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Four Bennington County firms get over $600K in training grants

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:57pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development announced Tuesday that four Bennington County businesses have been awarded a total of $631,182 in Vermont Training Program Grants from the Department of Economic Development this fiscal year to train more than 675 employees. The grants provide training that leads to improved skill sets and wage increases for upwards of 615 existing employees, and support training for up to 60 new hires.

Report: Vermont air quality has improved

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:40pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine The American Lung Association’s 2018 “State of the Air” report found that the Burlington-South Burlington metro area to be the only city in the Northeast to be ranked on all three Cleanest City lists for Ozone pollution, for year-round particle pollution and for short-term particle pollution, based on data from 2014-2016.

Anderson, Lowe, Redell named to Burlington leadership positions

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:34am -- Anonymous

Vermont Buisness Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced changes in three City leadership positions: the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO), and the Chief of Staff. The Mayor appointed Beth Anderson the CAO, named former Chief of Staff Brian Lowe the Acting CIO, and appointed Jordan Redell to serve as his new Chief of Staff.

Manufacturing Solutions Inc. is awarded VEGI Incentive

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 2:47pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Manufacturing Solutions, Inc. (MSI) has been accepted into the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive (VEGI) program by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. MSI received support and assistance throughout the process from the Lamoille Economic Development Corporation. This incentive will support the company’s plans to expand space and improve tooling, resulting in new and improved jobs.

Vermont outdoor recreation worth $5.5 billion

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:21pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) today released its Outdoor Recreation Economy report for Vermont, the first report of its kind that comprehensively captures the power of a vast multi-billion dollar economic engine in communities and across the nation. Every year, Vermont residents alone spend $1.51 billion on outdoor recreation, and at least 128 outdoor companies call the district home.

Scott vetoes toxic substances bill, S103

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:14am -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Monday night, Governor Phil Scott vetoed S103. The bill would give the Department of Health additional authority to regulate manufacturing and the sale of products in Vermont. S103 lowers the scientific criteria required to classify chemicals as dangerous and allows the Commissioner of Health to unilaterally regulate or ban the sale of children’s products in Vermont, especially for children's products. The governor said the bill is duplicative to the state's already strong standards on hazardous materials and could increase costs of goods to consumers and businesses.

UVM Medical Center and MGH team up for Swanton man’s heart transplant

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 6:12am -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Kevin Daignault of Swanton recently got a life-changing call in the middle of the night -- after a long wait, a new heart had finally become available for him.  Daignault hopped in the car immediately for a trip to Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital to have the transplant operation. Luckily for him, it was only the second time he’d had to make that drive because, due to a special partnership between the University of Vermont Medical Center and Massachusetts General, most of his pre-operative care happened in Vermont.