and Unified Champion Schools programming throughout the US, and to end health care disparities and discrimination against persons with intellectual disabilities.