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Weekly unemployment claims slide again

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims fell for the third week, which continues a steady decline over the last month. For the week of March 21, 2015, there were 557 new, regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont. This is a decrease of 125 from the previous week's total, and 61 fewer than they were a year ago.

GMEDC hires Robert Haynes as new executive director

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:12pm -- tim

Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation (GMEDC) has hired Robert (Bob) Haynes to be its new executive director, replacing Joan Goldstein, who is leaving GMEDC to become Vermont’s commissioner of economic development in late April. Goldstein served six years as executive director of GMEDC. Under her tenure the regional development corporation for Northern Windsor and Orange counties was able to diversify services with real estate investments, brownfields and flood recovery grants, and innovative workforce development projects and programs.

30 companies named Best Places to Work in Vermont, Saslow and Edward Jones top lists

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced the ranking of the top thirty Best Places to Work in Vermont 2015 Thursday evening at an awards ceremony at the Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center before over 270 attendees. The companies represented all have the honor of saying they are a Best Place to Work in Vermont.

Vermont unemployment rate falls two-tenths to 3.9 percent

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine While the new jobless rate numbers were driven mostly by significant decreases in the labor force and in the number of unemployed, there was also an increase in the number of people employed. The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for February was 3.9 percent. This represents a decrease of two-tenths of a percent from the revised January rate (4.1 percent).

Vermont Lawyer Michael Wool becomes chair of New England Board of Higher Education

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 3:22am -- tim

Vermont lawyer Michael Wool became chair of the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) at the board's annual spring meeting. A native Vermonter, Wool has practiced law in Burlington since 1972. He provides tax and strategic advice in contexts ranging from family business matters to complex interstate and multinational transactions. He has served on several civic boards, including the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington.

US House finally passes bill resolving longstanding Medicare physician payment dispute

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:53pm -- tim

This afternoon, the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation that resolves a long standing dispute over the reimbursement of physicians participating in the Medicare program. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) voted for the legislation which included two Welch-authored rural health care provisions of critical importance to Vermont. The inability of Congress to resolve the dispute in recent years has led to unacceptable delays in physician reimbursement and uncertainty for doctors and seniors in the operation of medical practices.

Shumlin, Smith, Krowinski call for child savings accounts

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:51pm -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin, House Speaker Shap Smith, Representative Jill Krowinski, the president of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC), and other supporters today called for the creation of child savings accounts to give every child born in Vermont a head start on saving for higher education and boost the number of Vermont kids who move beyond high school.

Town of Bennington launches new marketing campaign,

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:41pm -- tim

For most traveling into Vermont from the south or west, Bennington is the first town they pass through of a significant size. It is considered the hub of business, culture and community in the southwestern portion of the state, and is known for its deep-rooted history as the first chartered community in the state of Vermont.  It was with this in mind that a small group of individuals began an effort to design, develop and implemented a three-part marketing strategy aimed at promoting Bennington as the place where Vermont begins.

Liz Miller to step down as Shumlin's chief of staff, Darren Springer to take over

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:43am -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin today announced that his Chief of Staff Liz Miller will leave state government at the end of the legislative session. The governor has tapped Darren Springer, currently the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Service (DPS), to serve as his next Chief of Staff.

UVM research links mid-life cardiorespiratory fitness with cancer incidence and survival

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:00am -- tim

A study by University of Vermont Cancer Center researcher and clinician Susan Lakoski, MD, and colleagues has found that higher levels of mid-life fitness provide a mortality benefit in older age even in the setting of a cancer diagnosis. Their findings appear in the March 26, 2015 edition of JAMA Oncology.