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New system puts permit info into hands of all Vermonters

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 1:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Once considered out-of-sight, the state’s environmental permitting system recently got a massive makeover that’s making information significantly more accessible. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has launched the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB). Now, for the first time, there is an online hub ( that gives anyone the ability to easily track permit applications and add public comments.

Morgan True joins Heady Vermont

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:48am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Morgan True is joining Heady Vermont as a writer and editor. He brings more than five years of journalism experience to Heady’s editorial team, most recently as Burlington bureau chief for Before that, Morgan was VTDigger’s health care beat reporter. He graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a bachelor of science in journalism, and spent the next several years working for newspapers in Massachusetts and as a legislative relief reporter for the Associated Press in New Hampshire.

Mitzi Johnson, Phil Scott statements on passing of former Speaker Timothy O’Connor Jr

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 9:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero) today issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Speaker Timothy O’Connor Tuesday at 81. O'Connor was a Democrat from Brattleboro who nonetheless served as Speaker during a Republican majority in the House. He was the first Democrat to hold the post since the 1850s when he took the gavel in 1975. He also has been the long-serving town moderator.

VSP: Bank robbery suspect fatally shot by police officers

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 9:04am -- tim

Vermont State Police At approximately 1105 AM troopers from the Vermont State Police and the Montpelier Police Department shot at and killed a male subject identified as Nathaniel Giffin, 32, of Essex, Vermont. The shooting occurred on the athletic field at the Montpelier High School following a bank robbery that Giffin committed at approximately 930 AM.

VNRC praises DEC's decision to withdraw Great Hosmer Pond Rule

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Natural Resources Council is praising a decision by the Department of Environmental Conservation to withdraw a proposed rule that would have imposed restrictions on the use of non-motorized boats on Great Hosmer Pond in Craftsbury, Vermont. DEC drafted the rule last year and indicated its intention to formally move the proposal through the rulemaking process.

Donovan, 22 AGs sue FCC over 'illegal rollback' of net neutrality

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Attorney General TJ Donovan joined a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing a multistate lawsuit to block what they say is the Federal Communications Commission’s illegal rollback of net neutrality. The coalition filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, formally commencing the lawsuit against the FCC and the federal government.

Phil Scott appoints 24 to boards and commissions in December

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of 24 Vermonters to State boards and commissions, made in the month of December. Boards and commissions serve an important role in state government, giving Vermonters numerous opportunities to serve their state and communities. The Governor’s office is currently soliciting applications to fill vacancies and upcoming term expirations. All those interested in serving on a board or commission should visit the Governor’s website at to apply.

Norwich promotes Kathleen Murphy-Moriarty to VP of Communications

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 3:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider announced the promotion of Kathleen Murphy-Moriarty to Vice President of Communications beginning Jan. 1, 2018. Murphy-Moriarty has led Norwich University’s Office of Communications since August 2013, when she was hired as Director of Communications and Marketing. She had previously served as Chief Marketing Officer for the State of Vermont.

Personal Income Tax strong as revenues remain positive

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 1:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Personal Income Tax revenues for last month surged and are running ahead of projections. General Fund revenues collected for the month of December totaled $139.62 million, $8.19 million above the consensus cash flow expectation for the month. The monthly consensus cash flow targets were established by the Emergency Board on July 21, 2017 and reflect the General Fund receipts estimated to be collected each month. December marks the sixth month and the halfway point of fiscal year 2018.

VBSR welcomes Paul Frank + Collins as newest Champion Member

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 1:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) Board of Directors has announced that Paul Frank + Collins has become VBSR’s newest Champion Member.

“We are very pleased to welcome Paul Frank + Collins to this special level of membership,” said VBSR executive director Jane Campbell. “Given their leadership in some of our workshops on employment issues and their work in renewable energy, having them involved at the Champion level is very appropriate.”

Burlington named a top 100 Best Place to Live

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 1:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington has been named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live 2018 by, outpacing more than 2,100 cities (with populations between 20,000 and 350,000) in this data-driven ranking. Ann Arbor, MI, home to the University of Michigan, was ranked Number One. Burlington ranked 24th. As with Burlington and UVM, many of the top cities were university towns.