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House passes 'parentage' bill

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 4:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont House today gave approval to H.562, a bill pertaining to parentage. In 2017, the Legislature created a study committee in response to the Vermont Supreme Court’s request to provide legislative recommendations to modernize Vermont’s parentage laws to recognize the changing nature of Vermont families. H.562 is the result of the Parentage Study Committee’s work.  

Scott, Gobeille, Levine testify before Congress on opioid epidemic

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 4:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today delivered testimony before the US House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Health. Joined by his Secretary of Human Services Al Gobeille, Commissioner of Health Dr. Mark Levine and Director of the Blueprint for Health Beth Tanzman, Gov. Scott outlined Vermont’s successes and continued challenges in responding to the opioid epidemic.

False tsunami warning reported by multiple weather media outlets

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 3:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This morning AccuWeather passed on a National Weather Service Tsunami Warning that was intended by the NWS to be a test but was miscoded by the NWS as a real warning. AccuWeather stated that it has the most sophisticated system for passing on NWS tsunami warnings based on a complete computer scan of the codes used by the NWS. While the words "TEST" were in the header, the actual codes read by computers used coding for real warning, indicating it was a real warning. The warning even appeared on some cell phones in New England. A Tsunami is a seismic sea wave, typically caused by an underwater earthquake or volcanic eruption.

Torti: The antidote to our shrinking workforce is affordable, quality child care

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 11:59am -- tim

by Tom Torti, President of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce It was heartening to hear Governor Scott announce a new program to attract young people to live and work in Vermont during his January 23 budget address. Employers and business leaders across the state will tell you that strengthening Vermont’s economy depends upon reversing current demographic trends of an aging population and rapidly shrinking workforce. We must ensure that young families are able to afford living and working in our state.

Value-added dairy earns more by 'going green'

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 11:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is promoting best environmental practices as an economic development tool. A typical tourist trip to Vermont might include hiking on the Long Trail, skiing at one of our many resorts, fishing for wild brook trout, visiting a farm, and sampling some of the finest cheese, yogurt, and ice cream. People come to Vermont because it represents a vibrant counterpoint to the narrative, so prevalent elsewhere, that agriculture and the environment cannot coexist. Here in Vermont, environmental and agricultural excellence can be mutually reinforcing.

Vermont Gas offers winter storm safety information

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 10:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mother Nature is sending some snow our way and Vermont Gas wants to make sure customers play it safe. Forecasters are calling for as much as nine inches expected Wednesday, with heaviest accumulation between noon and 7 pm. Vermont Gas encourages the public to be careful when traveling and to take the proper safety precautions around the home. Vermont Gas has also cancelled its informational open house in Bristol. More information will be provided when a new date has been set.

GW Plastics expands in-house tooling capabilities

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 9:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In response to growing customer demand in its global medical device and drug delivery business, Bethel, Vermont-based advanced manufacturer GW Plastics has expanded and upgraded their tooling facility in Vermont with additive manufacturing technology. The company has renovated and enhanced their state-of-the-art tooling facility in Royalton, Vermont, and purchased advanced metal 3D printing equipment to build precision mold components.

Marathon Health named 'Most Admired' in Vermont by MSN Money

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 5:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine MSN Money recently compiled a list of what it calls the Most Admired Company in Each State. Marathon Health was named in the Most Admired Company in Vermont. Most of those included are huge names like Nike, CVS, General Electric and Berkshire Hathaway. Marathon also was named one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont by Vermont Business Magazine in 2017 and the winner of the Deane C Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award for 2016.