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Alan Alda to speak Monday at UVM on connecting science with the public

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:34am -- tim

Actor, director and writer Alan Alda will give a lecture titled Helping the Public Get Beyond a Blind Date with Science at the University of Vermont on Monday, February 2 at 4 pm in the Grand Maple Ballroom in the Davis Center. The lecture, part of the Dan and Carole Burack President’s Distinguished Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Jobs took a few steps backward but more forward in 2014

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 9:55am -- tim

by Public Assets Institute The number of jobs declined in December, but Vermont still ended 2014 with more private sector jobs and more non-farm payroll jobs than it had at the start of the year. Private employers reported 255,400 jobs in December, an increase of 1,600 over January. The total number of jobs, both private and public, was up 900 from the beginning of the year, to 310,200.

Burlington School Board names finalists for superintendent

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 9:41am -- tim

The Ad Hoc Superintendent Search Committee of the Burlington School Board has identified two finalists for the position of permanent Superintendent for the Burlington School District. Joyce Mundy, currently the Superintendent of the Centennial School District in Warminster, Pennsylvania and Yaw Obeng, a Superintendent in Halton District School Board in Burlington, Ontario have been invited to Burlington for a final series of interviews this Thursday and Friday, January 29-30. We are pleased to announce that both candidates accepted their invitations.

Crystal Rock Holdings, Inc announces FY 2014 financial results

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 9:22am -- tim

Crystal Rock Holdings, Inc (NYSE MKT: CRVP) announced on Tuesday its financial results for its fiscal year that ended October 31, 2014. Total sales for fiscal 2014 increased 6 percent to $75.2 million compared to $71.0 million in fiscal 2013. The increase was attributable to sales from acquired businesses which totaled $7.1 million. Gross profit decreased for the year ended October 31, 2014 to $35.9 million from $36.7 million for the year earlier.

Vermont Smoke and Cure making large-scale Hinesburg facility expansion

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 1:39pm -- tim

Vermont Smoke and Cure has announced a significant expansion of its manufacturing and office facilities in Hinesburg, Vermont. Demand for the Vermont-based small-batch meats and meat snacks has fueled rapid growth - creating a need for increased facilities to meet market demands. The expansion will benefit Vermont’s economy, community and farmers.

Groveman named new chair of the Natural Resources Board

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:27am -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin today announced that Chair of the Natural Resources Board (NRB) Ron Shems has decided to step down after four years on the Board. He will be replaced Jon Groveman, currently the general counsel for the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR).

“I want to thank Ron for his hard work over the past four years,” Governor Shumlin said. “He always sought to ensure that development in Vermont happened in a way consistent with our values. I wish him all the best.”

Vermont unemployment rate drops two-tenths to 4.2 percent in December

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine With jobs increasing, the number of unemployed decreasing and with modest growth in the labor force, the Vermont employment situation improved in December. The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for December 2014 was 4.2 percent. This represents a decrease of two-tenths of a percent from the revised November rate (4.4 percent). The seasonally adjusted Vermont data for December show the Vermont civilian labor force increased by 350 from the prior month estimates.

Vermont Attorney General schedules second public hearing on GMO food labeling law

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 9:29am -- tim

Responding to requests for additional opportunity to comment on the proposed rule on the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering, the Attorney General has scheduled a second public hearing on the rule. This hearing will take place on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, from 5 – 6pm in Room 10 at the State House in Montpelier. Additionally, the Attorney General has extended the deadline for submitting written comments on the rule by two weeks to Thursday, February 12, 2015.

Nominations open for Vermont Travel Person of the Year award

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 8:00am -- tim

The Vermont Travel Industry Conference (VTIC) is pleased to accept nominations for the Travel Person of the Year Award and entries for the Governor’s SMART Award for Creative Marketing in Tourism. Both awards will be presented at the 32nd annual conference March 31 & April 1, 2015 in South Burlington, Vermont at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center.

UVM Medical Center Inpatient Rehab Program wins patient satisfaction award

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 6:39am -- tim

The University of Vermont Medical Center has been named a 2014 Guardian of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey Associates, Inc., for receiving high satisfaction ratings from patients receiving inpatient rehabilitation treatment. Press Ganey is the nation’s leading health care performance improvement company, partnering with more than 11,000 facilities worldwide to reduce suffering and improve the patient experience.