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Neurodegenerative diseases, clean energy from nuclear fusion, and cannabis impairment on tap for St Mike's seminar series 

Sat, 09/24/2022 - 3:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Faculty members and students at Saint Michael’s College will present their groundbreaking research throughout the fall semester on topics that address some of the biggest challenges facing our world today. The series, called “Saint Michael’s College presents: Solutions for Social Impact,” will include three seminar-style presentations by faculty who teach and research in scientific fields. Students who worked on the research projects will also be involved in several of the talks. Anyone interested in the topics can attend the seminars – no advanced scientific understanding is required.   

Jackie Pratt named GM of Stowe Electric

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 6:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Town of Stowe Electric Commission today announced their selection of Jackie Pratt as the department’s next General Manager. Pratt will succeed Ellen Burt, who has been General Manager of Stowe Electric for the past 18 years. Pratt comes to Stowe Electric from another municipally owned and operated electric distribution utility in New England, Shrewsbury (MA) Electric and Cable Operations, where she currently serves as Director of Advocacy & Customer Experience. Pratt received an MBA in Sustainable Business from Green Mountain College (Poultney, VT), and a BS in Communications from Clark University (Worcester, MA).

VDH: COVID cases and hospital stays up, 4 deaths in September

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 4:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health reported September 21 that COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations both increased but are still considered "Low." Total cases for the week increased by 31% to 581. Hospitalizations increased by 2 to 39 and have been edging up over the last three weeks. There were 19 COVID-related fatalities in August and 4 so far in September, for a pandemic total of 719.

Vermont State University cuts 2023-2024 tuition 15%

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 1:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Board of Trustees of the Vermont State Colleges System at this week’s board meeting unanimously approved a base tuition for Vermonters enrolling at Vermont State University of $9,999 per year in undergraduate programs, commencing with the launch of the new university on July 1, 2023. This reflects a 15% decrease from the current average in-state tuition1 at the unifying institutions – Castleton University, Northern Vermont University, and Vermont Technical College. After holding tuition rates flat for two years to address the key strategic priority of student affordability, the Board said in a statement that it "is pleased" to announce an in-state tuition rate that drastically lowers a barrier to access for many Vermonters and increases the attractiveness of pursuing higher education in Vermont for out-of-state students. The base tuition rate for out-of-state students was also lowered and will start at $19,998. Approximately 70% of students attending the future Vermont State University are Vermonters.

Ag Agency awarded $500,000 to increase local food access 

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 11:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) will launch a significant program to purchase local food and support the most vulnerable.  Earlier this summer the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced it signed a cooperative agreement with Vermont under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA). Through LFPA, VAAFM has connected with local partners to purchase and distribute locally grown, produced, and processed food from underserved producers.

Cota and Austin get new roles at VFDA

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 11:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Executive Board of the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association (VFDA) unanimously endorsed a strategic plan designed to strengthen the nearly 60-year-old organization. Stephanie Austin will become VFDA’s Executive Director, effective October 1.  Austin started her career at VFDA in 2006 and has run the training programs and compliance center for over a decade. Matt Cota, who has led the organization since 2007, will become VFDA’s Managing Director under his new government affairs firm, Meadow Hill Consulting.

Foundation for Rural Service Congressional Broadband Tour visits Vermont, WCVT

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 4:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom recently had the opportunity to help host the Foundation For Rural Service (FRS) Congressional Broadband Tour. Each year, FRS hosts a trip for Congressional staff members to get out in the field to see first-hand how broadband is delivered in rural communities and how these services impact the local economy. This is the first time this trip has come to Vermont and it was a great opportunity for WCVT to be part of the conversation and highlight both the importance and the challenges associated with building broadband in Vermont.

Autopsy completed following fatal Belvidere shooting

Fri, 09/23/2022 - 3:06am -- tim

Vermont State Police An autopsy was completed Thursday on Mark P. Benjamin, 42, at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington. The cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound to the neck, and the manner of death is a homicide. The suspect, 61-year-old Michael Chadwick of Brownington, was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Hyde Park on a charge of second-degree murder, pleaded not guilty, and was ordered jailed without bail.

BSD releases BHS/BTC 2025 concept video and updated tax estimates

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 2:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Want to see what a modern high school and technical center in Burlington could look like? Burlington School District (BSD) released the most recent drawings, floor plans, and a “fly through” video of the school at a Town Hall on Wednesday, September 21st. The video gives a glimpse of the building, which is being designed to be open, sustainable, flexible, accessible, and vibrant. The numbers are based on the passage of a $165 million bond vote in November. The district also released more tax estimates targeted toward those who pay school taxes based on their income rather than the cost of their home. The range is $190 a year on the low end to $1,088 on the high end.

2022 Killington Cup tickets available October 6 at 10 am

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 1:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America and a POWDR resort, announced today that tickets for the 2022 Killington Cup will be available for purchase starting October 6 at 10:00 a.m. ET at killington.com. Taking place November 25-27, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup will once again bring the women’s giant slalom and slalom races to Vermont. The event is expected to attract US Ski Team superstars, including five-time Killington Cup slalom victor and last season’s overall World Cup winner Mikaela Shiffrin, former University of Vermont skier Paula Moltzan and Burke Mountain graduate and Dartmouth student Nina O’Brien.  

Gasoline prices flatten after long decline

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 1:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Gasoline prices in Vermont and across the country continued to edge down over the last week, but at a slower rate than in August. US prices even rose slightly during the past week before falling. As of today in Vermont, the average price of gasoline is $3.76 per gallon. This is unchanged from yesterday, 7 cents lower than last week, 44 cents lower than last month and 66 cents higher than a year ago.

First-of-its-kind digital platform reveals migration data for birds across the Western Hemisphere

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 12:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As millions of birds are flocking to their wintering grounds, the National Audubon Society and nine partner organizations has announced the Bird Migration Explorer, a state-of-the-art digital platform that reveals migration data consolidated for 458 bird species found in the United States and Canada. The free, interactive platform, available in English and Spanish, allows users to see the most complete data collected on migratory species in their neighborhoods and where those birds go throughout the year. Since 1997, Audubon Vermont has operated a MAPS bird banding station at the Green Mountain Audubon Center, operated by a USGS-licensed Master Bander, Audubon Vermont’s conservation program manager Mark LaBarr. Mark has handled more than 15,000 birds for banding in his lifetime, including 5,000 birds over 25 years at the Green Mountain Audubon Center. 

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