Vermont Business Magazine Advancing a long-term plan to address the evolving health care needs of patients in our region, the UVM Medical Center in Burlington has requested permission from the Green Mountain Care Board to begin planning a modern outpatient surgery center that would further its commitment to provide high quality care at the lowest cost, in a health care setting most appropriate for each patient. Through the filing of a Conceptual Certificate of Need (CON), the hospital seeks an expedited review following the reduction of available operating rooms resulting from the closure of the Fanny Allen outpatient location due to air quality issues.
Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) is reminding customers that they’re invited to join GMP’s Bi-Annual Open House meeting on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. live on the GMP Facebook page. It is a chance to meet with company leaders and ask questions about GMP’s Multi-Year Regulation Plan, base rate request, performance measures for customers, innovative programs, and GMP’s climate plan.
Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets A new law may help some Vermont business owners sleep a little better at night. Vermont Act 31, An Act Relating to Limiting Liability for Agritourism, went into effect on July 1, 2021. Act 31 acknowledges that there are “inherent risks” in participating in agritourism activities and shifts those risks to properly warned consumers. The Act covers recreational, educational, entertainment, historical and nature-based activities on farms, such as farm tours and pick-your-own. It does not include on-farm lodging, retail establishments or farm stands.
by Elizabeth Campbell Vermont is a glorious place to live for so many reasons but if you, like me, are the parent of an adult child with significant cognitive disabilities, Vermont can be a scary place to call home. Not because Vermonters aren’t unfailingly kind to my son, who has a particularly challenging form of Down Syndrome and so will need lifelong supervision. It’s a scary place to live because once I am no longer able to care for my son, he will likely end up in Vermont’s adult foster care system, which Vermont calls “Shared Living.”
by C.B. Hall, Vermont Business Magazine Vermont's seemingly endless pursuit of universal access to high-speed internet service continued on June 8, when Governor Phil Scott signed legislation, H360, which will establish a Vermont Community Broadband Board. The new body will award grants to build out the state's telecommunications network so as to provide 100 megabit-per-second download and upload speeds – symmetrical 100Mbps, in common parlance.
by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Public Service has issued the 2021 Vermont Ten-Year Telecommunications Plan. The final plan was adopted June 30. The 382-page Plan provides an overview of the current state of telecommunications services and facilities in the state, current trends in usage and adoption, and recommendations for improving access to broadband services throughout Vermont.
Vermont Business Magazine As the world reopens in anticipation of one of the biggest travel seasons in history—Mamava, the category creator of freestanding lactation spaces, and Hello Bello, the premium baby products company co-founded by parents Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, announced a partnership that will show some big love to breastfeeding mothers. To kick things off, Hello Bello teamed up with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to place 11 Mamava ADA pods into all post-security concourses at the busiest airport in the United States.
Vermont Agency of Transportation This weekly report is a list of planned construction activities that will have traffic impacts on state highways throughout Vermont. Please remember to drive safely in all work zones. Lives depend on it.
Vermont Business Magazine The Federal Nuclear Waste Policy Committee of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (VT NDCAP) will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, July 19, 2021 from 1 pm to 2 pm. This meeting will be conducted primarily as a webcast and teleconference. However, in accordance with Vermont Open Meeting Law, the following physical location will be available for those wishing to attend this meeting: 118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro.
by King Whetstone, Regional Director, USDA-NASS, Northeastern Regional Field Office Corn planted for all purposes in 2021 is estimated at 85,000 acres in Vermont, unchanged from last year. Growers expect to harvest 160,000 acres of hay, down 4% from last year. Other hay is estimated at 145,000 acres, down 3% from 2020. Alfalfa hay is estimated at 15,000 acres, down 12% from the previous year.
Vermont State Police On Saturday morning, at approximately 0338 hours, State Police responded to a single vehicle crash located on Route 7, Charlotte. Assisting agencies included Charlotte Fire Department, Charlotte Rescue, and the Williston Police Department. The sole occupant of the vehicle, the operator was transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center by ambulance where he was pronounced deceased. The operator was identified as Gregory Ouellette.
Vermont Business Magazine Burlington City Arts is bringing Festival of Fools back to downtown Burlington from July 30-August 1, 2021. Presented by Community Bank NA, this year's festival marks a return to the Church Street Marketplace and City Hall Park after having to cancel the beloved celebration in 2020 due to the pandemic.