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USA Today: Two Vermont craft distilleries are among the best in the nation

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 2:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Four craft distilleries in New England — two in Vermont and two in Rhode Island — earned nods on the best craft distilleries in America lists, which were released Friday as part of USA Today’s 2019 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards. Smugg’s was seventh in the Best Craft Vodka Distillery category. Saxtons River Distillery in Brattleboro was 10th in the Best Craft Specialty Spirit Distillery category.

General Atlantic acquires majority stake in Marathon Health

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 1:58pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Marathon Health, a leading provider of employer health centers based in Winooski, and General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm, announced on Tuesday a strategic partnership that will position Marathon to further scale its operations and footprint to serve employees, spouses, and dependents across the United States. Along with the transaction, General Atlantic became the majority owner of Marathon, while Goldman Sachs’ Private Capital Investing Division has exited its approximately three-year partnership with the company. Goldman completed a $30 million equity investment and minority position in the company in July 2016. 

Scott signs executive order for future brownfield redevelopment in Richmond

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 12:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new building at the former Richmond Creamery site. The new development, which has retained the creamery name, is a mixed-use, net zero, multi-phased development in the heart of Richmond’s downtown. The building sits on the site of the former Saputo cheese factory, which closed in 1999. $1.4 million in public and private funds were used to clean the site and the first building will provide commercial space and 14 new residential units for both existing and new Richmond residents. Three more buildings are planned for construction, offering a total of 75,000 square feet of development.

Vermont Law School represents NWF in Alaska mining lawsuit

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 11:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Environmental Protection Agency illegally withdrew a proposed determination that would have effectively blocked the Pebble Mine in Alaska, the National Wildlife Federation alleged today in a new lawsuit filed in the US District Court in Alaska. The National Wildlife Federation’s lawsuit would compel the EPA to put back in place a determination that the Pebble Mine — a massive copper and gold mine in the heart of Bristol Bay, the world’s most productive salmon fishery — would pose undue adverse impacts to the ecosystem that supports native and local communities. 

CRVT: Research News for October 9, 2019

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 11:20am -- Brandon

Center for Research on Vermont Local storytelling has a substantial impact on the ways in which residents in communities strive to make sense of climate-related events. In a recent survey, Waterbury residents blamed government institutions for flooding based on perceptions that government entities had historically valued industrial or recreational uses of the rivers over protecting residents from floods. The study urges city planners to integrate these stories into future climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts to more effectively communicate and collaborate with local residents. Also: Support for local schools leads the nation; Mercury in birds does not match atmospheric levels; Studying suicide in Vermont’s Bhutanese refugee population; and more.

Leahy, USDA announce water quality studies in Lake Champlain Basin

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 11:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is launching a multi-year study to assess the impact of voluntary conservation practices on water quality in two Lake Champlain Basin watersheds. These studies – established with other state and federal partners – help USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) quantify the outcomes of conservation efforts of farmers who are taking steps on their land to improve water quality and conserve natural resources.

Suspected homicide reported in Salisbury as investigation into Rutland officer-involved shooting continues

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 4:17pm -- tim

Vermont State Police As the investigation continues into the officer-involved shooting in Rutland, the Vermont State Police learned that a man’s body had been discovered off of Vermont Route 53, also known as Lake Dunmore Road, in Salisbury. Police are investigating the death as a possible homicide, along with potential links to the subsequent shooting at the Rutland Police Department and the events that transpired afterward in a parking lot off Evelyn Street near the railroad tracks downtown. The man killed in the police-involved shooting is identified as Christopher G Louras, 33, of Rutland.

Scott makes 27 appointments in September

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 3:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced he appointed 27 Vermonters to state boards and commissions in September. Boards and commissions serve an important role in state government, giving Vermonters numerous opportunities to serve their state and communities. The governor’s office is currently soliciting applications to fill vacancies and upcoming term expirations.

Donovan joins coalition to defend right to regulate GHG emissions

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 3:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Continuing efforts to protect clean air, Attorney General TJ Donovan announced that he joined with 30 states and local governments to file a motion to intervene to support the federal government’s authority to establish meaningful emission limits on greenhouse gases from power plants. The intervention pushes back against industry challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority under the Clean Air Act to limit these emissions.  

Springfield's BRIC wins $50,000 to support entrepreneurs

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 2:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Black River Innovation Campus is receiving $50,000 as part of the Small Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The annual competition provides funds to accelerators and incubators supporting entrepreneurs researching and developing STEM-related innovations. It is the fifth year the Small Business Administration has held the competition. 

Healthy Living breaks ground on Williston store

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 2:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Healthy Living Market & Cafe officially broke ground on their new Williston location, which will be their third store. “We’re excited that construction has now officially begun on our future location at Finney Crossing in Williston,” said Eli Lesser-Goldsmith, CEO and Co-owner. “We look forward to becoming a great contributor to the Williston community and economy.” 

SaVida Health opens sixth Vermont clinic in Morrisville

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:46pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine SaVida Health, a leader in outpatient medication-assisted treatment for opioid and alcohol addiction, is opening a new treatment center in Morrisville, VT on October 21st. SaVida Health Morrisville is the fifth Vermont location—joining the SaVida Health Bennington, Springfield, Newport, Vergennes, and Colchester sites.