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Leahy, Sanders applaud appointment of special counsel

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 7:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Patrick Leahy released the following statements Wednesday after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as a special counsel to oversee its investigation into Russian meddling in last November's election.

Vermont tops list of 2017 Locavore Index for local food

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 5:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Which states are most into local food? That question is answered by the sixth annual Locavore Index, which ranks the 50 states (plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) in terms of their commitment to local food. The Index, which uses seven different data sets reflecting patterns of local food consumption, is researched and compiled by Strolling of the Heifers, a non-profit food advocacy organization based in Vermont. According to the 2017 Locavore Index, Vermont, Maine, Oregon, Montana and New Hampshire (in that order) demonstrate the strongest commitment to local food. Vermont has led the Index since its inception in 2012. Rounding out the top 10 are the District of Columbia, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Hawaii, and Rhode Island.

CAO Bob Rusten to leave top Burlington position

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 4:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced that Burlington Chief Administrative Officer Bob Rusten will be leaving the CAO position on September 1, 2017, after serving in City Hall since 2013.  Rusten played a critical role in numerous key initiatives over the last four years, including the restoration of the City’s credit rating, voter passage of a five year infrastructure plan, and substantial reform of the City’s retirement system. 

Democrats end talks with Scott over health plan, veto looms

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 4:15pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Democratic leadership in the Legislature announced today that it has given up trying to find a compromise with Governor Phil Scott over the issue of a statewide teacher health insurance plan. They said they will now finalize the state budget and send it to the governor, where he could sign it, let it become law without his signature or veto it, as he has suggested he might. A veto would require the Legislature, nearly two week already behind their intended adjournment date, back into session soon after a veto.

St Johnsbury Road Pitch August 4

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 3:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Do you have an innovative product or creative concept? Do you need help in defining and refining your business concept and business pitch? Are you looking to court investors who can assist in producing your product or capitalizing your business? St. Johnsbury has again secured a spot in the statewide entrepreneurial competition known as Road Pitch, which will be hosted at Catamount Arts on August 4th. From Brattleboro to Grand Isle, see upcomiing Road Pitch schedule below.

Governor signs letter urging US to maintain commitment to Paris Climate Agreement

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 1:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced he and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker have sent a letter to the Trump Administration urging them to continue the United States’ commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. The letter from the two Republicans cites Vermont and Massachusetts’ ongoing nation-leading efforts to combat climate change and stresses the importance of leading on this issue to build a stronger and more resilient country.

Ski Vermont donates record grant to Larson Farm to help preserve working landscape

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 12:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On May 16, 2017 Ski Vermont donated a record breaking $19,980 Larson Farm and Creamery in Wells. The donation comes from the proceeds of the 2016-17 seasonal Fifth Grade Passport sales which helped over 3,100 children to ski and snowboard in Vermont for free this winter. The Ski Vermont grant, which is part of the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, will help the Larson family develop marketing, packaging and cover initial startup costs for their new line of dairy products. New products will include cream-line milk, yogurt, skyr, gelato and butter. The WLE Initiative works to protect and progress the working landscape of Vermont by investing in agricultural and forestry based businesses.

UVMMC awards $1.4 million in grants for community health

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 12:13pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center is investing $1.4 million in a broad range of social service and community health programs in Chittenden and Franklin counties through its Community Health Investment Fund.  Grants have been awarded to innovative programs that address critical health problems such as opioid dependency, mental health, food insecurity and homelessness, among other issues.

NeighborWorks America awards five Vermont grants for nearly $1.5 million

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Five Vermont organizations are getting nearly $1.5 million in grants to revitalize communities and support access to affordable housing across Vermont, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vermont) announced Wednesday. These funds mark the first round of FY17 federal grants awarded by NeighborWorks America, now being released after the passage of a federal appropriations bill on May 4, 2017.

VFCU elects new board

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 11:06am -- tim

Vemront Business Magazine On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 over 200 members joined Vermont Federal Credit Union leadership and staff at the DoubleTree in South Burlington to elect the Board of Directors. The meeting began with an Italian buffet and a special presentation on emotional intelligence from guest speaker, David Caruso, PhD, followed by remarks from President and CEO of the Credit Union, Jean Giard and Board Chair, Douglas Fisher.

Magic Hat brews up a locals-only line

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Hat Brewing Company is Vermont born and bred, dreaming up small-batch, exceptional elixirs to delight residents and keep flatlanders longing for the Green Mountain lifestyle since the early days of craft beer. And while the cast and crew of Magic Hat have always happily shared their beers far and wide, this year they are keeping a little something special behind the curtain for local enjoyment only. The Vermont-Only Pilot Batch Series, new for 2017, is unveiling some of the brewery’s most exciting concoctions exclusively in its home state.