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Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund IE PAC honors Lyons, Donovan

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 3:05am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund Independent Expenditure Political Action Committee (PPVTAF IE PAC) honored five extraordinary Choice Champions at its Sex, Politics & Cocktails event at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington on Thursday, October 10th. PPVTAF IE PAC saluted Choice Champion honorees Senator Virginia "Ginny" Lyons for her incredible leadership in the Vermont Senate to advance legislation protecting reproductive rights for all; Attorney General T.J. Donovan and colleagues Deputy Attorney General Josh Diamond, and Assistant Attorney General Eleanor "Ella" Spottswood for their dedication to protecting and advancing reproductive justice in Vermont; and Zoe Koeninger for their work as a Planned Parenthood of Northern New England Peer Educator to improve the health and safety of their school and community.

Vermont Regional Center to appeal closure by USCIS

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 4:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In a statement issued today, the Vermont Regional Center (VRC) will pursue a motion for reconsideration with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regarding its September 25, 2019 decision affirming the closure of the VRC. The decision to seek a motion for reconsideration was made after consultation with the VRC’s EB-5 counsel and the impacted VRC projects. The VRC plans to file the motion on October 25, 2019 and will make the motion publicly available at that time, the statement said.

Efficiency Vermont partners with VTC to expand weatherization workforce

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 3:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Efficiency Vermont and Vermont Technical College (VTC) are launching a new partnership to help grow Vermont’s weatherization workforce. This week, contractors from around the state will gather at VTC to participate in the Building Performance Institute's (BPI) Building Analyst Certification training free of charge. Successfully completing this course will allow these contractors to become partners in Efficiency Vermont's Home Performance with EnergyStar weatherization program.

UVMHN launches Vermont-based captive insurance company

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 3:27pm -- tim
New non-profit subsidiary to provide malpractice insurance across the network

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Health Network has completed the process of relocating its captive insurance company to Vermont. The VMC Indemnity Company, LTD, board of directors voted unanimously in 2017 to relocate the health network subsidiary that provides medical malpractice insurance coverage for its medical providers. The decision came after a thorough analysis conducted by the health network that showed the UVM Health Network could continue to provide cost-effective coverage to our providers while locating it in Vermont.

College of St Joseph feasibility study complete

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 2:56pm -- tim
Path forward recommends public-private partnership

Vermont Business Magazine The College of St Joseph, Vermont Works, Vermont Innovation Commons and its partners have concluded a feasibility study for the College of St Joseph, and have identified an opportunity for a reimagined College and campus to move forward. The recommendation of the study is to form a public-private partnership to invest in and renovate a campus and establish programs to support businesses and entrepreneurs while leveraging the federally recognized Opportunity Zone in which the campus is located.

Bennington County Economic Report: Optimism's ripple effect

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 10:06am -- tim

by Olga Peters Boarded up windows. Piles of dirt. A chain link fence stretching the length of the empty Putnam Hotel at Bennington’s “Four Corners” intersection. At the heart of Bennington’s downtown, the Putnam Hotel had succumbed to a fate common in rural America. Dying industries, changing demographics, and a struggling economy had stripped the building’s glory leaving it empty and depleted. Not anymore.

Downtowns: Assets that attract people and investments

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 10:05am -- tim

by Olga Peters Large projects like the Putnam Block can create ripples of confidence. Bob Stevens, of Stevens & Associates, said that when people see the investments people are making, and they see things improving. They become more willing to make their own investments figuring that the market is becoming stronger and will pay their investments back. Stevens is part of the Bennington Redevelopment Group. He helped lead the rehabilitation of the Brooks House in Brattleboro after a fire in 2011.

Where the law and the environment mingle: Thomas JP McHenry and the Vermont Law School

Sun, 10/13/2019 - 1:16pm -- tim

by Joyce Marcel, Vermont Business Magazine It’s difficult to describe the Vermont Law School without using words like “bucolic” and “tranquil.” Set in tiny South Royalton in the heart of rural Vermont, the state’s private, stand-alone law school leads the country in environmental law and is proud of its mission-driven student body and faculty — so mission-driven, in fact, that they usually find themselves on the lower end of the earning scale for lawyers, meaning they can’t provide the school with the impressive endowments that, say, are enjoyed by Yale or Harvard.

Court grants coalition's motion for preliminary injunction; stops "Public Charge" rule from taking effect

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 4:29pm --

In response to the lawsuit filed by Vermont, New York, Connecticut, and the City of New York, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York today granted anationwide preliminary injunction stopping the Trump Administration’s new “public charge” rule from taking effect. The rule, which was scheduled to take effect on October 15, 2019, would have expanded the current “public charge” policies.

Snelling Center for Government Announces the Vermont Leadership Institute Class of 2020

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 3:42pm --

Vermont Business Magazine The Snelling Center for Government is pleased to announce the Vermont Leadership Institute Class of 2020. The Class of 2020 is comprised of 22 leaders from across the state who represent a wide variety of organizations from the public, private and non-profit sectors:

Weekly unemployment claims up, still below last year

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 2:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment numbers increased last week, but still remained under 300 claims. Summer typically brings very low claim levels and these have slipped into fall. Initial claims for the week of October 5, 2019, totaled 279, up 30 from last week but 51 fewer than they were at this time last year. Altogether 2,115 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 46 from a week ago, and 318 fewer than a year ago.