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Scott appoints Howard Kalfus to Vermont Superior Court

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 1:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today appointed Howard A Kalfus as Vermont’s next Superior Court judge, filling a vacancy created when the Governor appointed then-Judge William D Cohen to the Vermont Supreme Court. Kalfus was appointed Vermont’s fifth-ever Judicial Bureau hearing officer in 2011. In addition to his duties as the Judicial Bureau’s presiding hearing officer, he has been specially assigned to the Superior Court in every county.

VCRD Executive Director Paul Costello leaving post

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 12:46pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine After 21 years at the helm of the Vermont Council on Rural Development, Paul Costello is stepping down from his role as Executive Director. Over these years Costello has engaged communities throughout the state to help them set priorities and connect to resources, led a dozen policy council efforts to advance local opportunities, developed a score of statewide summits to build unity and common purpose to answer key rural needs, and worked in myriad ways to bring people together for the common good of their communities and for Vermont.

Sharon Academy gets $1.9 million from USDA modern arts and science wing

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 12:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Acting State Director for USDA Rural Development in Vermont, Cheryl Ducharme, announced a $1.9 million loan to The Sharon Academy in Sharon, Vermont, to fund the construction of a new science and arts wing. The addition will house modern classroom and laboratory space for students 7-12.

Pattie McCoy: Government overreach gone too far

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 12:16pm -- tim

by House Minority Leader Pattie McCoy (R-Poultney) Being first sometimes means coming in last. Vermont has sure had a lot of "firsts" over the years--the first state to abolish slavery; the first state to allow civil unions for same-sex couples; the first state to allow the importation of lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada; and so on. These are good firsts. But not all "firsts" are created equally.

Steve Cannon talks leadership and a culture of excellence on VBM’s Business Forum June 9

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 11:37am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Former Mercedes Benz USA President and CEO Steve Cannon—now the top exec at AMB Sports & Entertainment—will share his insights on leadership and building a culture of excellence at the Vermont Business Magazine's Business Forum in June.

This webcast, hosted by best-selling author Jon Gordon, will broadcast at 12PM Wednesday, June 9. Registration is free.

Stephen Cannon, among the Atlanta Business Chronicles 2019 Most Admired CEOs, serves as the chief executive officer of AMB Sports and Entertainment, assuming the day-to-day leadership of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Atlanta Falcons Football Club, United Soccer Properties and PGA TOUR Superstore. AMBSE serves as a for-profit holding group under the Arthur M. Blank Family of Businesses. Prior to joining AMBSE in 2016, Cannon served as president and chief executive officer of Mercedes-Benz USA and was responsible for leading operations that generated record sales with annual revenues exceeding $20 billion.

Bennington Writing Seminars hosts acclaimed authors with virtual Writers Reading series

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 11:32am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine From June 3 - 11, critically acclaimed, award-winning authors and faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars will host Writers Reading, an evening reading series during the MFA program's summer residency, which is being conducted remotely this term. All readings are free, open to the public, and will take place virtually via Zoom and begin Thursday.

Scott vetoes non-citizen voting bills

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 10:57am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine For those betting against a veto session this year, you will need to find your Venmo password. Governor Phil Scott yesterday vetoed two bills that would allow non-citizen voting in Montpelier and Winooski. Up to this point Scott had only vetoed one bill. That bill was related to raising the age of who legally would be considered a juvenile. That bill probably needed more work to tighten up the language and process and probably would not have triggered a veto session. But the vetoes of the voting rights bills have guaranteed that lawmakers will return to Montpelier at the end of this month.

Efficiency Vermont announces 2nd annual appliance recycling offer

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 10:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine An Efficiency Vermont program aimed at helping customers lower energy costs while reducing the number of inefficient appliances plugged into Vermont’s electric grid makes its return, back by popular demand. The offer is available to Vermonters with secondary refrigerators and freezers, as well as old window air conditioners and dehumidifiers.

Schubart: The elegant clarity and broad misunderstanding of nonprofit governance

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 9:42am -- tim

by Bill Schubart The Vermont Nonprofit sector is a major contributor to Vermont’s economy and to the well-being of Vermonters. Its 6000 organizations represent about 20 percent of Vermont’s overall economy and employ about 14 percent of its workforce. Nonprofit missions range from the dominant healthcare and education sectors to arts and culture, the environment, journalism, housing, hunger/food systems, equity, poverty and more. As such, nonprofits have a vital role to play in the quality of life for many Vermonters. The traditional role of government in assuring the well-being of its citizens is often subcontracted to the nonprofit sector, especially in areas like alleviating hunger, homelessness, or poverty.

$30 million for Economic Recovery Bridge Program

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 9:28am -- tim

Agency of Commerce & Community Development The Economic Recovery Bridge Program provides $30 million in funding to businesses who can show a net loss on their 2020 federal tax returns. The program will give priority during the first 30 days to businesses that have yet to receive any state or federal financial support from COVID-19 recovery programs. The application portal will go live the week of June 7. ACCD will host a webinar to review guidelines and go over application materials for the Economic Recovery Bridge Program on Wednesday, June 2 at 3 pm.

VDH COVID-19 Update: No deaths in 15 days, Vermont number one in vaccinations

Tue, 06/01/2021 - 4:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The VDH is reporting only two cases of COVID-19 as cases in Vermont, across the region and across the US subside. There have been no COVID-related deaths in the state in 15 days. Vermont is the only state with no fatalities during that span. Governor Phil Scott has said that once 80 percent of eligible Vermonters are vaccinated, all state COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted. At his Tuesday press conference, Governor Scott said that only about 11,000 more Vermonters need to get their shot in order to meet this goal.

GMP requests 4.69 percent rate hike, below pre-pandemic forecast

Tue, 06/01/2021 - 4:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine After holding base rates flat for the past year to help customers facing the economic hardship created by the pandemic, Green Mountain Power today filed a request with the Public Utility Commission to increase base rates beginning October 1 by 4.69 percent. This filing marks the third and final year of what is called a “multi-year rate plan” where GMP forecasted annual rate increases at approximately 2.72 percent. If approved by regulators, customers will pay less than previously estimated, or about 2.47 percent averaged over the three years.

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