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Governor Shumlin: Getting Home Safe

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 4:17am -- tim

by Governor Peter Shumlin Last week, the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance held a Rally for Safe Roads on the State House Lawn. In attendance were bicyclists, motorists, equestrians, motorcyclists and pedestrians and more than a few who could claim to be all of the above. The rally was a reminder of the recent tragedies we’ve seen on Vermont’s roads and our shared responsibility to do better. It was also a reminder that we should broaden our thinking of highway safety.

Vermont SHRM leaders sign ESGR statement of support

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 3:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The three Vermont SHRM Chapter Presidents recently reaffirmed their chapter’s commitment to supporting their citizen-service members by signing an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support. The Chapter Presidents were three of over 250 Vermont HR Professionals attending the 2015 Vermont HR Conference in Burlington, Vermont in mid-September.

LCC week 16 final blue-green algae report of the season

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 10:24am -- tim

Lake Champlain Committee (LCC) The information below represents the results from the latest reporting by a reduced crew of monitors. While most areas should see decreases in cyanobacteria populations there are places in New York, Vermont and Quebec where they may persist for several more weeks. Anyone recreating on the water or shoreline should be check the water and avoid contact with algae scums or blooms.  

New Agreement with Burlington College gives CKA students more post-grad options

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 7:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Foodbank and Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf celebrate the 19th Community Kitchen Academy graduation at the Food Shelf in Burlington. Food writer and recipe developer Tracey Medeiros is the keynote. Community Kitchen Academy (CKA) prepares underemployed and unemployed Vermonters for careers in the food service industry. Students develop and apply new skills by rescuing food that would otherwise be wasted from grocery stores, restaurants, farm and food service companies.

SBA deadline for economic injury disaster loans for private nonprofits in Vermont is Nov 3

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 4:03am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Small Business Administration is reminding Private NonProfit (PNP) organizations in Vermont of the November 3 deadline to submit Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications for damages caused by the severe winter storm on Dec. 9-12, 2014. PNPs that provide non-critical services located in the following parts of Vermont are eligible to apply: Addison,Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington and Windsor counties are eligible to apply.

UVM will 'Move Mountains' to reach $500 million fundraising goal

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 4:40pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Headlined by the announcement earlier in the day that the business school will receive a single donation of $20 million, University of Vermont President Tom Sullivan Friday said the university's largest and most ambitious fundraising campaign already has reached nearly half its $500 million goal. Sullivan said the initiative will transform and reshape the 224-year-old public research university. Sullivan emphasized that this campaign would benefit everyone from students and faculty to the community and the state's economy.

UVM Names Business School in honor of Steven Grossman after $20 million gift

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 3:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine After the largest individual gift in the history of the University of Vermont, the UVM school of business has been renamed in honor of the donor, Steven Grossman, a 1961 graduate and a long-time supporter of the school. "We have renamed the business school The Grossman School of Business," said UVM president Tom Sullivan, "in tribute to Steven Grossman's visionary philanthropy on behalf of the business school and the University. This is the kind of gift that can transform a school or college and elevate it significantly on the national stage."

Feds: Entergy can dismantle Vermont Yankee’s emergency alert link

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 2:29pm -- tim

by Mike Faher Entergy can eliminate a direct emergency data link between Vermont Yankee and the federal government, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has decided. By unanimous vote on Thursday, NRC commissioners denied Vermont’s appeal of Entergy’s deactivation of the Emergency Response Data System – also known as the ERDS – at the Vernon plant. While state officials argued that the system is important given the risk of radiological accidents from spent fuel stored at the plant, the NRC says the data system is required only at facilities with operating reactors. Vermont Yankee ceased producing power December 29.

State slams Vermont Yankee emergency-planning changes

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 12:25pm -- tim

Recchia: Entergy's deal with New Hampshire over emergency funding a way to 'put a stick in our eye'

by Mike Faher/The Commons, Brattleboro If Entergy has its way, Vermont Yankee’s emergency programs — and the funding that goes with them — are due for a major downsizing in the first half of next year. At a September 24 meeting in Brattleboro, several state officials argued that the company’s emergency commitments to surrounding towns and to the state should continue at least for the next several years. Those programs are necessary, they say, to protect public health and the environment around the Vernon plant, where most spent nuclear fuel is stored in a pool in the reactor building.

Weekly unemployment claims historically low

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 11:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims in Vermont last week fell below 300 for the first time in memory. Claims are running at their lowest levels since 1999. The graph below shows total August claims since 1977 (historic weekly data not available). The graph also indicates how severe the two major recessions were during this period, with the recession of the early 1980s far exceeding in Vermont the Great Recession of 2008-2009. The worst months during this 38-year period were December 1981 with 9,369 initial claims and December 1982, with 9,592.