Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s congressional delegation announced Tuesday that the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will receive a $480,000 federal grant from the US Department of Transportation to purchase two electric buses that will be used by Green Mountain Transit in Burlington. In June, the Vermont delegation wrote to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in support of the grant.
Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced today that a bipartisan coalition of 41 attorneys general from across the country have expanded their demands for information and documents from both the manufacturers and the distributors of prescription opioid drugs. Recent efforts by the bipartisan coalition of attorneys general represent an expansion into the investigation of the nationwide opioid epidemic.
Vermont Business Magazine American Lung Association in Vermont turned out over 80 participants, including 20 firefighters for the 9th annual Fight for Air Climb at the Bennington Battle Monument. Participants walked jogged or raced up 412 stairs to raise awareness and funding for lung disease research during the Civilian Challenge and a timed Firefighter Challenge, where 20 local firefighters raced to top while wearing full fire-fighting gear, weighing approximately 50 lbs.
Vermont Business Magazine Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) will hold their 25th Anniversary Rehabilitation Reunion on Tuesday, September 19 from 2-4 PM at the Acute Rehabilitation Center at the Hospital, located at 289 County Road in Windsor. The annual public event will honor and celebrate those who have completed physical rehabilitation as it brings together former patients, their families and the MAHHC caregivers who have been instrumental in their recoveries.
Vermont Business Magazine Wake Robin, Vermont’s first Life Plan Community, held a groundbreaking September 15 in Shelburne for the Maple Expansion Project, which includes construction of a new apartment building, an expanded community center, and expansion and updates to the Linden Health Center. Construction is underway on the 122,000 square foot project. New apartment residents will begin moving in in fall 2018 and the entire project is expected to be completed by July 2019.
Vermont Business Magazine In August, King Arthur Flour celebrated a milestone achievement in the launch of its line of Essential Goodness baking mixes: the donation of more than one million meals to Feeding America with its Buy a Mix, Give a Meal program. Introduced in summer 2016, the mission behind the Essential Goodness baking mixes is an extension of King Arthur Flour’s broader mission: To share the joy of baking, and in doing so, build stronger communities and increase access and connection to real foods across the United States.
Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain United Way celebrates the community and the spirit of Giving with their Annual Kickoff Breakfast and Volunteer Day on Thursday, September 21 in downtown Barre. Local community, business, and nonprofit leaders will join Green Mountain United Way’s staff and board at 7:30 am for the breakfast, held this year at the Blanchard Block’s 3rd floor in downtown Barre to hear keynote speaker Ted Brady, Deputy Director at the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.
by Rob Roper There is a vote fraud case in Vermont, currently in the Essex Superior Court, in which a family of second homeowners from Connecticut (parents and two adult children) registered to vote in the town of Victory, and did so. Their votes likely altered the outcome of a local election, which was decided by fewer than four votes.
Vermont Business Magazine Aspenti Health, an innovative, comprehensive clinical drug testing lab, will be hosting a Patient Appreciation Day at their Burlington Patient Service Center on September 25 in celebration of National Recovery Month. In alignment with Recovery Month’s theme of strengthening families and communities, Aspenti will bring their patient community together by hosting lunches for patients and their families.
Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims fell marginally last week but remain at a low level. Claims had been falling steadily since early July. Claims also are lower than they were the same time last year, which has been the case for most weeks in 2017. For the week of September 9, 2017, there were 306 claims, 4 fewer than than they were last week and 73 fewer than they were a year ago.
Altogether 2,752 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 586 from a week ago, and 458 fewer than a year ago.
Vermont Business Magazine After almost a week helping restore power to thousands of people in Georgia, Green Mountain Power crews are returning to Vermont. The team of more than 30 lineworkers, supervisors, and mechanics left Tuesday, Sept. 12, and are set to arrive in Vermont tomorrow morning. They helped set new poles, make repairs to downed lines and replace broken poles. The storm left an incredible amount of damage, and at this point nearly all residents in Habersham County have power back on, where the team was working.
Vermont Business Magazine On September 14th, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibly (VBSR) honored Beth Sachs with the 2017 Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement. Sachs, the co-founder of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) who “was never good at following rules,” was honored in front of nearly 200 VBSR members, friends, and guests who gave her two standing ovations at VBSR’s 16th Annual Award Ceremony and Dinner at Basin Harbor.