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Older forests resist climate change -- in New England

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 4:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Older is better – for forests facing climate change. That’s the upshot of new University of Vermont research that finds older forests in eastern North America are less vulnerable to climate change than younger forests, particularly for carbon storage, timber production, and biodiversity. The study found that increased forest age reduces the climate sensitivity of forest carbon, timber, and biodiversity to projected increases in temperature and precipitation. In other words, increased age helps to safeguard forests from climate change. 

Vermont’s economic development strategy needs coordination and perhaps centralization

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 5:51am -- tim

by Bill Schubart Vermont has no long-term, well-articulated economic development strategy nor the funding capacity to execute one. It’s not that we don’t spend money on economic development. There are many earnest people working hard to generate economic activity in Vermont, although we often confuse economic and community development; a Greensboro Pride Parade or town green replanting is not “economic development.”

TRORC helps east-central Vermont plan for the future

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 4:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Have you ever thought: “I hear the name TRORC a lot, but I’m not sure what they do”? You’re not the only one. Many Town Officials and partners have only experienced a small sample of what we offer the 30 towns in our Region. TRORC is the regional planning commission for east-central Vermont. We serve 30 towns, helping them with mapping, grants, plans, data, ordinances, and other projects. Most of all, we are a wealth of knowledge for our towns; we can advise on planning practice, provide you with information about statutory requirements, connect you with people around the state, help you apply for or manage various grants, and much more.

SVMC, D-H partner to provide specialty care for children via telemedicine

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 4:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) Center for Connected Care have launched cardiology and urology care for children. Visits with these pediatric specialists are provided at the SVMC Medical Office Building in Bennington via telemedicine.

BioTek introduces Scratch Assay Starter Kit

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 11:07am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine BioTek Instruments continues to enhance cell biology workflows with the introduction of the Scratch Assay Starter Kit for use with their Lionheart Automated Cell Imagers and Cytation Cell Imaging Multi-Mode Readers. The Scratch Assay Starter Kit includes the AutoScratch Wound Making Tool, Scratch App software, sample packages of 24- and 96-well microplates, and cleaning reagents.

News in Brief, May 2019

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 4:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine ​Grand Jury indicts four over Jay Peak fraud; unemployment rate down again; tax revenues show strong personal and corporate results; House adjourns without minimum wage or paid leave, but passes 24-hour waiting period for gun purchases; VSCS Trustees approve smaller 1% tuition increase for fall; Burlington International Airport releases noise exposure map; St Albans made unauthorized use of TIF; AG Donovan sues Sackler family, makers of Oxycontin; and more.

Burlington School District's Parent University to honor 22 graduates

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 2:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On June 19 at 3:30 pm, 22 graduates will cross the stage at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and shake hands with Burlington School District (BSD) Superintendent Yaw Obeng and other dignitaries. But these graduates are not the typical students you’re used to hearing about. These are graduates of Parent University, a BSD program designed to help parents be partners in the education of their children.

Scott signs 2019 Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicle bills

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 4:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine  Governor Phil Scott today signed the 2019 transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles bills to invest more than $615 million in Vermont’s transportation system and promote innovative, equitable transportation policies. Governor Scott signed both bills (H.529, An act relating to the transportation program and miscellaneous changes to laws related to transportation, and S.149, An act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to vehicles and the Department of Motor Vehicles) during a public ceremony at the site of the Bethel bridge project on Route 12, just south of Randolph. The existing bridge, built in 1928 and severely eroded during Tropical Storm Irene, will be replaced by a longer bridge, set for completion in October 2020.

Lisa Senecal elected chair of VCW

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 3:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Lisa Senecal of Stowe is now Chair of the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), an independent non-partisan state government commission dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. Senecal, elected unanimously, takes the helm from Marcia Merrill of Jericho.  Merrill steps down after ten years, leading the only entity in Vermont expressly considering broad implications of state policy and budget priorities for women in our state.