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Work begins to develop the Southern Vermont Green Economy Cluster

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 4:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Following years of planning and development with the Southeastern Vermont region’s business and non-profit community, residents and municipalities, the work of developing the Green Building and Services Economy in the Brattleboro area is under way. The work began with the development of the region’s federally recognized strategic economic development plan (CEDS), and continued through a lengthy funding process with Vermont state and federal partners.

Shumlin announces new opiate treatment pilot program using naltrexone

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 3:58pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin today announced a pilot program to test in Vermont a new treatment option for opiate addiction. Under the pilot, offenders coming out of Marble Valley Correctional Center in Rutland will now be offered naltrexone, an injected, long-acting medication that reduces the urge for opioid drugs like heroin or prescription painkillers. Naltrexone works by blocking the body’s opiate receptors, preventing the effects of opioid drugs from getting to the brain.

Average Vermont property tax rate will rise by 1 cent to $1.535

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 3:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Property tax rates and public education spending will both go up next year, but both slower than the current year. The Commissioner of Taxes has released forecasts related to education tax rates for the upcoming fiscal year, FY2017. The statutorily required forecasts are a joint effort between the Agency of Education, Department of Taxes, and Joint Fiscal Office. This year the forecast shows that the projected average homestead property tax rate will rise by 1 cent to $1.535 per $100.

Cathedral Square awarded $100,000 in annual TD Charitable Foundation Housing for Everyone grant competition

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 2:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Cathedral Square 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 help fund the construction of Elm Place, a new affordable housing community in Milton, Vermont. Cathedral Square’s Elm Place will be a service-enriched senior housing community located on a smart growth site in the heart of Milton’s downtown.

Vermont gets $15.6 million from EPA for water infrastructure projects

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 11:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $15.6 million to the State of Vermont to help finance improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment. The funds will be primarily used to upgrade sewage plants and drinking water systems, as well as replacing aging infrastructure, throughout the state. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program, administrated by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Vermont Bond Bank, received $6.8 million.

Vermont's Operational Support Airlift detachment deploys to the Horn of Africa

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 11:03am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont National Guard announces that 5 personnel from Vermont's Operational Support Airlift (OSA) Detachment are deploying to the Horn of Africa in support of United States Africa Command (U.S. AFRICOM). "The Vermont National Guard is very proud of their contribution to regional security and stability in the Horn of Africa," said Maj. Gen. Steven Cray, the adjutant general.

On World AIDS Day, Sanders demands affordable drugs

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 10:10am -- tim

Today, on World AIDS Day, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) condemned price gouging by pharmaceutical companies on lifesaving drugs to treat the disease. “The biggest problem in caring for those with AIDS is no longer mainly a medical or scientific problem – the crisis is access to affordable drugs,” Sanders said.  “People are dying in America because they can't afford to pay the outrageous prices for medicine they need to live. In the richest nation in the world, we must do everything possible to get people the medicine they need at a price they can afford.”

Vermont regulators close-in on all-payer health care system

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 9:28am -- tim

by Erin Mansfield State regulators have released more details on a major health care reform deal that would change significantly the way the health care industry runs in Vermont. Al Gobeille, the chair of the Green Mountain Care Board, told the House Health Care Committee on Monday that he expects to have the terms for an all-payer model agreement with the federal government in December.

1,500 Santas will fill the streets of Burlington on Sunday, December 6

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 8:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The 5th Annual Ri Ra 5K Santa Run presented by New England Federal Credit Union to support Camp Ta-Kum-Ta will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2015. The race starts outside of Ri Ra Irish Pub on Church Street at 10 am and concludes back in front of Ri Ra Irish Pub. The Ri Ra Santa 5k run returns to Burlington, VT again this year after proving to be a big hit the last four years for the community.

SVMC Cardiology receives echocardiography reaccreditation

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 4:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) Cardiology has again achieved the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission’s (IAC) accreditation for adult transthoracic and adult stress echocardiography. SVMC, which includes SVMC Cardiology, is one of only two facilities in the state that is accredited in adult stress echocardiography.

Green Mountain Care Board will hold a Rate Review Listening Forum December 3

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 3:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Green Mountain Care Board will hold a Rate Review Listening Forum from 1 pm to 2 pm on December 3, 2015 on the 2nd floor Board Room located at 89 Main Street, City Center, Montpelier, VT. During this time, Health Policy Director, Judy Henkin will give a brief overview of the Board's role in health insurance regulation, and then we will devote the remaining time to listen to the voices of Vermont Businesses about their experiences and needs with health insurance in Vermont.

Governor cuts Christmas tree for Montpelier office

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 4:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Christmas tree industry received one of its early customers yesterday when Governor Peter Shumlin arrived at Isham’s Family Farm in Williston to select and cut a tree for the state Pavilion Office Building in Montpelier.  The Governor’s annual tree-cutting event not only signals the start of tree-hunting season for many Vermonters, but also draws some well-deserved attention to Vermont’s robust Christmas Tree Industry, which supplies over 134,000 trees to Vermonters and customers throughout New England and as far away as Bermuda.