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Brattleboro Retreat program gets nod as 'Leading Practice' from commission

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 7:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Brattleboro Retreat’s inpatient unit treatment programming known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has been adopted by The Joint Commission as a Leading Practice for Hospital and Behavioral Health Programs. Submissions to the Joint Commission’s Leading Practice Library undergo rigorous clinical review. According to Joint Commission officials, the Retreat’s ACT programming was accepted because “it supports quality and safety, and is felt to be of benefit to other organizations.”

TRORC receives $40K water quality grant

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 3:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pass-through funds for Water Quality Management Planning.  Funding will allow TRORC and other Regional Planning Commissions to conduct data collection, prepare stormwater master plans, conduct outreach, and work with municipalities on possible support for reclassification of surface waters, wetlands, and Outstanding Resource Waters.

Vermont consumers to get checks for Provigil settlement

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 4:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Checks are being mailed to Provigil consumers in connection with the settlement between Vermont and 47 other states, and drug company Cephalon and affiliated companies (now part of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries). In August 2016, state attorneys announced the settlement. The settlement resolved allegations that the companies engaged in unlawful "pay-for-delay" anticompetitive conduct involving the patent exclusivity for Provigil.

Mike Smith named interim president and CEO of VITL

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 3:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Board of Directors of Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc (VITL) announced today that Michael K Smith will become Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of VITL on February 20, 2018, following the end-of-year retirement of John Evans, who lead VITL for five years and helped create Vermont’s health information highway through VITL’s online patient medical records portal known as VITL Access.

14th annual Peak Pitch event gives entrepreneurs a lift

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 2:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine FreshTracks Capital announces the return of Peak Pitch, a start-up business pitch event on the slopes, scheduled for Thursday March 15th at Sugarbush. Now in its fourteenth year, Peak Pitch brings aspiring entrepreneurs and investors together for a unique version of the classic "elevator pitch." At Peak Pitch, a shared chairlift ride gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch and tune their business plans with venture capitalists, individual investors, commercial lenders and other entrepreneurial advisors during a day of skiing and snowboarding a

Personal tax falls short, but revenues positive overall

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 1:13pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Personal income tax revenues in January didn't quite live up to their newly heightened expectations, but General Fund revenues, supported by the Corporate tax, finished ahead of projections. On January 18, 2018, the Emergency Board approved a new consensus revenue forecast as presented by the state and legislative economists. The recently and modestly resurgent Personal income tax was upgraded after several down years following the Great Recession. The updated consensus forecast, with new monthly and cumulative targets, will be used to evaluate the receipts versus targets for January through June 2018

Attorney General offers new public records posting page

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Attorney General’s Office announced the launch of a new public records site on its webpage today. In support of transparent and open government, the Attorney General’s Office will now post all public record requests and responses on its webpage. The Vermont Attorney General’s Office firmly believes that a vibrant democracy depends upon citizens knowing and understanding how their government operates. Publicly available records are an integral part of an open and fair government.

Report outlines Vermont’s child care shortage

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont continues to face a critical child care shortage, according to an updated report by Let’s Grow Kids on the supply of and demand for child care in Vermont. The report found that more than half (51%) of Vermont infants and toddlers likely to need care (LTNC) don’t have access to any regulated child care programs and 77% don’t have access to high-quality programs.

Olson: The impact of federal policy on home health

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:31am -- tim

by Jill Mazza Olson, Executive Director VNAs of Vermont Vermont's not-for-profit home health agencies are deeply engaged in their local communities and they are active partners in Vermont's health care reform efforts. This week was a reminder that federal policy has an enormous impact on the services our home health agencies provide and the people they serve.

Nominations sought for GMP-Zetterstrom environmental award

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Seeking to recognize a leading Vermont environmentalist and honor the legacy of a legendary wildlife advocate, Green Mountain Power is calling for nominations for the ninth annual GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award. Presented annually and named for famed osprey advocate Meeri Zetterstrom of Milton, the GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award is given to one person, business, group or non-profit that has made a significant contribution to Vermont’s environment. The award is accompanied by a $2,500 donation to the winner’s environmental cause.

Cott to acquire Vermont Pure owner Crystal Rock

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 8:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The office beverage service that bought Vermont Pure Natural Spring Water in 2000 has itself just been acquired in a public stock buy. Cott Corporation (NYSE:COT; TSX:BCB), based in Toronto, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Cott will acquire Crystal Rock Holdings, Inc (NYSE:CRVP) for $0.97 per sha