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Hardwick and Middlebury get new state designations to help with development

Tue, 01/31/2023 - 3:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) Downtown Development Board has announced two new state designations for communities in Addison and Caledonia counties. State designations incentivize housing, business, and public infrastructure development in Vermont’s civic centers and development-ready areas. Vermont’s state designation programs work together to provide incentives, align policies, and give communities the technical assistance needed to encourage new development and redevelopment in Vermont’s compact, designated areas.

Vermont DEC releases draft rule for wake boat regulation

Tue, 01/31/2023 - 2:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Lakes and Ponds Program of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) continues to draft a rule that would, if enacted, regulate wake boats on certain public waters. The draft rule is in response to a petition seeking to limit use of wake boats on Vermont lakes out of concern for safety hazards and environmental damage caused by these boats on lakes and ponds below a certain size. DEC’s draft rule would allow wake boats to engage in wake sports on public waters under the following three conditions: On lakes, ponds, and reservoirs with a minimum of 50 contiguous acres that are 500 feet from shore on all sides and 20 feet deep (eligibility rule); Wake boats must be 500 feet from shore at all times while engaging in wake sports (operating rule); A wake boat must stay in one lake per calendar year unless boat is decontaminated by a DEC-approved entity (home lake rule).

Saint Mike's opens state-of-the-art Media Creation Studio

Tue, 01/31/2023 - 1:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Saint Michael’s College’s brand-new Media Creation Studio is up and running, providing the campus community – and potentially, organizations beyond – with new opportunities for learning and communicating using professional-level, cutting-edge equipment, including remote-controlled cameras and a 4K digital laser projector. Saint Michael’s College is celebrating the grand opening of the Media Creation Studio by inviting several distinguished alumni back to campus to talk about the importance of having this type of resource on campus and how it will equip students with the future skills that will be in high demand. The three alumni are: longtime NESN Red Sox broadcaster Tom Caron ‘86, New York Times Deputy Director of Opinion Video Jonah Kessel ‘06, and former event producer for MTV Networks Clare Wool ‘88.

Berkshire Bank named to 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index

Tue, 01/31/2023 - 1:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Berkshire Bank, a leading socially responsible community bank with branches in southern Vermont, today announced that it joins 483 other companies across the globe as a member of the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI), a modified market capitalization-weighted index developed to gauge the performance of public companies dedicated to reporting gender-related data. This reference index measures gender equality across five pillars: leadership & talent pipeline, equal pay & gender pay parity, inclusive culture, anti-sexual harassment policies, and external brand.   

Vermont awarded $23 million grant to support children, families and the early childhood system

Tue, 01/31/2023 - 11:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont has been awarded a $23 million federal grant to strengthen the state’s early childhood system, support the early childhood workforce and improve the quality and availability of services for children from birth to age 8. The Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Renewal Grant will provide the state with approximately $7.7 million per year for three years (2023–2025), with $2 million of subgrants going to local communities annually to support mental health care for children and families, high-quality child care and family engagement along with support for the early childhood workforce. The award will support Vermont in improving service delivery to families with young children across settings and services, including child care, Universal Prekindergarten Education, Head Start, health care, mental health care and other services and programs that support the health and well-being of Vermont children and their families. 

GMP expands 2023 rebates to cut costs and carbon

Tue, 01/31/2023 - 10:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) announced renewed savings opportunities for customers in 2023, to continue to switch away from fossil fuel for driving, heating, and more. These rebates are available to all customers to make the switch and help cut carbon and costs for customers. GMP’s rebate for all-electric vehicles (AEVs) is increasing for 2023, to $2,200 for qualifying new vehicles, up from $1,500 last year. Income eligible customers can still get an extra $1,000 rebate for up to $3,200 in savings. If you purchase or lease from a participating dealership, they can apply the rebate as a discount during the transaction for immediate savings. This bigger AEV rebate is valid through June of 2023, and it can be combined with up to $4,000 in state EV rebates and $7,500 in federal tax incentives for qualifying vehicles, adding up to big savings. GMP’s base rebate for used AEVs is also increasing - to $1,500, up from $750 last year.

Community Care Network announces 2022 service results

Tue, 01/31/2023 - 3:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Community Care Network (CCN) has announced its 2022 service results in conjunction with the release of its  2022 Impact Report. Among Community Care Network’s 2022 service results and areas of advancement are 178,296 hours of service provided to 3,094 clients across the functional service areas of Developmental Disabilities Services, Substance Use Disorders Treatment, Community Rehabilitation and Treatment, Adult Behavioral Health Services, Child and Family Services and Mental Health Crisis Services.

VAHHS: Vermont legislative session heats up

Tue, 01/31/2023 - 3:52am -- tim

Devon Green, VP of Government Relations, Vermont Association of Hospitals & Health Systems Last week continued to be a mix of learning, introductions and policy initiatives. Workforce: VAHHS supports the Budget Adjustment Act’s language that would expand the preceptor pay beyond Critical Access Hospitals and provide flexibility for more wraparound services for pipeline programs. Our only concern is that the funding comes from the retention bonus program, and it is unclear how much will be dedicated to preceptor pay and pipeline programs. In addition to retention, Vermont must invest in future health care providers. Mental health: The House Health Care committee recommended including $9.25 million in the Budget Adjustment Act to fund inpatient psychiatric beds for adolescents.

Community Health Tip: Cervical cancer is preventable and curable

Tue, 01/31/2023 - 3:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine “Get informed. Get screened. Get vaccinated.” Community Health supports Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Cervical cancer is a condition that is preventable and curable. It can be detected by annual screening known as a PAP test. Also, the HPV vaccine, administered before a child is 14 years old, prevents the virus from becoming a cancer producing infection.  Cervical cancer screenings and HPV vaccinations are part of routine primary care at Community Health.

Tim's House a healthy reward for Northeast Delta Dental

Tue, 01/31/2023 - 2:39am -- tim

Samaritan House, aka Tim’s House in St Albans, VT, a shelter serving adults experiencing homelessness in the Franklin and Grand Isle area, received a $960 donation from Northeast Delta Dental.  The money was raised from the company’s Miles with a Mission, a monthly program that pairs personalized participation with philanthropic reward. For each participant who completes a 5K race, run or walk each month, Northeast Delta Dental will donate $10 to a charity chosen and voted on by the employees. In December, 2022, Tim's Place was chosen.

VSP cite former police chief for felony sex assault

Mon, 01/30/2023 - 8:37pm -- tim

Vermont State Police Following a yearlong investigation, the Vermont State Police has cited Jeffrey Noyes, 54, of Bloomfield, Vermont, on a charge of felony sexual assault arising from an incident that occurred in October 2017 involving an underage girl. Noyes is the former chief of the Brighton and Canaan police departments in Essex County and was on duty at the time of the incident. The incident was reported in February 2022 to the Vermont State Police, which opened an investigation. A detective from outside the area was assigned as the lead investigator, with assistance from the Technology Investigation Unit and troopers from the Derby Barracks. VSP worked closely on the case with the Lamoille County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Vermont Clean Water Initiative 2022 Performance Report: Looking ahead to cleaner water

Mon, 01/30/2023 - 4:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Environment Conservation (DEC) has just released the Vermont Clean Water Initiative 2022 Performance Report that highlights water quality progress achieved through public investment. The report details how $337 million of state investment in water quality projects over the last seven years has been put to work to reduce and prevent pollution washing into Vermont’s rivers, lakes, and wetlands.