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Learn about cyanobacteria blooms at public meeting June 17

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 10:30am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A hot start to June has many people heading for their favorite waterbody to cool off. Prepare to enjoy a safe summer of swimming, fishing, and boating on your favorite lake or pond. Join the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, the Vermont Department of Health, and Lake Champlain Committee on Thursday, June 17 at 5:30 pm for a free public meeting on cyanobacteria. The virtual event is free and open to the public.

National Life Group Foundation awards $500,000 to Let’s Grow Kids

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 10:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The National Life Group Foundation announced a $500,000 grant, the largest single award in its history, to Let’s Grow Kids to advance the campaign for high-quality, affordable child care for all Vermont families who need it by 2025. The grant is intended both to boost Vermont families’ ability to find the best possible care for their children and to make the state even more competitive for businesses large and small.

Leahy praises funding for domestic semiconductor production

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 10:00am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) is hailing Senate passage Tuesday night of a bipartisan bill to fund the CHIPS Act, passed as part of last summer’s annual defense policy bill, and to authorize a wide-range of federal investments in research and development in order to make the United States more competitive in the global economy of the 21st Century.

RRPC to assist state in Wildcat Road wetland restoration

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 6:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Rutland Regional Planning Commission (RRPC) is pleased to announce the final design of the Wildcat Road Wetland Restoration Feasibility Study in Chittenden. RRPC worked with the Town of Chittenden, Green Mountain National Forest and Enman Kesselring Consulting Engineers of Rutland on the design. The goal of the project was to assess how road relocation or repair may reduce nutrient and sediment loading to East Creek, restore the wetland and increase floodplain access to East Creek.

Ali Dieng: Young Vermonters and New Americans must feel welcome and valued

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 5:12am -- tim

by Ali Dieng In the State of Vermont, a large proportion of the local New American population is made up of individuals who were resettled to the state with refugee status. Refugee resettlement in Chittenden County began in the early 1980s and it is now the most ethnically diverse county in the state. Despite these significant, ongoing demographic changes, opportunities for civic engagement remain vastly inaccessible for New Americans in the area.

iSun set to join Russell Microcap Index after successful deSPAC

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 3:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine iSun, Inc (Nasdaq: ISUN), a leading solar energy and clean mobility infrastructure company with 50-years of construction experience in solar, electrical and data services based in Burlington, announced today that iSun is set to join the Russell Microcap® Index at the conclusion of the 2021 Russell indexes annual reconstitution, effective after the US market opens on June 28, according to a preliminary list of additions posted June 4.

Hunger Free Vermont urges governor to not lift State of Emergency

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 5:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Hunger Free Vermont and 130 other Vermont businesses and organizations are urging Governor Phil Scott to NOT lift the State Emergency Order. Loss of funds tied to the declaration of emergency that are helping households afford basic needs in this unprecedented time would be detrimental to Vermont's economy and health.

Vermont DOC commissioner issues statement on Joshua Russ plea deal

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 5:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Department of Corrections Commissioner James Baker issued the following statement regarding Joshua Russ, a former community corrections officer, entering a “no contest” plea to charges of sexual exploitation of an inmate and prohibited acts in Windham County Superior Court. “The majority of the people who work for the Vermont Department of Corrections are the most compassionate, selfless public servants I’ve met in my 45-plus years in the criminal justice field. What Joshua Russ did is a betrayal of trust to every person in Vermont DOC."

UVM to require COVID vaccination for students once full FDA approval granted

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 3:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont will require students to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus once at least one of the vaccines receives full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration. The requirement will apply to all students entering or returning for the fall of 2021—including undergraduate, graduate, medical, and continuing and distance education students; both full-time and part-time students will be subject to the requirement. Once the current Emergency Use Authorization is lifted for any of the vaccines, and full FDA approval is granted, students will be required to have proof of their vaccination.

Anya Rader Wallack returns to VT, named UVM Health Network SVP

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 2:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Health Network today announced the appointment of Anya Rader Wallack, PhD, as Senior Vice President for Strategic Communications. Wallack, originally from Vermont, is a Professor at the Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, RI.  She has worked in high-level health policy positions for former Vermont Governors Howard Dean and Peter Shumlin, and former Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo.

State Colleges System adds scholarship and free tuition opportunities

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 2:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees Chair Lynn Dickinson and Chancellor Sophie Zdatny were joined on Vermont Technical College’s Randolph campus by all four institution Presidents and the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation to announce additional scholarship and free tuition opportunities for Vermont students. They announced the availability of over $16 million in student scholarships and free tuition programs for Vermonters in the upcoming academic year. This includes Welcome Home Scholarships of up to $5,000 for Vermonters transferring home to VSCS institutions from out-of-state schools or those who might be returning to school after leaving last year.