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Mayor Weinberger celebrates opening of The Moran FRAME

Sat, 11/19/2022 - 1:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger on Tuesday announced the opening of The Moran FRAME, a new iconic Burlington landmark and public space on the Burlington waterfront featuring the revived steel superstructure of the former J. Edward Moran Municipal Generating Station. Following 30 years of stalled efforts to reimagine the site of the long-abandoned former coal plant, the Moran FRAME represents significant transformation of the northern waterfront and a testament of the City’s long-held commitment to the conservation of public spaces, as well as to energy transformation. The building was first commissioned in 1952 by then Mayor Moran as a coal fired plant, converted to wood chips in 1977, and ultimately decommissioned in 1986. In 2014, the City of Burlington became the first in the nation to source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources, and in 2019 Mayor Weinberger announce a plan to achieve Net Zero by 2030.

'Holidays In The Shires' Campaign markets region for the holiday season

Sat, 11/19/2022 - 5:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Shires of Southwestern Vermont Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), under The Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce, invites residents and travelers to come enjoy “Holidays in The Shires” this holiday season. The campaign, centered around the various events from November through December encourages patrons to shop, dine, craft, recreate and have family fun throughout the region. On the main page the description reads, "The Official Holiday Calendar of The Shires."

New survey shows young people are concerned about access to birth control in the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned 

Sat, 11/19/2022 - 4:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) celebrated “Thanks, Birth Control” Day on Wednesday, a time to highlight the many ways that birth control improves people’s lives, including the ability to plan their families, finish their education, and pursue their dreams. This annual observance founded by the Power to Decide campaign is also an important opportunity to help share facts and dispel myths about contraception. A new survey released by the Power to Decide finds the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is fueling young adults’ concerns about birth control. Six in 10 of survey respondents ages 18 to 29 believe birth control will be more difficult to access now that Roe has been overturned.

Lawson’s releases its award-winning Fayston Maple Imperial Stout to the Northeast

Sat, 11/19/2022 - 3:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Lawson’s Finest Liquids is debuting a 2022 World Beer Cup Silver Medal winner across the northeast just in time for cold weather and changing seasons. Fayston Maple Imperial Stout Aged in Mad River Distillers Rum Barrels is now available across the brewery’s entire nine-state distribution area of VT, CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, and RI. The distribution marks the first time a barrel-aged, seasonal release from the brewery is available outside the company’s Waitsfield, VT destination Taproom. Each year, Lawson’s Finest Liquids releases specialty, barrel-aged beers to mark the holiday season. Fayston Maple Imperial Stout Aged in Mad River Distillers Rum Barrels debuted in Fall of 2021 before earning a Silver Medal at the prestigious World Beer Cup in 2022. The 10.5% ABV imperial stout is brewed with loads of roasted and black malts with a hefty dose of Vermont Maple Syrup.

Heady Vermont Celebrates Five Years of Supporting Veterans on Sunday

Fri, 11/18/2022 - 5:20pm -- katie

VermontBiz In celebration of Veterans Day, Heady Vermont is organizing its fifth annual cannabis event for veterans on Sunday, November 20, 12-2 p.m. at Heady Vermont offices in Burlington.

Each year, Heady Vermont and a team of dedicated veteran volunteers welcomes vets to our office, listens to their stories and helps provide access to and education around cannabis for PTSD, pain, trauma and other areas. The goal of the Veterans Day Cannabis Event is to provide veterans with education and access to cannabis in a safe space.

Mayor Weinberger announces the return of the BTV Winter Market

Fri, 11/18/2022 - 1:20pm -- katie

VermontBiz Mayor Miro Weinberger announced that tomorrow the BTV Winter Market will return to City Hall Park. A collaboration between Burlington City Arts (BCA) and Love Burlington, the BTV Winter Market is an outdoor market featuring a rotating group local artists, makers, and food vendors in a festive atmosphere that captures the spirit of the season.

Leahy announces $1M in USDA funding for Turning Point Center of Central Vermont

Fri, 11/18/2022 - 1:16pm -- katie

VermontBiz U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced that the Turning Point Center of Central Vermont, which supports all paths to addition recovery, will be receiving a $1 million grant from the USDA Emergency Rural Health Care Grant program.  These funds will be used alongside a Leahy fiscal year 2022 Congressionally Directed Spending provision that he secured for $750,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the renovation of an historic building that will become the center’s new home.

Vermont’s unemployment rate increases to 2.3 percent in October

Fri, 11/18/2022 - 11:13am -- katie

VermontBiz Today, the Vermont Department of Labor released data on the Vermont economy for the time period covering October 2022. According to household data, the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for October was 2.3 percent. This reflects an increase of two-tenths of one percentage point from the prior month’s revised estimate. The civilian labor force participation was 61.7 percent in October, a decrease of one-tenth of one percentage point.

Senate passes bill by Cornyn, Leahy and others to reauthorize task force combatting child exploitation

Fri, 11/18/2022 - 12:09am -- katie

VermontBiz U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Charles Grassley (R-IA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) released the following statements after the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2022, which would reauthorize the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program to combat child exploitation across the country, passed the Senate earlier this week: 

“By providing the resources, officers, and technology law enforcement agencies need to counter the threat of cyber-crimes, we can build more barriers between predators and the victims they target,” said Sen. Cornyn. “I applaud my colleagues for reauthorizing this task force that prevents the perpetrators of these heinous crimes from committing future abuse, and I urge the House to pass this legislation as soon as possible.” 

State announces home energy assistance funding for the 2022-2023 season

Thu, 11/17/2022 - 3:46pm -- katie

VermontBiz Governor Phil Scott and the Department for Children and Families (DCF) announced today the release of $20 million in Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding for households that heat with fuel oil, propane, kerosene, coal, electricity, and natural gas.

“We know many are feeling the burden of high inflation that is impacting the entire country, and the rise in home heating costs is a significant challenge,” said Governor Scott. “LIHEAP is an important benefit that helps vulnerable families, and I thank our congressional delegation, in particular Senator Leahy, for his work to secure additional LIHEAP funding this year. In Montpelier, we must work tirelessly to keep costs down for Vermont families.”