Vermont Business Magazine A report released today on early child care in Vermont says that equitable early care and learning for all Vermont children ages birth to five is the most significant opportunity for the state to make systemic and dynamic improvements that will foster economic development, advance social and community well-being, and provide the greatest positive impact for future generations.
Vermont Business Magazine Mike Smiles has resigned as Executive Director of Lake Champlain Maritime Museum effective December 31 to pursue new opportunities. “Mike has made valuable contributions to the museum during his tenure,” said Bob Beach, President of the LCMM Board of Directors. “Through his innovative approaches to enhancing and expanding our educational programs and partnering with AmeriCorps, Mike has positioned LCMM as a vital Expanded Learning Opportunity Provider. We wish Mike the best in his future endeavors.”
Vermont Business Magazine The Law Firms of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC and Nixon, Vogelman, Barry, Slawsky & Simoneau P.A. have filed a class action complaint in the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire against Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, on behalf of twenty-two Southern New Hampshire residents who were potentially exposed to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in the water supply of Merrimack and Litchfield New Hampshire.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont will receive over $220,000 from a settlement entered into by Attorney General William H Sorrell and 42 other Attorneys General with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (“BMS”). The settlement relates to the drug company’s alleged improper marketing of Abilify. The total settlement amount is $19.5 million. Abilify is the brand name for the prescription drug aripiprazole.
Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims fell last week, but remain relatively high. While this is typical for this time of year, claims are actually lower than they were last year. Most industrial sectors saw at least some increase for the week, with Manufacturing seeing the biggest increase with 317 claims alone, up nearly 200 in one week. However, Services fell from 752 claims the previous month to 414, but still had the most claims for any sector, as it typically does.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) is proud to announce Start Here (www.vcet.co/podcast), a podcast sharing the stories of active, aspiring, and accidental entrepreneurs. With support from the Vermont Technology Council and FairPoint Communications, Start Here is co-hosted by VCET’s David Bradbury and Sam Roach-Gerber, and is available to listeners on SoundCloud beginning December 7th and iTunes on December 14th.
Vermont Business Magazine Lamoille Housing Partnership was recently awarded a $100,000 affordable housing grant through the TD Charitable Foundation’s Housing for Everyone Grant Competition. The grant will be used to assist in the funding of Evergreen Mobile Home Park in Hardwick. The Lamoille Housing Partnership (LHP) was created in 1991 to provide and maintain safe, decent, and affordable housing without discrimination or prejudice.
Vermont Business Magazine At approximately 1200 hours on December 8, 2016, the Vermont State Police in Williston was given information that Jeremiah Sadler, 25, of Barre City, VT, and Kyle Larrabee, 23 of Washington VT, were in the immediate area near the barracks on St. George Road in Williston. Sadler was wanted on an active arrest warrant for being a Fugitive from Justice and Violation of Parole. Larrabee was wanted on an active warrant for Escape Custody-Furlough, with $10,000 bail.
Vermont Business Magazine Personal Income taxes, the single most important revenue source for the state of Vermont, were down nearly 13 percent in November, dragging down what otherwise was relatively good revenue results. The General Fund for the month of November collected $87.33 million, $2.55 million below the consensus revenue targets adopted by the Emergency Board on July 21, 2016. Along with Personal Income (-$5.35 million or 12.9 percent), Sales and Use and Inheritance and Estate taxes were also off, -$0.20 million and -$1.09 million respectively.
Vermont Business Magazine Airmen and aircraft from the Vermont Air National Guard's 158th Fighter Wing are deploying in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. A squadron of F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 134th Fighter Squadron and approximately 300 Airmen from the Wing are en route to the US Central Command area of responsibility. The deployment began Wednesday afternoon. While deployed, the squadron will be flying combat missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve to degrade and destroy Da'esh (Da'esh is also known as ISIS, ISIL, or IS).
Vermont Business Magazine Middlebury College announced today that it has reached carbon neutrality — a major sustainability milestone many years in the making. In doing so, Middlebury attains a net zero carbon footprint, meaning that the institution has balanced the amount of carbon emissions it releases with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) has announced the results of its December 6, 2016 annual election of VMEC Advisory Board members. Newly elected to two-year terms on the Board are: Ben Clark, CEO, Ann Clark Ltd (Rutland); Greg Maguire, Sr Director of Legal and Government Affairs, Revision Military (Essex Junction); and Rob Green, Operations Director, Vermont Precision Tools (Swanton).