Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced the appointment of Deputy Inspector Brandon del Pozo as the City’s next Police Chief. A 1996 graduate of Dartmouth College, Del Pozo comes to Burlington following more than 18 years of service with the New York Police Department, including a number of command-level positions. The mayor has asked the City Council to approve the appointment at its July 13, 2015 meeting, and if approved, del Pozo would take up his position from Acting Chief Jannine Wright effective September 1, 2015.
Vermont Business Magazine Standing with VTrans Secretary Sue Minter and local transportation officials at the site of a crumbling East Montpelier bridge, Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) today outlined his bipartisan effort to reach consensus on a long-term transportation infrastructure plan funded by a sustainable revenue source. Most of Vermont's FY 2016 $616 million transportation budget (begun June 30), which includes $116 million for bridges, comes from the federal government.
Vermont Business Magazine All 22 of the drinking water systems on Lake Champlain began sampling this week as part of a new program to monitor public drinking water supplies for blue-green algae toxins. Some blue-green algae blooms produce toxins that are harmful to humans and animals. Testing is the only way to know if an algae toxin is present in drinking water. This new 12-week monitoring program will bolster the state’s current efforts to visually monitor for blue-green algae blooms and protect the public from potential toxins in drinking water.
Vermont Business Magazine Last winter, Bellows Falls-based medical device maker Vermed was acquired by Buffalo, NY, based Graphic Controls, Governor Peter Shumlin and Graphic Controls CEO and Vermont native Sam Heleba today announced that the company has been awarded a Vermont Economic Growth Incentive award of over $500,000 and will remain committed to growing in Vermont. It also received another $200,000 in local development financing.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) approved loans of $10 million for economic development projects totaling nearly $16 million. Four renewable energy generation projects are among those approved, receiving a total of $4.1 million in financing assistance. Agricultural, manufacturing and entrepreneurial projects are also included among the loan approvals.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont ranks 39th overall in a study that looked at each state's financial outlook. Of the five categories studied, Vermont was at its worst in cost of state services relative to personal income and in budget levels relative to revenues (the state does not run deficits but for many years has had to scramble to make up for shortfalls). Vermont was its best in "Long Run" and "Trust Fund" solvency.
Vermont Business Magazine Comcast today announced it is increasing the speed of its popular Blast! tier by almost 50 percent to 150 Mbps (formerly 105 Mbps) and introducing a new Performance Pro speed tier of 75 Mbps. New and existing customers who subscribe to many popular Xfinity Triple Play bundles will now receive Performance Pro, tripling their download speeds from 25 Mbps to 75 Mbps.
by Carolyn Shapiro UVM People with blue eyes might have a greater chance of becoming alcoholics, according to a unique new study by genetic researchers at the University of Vermont. The work, led by Arvis Sulovari, a doctoral student in cellular, molecular and biomedical sciences, and Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Dawei Li, PhD, is the first to make a direct connection between a person’s eye color and alcohol dependence.
Brattleboro Memorial Hospital President and CEO, Steven R. Gordon announced today that the hospital has been awarded a $27,600 grant from the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to underwrite the services of BMH’s Breast Care Nurse Navigator. BMH’s Breast Care Nurse Navigator supports patients and their families through diagnostic testing, screening, treatment and post-screening or treatment follow-up.
Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) has awarded contracts to five grantees representing 15 Vermont Health Connect Navigator organizations. Together, these organizations will ensure that Vermonters in every corner of the state have access to free in-person assistance if they need help understanding health insurance or signing up for a plan.
Vermont Business Magazine Modern society suffers from a troubling over-reliance on pharmaceuticals in the treatment of depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and other common psychological or psychiatric conditions, says Saint Michael’s College Psychology Professor Ronald Miller, who’d like to change that.
by John McClaughry Fifteen years ago WalMart and Home Depot rolled into the Rutland-sized town of Midland, Ontario. A twenty year old man who had built the web site for his parent’s paint store decided to help locally owned businesses compete with the big-box giants.