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Gardener’s Supply buys Longacres, expands to Lebanon, NH

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Gardener’s Supply Company, the employee-owned purveyor of great garden gear, has completed the purchase of its first garden center in New Hampshire. The acquisition was first announced in September.  Longacres’ Nursery Center in Lebanon, has been the preeminent garden center in the Upper Valley for more than 40 years. The acquisition marks the beginning of what’s planned to be a significant expansion for the Burlington, VT-based company. Currently closed for renovations, the new Longacres is scheduled to reopen January 22, 2018.

Ski Vermont 2018 Specialty Food Days Tour starts at Jay Peak Jan 26

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:16am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Skiers and snowboarders will once again be able to snack, sip and ski their way through Vermont’s favorite local food and drink vendors this year with the return of Ski Vermont’s Specialty Food Days Tour. This slope side tour will kick off on January 26th at Jay Peak Resort visiting fifteen resorts over the course of ten weeks.

Phone lines for DOL Employer Services & Program Integrity Units repaired

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor’s Employer Services and Program Integrity Units within the Unemployment Insurance Division experienced technical difficulties last week involving public phone lines. Those technical issues have been resolved, and all phone lines have been repaired and are functioning. The Program Integrity Unit can be contacted by calling 802.828.4333, and the Employer Services Unit can be contacted by calling 802.828.4344.

Vermont captive industry posts strong 2017

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 4:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine 2017 proved to be another highly successful year for Vermont’s captive insurance industry.  The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation reports 24 new captive licenses, bringing Vermont’s total to 1,112, with 566 active captive insurance companies. The new captives were made up of 11 pure captives, 5 sponsored captives, 3 Risk Retention Groups (RRGs), 3 special purpose financial insurers, 1 branch captive and 1 industrial insured captive. New and notable captives include Life Time Fitness, Inc., AAA Northeast, Barclays Group US, Inc, and Bright Horizons Family Solutions. This does not even include the recent decision by the UVM Health Network to bring its captive to Vermont from the Bahamas in 2018.

Net neutrality resolution reaches 40-vote milestone in Senate

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 3:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s US Senators, Sen Patrick Leahy (D) and Sen Bernie Sanders (I), are among those who have helped reach the milestone of 40 senators joining Senator Edward J Markey (D-Mass) in signing on in support of a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval to overturn the anti-consumer regulations passed in December by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and supported by Donald Trump to end net neutrality.

Governor appoints Rory Thibault as interim Washington County state’s attorney

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Rory Thibault as interim Washington County state’s attorney. Thibault’s appointment fills the vacancy after former State’s Attorney Scott Williams resigned on Monday. Thibault was sworn in by Governor Scott Tuesday morning to ensure continuity in leadership at the Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office.

National Grid commits $20 million for economic development in NH

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:54am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine National Grid's Granite State Power Link (GSPL) and the Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC) in Littleton, NH, today announced a partnership and $20 million to support economic growth and opportunities along the project’s route in New Hampshire. GSPL in December also committed $20 million to the Northeast Kingdom, as part of the transmission line will run through Vermont. Several energy firms are competing for a massive request for proposal issued by Massachusetts for 1,200 megawatts of new renewable energy.

Loughlin to be recognized with Crystal Heart Award at Vermont Go Red For Women Luncheon

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 7:13am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association will recognize Deb Loughlin with the Crystal Heart Award at the Vermont Go Red For Women Luncheon on Feb 1, 2018 in South Burlington, VT. The Crystal Heart Award celebrates the success and commitment of a local woman who has served as an advocate, a volunteer and a role model in improving the health of women in her community.

Roper: To turn around, you have to change direction

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 4:18am -- tim

by Rob Roper We have some pretty serious issues facing our state: a shrinking workforce, a public school system that is hemorrhaging students while it vacuums money, and a structural sate budget deficit, just to name just a few. These problems are not new, and the policies our state government has enacted to address them have not worked. Vermonters are now among the most highly taxed people in the country, but what do we have to show for it?

Retreat’s psychology internship program achieves APA accreditation

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 3:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Brattleboro Retreat is pleased to announce that its Psychology Internship Program has been awarded a full seven year accreditation from the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Commission on Accreditation (CoA).

APA-CoA is recognized by both the secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the national accrediting authority for professional education and training in psychology.

RRMC's 'Early Detection Saves Lives' campaign reaches goal

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 2:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Thanks to the generosity and support of the community, Rutland Regional Medical Center recently exceeded its $350,000 goal in support of the Early Detection Saves Lives campaign to bring new 3D breast imaging technology to our local region. The Rutland Health Foundation, the fundraising department of Rutland Regional Medical Center, reported $362,523 gifts and pledges raised as of 12/31/17.