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Dorsey: Railroad merger charts a clear track to environmental gains & carbon neutrality

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 5:11am -- tim

by Dr Michael K Dorsey Protecting our environment and reducing climate change inducing emissions is complex and often defined by hard choices. While we may wish environmental protection was as simple as flipping a switch, the reality is rarely that straightforward. There will never be a “silver bullet” when it comes to protecting our environment. I believe that rather than becoming frustrated by the absence of one-size fit-all solutions, it can be just as productive to make thoughtful choices today that enable us to achieve incremental environmental gains – that may ultimately may deliver breakthroughs over the longer term. 

Scott calls special session Monday to consider local mask mandate

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 7:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today signed a proclamation calling a special session, convening the Legislature on Monday, November 22 for the sole purpose of passing legislation narrowly tailored to grant municipalities the authority to implement time limited mask mandates, if they choose. The Legislature, however, could theoretically pass any bill. Scott vowed to veto any other action.

14 new cases detected in Newport COVID-19 outbreak

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 5:22pm -- tim

One staff, 13 incarcerated individuals test positive in Northern State Correctional Facility outbreak testing

Vermont Business Magazine Fourteen new cases of COVID-19 were detected in outbreak testing at Northern State Correctional Facility (NSCF) in Newport conducted on November 15. Thirteen of the cases are in the incarcerated population and one is among staff.

VDH: COVID cases back over 200, three deaths for 398

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 4:59pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health is reporting 245 COVID-19 cases, which was up from Tuesday's 187. There were 222 on Monday and 298 cases on Sunday. There were 463 COVID-19 cases on Saturday and 505 cases Friday, which was the second highest case count on record after they spiked to 591 last Thursday. There were 44 COVID-related deaths in Vermont in October, which was the third-worst month on record (December 2020, 71; September 2021, 50). There are 22 so far in November.

Scott, Department of Labor celebrate National Apprenticeship Week

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 4:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and the Department of Labor celebrated the seventh annual National Apprenticeship Week in Vermont today at Central Vermont Medical Center. Administered by the DOL, the Vermont Registered Apprenticeship Program brings together businesses, jobseekers, students, and educators to develop apprenticeship opportunities to meet the needs of employers and provide quality career paths for Vermonters through an “earn while you learn” model. Since 2017, enrollment for apprenticeships has totaled more than 8,880 across more than 35 programs. With a 90% job placement rate of apprentices nationally, employers on average see a return of $1.51 per every dollar spent on registered apprenticeship. 

CORI Innovation Fund leads investment in Calypso Continuing Education

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 3:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The CORI Innovation Fund (CIF) has announced an investment in Calypso Continuing Education (Calypso), an education technology business that has created a platform for continuing education as well as a library of educational content. CIF is a Qualified Opportunity Fund that invests in high-growth technology companies supporting job creation and revenue generation in small towns across America. CIF is leading this funding round in order to provide Calypso with capital to expand its online educational offerings into new verticals. Calypso is headquartered in an Opportunity Zone located in Randolph, Vermont, one of the communities in CORI’s Rural Innovation Network.

Employee Owners of Vermont raise $30,000 for Vermont Foodbank

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 3:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In celebration of Employee Ownership Month, the Employee Owners of Vermont, an active group of local employee-owned companies, successfully carried out its fourth annual fundraiser for the Vermont Foodbank in October. Collectively, the group raised $29,923, providing approximately 50,000 meals for kids, seniors, and families who don’t have enough to eat on a regular basis.

Patrick Leahy addresses US Senate

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 3:21pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy, November 16, 2021 Eight times, the voters of Vermont – who are my neighbors, my friends, my family – have had the great faith to send me to the United States Senate to represent them. Yesterday, I told those neighbors and friends, and my family, that I will not run for reelection.  I told the Vermonters that have humbled me since my first election to the Senate in 1974 that I will resign this seat at the conclusion of my term.  It is a decision I do not come to lightly, but one in which Marcelle and I find great peace.

VMEC seeks next Director & CEO

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 3:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine VMEC is seeking a new CEO! Patricia Giavara, the Interim Director & CEO, and the VMEC Advisory Board are seeking candidates to lead the organization. And we'd love your help in getting the word out! Please forward this e-blast message to those you believe are candidates for this position, share the link below or visit our LI page to like and share the Director and CEO hiring posts.

Rutland City police officer will not be prosecuted for fatal shooting

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 2:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Attorney General’s Office today announced it has concluded its review of the officer-involved shooting incident that occurred on August 25, 2021, in Rutland, Vermont. The Attorney General’s Office has declined to prosecute Rutland City Police Department Corporal Christopher Rose for charges related to the fatal shooting of Jonathan Mansilla. Based on the facts and circumstances and consistent with Vermont law, the Attorney General’s Office has concluded that the actions of Corporal Rose were justified.

International Ski Federation gives green light to HomeLight Killington Cup Race

Wed, 11/17/2021 - 2:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in Eastern North America, has received a positive snow control announcement from FIS (International Ski Federation), the governing body of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup. With this announcement, Killington Resort can assure international race teams and ski racing fans traveling to central Vermont for Thanksgiving weekend that both the Giant Slalom and Slalom races will take place as scheduled on November 27 and 28.