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Update on wintry weather heading to Vermont

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 2:41am -- tim

AccuWeather Global Weather Center This past weekend's record warmth may seem like a distant memory by this upcoming weekend as forecasters are monitoring the potential for a major storm to develop and deliver widespread wintry precipitation -- and perhaps the biggest snowstorm of the season for some metropolitan areas. According to AccuWeather, Vermont could get up to a foot of snow across the state. It also could be very windy, again, on the leading edge of the storm. The storm is expected to arrive by Saturday afternoon and last until at least early Sunday.

PUC urges action on fuel oil and gasoline efficiencies

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 4:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today the Vermont Public Utility Commission issued a preliminary report addressing the question of how to deliver energy efficiency for all fuels. The report compares the success of the long-established, statewide efficiency programs for regulated fuels (electricity and natural gas) with the uncoordinated, inadequately funded efficiency approaches for unregulated fuels (fuel oil, propane, diesel, and gasoline).

VEDA closed $16.6 million in new loans last quarter

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 3:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) approved over $9 million in new financing for Vermont businesses and farms this past quarter, a $4 million increase in volume over the same quarter last year. The new financing includes continued investment in Vermont's small business sector, the first approval for VEDA's Broadband Expansion Loan Program, and an exciting new business accelerator project in the Northeast Kingdom.  

UVM Medical Center taking steps to reopen Fanny Allen ORs

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 3:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine After extensive investigation, modifications, and ongoing coordination with an advisory group of employees, the UVM Medical Center has begun working toward a phased re-opening of its operating rooms at the Fanny Allen campus in Colchester the week of January 27. While testing and monitoring did not determine a root cause of the two incidents that caused employees to seek medical attention late last year, input gathered from internal and external air quality consultants, the state of Vermont and an outside occupational health expert have confirmed that the area is safe for use.

Governor appoints Jennifer Harlow as Orleans County sheriff

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 3:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Jennifer Harlow to become Orleans County sheriff, following Kirk Martin’s resignation last month. Harlow will be the only female sheriff in Vermont at the time of her appointment. Harlow has lived in Orleans County for the last 16 years. Since 2004, she has worked in the Newport Police Department, where she focused on preventing and investigating crimes against children, school safety, the opioid crisis, domestic violence and domestic violence related homicides. Additionally, she is a certified instructor for the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council.

Vermont Business Roundtable takes on troubled pension system

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 2:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont is staring at $4.5 billion in government employee retirement obligations because of historic underfunding of pension and healthcare plans and because of too-little commitment by state leaders to rectify the growing problem. For the first time, the state now has a negative net worth. Today, Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable and Mark Crow, President of Tenth Crow Creative and Chair of the Pension Reform and Health Benefits Task Force, announced the release of its latest policy paper entitled, “Policy Options for Vermont State Employee and Teacher Pension and Health Care Retirement Systems.”

Vermont Research News: Jobs, equal pay, deer hunting, Alzheimer’s increase, Fentanyl

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 1:59pm -- tim

Center for Research on Vermont Vermont’s deer hunting season this year was the fourth highest since 2000. Fire safety violations lead to rental safety concerns. Alzheimer’s Disease rising. State leads in species richness. Social Security scams common. Fentanyl top opiod killer.

New youth and adult reports show Vermonters in generally good health

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 1:16pm -- tim
Spike in vaping product use and continued health disparities among areas of concern
Vermont Business Magazine Newly released data from the Department of Health show that most Vermonters are in good health, and that more adults and young people are taking steps to reduce unhealthy and risky behaviors. At the same time, trends in the use of electronic vaping products among high schoolers, increased rates of marijuana use, a suicide rate that is higher than the US as a whole, and disparities in general health among adults, highlight the public health challenges Vermont continues to face. Vaping marijuana has suddenly become a big concern.

VPR Classical receives $118,000 gift for classical music performances

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Public Radio has received a $118,000 gift to support live performances on VPR Classical. The gift was made in memory of long-time VPR listeners and supporters Ray and Patricia Harwick by Ray’s daughter, Joslyn G Ewart of King of Prussia, PA; and Ray’s son and daughter-in-law, Nevon and Heather Harwick, of Albuquerque, NM. The Harwicks were long-time residents of Vermont and Wake Robin in Shelburne.

AG's office facilitates settlement of Migrant Justice lawsuit

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced that his office has facilitated the settlement of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of Migrant Justice against the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The case involved allegations that DMV provided information from driver’s privilege card applications to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) based upon stereotypes related to national origin and immigration status. The settlement announced today enhances access to driver’s privilege cards and limits ICE’s access to information obtained by DMV. The settlement will help all Vermont residents gain access to driver’s privilege cards.