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Bylaw Modernization Grants awarded to support development of affordable homes

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 4:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced $264,000 in Bylaw Modernization Grants to support statewide municipal bylaw modernization projects.  The funding was passed in Act 182 and championed by the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs and the House Committee on Environment and Energy.  It is intended to help municipalities confront the State's housing shortage by enabling new housing investments in smart locations.

VDP Chair Anne Lezak stepping down

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 3:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Democratic Party Chair Anne Lezak is stepping down, effective late February 2023. An election date to vote for the new chair will be announced shortly. As Chair of the VDP, Anne oversaw hiring of VDP’s current team, including Executive Director Jim Dandeneau. She played a large part in the 2022 election, where Democrats saw unprecedented and historic wins across the state. 

EIDL repayment webinar noon on Jan 18

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 3:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Join the SBA Vermont District Office for a virtual workshop at noon Jan. 18 about COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan repayment. Topics include: Creating a Capital Access Financial System account; Making payments and tracking EIDL account; Q&A. Registration is not required, but participants are encouraged to log on five minutes before.

State Police Advisory Commission releases synopsis of misconduct investigations involving troopers

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 1:41pm -- tim

The Vermont Department of Public Safety and the State Police Advisory Commission today are releasing the fifth semiannual detailed summary of internal investigations involving members of the Vermont State Police. The release of these detailed synopses began in January 2021 and is designed to provide greater transparency, public awareness, and oversight to the activities of the Vermont State Police, while balancing rules regarding internal investigations and the need to have internal investigations completed before public dissemination.

Garnet to close EMS and clinical operations 

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 12:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Garnet Transport Medicine, LLC d/b/a Garnet Health, announced today that it will shut down its EMS and clinical operations effective January 31st, 2023. They will lay off all staff as part of this action. Garnet said the combined effects of costs versus reimbursement rates, the pandemic, and the end of government-related COVID-19 contracts prevent the company from moving forward. Garnet was founded in 2019 and is a multidisciplinary healthcare organization specializing in interfacility ambulance transport, telemedicine, and mobile healthcare delivery.

Killington World Cup ski races will return in 2023 

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 12:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in Eastern North America, announced today that the Stifel Killington Cup will return to Killington Resort in Vermont for the seventh time in 2023. The race features the fastest female alpine ski racers in the world vying for the prestigious Killington Cup. Part of the International Ski and Snowboard Federation’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup Circuit, the Killington Cup is the world’s most attended women’s Audi FIS Ski World. This year’s return will again feature the “Heroic” initiative for the second year in a row, a program designed to empower and create opportunities for women in the ski industry.   

Vermonters strongly endorse personal finance education

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 11:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine More than nine out of 10 Vermont residents believe that personal finance education is an important subject that should be taught in high school. This overwhelming finding emerged from a statewide poll of 541 voters conducted this month by Public Policy Polling for the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College. John Pelletier, director of the center, notes that the poll shows 93 percent of Vermont residents agree that a personal finance course should be offered in high school. Pelletier also notes that 88 percent of Vermont adults believe that guaranteed access to a personal finance course for all Vermont high school students is urgently needed. Yet, despite these views, currently, few Vermont high school students have guaranteed access in high school to a full-semester course in personal finance prior to graduation.

Former State Senator Corey Parent to join Leonine Public Affairs 

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 11:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Leonine Public Affairs (LPA) announced today that former State Senator Corey Parent has joined their team as Director of Business and Municipal Affairs. Parent’s consulting firm Forty-Four Seven Strategies has merged with LPA, expanding their scope of services to include municipal and business consulting. Parent will lead the expansion of LPA’s municipal services practice and expand the scope of the firm’s business services practice. 

VCUDA elects de Villiers new president

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 10:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Communications Union Districts Association (VCUDA) has elected new officers: President: Ellie de Villiers, Maple Broadband; Vice President: Jonathan Baker, NEK Broadband; Treasurer & Secretary: F. X. Flinn, ECFiber. VCUDA consists of nine Communications Union Districts (CUDs), regional municipalities that have formed in Vermont to provide world-class broadband to unserved and underserved addresses in Vermont. Modeled on the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, VCUDA formed in November 2020.

Leffler: UVMMC starting 2023 with creativity and commitment amid challenges

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 7:31am -- tim

by Stephen Leffler, MD Here’s one place I didn’t expect to find myself in my health care career: Standing at a construction site on a snowy December afternoon, applauding as my colleagues officially broke ground on a new apartment building and child care center for employees of the University of Vermont Health Network. As a trained Emergency Department physician and now President of the University of Vermont Medical Center, I know how much there is to be done inside the walls of our hospital – which serves as the region’s community hospital, academic medical center, Level I Trauma Center, children’s hospital and NICU.

Community Care Network launches text line for crisis support

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 5:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Community Care Network (CCN) and its Rutland Mental Health Emergency Services Team today announced the implementation of a 24-hour a day, 7 day a week crisis text line available to anyone needing support during a mental health emergency. CCN’s crisis text line, made possible by a $10,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation which covered a portion of the training and start-up costs, is monitored around-the-clock and features a simple, user-friendly process for individuals seeking support.

VAHHS: Violence persists in the health care system

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 3:49am -- tim

by Michael Del Trecco, President & CEO, Vermont Association of Hospitals & Health Systems It’s long past time to stop the scourge of workplace violence in our community hospitals and health care settings. These are places for health and healing, peace and recovery. They are staffed and run by the most talented, caring and loyal group of providers and staff anywhere in the world. Violence within their doors is a rampant and unrelenting problem, and we need to address it. Workplace violence and threatening behavior have to stop if we expect to make any progress toward population health, a strong and stable health care workforce and hospital financial and operational sustainability.