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PUCF awards more than $134,000 in grants to Vermont nonprofits

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 4:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, Monday announced that it awarded $134,629 in Vermont during its first grant cycle of 2018. Funding was allocated to 18 nonprofit organizations in support of activities that ranged from basic needs services and affordable housing initiatives, to education and workforce development programs.

CVMC launches real-time, interactive energy kiosk

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 4:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC), in partnership with Efficiency Vermont, Liebert Engineering, Inc. and Control Technologies Inc., will unveil an interactive energy kiosk that graphically displays CVMC’s energy usage and costs in a real-time dashboard.  The kiosk will also help staff, homeowners, tenants and businesses discover ways to reduce energy consumption and costs at home and at work.

CHCB: Medication assisted treatment program reaches 400-patient milestone

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 3:32am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Community Health Centers of Burlington (CHCB) have announced their Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program has reached a milestone of serving over 400 patients in need of addiction recovery care, nearly tripling their numbers since 2013. As a non-profit primary care organization, CHCB delivers the largest office-based opiate treatment program in Chittenden County.

McClaughry: The annual education finance end game

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 2:21am -- tim

by John McClaughry The Vermont General Assembly is in its final weeks of trying to assemble a school finance “reform” bill. Their product so far has become an ever-shifting grab bag of proposals that even veteran legislators must be struggling to follow from day to day. The longer this goes on, the more it reminds us of the memorable closing words of Gov. Scott’s explanation of why he signed the gun control bill on April 10: “We choose action, over inaction. Doing something, over doing nothing.”

Vermont gets $59 million from tobacco companies

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 3:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced today that Vermont has received $58.9 million from tobacco companies; $29 million of the total amount is the result of a recent settlement with tobacco companies. This $29M is on top of the annual payment Vermont receives each April from these companies related to the 1998 “Master Settlement Agreement” (MSA). Between the recent settlement and annual MSA payment, Vermont received the $58.9 million last Thursday.

Entrepreneurs start executive-level training course at VTC

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 3:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Twenty entrepreneurs throughout Vermont have been selected to participate in a free executive-level training course that started April 20 at Vermont Technical College in Williston. Emerging Leaders is a Small Business Administration training program for entrepreneurs wanting to expand their small businesses. During the seven-month course the 20 students will work with their instructor and a network of industry experts to create a three-year strategic growth action plan. 

VHFA awards millions in tax credits and loans

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Monday, April 16 the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) Board of Commissioners committed federal Housing Tax Credits and Vermont Affordable Housing Credits to construct and renovate apartments for low-income Vermonters over the next several years. The $3.5 million in 10-year federal capped credits, $319,000 in 10-year federal uncapped “bond” credits and $173,000 in 5-year state credits will support the development of 251 apartments in eight communities across the state.

VELCO alerts Vermont residents to phone scam

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) is alerting Vermont residents to a telephone scam involving callers claiming to be representing VELCO. The scammers have targeted Vermont businesses demanding credit card information to pay an account balance or face disconnection. VELCO has no residential or commercial business accounts; we own and operate the high-voltage electric transmission grid. Retail electric service is provided by local distribution companies.

Montpelier Development Corp hires Gebhart as executive director

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On April 20, 2018, the Montpelier Development Corporation announced the hiring of Laura Gebhart as the Corporation's Executive Director. Gebhart will be re-locating to Montpelier from Lancaster County, PA, where she has been serving as an Economic Development Manager. Gebhart will start work in Montpelier on May 7th. 

Tribute May 7 for retiring Johnson State College professor Bill Doyle

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 11:53am -- tim

Vermont Buisness Magazine An event to honor Bill Doyle, a Johnson State College political science professor since 1958 who will retire at the end of the semester, will be May 7 on campus. Doyle also was a longtime Republican state senator for the Washington District. The tribute to Doyle, at 3:30 pm at Stearns Dining Hall, is free for the public.

Ag Agency opens second comment period for farm ops permit

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) is releasing a second revised draft of the Medium Farm Operations General Permit (MFO GP). The Agency is initiating a second public comment period, which begins on April 23, 2018 and will conclude on May 4, 2018. The MFO GP sets standards for MFOs in the State of Vermont generating animal waste to ensure they do not have a discharge of waste to the waters of the State and operate in accordance with their Nutrient Management Plan (NMP). Unless otherwise given notice by the Agency, all farms meeting the definition of a MFO in the State of Vermont are required to operate under the coverage of this General Permit (GP). All MFOs must follow the Required Agricultural Practices in addition to requirements outlined in the MFO GP.

Norwich reveals Bicentennial Stairs honorees, groundbreaking

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 10:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University has announced the names of 78 individuals who will be memorialized on the Bicentennial Stairs as part of Norwich’s 200th anniversary. As part of Norwich’s Bicentennial, stairs will be constructed between the southeast corner of the Upper Parade Ground and the Sullivan Museum and History Center. The 78 names selected for this monument include Norwich’s leaders, distinguished alumni and others from military and civilian careers and those who represent ‘firsts’ at the university.