Vermont Business Magazine The Center for Digital Government awarded the State of Vermont fourth place in the 2020 Government Experience awards for the overall state government experience category. Vermont, which partners with digital government solutions firm NIC Vermont, located in Montpelier, was honored for the user experience strategies across the Vermont Web Portal and Vermont.gov.
Vermont Business Magazine Music can provide exactly what we need at the precise moment we need it. During these turbulent times, musical performances offer welcome opportunities for connection, reflection, and respite. For the start of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s (VSO) 2020/2021 season, we present two new projects — made possible by Northfield Savings Bank’s VSO Innovation Fund and designed to meet you where you’re at, serve the present moment, and provide some brightness for the soul.
Music for Days Like This
Vermont Business Magazine For the second time Shelburne Farms has made the Good Food 100 Restaurants List. Good Food recognizes restaurants across the country not only for the high quality of their food but also those working hard to create a food system that is good for every link in the food chain: the environment; plants and animals; farmers, ranchers and fishermen; purveyors; restaurants; and eaters.
Vermont Business Magazine State officials Tuesday noted that the world marked a grim milestone of 1 million COVID-19 deaths, 205,000 of which are in the United States. Though Vermont has done well (lowest two-week stretch since late May) to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and has gone without a death in two months, Governor Phil Scott made a renewed call for Vermonters to not become complacent.
Vermont Business Magazine United Academics (UA), the faculty union of the University of Vermont, announced today the restoration of full-time hours for more than 60 faculty members whose hours for the 2020-21 academic year were involuntarily reduced. According to the union, UVM administration informed roughly 70 lecturers in May of this year that their jobs and pay would be cut back by 25%. Following months of pressure from the union and community, 63 of 68 affected faculty jobs have been fully restored and the remaining 5 affected faculty have been partially restored.
Vermont Business Magazine This summer, Fairmont Farm conserved 201 acres of land between Route 14 and the Winooski River, the Vermont Land Trust announced today. Fairmont, which milks 1,450 cows and crops roughly 3,600 acres, has previously conserved 1,600 acres across five towns in Washington and Orleans Counties. Fairmont also agreed to provide trail access across the recently conserved land, helping to connect a critical section of the Cross Vermont Trail between East Montpelier and Marshfield. The trail will tie directly into a new project of the Cross Vermont Trail Association (CVTA).
Vermont State Police As part of the Vermont State Police’s ongoing investigation into the 2004 disappearance of Brianna Maitland, detectives are partnering with a Texas-based company on new analysis of scientific evidence that may help shed light on what happened to the missing 17-year-old. Brianna was last seen the evening of March 19, 2004, leaving The Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery, where she worked, in her 1985 Oldsmobile 88. The car was located the next day backed into an abandoned building about a mile from the restaurant. Although initially believed that Brianna might have run away, it was later determined she could have been a victim of foul play. Investigators have pursued multiple leads throughout the years, but none have led to Brianna.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont PBS and Vermont Public Radio have announced the 2020 VPR–Vermont PBS Debates, a series of pre-recorded debates among candidates will continue with candidates for Lieutenant Governor and US House of Representatives. The debates will be moderated by Bob Kinzel and Jane Lindholm during VPR’s program Vermont Edition and broadcast by Vermont PBS.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont School Boards Association (VSBA) has arranged for delivery of nearly 40,000 face masks to Vermont schools during the first weeks of classes. “As a member of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), we were able to offer free face masks to our members through the Masks for Kids Program,” explained VSBA Executive Director, Sue Ceglowski. Nearly one third of the state’s schools took advantage of this generous offer.
Vermont Business Magazine Howard Center will be connecting to the global world mental health movement and hosting its first annual community-wide recognition and celebration of World Mental Health Day (WMHD) on October 10 with a free and open to the public weekly speaker series throughout October. It’s an opportunity for community education and engagement to reduce stigma, raise awareness, and to connect to the global movement to ensure our communities have access to mental health supports when they are needed.
Vermont Business Magazine A new $5.47 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine will fund the creation of the UVM Center for Biomedical Shared Resources. Larner Senior Associate Dean for Research Gordon L Jensen, MD, PhD, is principal investigator on the grant. The grant will fund completion of the Center's home on the first floor of the new Firestone Medical Research Building, which will be located on the south end of the Larner College of Medicine complex, connected to the current Health Sciences Research Facility. Groundbreaking on the new building is anticipated in the spring of 2021.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Economic Development (DED) is pleased to announce that Brittany Nevins has been hired as the new Captive Insurance Economic Development Director. Nevins will be responsible for the marketing and business development of Vermont’s captive insurance industry, working closely with the Department of Financial Regulation and the Vermont Captive Insurance Association to continue to strengthen the state’s reputation as the premier onshore captive insurance domicile.