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Vermonters salute veterans

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 8:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement: “Today is an important day in history. One hundred years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the first World War came to an end. “So, today, we honor those who fought bravely in that war, and all wars since...

Jeb Spaulding: Critical advice, education beyond high school matters

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 4:00pm -- tim

by Jeb Spaulding, Chancellor, Vermont State Colleges System It’s true: not everyone needs to go to college. But consider this: over 95 percent of the jobs created since the Great Recession ten years ago have gone to workers with at least some college education, according to Georgetown University, while those with a high school diploma were left behind. The recession decimated low-skill, blue-collar and clerical jobs; the recovery added primarily high-skill, managerial and professional jobs.

Worksite health and wellness initiatives lower cost and strengthen communities

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 11:48am -- tim

by Kate E Harbaugh, Communications Strategist and Elena Bertrand, Health and Wellness Manager In support of this vision, this fall Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont has partnered with a diverse group of employers, health care and community partners in three regions of the state – Central Vermont, Northern Vermont and Southern Vermont. The focus of this collaboration is to uncover and address health issues particular to each region, identify resources and programs available to the community at large and in the end, create healthier communities.

Schubart: Our flawed criminal justice system

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 3:38am -- tim

by Bill Schubart In the criminal justice system, three groups have agency: the victim, the offender, and society at large. Our ability to balance these interests will determine the efficacy of our criminal justice system. Getting it right relies on the probity and shared values of police, prosecutors, judges, and corrections officials as the offender migrates through the criminal justice system.

Lamoille Housing Partnership and Butternut Mountain Farm team up for #GivingTuesday

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 5:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Lamoille Housing Partnership (LHP) and Butternut Mountain Farm (BMF) have teamed up to celebrate #GivingTuesday, happening November 27th, 2018. BMF has pledged to support affordable housing in Lamoille County and Hardwick by matching up to $500 in donations to LHP.

Norwich Museum presents expert on Vermont railroad history

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 5:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Join the Sullivan Museum and History Center at Norwich University for a Lunch and Learn program, “The Railroad History of the State of Vermont,” featuring Jim Murphy, on Thursday, November 15, at noon. This free event, sponsored by the Associates of the Sullivan Museum and History Center, includes a light lunch and is open to the public.

GMP alerts customers of possible outages due to gusty winds

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 1:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power is alerting customers that wind speed forecasts for Saturday afternoon and evening have increased to 30 to 50 MPH and outages are possible. GMP closely tracks the weather and is prepared to respond if gusts take down trees and lines, which may be more likely due to saturated ground following recent rain storms.

News in Brief October 2018

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 11:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Moody’s downgrades Vermont's bond rating; Feds OK Vermont Yankee sale to NorthStar; Unemployment rate up one-tenth to 2.9 percent in September; GF tax revenues strong, Transpo and Ed can’t keep up; Keurig Dr Pepper to cut 118 Vermont jobs; Brattleboro Retreat and nurses finalize one-year contract; Superior Technical Ceramics acquired by private equity firm; EPA awards Vermont $19 million for local clean water projects; Miami firm acquires MyWebGrocer; and more...

Birdsbesafe has products endorsed by national conservation group

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 2:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A Duxbury company, Birdsbesafe LLC, has gained significant recognition from the American Bird Conservancy (ABC), a national organization in Washington, DC. The national bird conservation organization included Birdsbesafe cat collar covers in their educational listing of “Safe Solutions for Cats”.

FOCUS: 2018 US gubernatorial and attorneys general post-election report

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 4:35pm -- tim

FOCUS, A Leonine Business Of the 36 states holding gubernatorial elections, 26 of the seats were held by Republicans, whereas nine were held by Democrats and one Independent. Incumbent governors were running for re-election in 19 states, composed of 13 Republicans and six Democrats. Democrats were able to capitalize on voter frustration with the Trump administration to regain gubernatorial seats in seven previously Republican-led states – Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico and Wisconsin. Of the five Democratic vulnerable states – Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island – Democrats were able to maintain all corner offices.

Receiver appointed to manage Pillsbury group residential care homes

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 11:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Washington County Superior Court has assigned a temporary receiver to take over management of three Vermont residential care homes. The temporary receiver was put in place after the Vermont Attorney General’s Office (AGO) filed an action for the appointment of a receiver with the Court on behalf of the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL). The residential care homes are located in South Burlington and St Albans.

Weekly unemployment claims up over 200

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 10:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims last week rose to their highest level in several months. Claims overall remain relatively low. For the week of November 3, 2018, there were 572 claims, 213 more than they were the previous week, but 105 fewer than they were a year ago. Altogether 2,771 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 292 from a week ago, but 459 fewer than a year ago. For most weeks of 2017 and 2018 claims have been lower than the year before.

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