Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) will host a celebration on July 29 to mark the start of the expanded Amtrak Ethan Allen Express passenger rail service in Burlington, Ferrisburgh-Vergennes, and Middlebury. The inaugural service will be celebrated with refreshments and live music beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Union Station, followed by a series of remarks by state and federal officials. The event will culminate in a ribbon-cutting event and the boarding of the Ethan Allen Express at 9:50 a.m. The train will depart at 10:10 a.m., marking the beginning of normal service from Burlington to New York City and carrying invited guests and the first ticketed passengers.
Vermont Business Magazine In 2021 the Community Sailing Center launched its newest signature program, the Sailing Diversity Access Initiative, one that has received national attention. This initiative was borne out of the obligation and desire to foster a new generation of sailors to create a community that represents everyone on Lake Champlain, overcoming racial and socioeconomic barriers to the sport. The program offers children who identify as BIPOC between the ages of 11-15 a fully funded summer camp experience of up to 4 weeks, and the ability to return for up to 4 years or until they are of age to become a Junior Instructor!
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) is now accepting grant applications for the FY 2023 Mobility and Transportation Innovation (MTI) Grant Program. The program is designed to support innovative strategies and projects that improve mobility and access to services for transit-dependent Vermonters, reduce the use of single-occupancy vehicles, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Vermont Business Magazine Today Secretary of State Jim Condos reminded Vermonters that the Tuesday, August 9 Statewide Primary Election is only two weeks away and encouraged voters to formulate their voting plan. Those planning to return their ballot by mail are encouraged to get their voted ballot in the mail stream no later than Friday, July 29 to ensure ample time for it to be delivered to the Town Clerk before Election Day. Vermonters can also vote early, or return an early ballot, in person at their Clerk’s office any day before Election Day on August 9, during normal business hours. Secure drop boxes are available in many towns for voters to conveniently return their ballot packages. The Town Clerk must have a voter’s ballot in hand by 7pm on Election Day, August 9, for it to be counted.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Community Foundation is recognizing a gift to the Heart of Winooski’s “Uplifting the Winooski School District BIPOC Educator Workforce Program” from an anonymous fund. This initiative will enable current Winooski School District (WSD) professionals and members of the Winooski community to translate their certification and/or work experiences from their country of origin to the Vermont Teaching Licensure standards so they’re able to teach in Vermont schools. Approximately 51 percent of Winooski Middle and High School students identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), however, only 6 percent of the district’s teachers identify as BIPOC. There are current staff members and community members from WSD students’ countries of origin and US-born People of Color (BIPOC) who do not hold teaching or administrative positions due to educational and financial barriers to licensure.
Vermont Business Magazine Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) announces new Heart Healthy Video Series to serve as a resource for community members to improve their health and reduce their risk of heart disease. The Heart Healthy Video Series, which is made possible thanks to the Vermont Department of Health 1815 grant, consists of one introduction video and six educational videos. Topics include minimally processed foods, fats and cholesterols, sodium, added sugars, produce and plants and reading food labels.
Vermont Business Magazine Security staff at Vermont’s correctional facilities will soon see a greater work/life balance and enhanced pay and benefits as the result of an agreement reached last week between the Vermont Department of Corrections and the Vermont State Employees’ Association (VSEA) Supervisory and Corrections Bargaining teams. The agreement supports the Department’s comprehensive “Stability and Sustainability Plan” by providing targeted enhancements to support staff through the transition. The Stability and Sustainability Plan will stabilize facility staffing levels, reduce the need for field staff to cover overtime shifts, increase bonuses, and improve the quality of life for frontline staff. Security staff at facilities will begin the transition from 8-hour to 12-hour shifts on August 28.
Vermont Business Magazine The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it is awarding more than $10 million in Farm to School Grants to 123 projects across the country. Additionally, for the first time, the department is empowering states with $60 million in non-competitive grants to develop stronger and sustainable Farm to School programs over the next four years. Both actions will help more kids nationwide eat healthy, homegrown foods. [Anchor] The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont has been awarded $395,201.
Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington police union contact was ratified Monday night by the City Council during its July 25 special meeting. The contract, which includes 20 percent base pay increase over three years, builds upon the BPD Rebuilding Plan, which was approved last month by City Council as part of the FY 23 budget. The contract was approved by the City Council 10-1. As part of the Fiscal Year 2023 budget process, Mayor Weinberger identified that a strong contract with the BPOA would be a critical step to rebuild the BPD back to the 87-officer authorized cap (there are currently 62 officers on staff). The negotiated contract achieves that goal by offering police officers a 20 percent base pay increase over three years, including a 12 percent increase in the FY 23 (in years two and three the increases mirror the terms of the recently approved AFSCME contract).
by Michael Del Trecco, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, VAHHS The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) kicks off the formal process of annually approving hospital budgets this Wednesday. It starts with their initial public overview of the filings of Vermont’s non-profit hospitals. As we prepare, there are so many clichés that come to mind. In fact, in health care, it feels like these past three years have been a series of dramatic clichés. Terms like “unprecedented” and “extraordinary” come to mind in describing each new twist of the pandemic and its fallout. Though we feel numb to yet another series of highs and lows, the fact is we are in new territory. As we try to figure out the new normal and move forward, we must recognize where we’ve been and commit to where we need to go.
Vermont Business Magazine Tess Wiskel, MD, is a Climate and Human Health fellow with the Harvard Center for Climate, Health, and Global Environment; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Emergency Department; and the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. She will be a guest on Medical Matters Weekly at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27. Tess is an emergency physician and a graduate of the Brown University Emergency Medicine Residency Program and the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.
Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Health has awarded five Vermont schools the designation of “Asthma Friendly Schools” for their efforts to implement health policies and practices to help students manage their asthma, prevent asthma attacks and avoid missed school days. Windsor School in Windsor County was recognized with Gold-Level status. Schools awarded Silver-Level status are Braintree Elementary and Brookfield Elementary in Orange County, Currier Memorial School in Rutland County, and Doty Memorial School in Washington County. The awardees were nominated by community champions and school nurses.