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Ali Dieng: Young Vermonters and New Americans must feel welcome and valued

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 5:12am -- tim

by Ali Dieng In the State of Vermont, a large proportion of the local New American population is made up of individuals who were resettled to the state with refugee status. Refugee resettlement in Chittenden County began in the early 1980s and it is now the most ethnically diverse county in the state. Despite these significant, ongoing demographic changes, opportunities for civic engagement remain vastly inaccessible for New Americans in the area.

iSun set to join Russell Microcap Index after successful deSPAC

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 3:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine iSun, Inc (Nasdaq: ISUN), a leading solar energy and clean mobility infrastructure company with 50-years of construction experience in solar, electrical and data services based in Burlington, announced today that iSun is set to join the Russell Microcap® Index at the conclusion of the 2021 Russell indexes annual reconstitution, effective after the US market opens on June 28, according to a preliminary list of additions posted June 4.

Hunger Free Vermont urges governor to not lift State of Emergency

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 5:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Hunger Free Vermont and 130 other Vermont businesses and organizations are urging Governor Phil Scott to NOT lift the State Emergency Order. Loss of funds tied to the declaration of emergency that are helping households afford basic needs in this unprecedented time would be detrimental to Vermont's economy and health.

Vermont DOC commissioner issues statement on Joshua Russ plea deal

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 5:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Department of Corrections Commissioner James Baker issued the following statement regarding Joshua Russ, a former community corrections officer, entering a “no contest” plea to charges of sexual exploitation of an inmate and prohibited acts in Windham County Superior Court. “The majority of the people who work for the Vermont Department of Corrections are the most compassionate, selfless public servants I’ve met in my 45-plus years in the criminal justice field. What Joshua Russ did is a betrayal of trust to every person in Vermont DOC."

UVM to require COVID vaccination for students once full FDA approval granted

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 3:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont will require students to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus once at least one of the vaccines receives full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration. The requirement will apply to all students entering or returning for the fall of 2021—including undergraduate, graduate, medical, and continuing and distance education students; both full-time and part-time students will be subject to the requirement. Once the current Emergency Use Authorization is lifted for any of the vaccines, and full FDA approval is granted, students will be required to have proof of their vaccination.

Anya Rader Wallack returns to VT, named UVM Health Network SVP

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 2:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Health Network today announced the appointment of Anya Rader Wallack, PhD, as Senior Vice President for Strategic Communications. Wallack, originally from Vermont, is a Professor at the Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, RI.  She has worked in high-level health policy positions for former Vermont Governors Howard Dean and Peter Shumlin, and former Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo.

State Colleges System adds scholarship and free tuition opportunities

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 2:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees Chair Lynn Dickinson and Chancellor Sophie Zdatny were joined on Vermont Technical College’s Randolph campus by all four institution Presidents and the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation to announce additional scholarship and free tuition opportunities for Vermont students. They announced the availability of over $16 million in student scholarships and free tuition programs for Vermonters in the upcoming academic year. This includes Welcome Home Scholarships of up to $5,000 for Vermonters transferring home to VSCS institutions from out-of-state schools or those who might be returning to school after leaving last year.

Emily Hawes and Alison Krompf to lead Department of Mental Health

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 11:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mike Smith, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services, announced today that Emily J Hawes has been appointed by Governor Phil Scott to be Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health beginning July 4. Hawes will assume the responsibility for day-to-day operations and management of DMH in place of Commissioner Sarah Squirrell, who is moving out of state with her family.

Condos and Hibbert applaud enactment of nursing licensure bill

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 11:07am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Following yesterday’s enactment of S.48, which will protect public safety while removing barriers to licensure for qualified nurses wishing to practice in Vermont, Secretary of State Jim Condos and Office of Professional Regulation Director Lauren Hibbert applauded the Legislature and the Governor for their support and passage of the Nursing Licensure Compact bill.

Scott signs $7.3 billion budget

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 11:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott Tuesday signed the state budget (H.439, An act relating to making appropriations for the support of government) for state fiscal year 2022, which begins July 1. The $7.315 billion budget prioritizes growing the economy, including funding small business pandemic relief, community revitalization projects and tourism marketing Career Technical Education programs and centers, adult training and re-training, state colleges, worker relocation grants and more.