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Governor Scott signs Inclusion Week proclamation

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 11:53am -- tim

47 Towns Representing 35% of Vermont’s Population Have Adopted the Declaration of Inclusion

Vermont Business Magazine On Friday, May 6th, Governor Phil Scott signed a proclamation declaring the second week of May “Inclusion Week” in Vermont. The proclamation reaffirms Vermont’s commitment to eliminating hatred and bigotry in all systems and institutions to improve outcomes for all Vermonters and build more multicultural and socially cohesive communities. Inclusion Week is a byproduct of the Declaration of Inclusion initiative, an ongoing statewide diversity, equity, and inclusion effort to reinforce welcoming and belonging for all people in all Vermont communities.

Game wardens issue animal cruelty citation for fatal shooting of German shepherd in Tunbridge

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 11:50am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Warden Service has closed its investigation into the fatal shooting of a German shepherd dog in Tunbridge. After discussion with the Orange County State’s Attorney’s office, Damon Dyer, 31, of Tunbridge was issued a citation for one count of cruelty to animals, Title 13 V.S.A. 352 (1).  Mr. Dyer is scheduled to appear in Orange County Court on June 29, 2022, to answer the charge. 

PayPal CEO Dan Schulman '80 to give Middlebury Commencement address May 29

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 10:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Dan Schulman, president and CEO of PayPal, the digital payment services company, will deliver the 2022 Middlebury College Commencement address on Sunday, May 29, 2022. One of the country’s leading CEOs, Schulman has advocated for companies to help shape society for the better by sharing their financial success with their employees. He is also widely recognized for his commitment to social change and his passion for equity, justice, and basic human rights. Jason Collins, a retired NBA player, will deliver the COVID-delayed Middlebury Commencement address to the Class of 2020 at an in-person ceremony on Tuesday, May 31. Collins was the first male active player in any of the four major American professional sports to announce that he was gay.

New Kids Zone welcomes families at Burlington International Airport

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 7:27am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine A new space was unveiled at Burlington International Airport on Tuesday to give kids a place to place and adults to relax as they travel. The National Life Let’s Grow Kids Zone is a partnership between National Life Group, Let’s Grow Kids, Burlington International Airport, and Beta Technologies. The Kids Zone includes playscapes that are developmentally appropriate for children while providing incredible views of the runway and the Green Mountains. It also has rocking chairs and charging stations for adults and a state-of-the-art skyscape ceiling thanks to Beta Technologies. 

Vermont employers honored for Worksite Wellness efforts

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 5:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine More than 70 businesses and organizations that employ Vermont workers have been selected to receive a 2022 Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in Worksite Wellness. Developed more than 20 years ago by the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and presented in partnership with the Vermont Department of Health, the annual awards provide an opportunity for the governor and health commissioner to thank businesses and organizations for their efforts to support Vermonters’ health and make Vermont a great place to live and work.

Vermont’s Mental Health Crisis: Opportunities and solutions for creating a better system of care

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 4:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Wednesday, May 11, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, the Vermont Public Health Association (VtPHA) will hold its Annual Meeting titled: “Vermont’s Mental Health Crisis: Opportunities and solutions for creating a better system of care.” Participants can attend in person at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier or virtually via Zoom. Dr. Mark Levine, MD, Commissioner of Health; Wendy Walsh, RN, Public Health Nurse; and the Vermont National Guard COVID-19 Mapping Team will be recognized as Public Health Champions.

Medical Matters Weekly welcomes lifestyle medicine expert

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 4:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Psychiatrist and Wellness Coach Beth Frates, MD, FACLM, DipABLM, will discuss the specialty of lifestyle medicine and how it can help patients approach health problems from a different angle on the next Medical Matters Weekly at 12 pm on Wednesday, May 11. The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). 

House lawmakers seek to prohibit cannabis concentrates from adult-use market

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 3:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Thursday, May 5, 2022, the Vermont House Committee on Government Operations voted to amend bill H.548, a Miscellaneous Cannabis Establishment Procedures Bill, with language prohibiting solid cannabis concentrates that test over 60% THC from the adult-use cannabis marketplace. According to the Vermont Growers Association, this House amendment will place Vermont’s entire adult-use marketplace in jeopardy, introduce significant and unprecedented risk, and, in turn, impact countless local businesses and consumers, the state’s projected revenue, and keep cannabis products unregulated. No other state with an active adult-use cannabis market has THC caps. 

VDH: COVID cases stubborn, hospitalizations increase

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 4:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting 174 cases of COVID-19 for Sunday. (273 Saturday; 382 Friday). VDH also reported two additional deaths from the virus. The total death toll is now 644 lives lost. There are five reported deaths in May so far. April, with 18, surpassed March's total. March saw the fewest COVID deaths since last July. Hospitalizations were elevated since mid-April and today were 74 (up 10 from Friday).

Survey: 86% of Vermont early childhood education programs face staffing shortage

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 3:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today is the national day of action “A Day Without Child Care,” intended to show policymakers and legislators that employers rely on working families’ access to early childhood education programs - but for many Vermont families, an early childhood educator shortage means that every day is a day without child care.  A survey of Vermont early childhood education center owners and program directors shows 86% are experiencing a dire staffing shortage. On average, there are 3.1 open positions per center-based program. These shortages mean 80% of surveyed programs are enrolling fewer children than desired – and programs are serving 10.1 fewer children per day than they would like to serve. 

Working Lands Enterprise Board announces $3.1 million FY 2022 Impact grants

Mon, 05/09/2022 - 3:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Working Lands program continues to increase its historic funding for those who make their living off the land. This May, the Program awarded $3.1 million in grants that will help grow agriculture and small businesses in Vermont with new Supply Chain and Market Level Impact specific grants to leverage supply chain partnerships at a significant scale of up to $250K per award. This round of funding, coupled with the $2.1 million in grants awarded this January reaches all segments of Vermont working lands sectors, addressing meat slaughter and processing bottlenecks, supply chain resiliency, marketing plans and overall business development.