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Minter energy plan: Reduce peak electric demand, cut transpo carbon

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 2:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter today laid out a Vermont Energy and Climate Plan. Her plan, laid out in a statement from her campaign, is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector, supporting strong continued job growth in clean energy, and cutting energy costs for Vermonters. Minter also called on all candidates to stand up for Vermont clean energy solutions and jobs, and to oppose moratoriums and bans on clean energy technologies.

Dunne releases plan to end state tax on Social Security income for middle class Vermonters

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 1:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Matt Dunne, Democratic candidate for governor, today unveiled a comprehensive senior citizen policy platform including a proposal to exempt middle class Vermonters’ Social Security income from all state tax and benefit calculations. Dunne made the announcement following a visit to the Bugbee Senior Center in White River Junction. Currently, Social Security income that is taxable at the federal level is also counted as part of Vermont taxable income.

Humanitarian Nancy Lindborg to give Norwich Todd Lecture

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 1:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University in Northfield continues its 2016 Todd Lecture Series with “Building Peace in a Fragile World,” a presentation by President of the United States Institute of Peace Nancy Lindborg, on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. in Plumley Armory. This lecture is free and open to the public and will be streamed live at

Bad mortgages keep falling, near pre-Great Recession levels

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 11:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Rates of bad mortgages in the US have finally fallen below Great Recession levels, but are still historically high, as the volatility in real estate in the run-up to the recession turned out to be a reliable indicator of forthcoming trouble. Vermont has remained in the middle of the pack for non-current mortgages (foreclosures plus delinquent) for the last few years and like other states has seen dramatic reductions in the number of bad mortgages. And like other judicial states, Vermont's progress in cleaning up such mortgages has been somewhat slower than non-judicial states. Vermont's overall non-current rate was 5.4 percent (foreclosures 1.8 percent, delinquent 3.7 percent). This is down 8.9 percent from last year. It is the same rate as the US average. 

Ranked: 10 best (and worst, ie Vermont) states to retire 'rich'

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 10:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine 'Do I have enough money saved for retirement?' —  it's a question on the minds of many soon-to-be retirees and Americans across the country — and for good reason. Surprisingly, one-third of Americans have zero retirement savings. To help Americans who look forward to retiring and preserving a quality lifestyle, GOBankingRates surveyed all 50 states plus the District of Columbia to determine not only what's affordable, but where you can actually maximize your retirement savings and live comfortably.

Addison gas pipeline cost increases 7.8 percent to $165.6M

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 4:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Gas Systems CEO Don Rendall issued a statement today saying the cost of the Addison Natural Gas Project will increase more than $11 million and is now estimated to be $165.6 million. Rendall said "virtually all" of the cost increase for the pipeline construction will be borne by the company, not ratepayers. He said the increase essentially will be offset from profits.

President Dan Smith leaving Vermont Tech

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 3:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont State Colleges (VSC) Chancellor Jeb Spaulding confirmed today that Vermont Technical College President Dan Smith has accepted the job of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vermont Community Foundation and will be leaving the college in August.  The Executive Committee of the VSC Board of Trustees will meet in the coming weeks to determine a leadership transition for Vermont Tech.

Nora Jacobson wins $10,000 2016 Herb Lockwood Prize

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 3:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington City Arts announced today the third recipient of the Herb Lockwood Prize - the largest arts prize in Vermont - is filmmaker Nora Jacobson from Norwich. Jacobson received the $10,000 prize during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon at The BCA Center. The Herb Lockwood Prize aims to reward the pinnacle of arts leadership in Vermont by honoring the state’s most influential artists. The Prize recognizes artists who produce significant work in the areas of visual arts, music, writing, drama, dance, film, and fine woodworking—while also having a beneficent influence on the Vermont community. The recipient of the 2015 Prize was fine artist and typographer Claire Van Vliet from Newark, Vermont. The 2014 recipient was actor/theater director Steve Small from Middlebury, Vermont.

Community health needs report focuses on affordable housing, substance abuse

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 12:32pm -- tim

Vermont Businesss Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center released its 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) today, highlighting the issues that need special focus in order to improve people’s lives in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. Socio-economic factors are the most important indicators for general health with the most elusive solutions. For instance, while high blood pressure and obesity are only somewhat higher among people living at less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level (versus those above), smoking (more than triple the rate), asthma (nearly triple), diabetes (nearly triple) and lack of dental care (more than triple) are significantly higher among that demographic.

Nurse-Family Partnership celebrates first class of graduates

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 12:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) of Central Vermont has celebrated its first graduating class of moms and babies at the State House Cafeteria in Montpelier. Nurse-Family Partnership is a national, evidence-based program that supports first-time mothers with education and care to promote healthy pregnancies and empower women to achieve better lives for themselves and their families.

Art of healing project for Vermont hospitals completed

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 11:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Dr Esther Sternberg's best-selling book, "Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being" (Harvard University Press) inspired the Susan Sebastian Foundation to install original artwork in virtually every patient room in every hospital in Vermont. The just-completed installation of an estimated 400 works of art will be on permanent display in about 400 inpatient rooms at Vermont's 14 hospitals. This project, which took five years from conception to completion, may be the largest of its kind in any state.

New law will expand dental services in Vermont

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 8:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin on Monday celebrated a law that establishes dental therapists as a new designation of mid-level providers that will expand access to basic dental care across Vermont. The governor signed the bill into law on June 2. The celebration of the new law was held at Vermont Technical College’s Williston Campus which houses the state’s dental hygiene program and will also create a new program to train dental therapists.