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Scott signs executive order for future brownfield redevelopment in Richmond

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 12:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new building at the former Richmond Creamery site. The new development, which has retained the creamery name, is a mixed-use, net zero, multi-phased development in the heart of Richmond’s downtown. The building sits on the site of the former Saputo cheese factory, which closed in 1999. $1.4 million in public and private funds were used to clean the site and the first building will provide commercial space and 14 new residential units for both existing and new Richmond residents. Three more buildings are planned for construction, offering a total of 75,000 square feet of development.

Vermont Law School represents NWF in Alaska mining lawsuit

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 11:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Environmental Protection Agency illegally withdrew a proposed determination that would have effectively blocked the Pebble Mine in Alaska, the National Wildlife Federation alleged today in a new lawsuit filed in the US District Court in Alaska. The National Wildlife Federation’s lawsuit would compel the EPA to put back in place a determination that the Pebble Mine — a massive copper and gold mine in the heart of Bristol Bay, the world’s most productive salmon fishery — would pose undue adverse impacts to the ecosystem that supports native and local communities. 

CRVT: Research News for October 9, 2019

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 11:20am -- Brandon

Center for Research on Vermont Local storytelling has a substantial impact on the ways in which residents in communities strive to make sense of climate-related events. In a recent survey, Waterbury residents blamed government institutions for flooding based on perceptions that government entities had historically valued industrial or recreational uses of the rivers over protecting residents from floods. The study urges city planners to integrate these stories into future climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts to more effectively communicate and collaborate with local residents. Also: Support for local schools leads the nation; Mercury in birds does not match atmospheric levels; Studying suicide in Vermont’s Bhutanese refugee population; and more.

Leahy, USDA announce water quality studies in Lake Champlain Basin

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 11:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is launching a multi-year study to assess the impact of voluntary conservation practices on water quality in two Lake Champlain Basin watersheds. These studies – established with other state and federal partners – help USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) quantify the outcomes of conservation efforts of farmers who are taking steps on their land to improve water quality and conserve natural resources.

Suspected homicide reported in Salisbury as investigation into Rutland officer-involved shooting continues

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 4:17pm -- tim

Vermont State Police As the investigation continues into the officer-involved shooting in Rutland, the Vermont State Police learned that a man’s body had been discovered off of Vermont Route 53, also known as Lake Dunmore Road, in Salisbury. Police are investigating the death as a possible homicide, along with potential links to the subsequent shooting at the Rutland Police Department and the events that transpired afterward in a parking lot off Evelyn Street near the railroad tracks downtown. The man killed in the police-involved shooting is identified as Christopher G Louras, 33, of Rutland.

Scott makes 27 appointments in September

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 3:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced he appointed 27 Vermonters to state boards and commissions in September. Boards and commissions serve an important role in state government, giving Vermonters numerous opportunities to serve their state and communities. The governor’s office is currently soliciting applications to fill vacancies and upcoming term expirations.

Donovan joins coalition to defend right to regulate GHG emissions

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 3:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Continuing efforts to protect clean air, Attorney General TJ Donovan announced that he joined with 30 states and local governments to file a motion to intervene to support the federal government’s authority to establish meaningful emission limits on greenhouse gases from power plants. The intervention pushes back against industry challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority under the Clean Air Act to limit these emissions.  

Springfield's BRIC wins $50,000 to support entrepreneurs

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 2:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Black River Innovation Campus is receiving $50,000 as part of the Small Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The annual competition provides funds to accelerators and incubators supporting entrepreneurs researching and developing STEM-related innovations. It is the fifth year the Small Business Administration has held the competition. 

Healthy Living breaks ground on Williston store

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 2:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Healthy Living Market & Cafe officially broke ground on their new Williston location, which will be their third store. “We’re excited that construction has now officially begun on our future location at Finney Crossing in Williston,” said Eli Lesser-Goldsmith, CEO and Co-owner. “We look forward to becoming a great contributor to the Williston community and economy.” 

SaVida Health opens sixth Vermont clinic in Morrisville

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:46pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine SaVida Health, a leader in outpatient medication-assisted treatment for opioid and alcohol addiction, is opening a new treatment center in Morrisville, VT on October 21st. SaVida Health Morrisville is the fifth Vermont location—joining the SaVida Health Bennington, Springfield, Newport, Vergennes, and Colchester sites.

Porter Medical president resigns under cloud of plagiarism

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Porter Medical Center Board today announced President and COO Seleem Choudhury will resign the Middlebury hospital effective immediately. The Board also announced Fred Kniffin, MD will return in an interim role during this time of transition. In an e-mail to the Porter community, Seleem wrote that he had concluded he could no longer lead the organization. Choudhury offered a personal apology and expressed deep admiration for the Porter community. The resignation comes following recent developments relating to his weekly employee e-mails, some of which were plagiarized. Porter is part of the UVM Health Network.

Vermont State Police investigate fatal officer-involved shooting in Rutland

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 11:22am -- tim

Vermont State Police The Vermont State Police are investigating an incident in which Rutland City and Rutland Town police officers shot and killed a suspect Tuesday morning, Oct. 8, 2019. Preliminary investigation indicates the suspect drove by the Rutland City Police Department at about 5:30 am and fired a gun multiple times into the front entrance of the building. No one was injured. Shortly before 7 am, the vehicle was located, and a pursuit ensued, which culminated with an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and police. The suspect was struck and injured, then transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. No officers or civilians were hurt.