Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing announced today the Stay-to-Stay initiative, a new economic development tourism program designed to convince visitors to relocate to Vermont. A Stay-to-Stay Weekend, which will target southern Vermont initially, will begin with a Friday evening reception hosted by a local chamber or young professional’s network, followed by the opportunity to explore the region and its many attractions throughout the weekend.
Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims last week rose nearly as much as they fell the prior week, but levels remain below the same time last year. For the week of March 17, 2018, there were 738 claims, 296 more than than they were the previous week, but 153 fewer than they were a year ago. Altogether 6,088 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 16 from a week ago and 852 fewer than a year ago. For most weeks of 2017 and into 2018 claims have been below the year before. This likely represents layoffs associated with the near-end, though still-lingering, ski season.
by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for February was 2.8 percent, as all three major metrics (labor force, employed and unemployed) all improved slightly. However, there was a small drop in the number of jobs. The February rate reflects a decrease of one-tenth of one percentage point from the revised January rate. The rate has been unchanged at 2.9 percent since last September. The national rate in February was 4.1 percent. As of the prior month’s preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan NECTA was tied for the seventh lowest unemployment rate in the country for all metropolitan areas. Overall, Vermont’s unemployment rate was tied for the fourth lowest in the country for the same time period.
Vermont Business Magazine US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) will deliver the keynote address at VSAC’s College and Career event at the Johnson State College campus of Northern Vermont University on Saturday morning. “This will be a great opportunity for high school students and their families to learn more about what kind of post-high school training is needed for the jobs that are available in our changing economy,” said Sanders, who serves on the Senate education committee.
Vermont Business Magazine On Saturday, March 24, the lights of iconic sites like the Sydney Opera House, the Empire State Building, and the Space Needle will be turned off between 8:30 and 9:30 pm to show solidarity in the fight against climate change as people around the world celebrate the 12th annual Earth Hour, an event that originated as a symbolic “lights out” event in Sydney, Australia in 2007.
Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont’s Sustainable Innovation MBA in the Grossman School of Business continues to gain international recognition by earning top-tier status in CEO Magazine’s 2018 Global MBA rankings. The Tier I ranking by the London-based business publication places UVM’s Sustainable Innovation MBA among the top 116 programs worldwide. It was also listed among the top 71 Top Tier programs in North America, with both rankings focusing on programs that combine exceptional quality with great return on investment.
Vermont Business Magazine E4H Environments for Health Architecture, a Williston and Boston-based architecture firm focused exclusively on healthcare, today announced it has merged with Virginia-based RSG Architects, an 18-year old firm focused solely on designing best in class medical facilities. As part of E4H, RSG will continue to operate independently, but will have the advantage of being part of a national firm with offices in New England, New York, Tennessee and Texas.
Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) issued the following statement Thursday on the appropriations bill released last night to fund the federal government through September 30: “As the ranking member of the Budget Committee and a member of Democratic leadership, I am proud of the many initiatives that I fought for in this budget that will help Vermont’s working families, the elderly, the children, the sick and our veterans.
Vermont Business Magazine Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) issued the following statement following his vote in favor of the fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill, which passed the House on a vote of 256-167: “I voted for this bill because, on balance, it is good for Vermont and good for the country. First, it is a bipartisan agreement that restores stability and predictability to the federal budget process through fiscal year 2019. We must end the practice of short-term continuing resolutions, budget brinkmanship and government shutdowns.
Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) secured a key transparency win in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill – which funds the federal government for the rest of this fiscal year – released Wednesday night. The final bill includes a provision he added to make all non-confidential reports prepared by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) freely available to public schools and libraries across the country.
by Annette Smith Most Vermonters accept the reality of climate change and support shifting our energy needs towards renewables. But in my conversations with Vermonters I have found that almost no one fully understands the mechanisms that have been put in place to achieve the state’s renewable energy goals. In fact, our energy policies are so complicated and convoluted that even Vermont legislators – many of whom consistently vote in favor of bills purporting to bring the state closer to a goal of 90% renewables by 2050 – don’t really understand them.