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Vermont Business Magazine In advance of the 2024 Legislative Session, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce reintroduced its annual Legislative Preview Presentation series to provide guidance on the business priorities for the session and provide information on legislative activities and advocacy opportunities. This series creates opportunities for business leaders to engage with the Vermont Chamber advocacy team to discuss policy concerns around Vermont and inform the business agenda. Local chambers of commerce and business associations hosted the Vermont Chamber’s advocacy team in Addison, Bennington, Chittenden, Lamoille, and Rutland County. Each event featured a presentation on policy opportunities and pressures expected in the upcoming session and a robust discussion.

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Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Health Network has been recognized as a national leader for wide-ranging workforce development initiatives by a nationwide health care networking and strategy organization, for an innovative assortment of career training and continuing education programs that serve both employees and members of the community. The National Fund for Workforce Solutions today named UVM Health Network as one of its 2023 Champion award winners for the CareerSTAT Frontline Healthcare Worker program – a peer recognition initiative that highlights organizations which create good jobs and build equitable workplace by making significant investments in frontline workers.

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Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor is experiencing technical issues with the Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimant portal, which is the system some claimants use to file their weekly benefit claims and reopen existing claims. This issue is impacting a subset of the entire claimant population. Claimants experiencing this issue will find that they are unable to file a weekly claim for the benefit week of 12/03/23 – 12/09/23. The technical difficulties involving the UI Claimant Portal are a direct result of the significant age of the existing system. As previously reported, the UI core system and the claimant portal are over 30 years old. 

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Vermont Business Magazine Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which represents 1.2 million essential workers in grocery, meatpacking, food processing, retail, and other essential industries across North America, released a statement following Ben & Jerry’s ice cream processing workers’ decision to unionize at the Waterbury, Vermont plant. Ben & Jerry’s parent company, Unilever, agreed to neutrality, paving the way for workers at their Waterbury, Vermont plant to win union recognition by way of card check today.

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Vermont Business Magazine E4H Environments for Health Architecture, the largest architecture firm solely dedicated to healthcare and health science + technology design, is honored to announce the Vermont office has been named an Emerging Professional Friendly Firm by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New England. This accolade celebrates the firm's commitment to excellence, and its unwavering dedication to nurturing emerging architectural talent. E4H’s Vermont office has been designated as an Emerging Professional Friendly Firm five times prior. This award acknowledges the firm's proactive initiatives in promoting the advancement of Emerging Professionals through programs fostering professional development, mentorship, and personal growth.

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Vermont Business Magazine In a letter sent to President Biden on Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) urged the president to make two critical policy changes in his approach to Israel and Gaza. First, that the president withdraws his support for the $10.1 billion for offensive weaponry for Netanyahu’s right-wing government contained in the proposed supplemental foreign aid package requested from Congress. And second, for the president to support the recent UN resolution that demanded an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, the unconditional release of all hostages, and full humanitarian access – a resolution which was vetoed by the United States.

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Vermont Business Magazine GlobalFoundries (Nasdaq: GFS) has been named to Newsweek’s list of “America’s Most Responsible Companies 2024.” It marks the second consecutive year GF was included on Newsweek’s list, and is the latest recognition of GF’s longstanding commitment to ESG (environment, social, and corporate governance) and environmentally sustainable manufacturing. Newsweek’s America’s Most Responsible Companies ranking focuses on a holistic view of corporate responsibility that considers all three pillars of ESG. 

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Vermont Business Magazine MENTOR Vermont is excited to announce the recipients of the 2023-2024 Vermont Mentoring Grants, the only mentoring-specific funding available to youth mentoring programs throughout the state. This year, MENTOR Vermont awarded 20 grants, totaling $632,200, which will support more than 1,750 youth in communities across Vermont. MENTOR Vermont recognizes that young people are natural dreamers, but not all youth are given the same access and opportunities to achieve those dreams. A caring and committed mentor can help a young person ignite their curiosities, solidify their passions, and leverage their talents.

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Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) announces the awardees for the third competitive round of the Climate Catalyst Innovation Fund. The funding supports projects that make a meaningful, community-scale impact. VCRD received more than $99,000 in requests and was able to fund 25 projects totaling $82,500 to support local climate solutions in Vermont. Projects are practical and creative efforts that expand community resilience, reduce energy use, and create new approaches to challenging problems. Projects funded this year include a floodplain public food forest, developing frontline emergency preparedness kits, climate economy workforce training, and many more. 

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Vermont State Police On the above date and approximate time, VSP Derby Troopers as well as Troopers from the Crash Reconstruction Team, members of the Orleans Fire Department, and the Orleans Ambulance Service responded to an automated notification of an airbag deployment on Willoughby Lake Rd in Barton.  Upon arrival, the above vehicle was located in contact with a tree.  The operator and lone occupant of the vehicle, Leblanc, was extricated from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene.

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Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) announces the 2023 Work-Based Learning and Training grants, a total sum of approximately $500,000, to diverse organizations across the state. These grants underline VDOL's commitment to enhancing Vermont's workforce by providing students and job seekers with the requisite skills and experience for professional success. Supported by the VDOL's statewide Work-Based Learning and Training Program, these grants help schools, colleges, and businesses facilitate the transition of secondary and postsecondary students to the workforce. 

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Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont State Police announces the appointment of two new professional staff members to assume leadership roles within the organization. Both of the positions were previously held by sworn members of law enforcement. The two new VSP leaders are Ron LaFond Jr. as director of the Vermont Intelligence Center, and Christian Pedoty as emergency communications director. LaFond and Pedoty have extensive experience within the Department of Public Safety and have worked closely with the state police throughout their careers.