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Founding Humanities Council Executive Director Victor Swenson dies at 84

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 11:25am -- tim

Vermont Humanities Council It is with great sadness that we share the news that Victor R Swenson, the founding Executive Director of the Vermont Humanities Council, died on Thursday, July 25 at age 84. A memorial service has tentatively been scheduled for September. As the organization’s founder, Victor started many of our flagship programs, including our Speakers Bureau, Reading and Discussion, Annual Fall Conference, and Literacy programs

Vermont Works for Women celebrates 20th anniversary of Rosie’s Girls camps

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 10:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Works for Women (VWW) is celebrating 20 years of its Rosie’s Girls camps for middle school girls and gender non-conforming youth. Rosie’s Girls is a series of one week carpentry and welding summer day camps that use math, science, and power tools to transform girls’ ideas of what they are capable of and inspire them to dream big and thrive in all aspects of their lives. Press is invited to make arrangements to attend Rosie’s Girls Weld August 19-23 at Burlington Technical Center, and/or Rosie’s Girls Build August 12-16 at Northfield Middle High School.

Scott, PSD introduce $700K Broadband Innovation Grant program

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 10:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and the Public Service Department today announced the launch of the first of three rounds of funding for the Broadband Innovation Grant program to help communities conduct feasibility studies and create business plans related to the deployment of broadband in rural, unserved and underserved areas of Vermont.

Southern Vermont Summer Homebrew Fest serves up suds, awards

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 7:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Bennington Regional Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Hopridge Farms presented the fifth annual Southern Vermont Summer Homebrew Festival this past weekend. The festival was held at 802 Restroom’s new complex on Shields Drive in Bennington from noon to 4 pm with patrons enjoying unlimited samples of home-brewed beer, wine, mead, cider and more, plus entertainment and eats from Hound Dogs food truck.

Dartmouth and plaintiffs settle Title IX sexual harassment lawsuit

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 4:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, and the plaintiffs in the Title IX class action lawsuit pending in New Hampshire federal court have reached a settlement, President Philip J Hanlon ’77 announced today in an email to the College community. The settlement is subject to approval by the court, which includes a monetary component of $14 million, a statement released by Dartmouth and the plaintiffs said.

New urgent care benefits for Twin State veterans

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 3:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Veterans Administration Medical Center in White River Junction, as part of the VA system, has implemented the MISSION Act on June 6. But one of the lesser known provisions of the law established a new urgent care benefit that allows eligible veterans access to urgent and walk-in care at participating clinics in their communities. This is a giant step forward in terms of convenience for patients in Vermont and New Hampshire, as eligible veterans do not need to get prior authorization from VA to visit an urgent care provider in VA’s network.

Al Gobeille named executive VP for Operations at UVM Health Network

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 12:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Former Vermont Agency of Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille has been named Executive Vice President for Operations (EVP) at the University of Vermont Health Network following a national search. He will begin his new role on September 1. This is a newly-created role designed to lead integration efforts to improve efficiencies and quality of care provided by its eight affiliated organizations.

Komline Consulting joins DRM Government Affairs Group

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 11:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Downs Rachlin Martin has announced that Patti Komline, Gabrielle Malina and Andrew Brewer are joining the DRM Government and Public Affairs group. Komline served as a Republican legislator in the Vermont House of Representatives for 12 years and was a member on several standing committees during her tenure, including the Judiciary, Health Care, and Ways and Means committees. She also successfully directed two lieutenant governor campaigns for now-Governor Phil Scott.

Brattleboro gets $440,000 grant for water infrastructure upgrades

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 10:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $440,000 grant to the Town of Brattleboro to make critical water infrastructure improvements needed to support commercial development. The project, to be located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act designated Opportunity Zone, will be matched with $320,000 in local funds and is expected to help create nearly 200 jobs and generate $27.5 million in private investment.

MVP partners with IPA in Albany region

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 10:30am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Healthy Alliance Independent Practice Association (IPA) and MVP Health Care today announced a partnership that will provide funding to community based organizations (CBOs) in the Albany, NY-region. Approximately $800,000 will be distributed to a select group of non-profits whose services will improve the overall health of those in need.

New Media Investment Group to acquire Gannett, Burlington Free Press

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 9:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine New Media Investment Group Inc (NYSE: NEWM) and Gannett Co, Inc (NYSE: GCI) announced Monday that New Media and Gannett have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which New Media will acquire Gannett for a combination of cash and stock. The sale includes Gannett's Burlington Free Press (Free Press Media) and USA Today, as well as New Media's GateHouse group. GateHouse has been a significant publisher of weeklies and shoppers, which more recently has been acquiring daily newspapers. The sale of Gannett to New Media was expected and is valued at about $1.38 billion. The new company will be known as Gannett and be based at Gannett's headquarters in McLean, VA, and be the largest newspaper company in the US. 

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