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VTrans gets $1 million for Pittsford-Brandon right-of-way

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 10:16am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced more than $4.8 million in grants from the Federal Highway Administration’s Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program to fund projects in Arizona, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Vermont and the Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich’in Tribal Government in Fort Yukon, Alaska. The grants will be used to improve safety, mobility and project delivery, and encourage use of innovations that reduce time-to-completion for highway projects nationwide.

NBT Bancorp elects Dietrich new chairman, Durkee named president of New England

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 9:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Board of Directors of NBT Bancorp Inc (NBT) (NASDAQ: NBTB) elected President and CEO Martin A Dietrich to the position of chairman on May 3, 2016, following the retirement of Daryl R Forsythe. Dietrich also announced his intention to retire from active employment in December 2016. Dietrich began his career in financial services with NBT Bank, NA in 1981. He joined the Bank’s senior management team in 1995. NBT is based in Norwich, NY, with branches in upstate New York and western New England, including Vermont.

Vermont secures $3 million for affordable housing

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 8:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) today announced Vermont will receive $3 million from the National Housing Trust Fund. The funds are part of $174 million that is being dispersed nationally to build, preserve, and rehabilitate affordable rental housing. Sanders helped lead a 15-year effort to pass and fund the National Housing Trust Fund. “Since my time as mayor of Burlington, increasing the availability of affordable housing in Vermont has been one of my top priorities,” Sanders said.

Dan Feeney honored by Alzheimer’s Association, helped raise over $500,000

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 7:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Close to 400 Chittenden County business and community leaders gathered on Thursday, April 28th, for the Alzheimer’s Association’s 7th Annual Reason to Hope Dinner at the Hilton Burlington. Over the past five years, Dan Feeney, President of North Star Leasing and Co-Owner of Armistead Senior Care, has served as a lead organizer of the Reason to Hope Dinner planning committee and has helped to raise over $500,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. In recognition of his myriad contributions to the health and well-being of the greater Burlington community, the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, presented Dan Feeney with the 2016 Community Leadership and Activist Award. 

UVM ranks in top 50 as LGBT Friendly College

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 3:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine College Choice has published a ranking of the 50 Best LGBT Friendly College and Universities. The University of Vermont ranked 39th and was the only Vermont college on the list. The following ranking highlights many universities that have a strong history of creating quality programming for the LGBTQ community and its allies.These standout schools are some of the best in the country at committing time and resources to equipping their students, staff, and faculty with tools that encourage education, support, safety and inclusion campus wide. 

‘Ban the Box’ bill becomes law in Vermont

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 1:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In order to help people with criminal convictions find employment and build successful lives, Governor Peter Shumlin has signed a bill to remove questions about criminal records from the very first part of job applications in Vermont. “Banning the box” will give those with criminal records a fair chance at a good job and reduce the risk of recidivism and incarceration. The law follows a 2015 Executive Order signed by Governor Shumlin to implement a “ban the box” hiring policy for state jobs.

Gifford Hospital capital campaign approaches $5 million goal

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 12:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vision for the Future, the largest capital campaign in Gifford’s 113-year history, is making a final push to wrap up its $5 million fundraising goal. With just $397,000 to go, the campaign committee is asking everyone to consider contributing to help raise this final amount. Silently launched in 2013, the campaign has raised more than $4.6 million to support a 3-phased project: building a new Menig Nursing Home to anchor a senior living community, the creation of private inpatient rooms at the main medical center, and a new, updated Birthing Center.

Partnership set to improve care for children with special health care needs

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 10:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine, a national provider of team-based care coordination technology and services, has announced a partnership with the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP), a population-based maternal and child health services research and quality improvement program of the University of Vermont (UVM).

Merchants Bank supports Spectrum Services with $5,000 donation

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 9:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Merchants Bank is supporting Spectrum Youth and Family Services with a $5,000 donation to the Basic Needs and Stable Homes programs. Funding will help vulnerable youth with critical support including meals, material needs, shelter, housing and improved connections to community support services. Last winter, the Spectrum Drop-In Center published a magazine called BTV Street Chronicles, containing testimonials, writing, and artwork from Burlington's homeless youth. 

Health Department: Take action to prevent Lyme disease

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 9:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A growing number of Vermonters are falling ill with diseases spread by ticks, such as Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. These tickborne diseases are preventable if you take action to stay safe while enjoying the outdoors now, and in the warmer months ahead. The Health Department encourages Vermonters to follow these three simple steps to avoid tickborne diseases.

Zippia: Vermont sixth best for work/life balance

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 9:30am -- tim

by Chris Kolmar, Zippia All work and no play… well, you know the rest. That’s why it’s important to find a good balance between putting in the hours at the office—and on the golf course. (Feel free to replace golf course with your favorite leisure activity that isn’t boring.) No matter the type of fun, there are some states that seem to be better about penciling it in, in general, than others.