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Deadline extended to fill seats on the newly formed Environmental Advisory Council

Thu, 11/03/2022 - 4:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Senate Committee on Committees and the Speaker of the House are currently holding a public application process to fill seats on the newly formed Environmental Advisory Council and are extending the application deadline from November 14, 2022, to December 5, 2022. The Environmental Justice Advisory Council was created by Act 154 to provide independent advice and recommendations to State agencies and the General Assembly on matters relating to environmental justice, including the integration of environmental justice principles into State programs, policies, regulations, legislation, and activities.

AG Young's statement regarding guilty verdict in Gurung trial

Thu, 11/03/2022 - 4:11pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A jury has found Aita Gurung guilty of Murder in the First Degree of Yogeswari Khadka and guilty of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree for the near-fatal attack on Tulasa Rimal. In light of the verdict, Attorney General Susanne Young issued the following statement: “Murder is the most serious charge that can be brought in our system of justice. The Attorney General’s Office has always believed that this matter—the tragic death of Yogeswari Khadka and the near-fatal attack on Tulasa Rimal—deserved to be heard in a court of law and required a response from our justice system."

WRJ man sentenced for stealing Social Security benefit payments

Thu, 11/03/2022 - 3:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced Thursday that John O’Hara, Jr, 43, of White River Junction, Vermont, was sentenced in United States District Court in Burlington to three years of probation following his guilty plea to a charge that he fraudulently converted tens of thousands of dollars in Social Security benefit payments. US District Judge Christina Reiss ordered O’Hara to pay restitution to the Social Security Administration in the amount of $51,346, which is the amount of the SS loss.

Weinberger appoints Kimberly Carson as Director of Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Thu, 11/03/2022 - 3:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced the appointment of Kimberly Carson as the City’s new Director of Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. Kim most recently served as the Director of Education and Human Capital Development for the Iowa Judicial Branch Leading Judicial Education and Professional Development for nearly two thousand judicial branch employees and providing strategic leadership for diversity and equity initiatives across the agency.

Governor announces seven additional brownfield cleanup awards totaling $2.15 million

Thu, 11/03/2022 - 1:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) announced today that seven additional awards and another $2.15M have been committed to remediate brownfields sites across the state. Since the Brownfields Revitalization Fund (BRF) - State Program opened in October 2021, more than $6.8 million in cleanup funding has been awarded to 20 projects in seven counties (Caledonia, Chittenden, Franklin, Washington, Windham, Windsor, and Orange). The projects combined are anticipated to cleanup more than 35 contaminated acres and create 540 jobs, 288 units of housing, and 115 new hotel rooms.

Perrigo invests $170 million to expand US manufacturing of infant formula

Thu, 11/03/2022 - 12:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO), with a major plant in Georgia, Vermont, announced on Tuesday a $170 million strategic investment to expand and strengthen its US infant formula manufacturing, which is expected to bolster industry capacity, enhance consumer choice and increase access to safe, affordable infant formula for parents and caregivers. As part of this strategic investment, Perrigo has purchased Nestlé's Gateway infant formula plant in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, along with the US and Canadian rights to the Good Start infant formula brand. Also included in the $170 million, Perrigo will immediately invest $60 million to expand Gateway's 29 million pound per year production capacity by 7 million pounds, or more than 100 million more 8-ounce bottle equivalents per year, within 18 months, adding a total of 36 million pounds of capacity to Perrigo. 

Vermont gasoline prices high but stable

Thu, 11/03/2022 - 12:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Average gasoline prices in Vermont rose 9 cents since last week to $3.90 per gallon. They're up 27 cents from last month and up 50 cents from this time last year. The lowest price in Vermont was $3.35/g in Brattleboro and the highest price was $4.19 in West Burke. Vermont gas prices had been tracking below the national average in October but have surged higher in the last week.

Leahy to present second annual Trailblazer Legacy Award to outdoor industry pioneers OGE

Thu, 11/03/2022 - 12:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance's (VOBA) 2nd Annual Trailblazer Legacy Award will be presented to Marc Sherman and Mike Donohue, co-founders of the Outdoor Gear Exchange (OGE) in Burlington, by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy. Senator Leahy was the inaugural Trailblazer Award recipient in 2021 for his lifetime of work preserving and protecting Vermont’s remarkable outdoor places, foundational to the successes of outdoor businesses like OGE. The 2022 Trailblazer Legacy Award ceremony will take place as part of VOBA's Fourth Annual Meeting and Outdoor Economy Sessions at HULA in Burlington on November 10.

Vermont NRCS announces signup date for land management and rental RCPP project

Thu, 11/03/2022 - 11:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and partner organization, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), have announced a sign-up for Land Management and Land Rental activities funded through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). While applications are accepted year-round, the application date for Fiscal Year 2023 is January 13, 2023. Through this RCPP project, Vermont DEC has secured over $3.75 million toward Land Management and Rental activities in cooperation with NRCS. 

Reeves: Renewing our commitment to recycling in Vermont

Thu, 11/03/2022 - 11:33am -- tim

by Sarah Reeves, Executive Director of the Chittenden Solid Waste District It’s easy to drop a piece of cardboard into a blue recycling bin and think nothing more of it, other than remembering to set your bin on the curb for pickup or bringing it to a drop off center. The good news is that recycling is second nature to many Vermonters. The bad news is, if you were to pull the curtain back and observe the next steps in that cardboard’s journey, you’d likely be surprised by how old and inefficient the facility is that sorts these materials into streams that can be made into new products. As a result, CSWD’s Board has determined that a new and improved facility is in the public’s interest. To meet this demand, in June the Board authorized placing a question on the November ballot, asking Chittenden County voters to approve authorization for the District to issue general obligation bonds ($22 million) to fund the construction of, and equipment, for a new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).

Vermont initiative gives clinicians new tools for infectious disease diagnosis and response

Thu, 11/03/2022 - 11:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health has launched a first-of-a-kind program to support healthcare professionals with timely information on disease diagnosis, testing, treatment and patient education resources — improving public health response statewide. The Clinician Support Initiative provides access to a vast collection of images and clinical information about public health threats, including hMPXV (human monkeypox virus), COVID-19 and Lyme disease. Available on the web or through an app, these tools help improve the speed and accuracy of diagnosis and facilitate the timely reporting to public health for diseases of public health significance. These resources are being made available to Vermont healthcare professionals in partnership with VisualDx, a healthcare informatics company based in Rochester, NY. A phased rollout is currently underway, and all Vermont medical professionals can expect access by the end of the year.