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Weekly unemployment claims spike subsides

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 10:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims fell last week after a spike, but remain relatively high. The spike was precipitated by the seasonal reduction in school bus drivers. For the week of June 30, 2018, there were 610 claims, 189 fewer than than they were the previous week, and 53 more than they were a year ago. For most weeks of 2017 and 2018 claims have been below the year before.

Governor Scott brings 'Capitol for a Day' to Caledonia County

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 9:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and members of his Administration will bring their “Capitol for a Day” initiative to Caledonia County on today, July 6. The governor, along with members of his cabinet and extended cabinet, will spend the day in Caledonia County, celebrating the region’s outdoor recreation economy and meeting with area constituents, lawmakers, local partners and state employees.

Branch out your Vermont brand

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 4:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is partnering with Northshire Grows Inc. to provide professional development opportunities for farm and food businesses in southern Vermont. The interactive Social Media workshop, led by marketing expert Nicole Ravlin from People Making Good Public Relations in Burlington, is open to farmers, producers and local food entrepreneurs on Wednesday, July 25, from 5-7PM at the Hildene Welcome Center in Manchester Village.

Hospital and nurses to resume contract talks Friday

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 3:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center and the union representing its nurses, Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, have agreed to resume negotiations beginning Friday, July 6, with the federal mediator, according to a press release issued Thursday by the hospital. The union notified the hospital on Monday that barring a settlement, the union will go on strike for 48 hours starting July 12 at 7am. Their contract expires July 9 and they have said they will otherwise work without a contract. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) is also lending his support to the union effort.

Vermont ranks eighth in the nation for child well-being

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 1:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This year, Vermont ranks eighth for overall child well-being, according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book released in June by the Annie E Casey Foundation. Vermont ranked third last year and was as high as second in 2014 and 2013. New Hampshire and Massachusetts went one-two in 2018, as they did in 2017. Mississippi, Louisiana and New Mexico ranked at the bottom.

Department of Public Safety mourns employee Courtney Gaboriault

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 12:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Public Safety is mourning employee Courtney Gaboriault, who was slain Wednesday in Barre. Courtney, who was 29, worked for the department for the past nearly five years with the Vermont Crime Information Center. She had worked as administrative services coordinator with the Vermont Marijuana Registry for the past 18 months.

Vermont PBS and VPR team for VPR News Minute

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS have announced a new partnership bringing the TV station’s viewers a 60-second roundup of VPR’s top stories every week. The VPR News Minute debuted on June 7 with host Henry Epp, VPR’s All Things Considered host and reporter. The segment draws on VPR’s award-winning reporting and is filmed and produced by Vermont PBS. The weekly segment airs just before PBS NewsHour and is published on both stations’ social media platforms.

Habitat Stamp raised more than $100,000 in 2017

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:16am -- tim

Vermont Fish & Wildlife 2017 was a banner year for the Vermont Habitat Stamp. Thanks to our donors, more than $100,000 (a first for the stamp!) for habitat conservation in Vermont was raised. Habitat Stamp funds helped us offer one-on-one assistance to landowners on habitat conservation and management. And Habitat Stamp funds  also contributed to three land acquisition projects, including the largest state wildlife land purchase in Vermont in more than a decade, as well as a critical outdoor classroom space near our Kehoe Conservation Camp that will be forever conserved for Vermont’s y

Gifford joins Efficiency Vermont partnership

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 5:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Gifford Health Care recently joined an energy management partnership of nine hospitals coordinated by Efficiency Vermont. The partnership, Continuous Energy Improvement (CEI), will provide Gifford with technical assistance, education, and support to develop a comprehensive approach to energy management in order to reduce waste, improve energy performance over time, and cut costs.

EPA launches national electronic hazardous waste tracking system

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 2:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System (e-Manifest). The system will improve access to higher quality and more timely hazardous waste shipment data and save industry and states valuable time and resources to the tune of $90 million annually.