by Brandon Arcari, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont National Guard, at a Change of Command ceremony at Camp Jonson in Colchester today, celebrated the installation of new Adjutant General Greg Knight. He assumes command from Major General Steven Cray. Along with the passing of the command, much of the 80-minute ceremony was dedicated to honoring Cray, who is retiring from the Air Force and resuming his civilian life as a pilot for American Airlines.
Vermont Business Magazine The sweetest season is here. Vermont Governor Phil Scott and US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue kicked off sugaring season in Vermont by tapping a maple tree in Milton. This annual tradition was hosted this year by Georgia Mountain Maples and the Harrison Family.
Vermont Business Magazine Today the State of Vermont and the Vermont Journalism Trust (aka VTDigger) announced a settlement in the matter Vermont Journalism Trust vs. State of Vermont, Docket No: 6-1-19 Wncv. The litigation involved two public records requests by VTDigger related to Jay Peak’s EB-5 program, which were denied because the state continues to be engaged in active litigation concerning the EB-5 program. Under terms of the settlement, the State of Vermont agreed to provide VTDigger the originally requested documents as well as additional agreed-upon Jay Peak records.
by Secretary of State Jim Condos On Tuesday, March 5th, Vermonters elected their local government officials on Town Meeting Day. In November 2018, Vermonters chose their statewide officers and legislative representatives. In November 2016, Vermonters voted for the highest elected office in the United States.
Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims rose last week again after they have been mostly down this year. For the week of March 2, 2019, there were 845 claims, 189 more than they were the previous week, but 44 fewer than they were a year ago.
Vermont Business Magazine Karen Korematsu, founder and executive director of the Fred T Korematsu Institute and daughter of the late Fred Korematsu, will be the Commencement speaker at Saint Michael’s College on May 12 at 10 am in the Ross Sports Center. Korematsu is a civil rights advocate, public speaker, and public educator whose civil liberties work is motivated by the experiences of her father in a World-War-II-era incarceration camp for Japanese Americans and his subsequent civil rights activism.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Pico Mountain announced today it will make major upgrades to its snowmaking system, which means starting in the 2019-20 season guests will experience a better, more consistent and more reliable snow surface. Pending permit approval, the $2.1 million investment will be the largest since Killington took ownership of Pico more than 20 years ago. Pico and Killington are part of the POWDR adventure lifestyle company.
Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont has won a Governor’s Excellence in Workplace Wellness Gold Award from the Vermont Department of Health. The Workplace Wellness Award program recognizes Vermont organizations that have demonstrated an established wellness strategy promoting healthy environments and supporting the well-being of their employees. The department has offered Workplace Wellness Awards in the past, which UVM has won, but this is the first year it is offering awards at the Rising Star, Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
Vermont Business Magazine In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene devastated Vermont, with $153 million in damages as homes were washed away and bridges and roads were decimated. Looking to the future, climate change is predicted to bring more intense storms to the Northeast and in response, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) is working to make Agency land more flood resilient.
Vermont Business Magazine The legislation would overturn a 2017 anti-consumer move by the Trump administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that gutted net neutrality protections enacted by the Obama Administration.
Vermont Business Magazine Two new programs at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) are decreasing the need to prescribe opioids to patients receiving obstetrical and gynecologic care. Nitrous oxide is now available as an alternative to opioids for pain management during childbirth. In addition, fewer opioids are needed among hysterectomy patients as a result of the introduction of a new enhanced recovery program for the procedure.
Vermont Business Magazine Named an environmental ‘hero’ by Time Magazine and winner of the Right Livelihood Award, the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” Dr. Shiva is recognized as a leader in the international movement for biodiversity & farmers’ rights.