Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Federal Credit Union was recently awarded the Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness Award, and achieved the highest level recognition – Gold Level. The award highlights worksites around the state and their efforts to promote the health and wellness of employees. Ongoing wellness programs at the Credit Union include wellness challenges, nutrition classes, CSAs and farm sharing, discounted gym memberships and local Employee Assistance Programs.
Vermont Business Magazine On Wednesday, May 4, 2022, students in the St. Johnsbury School’s afterschool program, the Sunshine Squad, handed out about 100 grab-n-go snacks for Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) frontline staff to show their appreciation. This is the second year of the Sunshine Squad. This year the group received a $5,000 grant from Vermont Community Foundations NEK Fund. Throughout the school year, the group meets once a week to work on spreading happiness within the community.
Vermont Business Magazine Dartmouth Health’s new Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Teresa Malcolm, MD, FACOG, MBA, will be the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly at noon on Wednesday, May 18. The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is also available to view or download as a podcast on svhealthcare.org/medicalmatters.
Vermont Business Magazine The Bowse Health Trust will start its 2022 grant cycle with Letters of Intent (LOI) due on June 15, 2022. Recognizing that health starts before medical care is needed, the Bowse HealthTrust is interested in funding new projects that focus on providing residents in the Rutland Region an opportunity to live a healthy life where we live, learn, work and play. Successful letters and projects will address the priority areas identified in the 2021 Community Health Needs Assessment and will center any proposed work on health equity. Priority areas include, housing, childcare and parenting, supporting the aging community, and mental health.
by John McClaughry On May 11 the short life of the Clean Heat Standard (CHS), promising “clean heat for a cooler planet”, came to sudden but probably not final end. To understand how the CHS originated, let’s go back to September 2020. The legislature, over Gov. Scott’s veto, enacted the Global Warming Solutions Act. The Act declared that the “climate crisis is both caused by and exacerbated by greenhouse gas emissions that result from human activity.” Therefore Vermonters must be made to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide from combustion of fossil fuels – heating oil, natural gas, gasoline, diesel, and propane – by 26% below 2005 levels by 2025, and by 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
Vermont Business Magazine Today the Vermont State Colleges System announced the creation of a new Workforce Development Division designed to enable the VSC to build stronger collaborations between students and employers, and to strengthen the program alignment between Vermont State University and Community College of Vermont.
by Betsy Bishop, President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and Megan Sullivan, Vice President of Government Affairs Each year, the end of the legislative session coincides with warmer weather, signaling peak tourism season just around the corner. For many Vermont businesses, however, this will be the third summer in a row that they are overwhelmed with uncertainty instead of anticipation. While elected officials resumed in-person operations at the State House, the Vermont business community is still working to determine their “new normal.”
Vermont Business Magazine Castleton University celebrated the accomplishments of members of the Class of 2022 at its 235th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14. This year marks the first in-person, university-wide commencement in three years. Mia Schultz, president of the Rutland Area Branch of the NAACP, addressed the more than 3,500 guests in attendance and those watching the ceremony live from home. She shared her journey to community activism and her lived experience with racism. She encouraged students to become leaders in their communities and push for positive change whenever they can.
Vermont Business Magazine Led by the personal income tax – the state’s most important revenue source – Vermont’s revenue results for April 2022 vastly exceeded projections. Fiscal year to date, General Fund revenues were $1,784.6 million, exceeding their target by $158.4 million or 9.7%. The exceedingly high cumulative receipts performance of the Personal Income Tax and the similarly positive cumulative performance through April of revenues in the Corporate Income Tax account for almost all the positive performance of the General Fund in April and year to date.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting 166 cases of COVID-19 for Sunday (197 Saturday; 414 Friday). VDH also reported today four additional deaths from the virus. The total death toll is 652 lives lost. All four were at least 80 years old. There are 13 reported deaths in May so far. There were 18 deaths in April, which surpassed March's total (17). March saw the fewest COVID deaths since last July. Fatalities and hospitalizations increased the last part of April. According to health officials, nearly all recent deaths have been of the very elderly and/or people with underlying health conditions and "not up to date" on their vaccines, meaning that if eligible to have received a booster.
Vermont Business Magazine Today, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a $4,870,000 investment in Vermont, made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to revitalize communities across the country by cleaning up contaminated and blighted sites and redeveloping them for productive uses. The funds will support under-served and economically disadvantaged communities around the state in assessing and cleaning up abandoned industrial and commercial properties and are part of a historic national EPA investment in Brownfields remediation. The Vermont projects are in Addison and Lamoille counties.
Vermont Business Magazine Bennington College today announced the selection of Pulitzer Prize winning poet Jericho Brown as the commencement speaker for the Class of 2022. The faculty speaker will be Elena Demyanenko, a faculty member in dance. The senior student speaker will be Sofia Pacheco Pardo ‘22. Jericho Brown will address the 87th graduating class at the conferring of degrees on Saturday, May 28, at 10 AM. The student speaker will address the class at a Senior dinner on Friday, May 27th at 7:15 pm, and the faculty speaker will address the community at both events. Jericho Brown has had a long and meaningful relationship with the college. In February, 2020 he delivered the 49th Bennington Writing Seminars Commencement address.