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Vermont Research News: Teen birth rates low, local food sales up, Act 166 improves access to high-quality education

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 3:45pm -- Gabriella.March...

Center for Research on Vermont Three-quarters of Vermonters support raising the minimum wage, according to a VPR & PBS poll. National Center for Health Statistics finds northeastern states have lowest teen birth rates in America. The local food movement has increased local food sales in recent years. Act 166, implemented in 2014, provides access to higher quality education for pre-k students. 

Vermont oil tank rebate program launches Thursday

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 12:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Approximately half of Vermont homes rely on fuel oil for heat and hot water. Vermont’s fuel oil tank inspection regulations ensure that this fuel is delivered safely. VFDA, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA), oilheat providers and heating service companies are working collaboratively to make sure all tanks are inspected before the August 15, 2020 deadline. The 2020 Vermont Tank Rebate Program Launch will take place Thursday afternoon in Montpelier.

Killington announces $100,000 donation to local ski racing program

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 11:10am -- Gabriella.March...

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Killington Resort announced today a matching donation of $100,000, to Pico Ski Education Foundation (PSEF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining an affordable organized ski racing program for local families and athletes. The gift is part of Killington Resort’s Play Forever commitment to protect the environment and enable participation, in that the funds will help provide access to ski racing for local youth and support operations of the race program.

Grassroots giving: Women raise $25 million for Dartmouth Hall

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 3:16am -- tim

Dartmouth College The most ambitious women's fundraising effort in Dartmouth history has secured $25 million to restore the heart of the College's undergraduate academic experience—Dartmouth Hall. Through the generosity of more than 1,700 alumnae and others in the Dartmouth community making gifts through The Call to Lead campaign, Dartmouth Hall will be renovated to meet the needs of future generations of students.

AG finds police officers justified in fatal Rutland shooting

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 4:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General Donovan announced today that his office has reviewed the officer-involved shooting incident that occurred on October 8, 2019, in Rutland, Vermont. The Attorney General’s Office is declining to prosecute Rutland City Police Department Sergeant Kenneth Mosher, Sergeant Adam Lucia, and Corporal Elias Anderson, and Rutland Town Police Deputy Chief Ted Washburn for charges related to the fatal shooting of Christopher G. Louras. Based on the facts and circumstances, and consistent with Vermont law, the Attorney General’s Office has concluded that the actions of the officers were justified. In reaching this decision, the Office reviewed all the materials provided by the Vermont State Police, who conducted the investigation.

VPR-Vermont PBS poll finds solid support for Scott and Sanders

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 12:15pm -- tim
Paid Family Leave And Raising The Minimum Wage Have Wide Support Among Vermont Voters
Vermont Business Magazine More than halfway into his second term, Gov. Phil Scott enjoys widespread popularity and a distinct advantage over his potential Democratic rivals. And Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders appears poised to coast to victory in his home state's presidential primary. Those are two of the big takeaways from a joint statewide poll released today by VPR and Vermont PBS.

Poll shows three out of four Vermonters support legal, regulated cannabis sales

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 12:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A new poll conducted by Public Policy Polling and commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project found that an overwhelming 76% of Vermont residents support allowing adults 21 and over to purchase cannabis from regulated, tax-paying small businesses. These results are significant as they come days before the Vermont House is expected to vote on S. 54, a bill that would legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis sales in the state.

Wake Robin hires Martha Maksym as president and CEO

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 10:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Board of Directors at Wake Robin, Vermont’s first lifecare community, announced today that Martha Maksym will take over as President and CEO following Patrick McKee’s retirement from Wake Robin next month. The Board of Directors, Wake Robin residents and staff thank McKee for his five years of dedicated service to the community, and are pleased to begin the next chapter with Maksym as leader.

NorthCountry supports Rhino Foods Foundation’s income advance program initiative

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 10:30am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine NorthCountry Federal Credit Union presented a check for $10,000 to Rhino Foods Foundation’s Income Advance (IA) Program Initiative. Rhino Foods Foundation shares its IA and other innovative workplace programs with Vermont companies to help champion employee financial stability.

Vermont saw increase in drunk-driving deaths in 2018

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 9:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In 2018 Vermont ranked 19th in the number of drunk driving-related fatalities. But Vermont also was one of a handful of states that saw an increase in that number, according to a study based on federal statistics and presented by SaferAmerica. New Hampshire was one spot below Vermont, but had the biggest increase in the nation by nearly 75 percent.

Langrock Sperry & Wool celebrates 60th anniversary with a year of donations

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 9:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Established in 1960, the law firm of Langrock, Sperry & Wool, LLP has begun a yearlong celebration of their 60 years of service in Vermont with a series of charitable contributions known as 60-for-60th. Each month throughout 2020, Langrock will be make “donations of 60” to charitable organizations throughout Chittenden and Addison counties.

Registration open for Vermont Worksite Wellness Conference

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 6:19am -- tim
Early bird registration ends March 1
Vermont Business Magazine Registration is open for the 2020 Vermont Worksite Wellness Conference — Cultivating Connection - Supporting Employee Wellbeing, to be held March 25 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Burlington. The annual conference, which last year attracted 575 business owners, human resources professionals and wellness experts, is sponsored by the Vermont Department of Health and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.