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Survey: College administrators see problems as more students view marijuana as safe

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A majority of college administrators in a new survey say that more students believe marijuana to be "safe," drawing concern that changing attitudes about marijuana might have downstream effects on college campuses. Administrators say the number of students with marijuana-related problems has either increased (37 percent) or stayed the same (32 percent), while almost none say such problems have lessened.

Kerrick Johnson joins executive leadership team of Utopus Insights

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Utopus Insights has announced that Vermont Electric Power Company executive Kerrick Johnson has joined the leadership team of Utopus as Chief Ecosystem Officer. Johnson has almost 20 years of experience in the electric utility industry. A well-known figure politically and in the electric industry in Vermont, he will be responsible for developing a network of industry connections, partnerships, and related communication and marketing activities. Based in Valhalla, NY, Utopus Insights is a new company started in February 2017 that was formed by IBM and VELCO to help plan for the next generation of the electric grid.

Snowmaking starts at Killington

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:05am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in Eastern North America and part of the POWDR adventure lifestyle company, has begun snowmaking in advance of the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup on November 24-26, 2017. Killington Resort was the first North American ski mountain to open its season to the general public in 2016 and last to close in 2017 for Eastern North America, in part because of the resort’s advanced snowmaking and grooming prowess.

VEDA approves $9.9 million in economic development financing

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine During the last quarter, the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) approved $9.9 million in financing to help support commercial, agricultural, energy and small business projects totaling more than $29 million throughout Vermont, including to Rhino Foods, St Albans Bay marina, Sunrise Orchards, Rogers Hill Sugar Maple Farm, Milton McMullen Road Solar, Gaines Farm Community Solar, and the Woodstock Farmers Market.

Joint project provides online database of Vermont films, Vermont PBS archive for community use

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 9:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont PBS and the Vermont International Film Foundation (VTIFF) today announced the launch of a joint online database of Vermont films and TV programs past and present, the Vermont Archive Movie Project (VAMP) database. This searchable resource will allow students, historians, filmmakers and the public at large to tap into the state’s rich history on film. The VAMP database will increase understanding about the films and filmmakers here in the state.

UVM Grossman School ranks 8 on 'Better World' MBA list

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 9:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Corporate Knights has released the 15th edition of the Better World MBA ranking. The University of Vermont Grossman School of Business ranked 8th in the global assessment. The ranking, which has been published annually since 2002, evaluates instruction and research in sustainability from a base universe of the top 100 schools on the Financial Times Global MBA rankings, and invites all other accredited MBA programs (AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS) to opt-in.

NorthCountry FCU opens in Barre and Montpelier

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine NorthCountry Federal Credit Union’s two new branches are open for business at 328 North Main Street, Barre and 1 National Life Drive in Montpelier, former locations of Granite Hills Credit Union.  At a special meeting on June 22, Granite Hills Credit Union members approved their Board of Directors’ recommendation to merge with NorthCountry Federal Credit Union.

UVM honored for leadership in alcohol abuse prevention

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 5:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Officials from EVERFI, a leading education technology innovator, has recognized the University of Vermont with the group’s prestigious Prevention Excellence Award. The award recognizes UVM’s commitment to adopting the highest standards in alcohol abuse prevention. Colleges and universities that have joined the Campus Prevention Network are eligible for consideration to receive the award through completing either the Sexual Assault Diagnostic Inventory (SADI) or the Alcohol Diagnostic Inventory (ADI) – comprehensive research-based assessments of a school’s prevention programs and practices grounded in a decade of peer-reviewed literature on best practices in prevention.

Vermont Tech ranks among top community colleges for financial aid

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 3:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Community colleges fill an important gap in the realm of education. They cater to a broader audience, cost easily 1/3rd of what a student would pay at a four-year institution, and they offer a greater degree of flexibility. Many students that attend community college are working or have family obligations that only allow them to go part-time.

Vermont processor recalls ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 3:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Livestock Slaughter and Processing, LLC, a Ferrisburg, Vt., establishment, is recalling approximately 133 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday. The ground beef was produced on July 24 and 25, 2017. 

Mt Ascutney Hospital names Leesa Taft associate medical director

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 2:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) is pleased to announce that Leesa Taft, APN has been appointed to the position of Associate Medical Director, effective Sunday, September 24, 2017. In this newly created role, Taft will serve as a member of the Primary Care management team and clinical team leader for Internal Medicine at the Windsor practice. She will also oversee clinical practice for nurse practitioners and physician assistants, in addition to continuing her role as a primary care provider.

Smugglers’ Notch Distillery adds gluten free organic vodka to its lineup

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 4:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine It all started in 2010 with their award-winning Vodka. Within 9 months of the release, this corn and winter wheat vodka won a Double Gold medal in the World Spirits Competition and was awarded 95 points by the Wine Enthusiast, which earned it the title of #1 domestic vodka. Now, with the upcoming release of their Gluten Free Organic Vodka, Smugglers’ Notch Distillery, co-owned by the father/son duo of Ron and Jeremy Elliott, is achieving tan ambition to support treatments for cancer in an ongoing way, bottle by bottle.