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Eleven Vermont communities to benefit from certified local government grants

Wed, 05/25/2022 - 6:16am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation announce the approval of $74,718 in federal funding to 11 historic preservation projects through the Certified Local Government (CLG) program to support community-based preservation initiatives. Among the 11 projects receiving the funding are Windsor’s National Register of Historic Places nomination of Old South Church, built in 1798 by renowned architect Asher Benjamin; Calais’s history tour of cherished local landmarks; Cambridge Village’s National Register historic district nomination; Hartford’s documentation of the history and places of performing arts; and Rockingham’s conservation of the Meeting House grave markers—some of which date from 1776.

Montpelier on June 3 to join nationwide 'Wear Orange' Day to prevent gun violence

Wed, 05/25/2022 - 5:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The City of Montpelier has declared the first Friday in June 2022 to be National Gun Violence Awareness Day to honor and remember all victims and survivors of gun violence and to declare that we as a country must do more to reduce gun violence. Additionally, as part of Wear Orange Weekend and National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 3, volunteers with the Vermont chapter of Moms Demand Action, in partnership with Gun Safety Vermont and the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, will host a Wear Orange table at the Capital City Farmers Market to honor the lives of those affected by gun violence and elevate gun violence prevention efforts nationwide.

Mercy Connections to honor the Vermont Sisters of Mercy at annual event

Wed, 05/25/2022 - 3:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mercy Connections is hosting its annual event, “Power of Connection: Stories of Strength & Resilience,” celebrating the organization’s 20th anniversary and honoring its founders, the Vermont Sisters of Mercy. The event will be streamed from Hula Lakeside on June 7th at 11 am. For more than a century, through education, healthcare, and social services—the local Sisters of Mercy practiced the Mercy mission of service to others. They are known for their faith, compassion, hospitality, leadership, collaboration and a special concern for the disadvantaged. Among their many accomplishments was Trinity College, and later, the establishment of Mercy Connections when Trinity College closed in 2000. 

Scott signs 11 bills today, no vetoes

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 4:13pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today signed the following 11 bills into law: H.96, An act relating to creating the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; H.265, An act relating to the Office of the Child, Youth, and Family Advocate; H.279, An act relating to miscellaneous changes affecting the duties of the Department of Vermont Health Access; H.353, An act relating to pharmacy benefit management; H.410, An act relating to the use and oversight of artificial intelligence in State government; H.444, An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the City of Barre; H.464, An act relating to miscellaneous changes to the Reach Up Program; H.465, An act relating to boards and commissions; H.466, An act relating to surface water withdrawals and interbasin transfers; H.477, An act relating to leave for crime victims; H.489, An act relating to miscellaneous provisions affecting health insurance regulation.

VTrans invites municipalities to participate in Road Grants program

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 3:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) invites municipalities to participate in the Municipal Roads, Grants-in-Aid Program, which provides funding for municipalities to implement best management practices (BMPs) in accordance with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Municipal Roads General Permit (MRGP). Grants-in-Aid awards will be made available through AOT and will total approximately $5.8 million dollars in this grant cycle.

Community College of Vermont to hold commencement June 4

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 2:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Community College of Vermont (CCV) will hold its 2022 commencement ceremony at Norwich University’s Shapiro Field House in Northfield, Vermont on Saturday, June 4. The ceremony will begin at 2 pm. More than 450 students will be awarded associate degrees. The College has announced that Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant will be this year’s keynote speaker. Vice provost for diversity, equity, and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr Heading-Grant formerly served as the University of Vermont’s vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and has made significant contributions to the advancement of DEI in higher education and beyond. 

Michael Schirling appointed UVM Chief Safety and Compliance Officer

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 2:42pm -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont announced the appointment of Michael Schirling to the senior leadership role of Chief Safety and Compliance Officer (CSCO) today. Schirling currently serves as the state’s commissioner of public safety, appointed by Governor Phil Scott in September 2019. He previously served as Vermont’s secretary of commerce and community development from 2017 to 2019, also in the Scott Administration.

Schirling to leave Public Safety to take UVM job

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 2:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced that Commissioner Michael Schirling will be leaving his role leading the Vermont Department of Public Safety (DPS) next month. Schirling will take a senior role at the University of Vermont, following his departure as commissioner on June 18. Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Morrison will serve as interim commissioner. Schirling was first appointed by Governor Scott as secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) in January 2017. In August of 2019, the governor named Schirling to his current role leading the Department of Public Safety. 

United Way of Northwest Vermont announces $880,000 in partner funding

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 1:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine United Way of Northwest Vermont (UWNWVT)—an organization dedicated to improving lives in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties—will distribute $880,000 in 2022 to 33 organizations that are meeting an array of interconnected needs in our community. The partner funding, which the United Way board of directors unanimously approved at its May meeting, will support organizations that address United Way’s key strategies: meeting basic needs (housing, food, transportation), supporting families, promoting mental health, reducing substance misuse and promoting financial stability. These strategies were determined by input from hundreds of community members.

Vermont to receive $760K from settlement with Ford over false advertising

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 1:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan today announced a multistate settlement with Ford Motor Company regarding claims that Ford falsely advertised the real-world fuel economy of certain model years of C-Max hybrids and the payload capacity of certain Super Duty pick-up trucks. Attorney General Donovan, who co-led the investigation into Ford along with the attorneys general of Oregon, Texas, Illinois, Maryland, and Arizona, has alleged that Ford misrepresented the numbers to make its cars appear more fuel efficient in real-world driving conditions and tried to make its trucks seem capable of hauling more than was possible. The State of Vermont will receive over $760,202 as its share of the $19.2 million multistate settlement announced today.

UVM announces free career-building courses for Vermonters

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 12:43pm -- tim

$1 million state grant to help Vermonters gain, enhance professional skills
Vermont Business Magazine Thanks to a second year of funding from the state, Vermont residents seeking to build new skills to advance or change their career can take up to two free courses at the University of Vermont beginning this summer. The university’s Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) division will coordinate the courses, which focus on sectors that are growing faster than the workforce they need to thrive. 

Blue Cross of Vermont announces student loan forgiveness serviced by GradFin

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 12:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine At Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, our mission is to help you and your family live happier, healthier lives. Your financial wellness is an important part of your overall health and well-being, so we’ve partnered with GradFin to provide comprehensive student loan services to eligible Blue Cross members, including Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness. The Blue Cross and GradFin program is unique in that its services are available to insured members and those in their household, even if the household members are not enrolled in the insurer’s medical benefits.