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Tebbetts: Quality in water and farming

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 11:47am -- tim

by Agriculture, Food and Markets Secretary Anson Tebbetts As you go about your day, it’s likely you pass a farm – or two or more – along the way. Hidden in hamlets and stretched out in the valleys, Vermont’s farms are part of our daily lives. And although farmers have worked the land for over a century, there may be something unexpected, yet rooted in Vermont, happening behind the scenes.

Vermont to host national Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference in March

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 4:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont will host the 2018 Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference on March 6-8. The Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Burlington Vermont with optional excursions planned at Hotel Vermont in Burlington, Trapp Family Lodge Bierhall in Stowe, and Sugarbush Resort in Warren.

Vermont's Greenest Building Awards competition now open for submissions

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 4:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Green Building Network’s (VGBN) sixth annual Vermont’s Greenest Building Awards Competition is now open for submissions. This statewide competition recognizes residential and commercial buildings that meet the highest standard of demonstrated building energy performance. 2017 awards will be judged on an expanded definition of “green” building, including the consideration of energy, water, health, transportation, size of residence and affordability.

Vermont Unemployment Rate Declines to 2.8 percent in December

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:32pm --

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for December was 2.8 percent. This reflects a decline of one-tenth of one percentage point from the revised November rate. The national rate in December was 4.1 percent. As of the prior month’s preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan NECTA was tied for the ninth lowest unemployment rate in the country for all metropolitan areas.

Governor Phil Scott's Vermont outdoor recreation economic collaborative releases recommendations

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 1:10pm --

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott was joined by his Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative Steering Committee (VOREC), Thursday, to present the group’s first report, which recommends strategies to strengthen and expand Vermont’s outdoor recreation economy.

Business, municipal, and environmental leaders call on lawmakers to take action on long-term water funding

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:00pm --

Vermont Business Magazine Business, municipal, and environmental leaders came together today to express shared support for long-term clean water funding via a parcel fee, and the establishment of a Clean Water Authority to collect and distribute those funds to on-the-ground clean water projects.

Weekly unemployment claims keep falling

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:05am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims continued their post-holiday decline last week. Hiring and then layoffs spike around the holidays as first retailers and mail order operations hire seasonal workers and then release them. Volatility is common this time of year.  For the week of January 13, 2018, there were 724 claims, 221 fewer than than they were the previous week and 48 more than they were a year ago. Altogether 6,800 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 117 from a week ago, and 367 fewer than a year ago. For most weeks of 2017, including the last several months, claims have registered below the year before.

ReSOURCE announces move to Williston

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:56am --

Vermont Business Magazine ReSOURCE, a multi-faceted organization that creates a marketplace for reuse with proceeds funding new opportunities to the under-skilled and long-term unemployed and providing poverty relief, is pleased to announce its home base is moving from its long-time 266 Pine Street location to a larger facility in Williston’s Taft Corners.

Springer: Utilities are indispensable climate change fighters

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:31am -- tim

by Darren Springer, COO BED Despite federal rollbacks on climate policy, we still have a path toward impactful climate action. Through the transformation of a 19th Century industry – the electric utility sector – into a 21st Century catalyst for beneficial change, we can make a meaningful impact on the fight against global climate change. In a forthcoming article in the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, I outline how smartly-regulated utilities, coupled with innovative technologies, can move us more quickly toward our climate goals.

House gives preliminary approval to the Budget Adjustment Act

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The House today gave preliminary approval on a vote of 142-1 to the fiscal year 2018 budget adjustment, House bill 633. The bill was approved unanimously by the House Appropriations Committee earlier in the week and is expected to receive final approval by the House tomorrow. The annual budget adjustment process makes midpoint updates to the current operating budget of the state to meet unexpected needs and keep the budget in balance.

AGs to investigate pharma manufacturers' role in opioid crisis

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 2:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Ninety-one Americans die daily from an opioid overdose per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”); 40 percent of those deaths involve a prescription opioid. As we are all painfully aware, Vermont is a part of this statistic. In 2016, 112 opioid-related deaths occurred in the State of Vermont, with 106 being reported as accidental and undetermined.