by John McClaughry In January 2019 the commission to review and update Act 250 presented a well written report. Its recommendations are now the subject of 94-page bill (H.926) to dramatically reshape the state’s land use and development act.
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.
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.
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).
Vermont Business Magazine On Monday, Vermont’s House Appropriations Committee voted in favor (6-5) of a bill that would legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis sales for adults 21 and older.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Vermont Business Magazine The Scott Administration will be in Essex County on Monday, February 24 for its Capitol for a Day initiative, a 14-county tour launched by the Governor in 2018. Capitol for a Day gives local constituents, municipal government leaders and other partners the opportunity to connect directly with state leadership and staff.