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SBA: $3 billion Seed Fund coming to Vermont September 16

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 10:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Small Business Innovation Research Road Tour is coming to the University of Vermont from 7 am to 3 pm September 16 at the Dudley H Davis Center. The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies with Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, the country’s largest source of early stage funding.  Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the SBIR and STTR programs provide more than $3 billion annually to small businesses in a variety of technology areas.  

Casella completes acquisition of select Republic Services assets

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 4:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Rutland-based Casella Waste Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CWST), a regional vertically integrated solid waste, recycling and resource management services company, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of solid waste hauling and transfer assets in Albany, NY and Cheshire, MA from select subsidiaries of Republic Services, Inc. The acquired assets are expected to generate approximately $30 million of annualized revenues. 

Joe Woodin returns to Vermont to lead Copley Hospital

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 3:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Copley Health Systems, Inc Board of Trustees has announced that, following a national search, Joseph “Joe” Woodin has been selected to serve as Copley Hospital’s next president and Chief Executive Officer. Woodin will take over leadership of the hospital in mid-October (exact start date currently being finalized), replacing Interim CEO Jeffrey White, who has lead the hospital since the departure of Copley’s previous president and CEO Art Mathisen in May. To those who know Vermont’s healthcare systems, Woodin is a familiar name thanks to his 17 year tenure at Gifford Health Care and Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, Vermont, where he served as president and CEO for 16 of those years. 

Vermont launches data-driven review of state’s criminal justice system

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 2:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Justice Reinvestment II Working Group, which was created by Governor Phil Scott in Executive Order 03-19, held its first meeting on August 26 to begin a data-driven approach to analyze and address challenges in the state’s adult criminal justice system. The review is part of Vermont’s participation in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a federally funded process aimed at helping states get maximum value out of their corrections spending and reinvest in strategies that can reduce recidivism and increase public safety.

SaVida Health opens location in Newport

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 12:29pm -- 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 Newport, VT on September 12th.  SaVida Health Newport joins the medical practice's Bennington and Springfield Vermont locations as the third SaVida location in Vermont and its 13th nationally.  

Leahy announces $9.5 million CDC opioid grant

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 12:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today that the Vermont Department of Health will receive a three-year, $9.5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support a comprehensive statewide response to opioid-related overdoses, while strengthening Vermont’s prevention efforts.

Sanders, et al, lead effort to defund US role in Saudi War in Yemen

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 11:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) led a bipartisan group of 44 lawmakers urging Congress to defund unauthorized U.S. military involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen in the upcoming bill to authorize Pentagon spending. The U.S.-Saudi military campaign in Yemen has led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, leaving 24 million Yemenis—80 percent of the population—in need of humanitarian assistance.

Vermont PBS relocates to new Winooski headquarters

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 10:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont PBS announces today its move to new headquarters in Winooski’s Town Center. The new studio will be just a few miles from its longtime Fort Ethan Allen building constructed 50 years ago by the University of Vermont to house Vermont ETV. The new location is at 10 East Allen Street, where it will occupy approximately 20,000 square feet in the VSAC Building.

Vermont Research News: Teen pregnancy and nighttime driving, Vermont ranks 3rd for tourism

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 10:43am -- tim

Vermont Research News Teen pregnancy and nighttime driving: Vermont is the only state that doesn’t have mandatory nighttime-driving curfews and this may increase teen pregnancies, a new study finds. According to the research, states with stricter laws controlling new drivers have decreased fertility by 3–4% among mothers between the ages of 16 and 18. The researchers suggest that restricting the freedom and mobility of minor drivers can reduce the number of teen pregnancies; Tourism Matters: Vermont ranks 3rd for the importance of the leisure and hospitality industry in the state's overall economy, after Nevada and Hawaii, a new study reports. Employee earnings in the leisure and hospitality industry are below the average employee earnings in the U.S. and have increased more slowly than employee earnings in the overall U.S. economy.

NVU-Johnson plans ways to boost mental health support on campus

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 10:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Northern Vermont University-Johnson has partnered with a nonprofit that promotes mental health and suicide prevention awareness for young adults in an initiative to boost support for NVU students.​ NVU will work with clinicians with JED Campus, a program of the New York-based Jed Foundation (JED), to assess and strengthen mental health, substance use and suicide prevention services at NVU.

Geriatric psychiatrist Dr Geraldine McWilliams joins VA Medical Center

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 6:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The VA Medical Center in White River Junction has further increased mental health services available to local Veterans by welcoming a new physician, Dr. Geraldine McWilliams.  Dr. McWilliams is a Geriatric Psychiatrist who will care for aging Veterans with mental health needs unique to an older population.   

Community Health teams walk three Saturdays in September

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 4:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This fall, teams from Community Health in Rutland are walking with friends, neighbors, families, organizations, businesses and supporters who care about the health and wellness of our community and, specifically to prevent suicide and child abuse and support palliative care. Teams from Community Health’s network of medical, dental and behavioral health practices will be shoulder to shoulder with walkers in Rutland on three Saturdays in September.