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Scott declares Monday a 'powder day'

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 7:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine With Vermont’s biggest snow storm of the year rolling across the region Sunday through Monday morning, and many school districts already calling off school, Governor Phil Scott has declared Monday a “Powder Day” and is urging regional winter enthusiasts to take full advantage of the excellent conditions.

Legislature Week in Review: Freedom and unity

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 7:53pm -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs Vermont State motto “Freedom and Unity” was on full display this week at the State House as politicians from all three major parties joined together to announce an effort to protect Vermonters from President Trump’s Executive Order that cracks down on immigration. Governor Phil Scott, Attorney General TJ Donovan, Lt. Governor David Zuckerman, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, Senate President pro-tem Tim Ashe and other legislative leaders announced that companion bills will be introduced in the House (H.228) and Senate (S.79) titled “An act relating to freedom from compulsory collection of personal information.”  

Middlebury Maple Run recognized by Runners’ World Magazine

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 5:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The ninth edition of the “Middlebury Maple Run – The Sweetest Half” is scheduled for Sunday, May 7 with a starting time of 9 am. The Middlebury Maple Run is one of New England’s “must-do” races and is included in the March 2017 issue of Runners’ World as being one of the country’s best food- and beverage-themed half marathons. The article’s backdrop includes a panoramic photo of Middlebury’s South Street Extension, approximately Mile 9 of the half marathon course. With 660,000 subscribers, Runners’ World is the running community’s most-read publication.

Katharine Shepherd invested as UVM’s first Levitt Family Green and Gold Professor

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 4:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Katharine Shepherd, Ed.D., a professor and interim associate dean in the College of Education and Social Services (CESS) at the University of Vermont, was endowed in a formal investiture ceremony on February 7 as the inaugural Levitt Family Green and Gold Professor. Following remarks from UVM President Tom Sullivan and CESS Dean Dr. Scott Thomas, Dr. Shepherd was presented with a medallion in front of a packed room of family, friends, colleagues and students in the Memorial Lounge of the Waterman Building on the UVM campus.

Phoenix Books buys Yankee Bookshop

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 4:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The owners of Phoenix Books, a Vermont-owned bookstore with locations in Essex, Burlington, Rutland and Chester, have purchased Woodstock's Yankee Bookshop. Michael DeSanto and Renee Reiner met with Susan Morgan - who bought the shop in 2001 - for the closing on February 1. Yankee Bookshop first opened in November of 1935, making it Vermont's oldest continuously operated independent bookshop.

Ag Agency awards over $121,000 in Farm to School grants to 13 schools

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 1:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Students and teachers representing nearly 20 schools from across Vermont crowded into the Statehouse Cafeteria in Montpelier on Wednesday along with legislators, government officials, and Vermont Farm to School Network leaders to celebrate Farm to School Awareness Day and honor 2017 grant winners. Over $121,000 in grants and technical supports were awarded to 13 schools, representing 10 Vermont counties, for the purpose of growing and developing farm to school programs.

Five Vermonters named to Talent Pipeline Management Academy

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced today the second cohort of participants in its Talent Pipeline Management Academy, a program supported by a $2.5 million grant from USA Funds. Talent Pipeline Management (TPM), the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s signature workforce development initiative, is a new way of addressing the nation’s skills gap by positioning employers in a more central role as key customers of postsecondary education and training providers.

Weekly unemployment claims edge down again

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 10:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims fell slightly last week as claims follow a pattern of being lower than they were last year. By industry, Construction reported the most claims last week at 44 percent of all claims, and were slightly above in actual number than the previous week. In an average week, Services usually record the most claims. 

For the week of February 4, 2017, there were 562 claims, down 13 from the previous week's total and 103 fewer than than they were a year ago. Year-to-year claims have been lower the last several weeks.

Housing bill would raise $10 million from hotel, AirBnB guests

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 9:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont legislators from the House and Senate introduced on Thursday legislation anticipated to raise as much as $10 million per year to support affordable housing in Vermont and reduce homelessness. The bills propose a $2 per night Occupancy Fee on hotel, motel and AirBnB guests, which will fund a newly created Workforce and Supportive Housing Fund. The fund will be managed by the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.

USDA energy program seeks grant applications, up to $500,000 available

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 7:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks grant applications from rural businesses interested in increasing their bottom line through performing energy efficiency upgrades or installing renewable energy systems. USDA Rural Development is accepting applications until March 31 for funding through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

Saint Michael’s College joins Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 4:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Saint Michael’s College will be joining more than 100 colleges and universities as part of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. The Coalition is a diverse group of public and private universities that provide substantial support to lower–resourced and under-represented students, offer responsible student financial aid support, and demonstrate a commitment to student graduation.

Saint Michael’s will accept the Coalition application for admission beginning this fall.