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Blue Cross Vermont supports the Listen Up! Project Tour

Sun, 08/01/2021 - 2:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As a proud underwriter of the Listen Up! Project, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (Blue Cross) is encouraging teens and anyone who has a young adult in their life to attend a show near them. This original touring musical was inspired, written, scored, and performed by Vermont teens. The production is the result of feedback from 913 Vermont youth collected through workshops, in-depth interviews, conferences, and special events statewide.

Vermont Tree Wardens: A voice for the forest

Sun, 08/01/2021 - 1:55pm -- tim

by Christine McGowan, Vermont Forest Industry Network According to Elise Schadler, a program manager with Vermont Urban and Community Forestry, a tree warden is a modern day local lorax—a community spokesperson for the trees. Appointed by local selectboards, tree wardens are responsible for making determinations about public shade trees, defined as “a shade or ornamental tree located in whole or in part within the limits of a public way or public place.”

Innovation in an Aging Industry

Sun, 08/01/2021 - 9:00am -- katie

by Janice St. Onge The pulp and paper industry is not known for its cutting-edge technology or pushing the frontiers of innovation. In fact, little has changed in the 150 years since wood pulp was first used to make paper at the Smith Paper Company. But where others may see an aging industry, Pam Cowan, chief marketing and financial officer at Pulmac Systems International, sees one that is ripe for change.

State funding provides free classes for Vermonters impacted by the pandemic

Sat, 07/31/2021 - 9:00am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Vermonters whose employment has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can again take a free class or training through the Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS) this fall. The Vermont State Colleges – Castleton University, Community College of Vermont, Northern Vermont University, and Vermont Technical College—are offering numerous training options at all four institutions across many high-demand industries and via online and in-person formats.

Gov Scott reacts to emergency board upgrade of consensus revenue forecasts

Fri, 07/30/2021 - 1:52pm -- katie
State economists predict revenues will exceed earlier predictions by $242 million for fiscal year 2022 and $268 million in fiscal year 2023
Vermont Business Magazine As the Scott Administration prepares the fiscal year 2022 budget adjustment and fiscal year 2023 state budget, it will do so with more revenues than were anticipated. The Emergency Board, chaired by Governor Scott, met with the State’s executive and legislative economists today to adopt new revenue estimates for fiscal years 2022 and 2023. These forecasts are projections of future revenue receipts into the State’s largest funds.

Vermonters show support for the passage of a national Paid Family and Medical Leave Solution

Fri, 07/30/2021 - 1:29pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Yesterday, workers, small business owners, advocates and legislative leaders came together for the premiere of “We Believe in Paid Leave”, a video campaign lifting up eight stories from throughout Vermont, highlighting the critical and urgent need for the passage of an equitable and robust national paid family and medical leave solution. We know that 65% of Vermont’s workers don’t have access to paid family and medical leave and that the consequences are dire in the event of a personal or family medical emergency. We also know that no one chooses when they get sick or injured and that for most families, nine months is not enough time to save for an adequate parental leave.

House approves Welch priorities and projects as part of ‘Minibus’ appropriations package

Fri, 07/30/2021 - 11:14am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Thursday the House passed nine out of 12 of the annual Appropriations bills to fund the government that included Rep. Peter Welch’s legislative priorities and funding for nine community projects. The appropriations bills include increased funding for affordable housing, public health infrastructure, education, and green energy projects, among other Welch priorities.

Sanders co-leads legislation to keep families together and create alternative to incarceration

Fri, 07/30/2021 - 10:02am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Tuesday joined Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), and 14 additional Congressional colleagues in reintroducing legislation to create an alternative to incarceration for eligible parents and caregivers, while providing the resources they need so their children can stay safely at home instead of entering the foster care system.

AM Best to sponsor Vermont Captive Insurance Association’s annual conference

Fri, 07/30/2021 - 5:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine AM Best will moderate a session focused on innovation and the state of the captive insurance market at the 2021 Vermont Captive Insurance Association’s (VCIA) Annual Conference. AM Best also will participate in other capacities, including as a platinum sponsor of the event. The VCIA conference takes place August 10-12, 2021. This is the largest Captive conference in the world and Vermont is the leading domicle for captive insurance firms in the United States.

LEAP announces August round of workshops

Fri, 07/30/2021 - 3:40am -- tim

LEAP Game Of Logging (8 LEAP Credits per Level). Levels 1 - 4 are mandatory for all Non-Mechanized LEAP loggers. If it’s been over 5 years since taking all four levels then taking a L5 (Refresher) is mandatory. Levels 1& 2 are being offered this year. If you would also like Levels 3 & 4 this year, let me know, otherwise you may take them next Spring. Levels begin August 6.

Franklin County Field Days returns to Highgate for its 45th season August 5-8

Fri, 07/30/2021 - 3:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This family-fun Vermont tradition features midway rides and games, live music, livestock events, horse shows, a demolition derby, truck and tractor pulls, ATV drag racing, 4-H exhibits, Homemakers Building demonstrations, poker tournaments, opening night fireworks, favorite fair food and more. The $15 pay-one-price admission includes unlimited midway rides, live entertainment, track events and parking.

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