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Norwich brings leaders in cybersecurity to campus for second annual summit

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 3:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The second annual Norwich University Cyber Security Summit will take place on the Norwich University campus June 18-20, 2018. This event will bring together an international cadre of experts in the fields of information security and assurance, business, public administration and more to discuss the latest in federal cyber security policy, and the practical applications of cyber defense on state and local levels.

VEC CEO Christine Hallquist resigns, to run for governor

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 3:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Electric Cooperative Board of Directors announced today the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Christine Hallquist and the appointment of VEC General Counsel Vickie Brown as interim CEO. The change will take effect March 2, 2018. Hallquist announced in January that she intended to run for governor as a Democrat in the next election. Hallquist, 61, would become the nation’s first openly transgender, major-party candidate for governor if she were to win the Democratic primary. She has led the Johnson-based company since 2005. Hallquist, who went by David until 2015, lives in Hyde Park. Governor Phil Scott is expected to run for re-election. No Vermont governor has lost re-election since 1962.

Maine power line picked over Vermont options for Mass RFP

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:33pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine It appears that Vermont has lost out again on a massive powerline proposal that would have sent upwards of 1,200 megawatts of electricity from Quebec to Massachusetts and brought hundreds of millions of dollars into the state. Vermont appeared to be back in the running for the renewable power project after Eversource Energy's Northern Pass, which would have run through New Hampshire, failed to get a key permit after winning the initial bid.

Vermont gets an A in reproductive health/rights report card for 2017

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On the heels of the Trump administration's proposed 2019 budget, which would slash support for reproductive health programs, the Population Institute has released its sixth annual report card on reproductive health and rights in the US. The results were alarming, showing declining overall reproductive health and rights and growing disparities between states after a year of Trump policies. For 2017, the overall US grade fell from a "D" to a "D-." 18 states got a failing grade. Vermont received an "A."

Business owners more optimistic for US economy than for Vermont's

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Business owners are taking an increasingly sour view of the Vermont economy, according to a new survey. Over 130 Vermont businesses completed the latest semi-annual economic survey in January regarding the outlook of Vermont’s small- to medium-sized businesses; 71% of those business owners who responded have fewer than 25 employees.

Mt Ascutney Hospital explores patient safety, welcomes new trustees at annual meeting

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) held its annual meeting recently at the Windsor Mansion Inn. Nearly 40 attendees, including trustees and members, gathered to nominate and vote for candidates to join the Board of Trustees and to become new members, who serve as community ambassadors for the hospital. Senior leaders from MAHHC were also in attendance.

The keynote speaker was George T. Blike, MD, MHCDS, Chief Quality and Value Officer, Professor of Anesthesiology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care offers Qi Gong for cancer survivors

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Health Care offers a 12-week Qi Gong class for cancer survivors and members of their support teams. The classes are scheduled 6:30 – 8 p.m. Wednesdays and started February 14. They take place in Conference Room C of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center at 100 Hospital Drive in Bennington. There is no charge to participate in the class.

Berkshire Bank named finalist for Halo Award

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 9:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Berkshire Bank, with branches in southern Vermont, has been named a finalist for the 2018 Halo Award. Presented annually at the Engage for Good Conference in Chicago, the Halo Awards are one of North America’s highest honors for corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. These prestigious awards look at philanthropic campaigns targeted at consumers and employees that take innovative and impactful approaches to supporting causes. Past recipients of the awards include many of the most globally recognized brands.

GMP named #1 on list of Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in energy by Fast Company

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 9:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Fast Company today announced its annual Most Innovative Companies (MIC) for 2018, honoring leading enterprises and rising newcomers that exemplify the best in business and innovation. As part of their rankings, they release the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in 36 separate categories from artificial intelligence to wellness. Green Mountain Power (GMP) was ranked #1 among the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies for Energy for 2018. The Colchester-based energy company was ranked #8 on the 2017 list.

BTV Ignite launches Growth Acceleration Program

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 9:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine BTV Ignite will help established “tech” startups find the investment, staff, and support they need to rapidly grow their business in Burlington and surrounding communities. This Growth Acceleration Program will provide expert level advising on business and financing strategy, advanced training on topics including sales and governance, and link companies with local resources to help them find the staffing, space, and resources they need to succeed.

Black Lives Matter flag raised at Burlington High School

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 8:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington High School (BHS) has become the second high school in the country to fly the Black Lives Matter flag. More than 700 students and staff participated in a brief and optional ceremony held during noninstructional time on Monday afternoon. Flown below the American Flag and Vermont’s State Flag on the school’s only flagpole, the Black Lives Matter flag is flown in honor of black history month and will remain up throughout the year. 

PAI: New plan would cement property tax frustration

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 7:24am -- tim

by Jack Hoffman Public Assets Institute In his annual letter to the Legislature the tax commissioner announced that a projected 3.9 percent increase in per-pupil spending next year was going to result in a 6.2 percent increase in the average homestead property tax rate. This is the kind of disconnect that really irks local voters and school officials alike.