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REI launches two new efforts to bolster environmental and outdoor journalism

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine REI Co-op is launching a new venture to lift up environmental and outdoor journalism through the debut of its own print magazine this fall, and a new partnership to channel matching funds directly to local, nonprofit newsrooms covering crucial issues facing the outdoors. Among others across the nation, REI is supporting the general news online site based in Montpelier. REI is also opening its first Vermont store this fall in Williston.

Bee’s Wrap in Middlebury wins 'No Plastics' award

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 11:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green America’s People & Planet Award recognized two small businesses offering innovative plastic-alternative products to help reduce plastic pollution, a growing problem globally. “No Plastics” was the theme of this award cycle, and the winners of the award and $5000 were Bee’s Wrap of Middlebury, Vermont, and bioDOGradable Bags of Lake Forest, California.

Congressman Peter Welch joins VPPSA and Encore Renewable Energy to celebrate Trombley Hill Solar project

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 9:30am -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Public Power Supply Authority (“VPPSA”) and Encore Renewable Energy were joined by Congressman Peter Welch today to celebrate the completion of their 866 kW Trombley Hill Solar project. The project came online earlier this month and is the first developed under a partnership formed last year. This project is expected to produce approximately 1,500,000 kWh per year, enough to power approximately 208 homes.

Casey Foundation: Vermont 6th, NH first in child well-being

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 6:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Six of the top 10 states in overall child well-being — including New Hampshire (1) and Massachusetts (2) — call the Northeast home, according to the Annie E Casey Foundation's 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book. Vermont ranked 6th overall. States in Appalachia, the South and Southwest populate the bottom of this year's overall rankings. In fact, save for California and Alaska, these regions claim 18 of the lowest-ranked states, including Mississippi (48), Louisiana (49) and New Mexico (50).

Tax revenues hold steady for May, GF $50M ahead of targets for year

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 4:20pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Revenue collection in the General Fund was essentially on target for the month of May and remains significantly above target for the year at about $50 million. The Transportation Fund performed above its monthly target for May but remains slightly below its annual target. The Education Fund was slightly below its monthly and annual targets. Secretary of Administration Susanne Young today released Vermont’s Revenue Results for May 2019. May marks the eleventh month of Fiscal Year 2019.

Vermont Community Loan Fund lends $522K in Q1 2019

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 3:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Sarah Leblanc seems never to have encountered a closed door she couldn’t open. Take, for example, the challenges she encountered when starting up Georgia’s Next Generation, her new early care & learning center. Located in Georgia, Franklin County, where need for quality early care & learning programs is among the highest in the state, Sarah’s plan for Georgia’s Next Generation would open doors for local families and children from the get-go.

VSP: Over $10,000 worth of tools stolen from construction site

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 3:28pm -- tim

Vermont State Police On June 19, 2019 at approximately 0800 hours Vermont State Police Troopers responded to Charlotte to investigate the larceny of tools from a Middlebury Fence Company, Renovate construction site located at 3488 US Route 7 in Charlotte. Unknown individual(s) accessed the construction site and stole approximately $10,410 worth of tools from a locked trailer.

BCBS, UVMMC create new PATH for chronic pain management

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 1:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (Blue Cross) and the University of Vermont (UVM) Medical Center have announced the launch of a new program for people living with chronic pain: The Partners Aligned in Transformative Healing (PATH) program at UVM Medical Center’s Comprehensive Pain Program (CPP). By treating chronic pain holistically, PATH participants gain a variety of skills and techniques to manage symptoms, increase comfort, and improve function.

Leaders from Vermont brewery and dairy industries join new sustainability cohorts

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 12:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Innovative dairy and brewery owners are breathing new life into many Vermont communities, catering to growing consumer demand for fine craftsmanship, quality, and responsibly-made products. To help support environmental sustainability and profitability in these industries, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is launching a Green Dairy Cohort and Green Brewery Cohort. 

Up to $500K will support Vermont clean water goals

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 11:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) has released a round of funding for the Agricultural Clean Water Initiative Program (Ag CWIP) to support agricultural water quality programs that address Vermont water quality. Local and regional partners play a vital role in the education, outreach, and technical assistance for farmers as well as verification of conservation practices that will achieve reductions in nutrient runoff from agricultural operations. Additionally, partners provide a critical link between state agency programs, federal agency programs and landowners.