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VAL increases computer courses

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 4:32am -- tim

Vermont Adult Learning These days when computers for most people are not only an essential everyday work tool but also an almost essential part of everyday life, it is easy to forget there are many people that for various reasons are not computer skilled. Many of these did not have or did not take up opportunities to learn computer skills while at school, or they are New Americans who did not have the opportunity to learn these skills in their home countries.

UVM ranks among Northeast’s top LGBTQ-friendly schools

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 5:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont ranks among the Northeast’s “Best Colleges for LGBTQ Students,” according to a new ranking from Campus Pride. Campus Pride, in partnership with BestColleges.com, ranked “the most LGBTQ-friendly college in each state,” placing UVM first among Vermont schools. The Campus Pride Index is the premier national benchmarking tool that self-assesses LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs and practices.

Casella acquires assets from Republic in NY and MA

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 4:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Casella Waste Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CWST), a regional vertically integrated solid waste, recycling and resource management services company based in Rutland, announced today that it has signed an Asset Purchase Agreement to purchase select solid waste assets in Albany, NY, and Cheshire, MA, from certain subsidiaries of Republic Services, Inc. The target assets to be acquired generate approximately $30 million of annualized revenues. 

Gov. Scott appoints Xusana Davis as Vermont's first Racial Equity Executive Director

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 1:49pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Xusana Davis as the state’s first executive director of racial equity. Davis will work with state government agencies and departments to identify and address systemic racial disparities and support the state’s efforts to expand and bring diversity to Vermont’s overall population.  

ACLU reaches settlement agreement with VSP in landmark racial profiling case

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 1:46pm -- katie

Case Resulted in Historic Vermont Supreme Court Ruling in January

Vermont Business Magazine ACLU of Vermont client Gregory Zullo has settled his racial profiling lawsuit against the State of Vermont. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the State acknowledged that the 2014 stop and seizure of Mr. Zullo were unreasonable and will pay Mr. Zullo $50,000 plus mediation costs to resolve the case.

Advance Vermont applauds credential completion/workforce bill

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 1:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott on Wednesday signed H533, a workforce development bill that formally establishes the goal that 70 percent of working age Vermonters will hold a “credential of value” such as an apprenticeship, certificate, or degree, by 2025. Today less than 50 percent of Vermont workers have completed a credential beyond a high school diploma. In order to achieve the goal, approximately 68,000 more Vermont residents will need to possess a postsecondary credential by 2025.

Vermont’s unemployment rate down again

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 12:39pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine All three key indicators showed positive results as the state's jobless rate again fell to a new historic low. The Vermont Department of Labor released data on the Vermont economy for the time period covering May 2019. According to household data, the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for May was 2.1 percent. This reflects a decrease of one-tenth of one percentage point from the revised April rate.

EPA releases supplemental funds to clean up brownfield sites in Vermont

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 11:47am -- tim
Vermont Business Magazine Today, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing $9.3 million in supplemental funding for 24 current successful Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grantees, with more than $2.6 million of that funding going to seven communities in New England. Vermont received a total of $750,000 for two grants. The supplemental funds announced today are going to communities that have demonstrated success in using their RLF funds to clean up and redevelop brownfield sites.

People’s United Foundation awards $52,000 to Vermont non-profits

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 5:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, NA, today announced that it awarded $52,000 to Vermont non-profits during its most recent grant cycle. Funding was allocated to 11 non-profit organizations in support of activities that ranged from basic needs services and affordable housing initiatives, to education and workforce development programs. Some of the grant recipients included:

9th Circuit lets Title X 'gag rule' go into effect

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 4:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Trump administration’s Title X gag rule took effect Thursday in every state but Maryland, after a ruling by a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Just Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed a spending package that would block the gag rule from being implemented, Planned Parenthood said in a statement, because it’s dangerous, it’s unethical, and it’s illegal –– and now the Senate must act.

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