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Maple syrup research gets more funding in bill OK'd by Senate panel

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 3:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee last Thursday approved $4 million for USDA Acer Access and Development grants in the Senate fiscal year 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill. The Acer program, created as part of the 2014 Farm Bill that Leahy helped craft and enact, offers grants to organizations conducting research and education related to the maple syrup industry.

Middlebury College Commencement Sunday

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 5:07am -- tim

Isabel Wilkerson, author of the bestselling The Warmth of Other Suns and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, will deliver the 2018 Middlebury College Commencement address on Sunday, May 27. National Humanities medalist, Wilkerson spent 15 years working on her book, interviewing more than 1,200 people to tell one of the greatest underreported stories of the 20th century, that of the Great Migration.

Texas company scam targets South Burlington High School

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 3:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A Texas company is contacting local businesses in Vermont, asking for “sponsorships” for materials to benefit South Burlington High School. However, according to a report submitted to the Attorney General by the South Burlington Police Department (SBPD), this company has no real affiliation with the school. Parkway Diner contacted South Burlington Police to report receiving a phone solicitation asking them to sponsor t-shirts for South Burlington High School.

PAI: School taxes will increase with governor’s flat rate

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 3:19pm -- tim

by Jack Hoffman Public Assets Institute Vermonters know there’s a difference between taxes and tax rates. Especially when it comes to property taxes, a lower rate doesn’t mean lower taxes if the grand list value of a property goes up. It’s important to distinguish between taxes and rates as the administration and the Legislature seek a compromise on education funding for next year.

Bennington group rebrands as Shires Young Professionals

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 3:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Thursday night, the Shires Young Professionals chose Bennington’s new nightlife hotspot, Miller’s Toll Dinner Club and Lounge, to announce a reinvigorated mission and brand. In partnership with the area Chamber of Commerce, the former Bennington Young Professionals group has been working behind the scenes over the past few months to develop a new look and strategy. A new logo and website have been launched, and a new mission statement, vision, and goals were shared at the event.

Leonine: How are they going to do it?

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 2:52pm -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs How do you hold the line on statewide education property tax rates without using any “one-time” money, find $300 million in “savings” in the Education Fund all while paying down teacher retirement obligations by $34.5 million to save $100 million in interest payments? Lawmakers and the governor have set themselves up to solve that conundrum during the Special Session. Governor Scott called lawmakers back to Montpelier on Wednesday, May 23.

Keene Medical reverses course and will continue partnership with Vermont Medicaid

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 2:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) and Keene Medical Products announced today that the New Hampshire medical equipment provider will remain a full member of the Vermont Medicaid provider network. Keene will continue to fulfill all categories of service to Vermonters, erasing a late April decision by the company to withdraw from the market effective June 1.

Leahy wins $2 million economic funding increase for NEK

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 2:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the two appropriations bills approved by the Committee Thursday include a combined $22 million in Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) grant funding.  The grants are part of a continuing effort, long supported by Leahy, to revitalize communities in Northern Vermont.

Vermont AG hails new data broker law

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 10:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan applauded lawmakers for passage of a new law that protects consumers from credit freeze fees, fraudulent acquisition of Vermonters’ data, and establishes a registry and security standards for the “data broker” industry. Vermont is the first state in the nation to successfully pass data broker legislation.

Air Force secretary reaffirms F-35 basing in Vermont

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 7:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger on Thursday released a letter from US Air Force Secretary Dr Heather Wilson written in response to the Mayor’s April 9, 2018 letter. The mayor’s letter included the City Council’s March 26, 2018, resolution requesting the Secretary of the US Air Force provide an alternative mission for the Vermont Air National Guard (VTANG) at the Burlington International Airport. This resolution was approved following a public vote in March 2018.

The Heifers will stroll again in Brattleboro June 2

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 7:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The 17th annual Strolling of the Heifers Weekend, featuring a parade of flower-bedecked heifer calves led by future farmers up the historic Main Street of Brattleboro, Vermont takes place June 1, 2 and 3. Organizers promise many special surprises for the occasion. The centerpiece of the weekend is the world-famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade, which starts promptly at 10 am on Saturday, June 2. This year’s parade theme is “May the FARMS Be With You”, so expect the heifers and other marchers to be dressed in their “out of this world” best! The heifer calves lead the parade and are followed by other farm animals, tractors, bands, floats and much more.

9th Annual Reason to Hope Dinner Raises $122,000 for Alzheimer’s

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 6:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Tammy Johnson has been described as fearless, passionate and driven. She’s also the daughter and granddaughter of women struck down with Alzheimer’s in their late 50’s. More than anything, Tammy Johnson wants to build awareness and, ultimately, find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. 

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