Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced his appointment of Golrang (Rey) Garofano, Democrat, to fill the Chittenden-8-1 House District vacancy. Garofano replaces former Representative Marybeth Redmond (D-Essex) who resigned last month. Garofano has been a public servant at the State of Vermont for 16 years, serving in various leadership roles supporting Vermonters, including the most vulnerable. She currently serves as a childcare quality program administrator at the DCF. She has a deep personal commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and has been actively engaged in multiple community projects over the last decade to promote racial equity and inclusion in and around Essex.
Vermont Business Magazine GunSense Vermont today announced the hiring of Conor Casey as their Executive Director, effective immediately. Casey began his career in the office of Senator Edward Kennedy and brings with him over 15 years of public policy experience in Vermont, serving recently as the Executive Director for the Vermont Democratic Party after spending eight years as Legislative Director of the Vermont State Employees' Association.
UVM Gund Institute for Environment Property damages from flooding in Vermont are calculated to exceed $5.2 billion over the next 100 years, new University of Vermont research finds. The most flood damages are projected along the Winooski River floodplains, which houses many of the state’s most populous towns, including Burlington, Essex, Colchester, Williston and Montpelier.
Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) has named Laurie Knauer of Castleton Community Seniors its Community Partner of the Year for 2021. Knauer, Program Director with Castleton Community Seniors and the Castleton Community Center, and Vice President of Tai Chi Vermont, has partnered with SVCOA for many years on numerous wellness-related events and programs including the nationally-recognized, evidence-based “Matter of Balance” and “Tai Chi For Fall Prevention” classes. Most recently, Knauer served as a master trainer for the “Matter of Balance” program and trained 12 individuals to become class instructors in both counties.
by John McClaughry On January 5 Governor Phil Scott delivered an upbeat State of the State message. He declared that though Vermont has many unmet needs - his leading example was a “desperate need for more people and workers.” - “anything is possible.” For years Vermont budgeteers of both parties have recognized that a sudden influx of one-time money can be perilous: using the money to launch or expand programs that Vermonters will soon have to pay for out of their own pockets.
Vermont Business Magazine With a national workforce shortage impacting nearly every aspect of health care throughout the region, The University of Vermont Medical Center and the Institute for American Apprenticeship (IAA) at Vermont Healthcare & Information Technology Education Center (HITEC) have partnered to offer an innovative training and development initiative that will both prepare graduates to become certified phlebotomists and guarantee them a job at UVM Medical Center following graduation.
Vermont Business Magazine New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) is now accepting Nursing Scholarship applications for 2022. Three scholarships of $3,000 each are awarded each year to applicants who qualify. Applicants must be members of NEFCU who are applying to or are enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate nursing program. Applications must be postmarked by February 28th, 2022. Scholarship winners will be notified by April 22, 2022.
Vermont Business Magazine University of Vermont (UVM) College of Nursing and Health Sciences Lecturer Susan Whitman was selected as the 2021 recipient of the Prelock Online Teaching Award for her course “Intro into Integrative Health” (HLTH101). Whitman is a Physician Assistant and National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She teaches and mentors health coaching students at Duke Integrative Medicine and The University of Vermont. She has been active in the healthcare field for over 25 years and helped found the UVM Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching Program in 2019.
Vermont Business Magazine Along with hitting the gym more often and starting a diet, quitting smoking tops many New Year’s resolution lists. Quitting tobacco isn’t easy, but 50 million ex-smokers in the United States are proof that it’s achievable. Tobacco use remains the nation’s leading cause of preventable death and disease and is a serious public health threat. Nationally, nearly 40 million Americans smoke. In Vermont, the adult smoking rate is 15.1% and high school tobacco use rate is 28.2%.
Monday, January 10: Updates to the case dashboard will be delayed as VDH works on accurate reporting for recent days. Case counts from Saturday and Sunday will be adjusted along with the regular updates as soon as possible.
by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health on January 9 reported a steep fall in cases as testing also was down. Cases were 203 for Saturday after setting another new record with 2,642 cases of COVID-19 for Friday, easily breaking Wednesday's record of 2,188. The previous record of 1,727 cases of COVID-19 was set last Monday. On December 30, it reported a then-record 1,471 cases. The record for cases was broken three times last week and another four times this week. With case counts now elevated, the seven-day positivity rate has increased to 13.8 percent, which ties the record set January 8.
Vermont Business Magazine Today, in advance of the quarterly filing deadline, Becca Balint’s campaign for Congress shared its impressive Q4 2021 fundraising totals with the public. In less than three weeks—over the holiday season—Balint raised $200,695.18. Balint’s extraordinary number of individual contributors indicate widespread, grassroots support all across Vermont, putting her in a strong position to build a robust campaign apparatus in advance of the August primary.
Vermont Business Magazine Community leaders and legislators gathered in Montpelier today to discuss environmental justice in Vermont, and the actions being taken to remedy known inequities among impacted populations. Vermont is one of few states that lacks an environmental justice policy, and the passage of S148, has become a priority for environmental and social justice organizations across the state.