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Backyard burning reminders released

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 3:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine With spring and summer cleaning underway, the Department of Environmental Conservation wants to remind and encourage Vermonters to follow a few guidelines for on-premise or backyard open burning. Burning materials from spring cleanup can release harmful pollution that can impact neighboring properties. By following these guidelines, Vermonters can help reduce air pollution, avoid nuisance impacts, and protect human and environmental health. 

Upcoming public meetings on proposed wake boat rules with DEC

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 2:39am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public for feedback on the proposed creation of a rule to regulate how wake boats are operated in public lakes and ponds in Vermont. A wake boat is a motorboat, powerboat, or speedboat that is used to create a wake for activities like wake surfing or wakeboarding.  

Vermont 211 launches new website

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 4:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont 211, a confidential 24/7 helpline that connects Vermonters with community, health, and human services, has launched a new website at “Vermont 211 is pleased to take our 17-year-old service into the 21st Century with new ease of access and tools to find resources and to look up data and other information,” said Elizabeth Gilman, Interim Executive Director.

Governor Scott appoints Susanne Young Attorney General of Vermont

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 3:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott has appointed Susanne Young, a former deputy attorney general and secretary of administration, to be Vermont’s attorney general. Young will fill a vacancy created when TJ Donovan stepped down on June 20 to pursue other opportunities. She will serve out the six months remaining in the term. Governor Scott said Young is uniquely qualified to serve in the post, having recently retired after 40 years of extensive and dedicated service to the State of Vermont. Most recently, she served as secretary of the Agency of Administration. Prior to that, she was deputy attorney general under Democratic Attorney General Bill Sorrell. In her decades of public service, she also served as deputy state treasurer and governor’s legal counsel.

Vermont FEED’s Farm to School Institute expands to five more states

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 3:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont FEED will expand its Northeast Farm to School Institute nationwide for the first time this year, supporting teams from Arkansas, Nebraska, Connecticut, Oregon, and Washington as they adopt a Vermont-born model to strengthen school communities in their states. Vermont FEED is a partnership project of The Shelburne Farms Institute for Sustainable Schools and NOFA-VT. This first-ever Institute Adaption Program is a partnership of Vermont FEED with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition Service through a Cooperative Agreement.

UVM launches national Center for Community News

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 12:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont is launching a national initiative to support the critical role of local news media around the country and aid colleges in their efforts to help solve the crisis facing local news. The new Center for Community News is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and UVM College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) donors. The $400,000 initiative builds on the successful Community News model in Vermont, which brings students together with professional editors to provide news reporting at no cost to local news outlets. The mission of the Center for Community News (CCN) is to inspire and enable collaborations between local media outlets and students.

Switchback releases new Zaboo Hazy IPA on heels of 20th anniversary

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 12:13pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Switchback Brewing Company has released Zaboo, a brand new 5.9% hazy IPA, available in 16oz can 4-packs and in 12oz can 12-packs and on draft at local bars and restaurants. New England’s first 100% employee-owned brewery, adds Zaboo to its line-up of 100% naturally conditioned beers. Zaboo Hazy IPA features a zestful and effervescent blend of hops, hand selected to amplify aroma. Vibrant notes of juicy stone fruit, honeydew melon, orange, peach, and pear create a fun expressive flavor.  

VHV apprentice training program certifies first graduating cohort

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 10:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine State and local officials gathered with newly certified tradespeople today at the first graduation ceremony of VHV’s four-year apprenticeship program. VHV (formerly Vermont Heating and Ventilating, Company) launched its comprehensive apprentice training program in 2017 with support from the Vermont Training Program (VTP). In 2017, VHV was awarded an $81,290 Vermont Training Program (VTP) grant to offset costs associated with establishing the apprenticeship program including up to 50% of hourly wages for employees to engage in on-the-job training and support for staff to become certified instructors of the accredited program.

UVM researcher examines outdated funding formulas in special education

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 5:37am -- tim

by Joshua Defibaugh, UVM's Office of Research On the campaign trail in 2020, President Joe Biden promised to fully fund the federal government’s $38 billion obligation to pay for special education for students with disabilities. In its first two years of office, the Biden-Harris administration took steps toward fulfilling this promise by increasing education federal funding by 15.6%. While increasing federal funding for special education may seem like a positive direction, a research team led by University of Vermont professor Tammy Kolbe suggests that federal support for special education is not going where it’s most needed.

Darn Tough stretches community outreach with new Knit to Give collection

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 5:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Darn Tough Vermont, the fastest growing American manufacturer of performance outdoor and lifestyle socks, has announced the launch of its Knit to Give Collection. The program will launch an online exclusive new sock style every quarter with all profits going to support neighbors in need via the Vermont Foodbank. Knit to Give will feature styles created with overstock yarn, which is excess material from the knitting mills in Northfield and Waterbury, Vermont. Utilizing overstock yarn allows Darn Tough to give new life to these materials, taking a sustainable leap and turning socks into meals for the local community. Along with these quarterly releases, Darn Tough will continue its ongoing support of the Vermont Foodbank on Giving Tuesday each November.

Scott outlines new workforce initiatives to fill available jobs and create more opportunity

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 5:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine At his weekly media briefing, Governor Phil Scott in Swanton highlighted initiatives and investments passed this year to help train, retain and recruit more workers to address Vermont’s workforce shortage. Through Act 183 (S.11), millions of dollars is available for workforce recruitment and training. This includes: $3M for Regional Workforce Expansion and Work-Based Learning and Training; $10M to address healthcare workforce shortages; and $3M for the New Relocating Worker Program.

VLS to change name, become graduate institution, gets $8 million gift

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 5:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Law School today announced that on July 1 it will become Vermont Law and Graduate School (VLGS). It will add three master’s degree programs and expand in Burlington. This is part of a major restructuring and long-term growth plan that will see the school double down on its public interest mission and transition to a graduate institution housing two schools – law and graduate. The new vision is bolstered by an anonymous $8 million donation to the school. The creation of a new graduate school on par with the existing law school and resulting name change are part of a new strategic plan developed by faculty and staff and approved by the board of trustees, and reflects the growing interest from students for cross-disciplinary approaches to social justice and an all-in commitment to public interest law and policy.