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Castleton partners with Rutland Chamber to bolster career opportunities

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 1:12pm -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine Castleton University and Chamber & Economic Development of the Rutland Region are proud to announce a new partnership with an eye toward enhancing internship and career opportunities and an increased focus on community engagement. Kimberley Rupe, business development and community engagement manager of Chamber & Economic Development of the Rutland Region, will work alongside Castleton's Pathway to Graduation team to engage Castleton students in a diverse range of opportunities, including job experiences, internships, and workplace readiness skill programming. 

Wheels for Warmth canceled over safety concerns

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Wheels for Warmth, a program that helps keep Vermonters safe on the roads and warm in their homes, announced today it is suspending its 16th annual tire recycle and resale event out of respect for public safety in the face of COVID-19. Program officials have determined the Wheels for Warmth sales where hundreds have congregated in years past to find affordable tires are not possible at this stage of fighting the pandemic.

Manchester man killed in Route 7 crash

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:32pm -- tim

Vermont State Police Thursday night, Troopers from the Vermont State Police - Shaftsbury Barracks were dispatched to the area of Route 7 at mile marker 15.6 for a motor vehicle crash with injuries. Upon arrival, the male operator of Vehicle #1, Frederic Wu, was discovered laying in the middle of the roadway with the vehicle approximately 100 feet down an embankment. 

Increased awareness needed when open burning during dry weather

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont is currently experiencing abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions, and the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation is reminding the public to exercise caution and follow all state laws and local ordinances with open burning. Open burning currently requires a permit from your town forest fire warden, and Vermonters should always check with their town forest fire warden before burning. 

UVM & VT United Ways survey puts health priority-setting in hands of community

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:11pm -- tim

Aim is to determine most important community health issues in time of COVID-19

Vermont Business Magazine Many types of circumstances—unexpected and expected—can impact an individual’s and a community’s health, but a pandemic can turn things completely upside-down. After seven months of navigating in COVID-19’s

Leahy on Supreme Court vacancy and peaceful transition of power

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:08pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy I spoke on the Floor earlier this week about what Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg meant to the courts, what she meant to the struggle for equality for millions of Americans, and what she meant to me. Standing just over five feet tall, she was nonetheless a giant of the law. She was also overwhelmingly good and kind. We will forever be in her debt.

Vermont gets nearly $200,000 from EPA

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 10:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine During Pollution Prevention (P2) Week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that five organizations in New England are among 42 organizations across 39 states to receive grant funding totaling $9.3 million, supporting pollution prevention across the country. In New England, almost $900,000 will fund projects in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation received nearly $200,000.

2019 Vermont’s Greenest Building Award winners announced

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 5:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The eighth annual Vermont’s Greenest Building Awards, hosted by the Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN), have recognized two projects and design/build teams. The projects received awards for achieving the highest standard of demonstrated building energy performance for commercial and residential buildings and documentation of green building strategies including health, transportation, water and affordability. 

BCA launches virtual auction to benefit artists and Community Members

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 3:05am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For the first time ever, Burlington City Arts is opening up its annual art auction to the broader community by moving it online. Typically an invitation-only event hosted in a private home, the auction is live now through Tuesday, September 29. Featuring over 60 local artists working in a variety of media, including landscape photographs, abstract prints, handmade jewelry, and ceramics, the auction will support the exhibiting artists by sharing up to 50% of the value of art sold with the creator (unless the piece has been donated by the artist or collector, in which case BCA will receive 100 percent of the proceeds).

VDH COVID-19 Update: People of color impacted more by virus

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 5:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In the newest Weekly Data Summary Spotlight, the Vermont Department of Health focuses on Vermont COVID-19 cases among Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). There is a disproportionate number of BIPOC with COVID-19 in Vermont. There are a number of contributing factors to these disparities – including systemic and structural racism, socioeconomic disadvantage, historical injustice, and oppressive systems that affect the conditions in which people are born, grow, live and work.

Raj Bhakta closes on Green Mountain College

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 5:24pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine “I believe in hard work,” said Raj Peter Bhakta. He is not thinking small. All he wants to do is save America. As of Monday Bhakta is officially the owner of Poultney's Green Mountain College. Bhakta presented the winning bid of $4.55 million for the sprawling former environmentally based institution on September 4. With a 10 percent buyer’s premium, the deal is valued at just over $5 million. He is the sole owner.

PAI: Vermont’s unemployment rate riddle

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 3:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The official monthly employment numbers for August were released last Friday by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Vermont’s reported unemployment rate fell from 8.3 percent in July to 4.8 percent in August. That would normally be great news. Fewer unemployed means more people have gone back to work, right? But that’s not what happened last month.

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