Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor announced changes to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program starting July 1, 2018 that will ultimately reduce the cost of UI taxes for employers for the second year in a row.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott has made a formal request for federal disaster funds to assist communities and public utilities in five Vermont counties in paying for repairs to public infrastructure damaged in wind and rainstorms on May 4 and 5. Communities and public utilities in Chittenden, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, and Orleans counties sustained damages that meet or exceed minimum thresholds to be eligible for a Public Assistance disaster declaration. There were additional damages in Franklin County that FEMA is still assessing in order to determine whether that county is eligible.
by Bruce Edwards Vermont Business Magazine Revision Military is bullish on its future and its Vermont operation. The maker of ballistic helmets and eyewear for the military and law enforcement recently announced it was expanding its operations, opening its US headquarters in Portsmouth, NH. Greg Maguire, senior director, government and legal affairs, said expanding to the Pease International Tradeport is part of the company’s overall growth strategy.
by Lisa M Ventriss, MPA, President Vermont Business Roundtable While disappointing, the recent announcement that Revision Military had decided to move its official US headquarters to Portsmouth, New Hampshire was not shocking. As a worldwide leader in the manufacture of protective military and law enforcement gear, Revision’s demand for its products means it needs access to a larger talent pool. So proximity to Boston and Pease AFB’s cluster of military tech businesses made great business sense.
Vermont Business Magazine TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design is celebrating its 50th anniversary, which was recognized with a reception and design exhibit honoring the firm’s achievements of the past 50 years. The exhibit chronicles the firm’s work from 1968 until the present and is open to the public during business hours at the firm’s design studio at 209 Battery Street in Burlington.
Vermont Business Magazine The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently awarded VT Human Resource Association its prestigious EXCEL Platinum Award for the Chapter’s accomplishments in 2017. The award aligns individual chapters’ and state councils’ activities with SHRM’s aspirations for the HR profession. The award recognizes accomplishments and strategic activities and initiatives that enhance the human resource profession.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Public Radio has won two 2018 national Edward R. Murrow Awards for a Brave Little State podcast exploring the history of Vermont’s whiteness and a VPR News story about immigrants seeking asylum in Canada. The Murrow Awards are presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism.
Chamber Fireworks Extravaganza Set for July 4th
Don’t miss the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce Fireworks Extravaganza in celebration of Independence Day.
The Chamber Fireworks Extravaganza will take place on July 4, 2018 and begin promptly at 9:45pm at the Vermont State Fairgrounds. The Rutland County Agricultural Society will also be holding their 2018 Summer Smash Demo Derby at the Vermont State Fairgrounds at 6:30pm that day.
July 4 Coolidge Birthday Celebration – A Top 10 Summer Event
On Wednesday July 4th, the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site celebrates the birth of our nation and the birthday of our 30th president. The special activities honoring the only U.S. president born on Independence Day are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This year’s celebration has been selected as a “Top 10 Summer Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.
Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Thursday applauded the FDA decision to review comments in response to its proposed guidance that would require maple syrup, honey and other single-ingredient natural products to carry an ‘added sugar’ label. Welch, joined by Leahy, Sanders, and 18 of their colleagues sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Gottlieb earlier this month asking the FDA to extend the comment period on the proposed labeling and noting that “The simplest, most commonsense solution to this issue would be to exempt single ingredient maple and honey products from the added sugars disclosure requirement because they do not, in fact, contain any added sugars.”