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Garimella: When do we succeed at UVM? When our students do.

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 1:20pm -- Brandon

Suresh Garimella, President of the University of Vermont A three-time Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times reporter. The first African American to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Two Nobel Peace Prize winners.  One of Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women.” The producer of the “Hunger Games” movies and a Golden Globes winner. And the author of one of the Library of Congress’s 10 most influential books of our time.*

Grants now available for local food market development

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 11:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) is now accepting applications for the Local Food Market Development grant program. This program seeks to increase the amount of Vermont agricultural products being sold through local institutional or wholesale markets. The deadline to apply for this opportunity is March 29th, 2020.

One Credit Union opens second NH branch

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 5:16am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine While other financial institutions are shuttering branches, consolidating with other institutions, and reducing services like drive throughs, One Credit Union, based in Springfield, Vermont, opened its doors to a beautiful new branch in the Shaw’s Plaza on John Stark Highway in Newport, NH on February 22. Newport marks One Credit Union’s seventh branch, and its second in New Hampshire.

UCS hires new director of Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 4:07am -- Gabriella.March...

Vermont Business Magazine United Counseling Service has hired Lori Vadakin as Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Services. United Counseling Service provides support and guidance to help individuals and families improve their quality of life. Vadakin will be responsible for the clinical and administrative oversight of the agency’s system of care for Mental Health, Substance Use Treatment and Community Rehabilitation and Treatment programs.

Donation gives stillborn infants’ families time with their child

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 4:05am -- Gabriella.March...

Vermont Business Magazine When a family learns that the child they have eagerly anticipated is stillborn, what they often want more than anything is more time with their baby. A special bassinet called a CuddleCot extends the amount of time that families can grieve with their child if they choose to. Scarlet’s Mission, a non-profit dedicated to giving families of stillborn babies the gift of time, has donated a CuddleCot to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s Women’s and Children’s Services Department, part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC).

PAI: Build on Vermont’s strengths

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 2:55pm -- tim

by Jack Hoffman, Public Assets Institute US News & World Report is out with its latest “Best States” rankings. Vermont was number five last year, behind Washington, New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Utah. The report adds a new perspective to some of the debates we hear in Montpelier—about Vermont’s strengths, its weaknesses, and what matters.

Amtrak storage controversy inches towards solution?

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 2:42pm -- tim

by C.B. Hall, Vermont Business Magazine A decision over where to store an Amtrak train overnight when the passenger rail provider begins serving Burlington remains elusive, as city and state officials and other stakeholders continue to ponder multiple options. The leading candidates for the purpose, among six that have received public consideration, are a new siding near the McNeil Generating Station just west of Burlington's Intervale Road, and a new siding adjacent to Burlington Union Station, at the foot of Main Street.

Scott appoints Walke to lead Department of Environmental Conservation

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 1:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Peter Walke to serve as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Walke has served as the deputy secretary for the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) since January 2017, after serving as chief of staff for the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. Walke replaces Emily Boedecker, who served as DEC commissioner for three years.

VBSR announces newest Champion Member: Mamava

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 9:47am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announced Monday that Mamava will join the organization’s Champion Members. VBSR is a business association with over 730 members who work to foster a business ethic that sets a high standard within the Vermont professional community for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of the state. The support of Champion Members like Mamava is essential to advancing their year-round state-wide work bringing businesses together as a power for good. 

Leonine: Emotional week at the State House

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 3:36pm -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs As the work day drew to a close late on Tuesday afternoon the members of the House Judiciary Committee filed into the House chamber to take testimony from supporters and opponents on H.610. The bill would require alleged domestic abusers who have been served with a restraining order to relinquish their firearms. At the same time people from all over Vermont poured into the statehouse to weigh in at the public hearing. Additional security staff began segregating the opposing sides into two lines up the spiral stairways to the chamber.