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Vermont Afterschool gets $55,000 to help close the gender gap in STEM

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 10:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The STEM Next Opportunity Fund today announced a multi-year grant to Vermont Afterschool as part of the Million Girls Moonshot. The Intel Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have joined STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to launch the Million Girls Moonshot. The effort is designed to engage 1 million school-age girls in the United States in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning opportunities over the next five years. The first year Vermont grant, just awarded, is for $55,000.

Condos and Vermont Bar Association partner on poll worker recruitment

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 10:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Secretary of State’s Office and the Vermont Bar Association (VBA) are working together to enlist lawyers and law students to volunteer as poll workers at their local polling stations in November. Many of our traditional poll worker volunteers may not be in a position to participate in person at their polling stations this fall due to COVID-19 and being an at-risk population, so lawyers and law students who are able to participate in person are being asked to contact their Town Clerk offices to help fill the need.

Vermont PTAC hosts 3rd annual PTAC Day

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 3:39am -- tim

Vermont Busienss Magazine For 35 years, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) have helped expand the number of small businesses that successfully compete for and win federal, state, and local government contracts. On September 16, PTACs from around the country are coming together to celebrate the success of the tens of thousands of small businesses who have benefitted from training and technical assistance delivered by their local PTACs.

Scott vetoes climate bill

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 9:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today vetoed H.688, An act relating to addressing climate change, but provided a path forward to pass a bill that achieves the stated goals without the harmful impacts of the current bill. Governor Scott outlined three areas where the bill could be improved to earn his support, which he had previously detailed in an August 12 letter to legislative leaders, alongside proposed legislative language for which his Administration has advocated throughout the process. “To prioritize the emission reductions necessary to address climate change, we need to learn the lessons of building a comprehensive clean water plan. H.688, as written, will lead to inefficient spending and long, costly court battles, not the tangible investments in climate-resilient infrastructure, and affordable weatherization and clean transportation options that Vermonters need,” he added.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Vermont should be the model of the country

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 5:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Dr Fauci sought to provide confidence that the EPA will deliver a safe vaccine and he explained the multiple layers of checkpoints, including an independent data and safety monitoring board, a safety pledge by the FDA, and the scientific community, that is watching and “are not shy about giving our scientific opinions.”

Dr Fauci joins Governor Scott to congratulate Vermont on its COVID-19 response

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 5:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine At his regular press briefing Tuesday, Governor Phil Scott was joined by Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to discuss Vermont and the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Scott, who extended the State of Emergency to October 15 on Friday, detailed the state’s progress in suppressing the virus in Vermont. Scott highlighted the value of relying on the available science and public health experts at the Vermont Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and credited the vigilance of Vermonters in adhering to health guidance.

Omega Optical acquired by Boston private equity firm

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 5:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Omega Optical, a leading manufacturer of precision optical filters and coatings, announced today that it has been acquired by Artemis Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused exclusively on partnering with differentiated industrial technology companies. Omega will continue to operate as an independent company from its headquarters in Brattleboro. Financial terms were not disclosed. Omega has been recognized as an innovator in precision optical filters and coatings since its founding in 1969 by Dr Robert Johnson. The company's filter products are designed and fabricated to control the passage of light and enable a broad range of mission-critical optical applications including flow cytometry, fluorescence microscopy, spectroscopy, LiDAR, machine vision, and satellite imaging for global OEM customers in the life science, aerospace & defense, instrumentation, semiconductor, environmental and industrial sensor industries.

Vermont gets over $700,000 in USDA REAP funds

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 5:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $772,881 in grant funding to farmers, producers and small businesses in Vermont under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Ridge Line Maple Works of Jeffersonville is among this year’s REAP grant recipients and will receive $20,000 to integrate a reverse osmosis system into its sugaring operation. The investment will save the company an estimated $17,000 annually— roughly 83 percent of its energy costs.

Death resulting charges filed in Waterford homicide case

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 4:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that a federal grand jury returned a 19-Count Fourth Superseding Indictment yesterday charging Krystal Whitcomb, 28, formerly of Waterford, VT, Michael Hayes a.k.a. Moe, 38, formerly of Washington, DC, and John Welch, 34, formerly of Woodsville, NH, with using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, during which Whitcomb, Hayes and Welch caused the death of Michael Pimental by murder.

Former nurse indicted for murder for hire, conspiracy to kidnap, child pornography offenses

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 2:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that a federal grand jury returned a Third Superseding Indictment on September 15, 2020, which charged Sean Fiore, 36, of Burlington, Vermont, with murder for hire, conspiracy to kidnap and murder a person overseas, and five child pornography offenses. A second person was charged with Fiore in the Third Superseding Indictment, but the identifying information about that person is currently under seal by order of the court. Fiore will be arraigned on the indictment before US Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy on a date to be scheduled in the future.

Matt Collins named CEO of Heritage Aviation

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 9:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Board of Directors of Heritage Aviation announced today that Matthew Collins has been promoted to be the company’s Chief Executive Officer, succeeding David Stiller who served as company President from 2014-2020. Collins was previously the director of fixed base operations. Stiller has moved into the role of chair of the board of directors. Collins joined Heritage Aviation in 2008 as a line service technician and was promoted to director of fixed base operations in 2016. In his time with the company, Collins has overseen all aspects of the fixed-base operations including customer service, safety, quality control, and airline operations.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care presents appreciation to Orvis

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 4:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Simon Perkins, president of the Orvis Company, a luxury clothing retailer with headquarters in Arlington, accepted a gift of appreciation from Tom Dee, president and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) for contributions of more than 750 masks during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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