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UVM Alumni Association, UVM Foundation honor outstanding graduates, philanthropists

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 1:02pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Alumni Association and UVM Foundation honored outstanding graduates and faculty at its annual Alumni Weekend celebration on Saturday, September 24, 2016. The “Celebrating Excellence” event featured remarks by UVM president Tom Sullivan, with award citations presented by Alumni Association President Penrose Jackson ’70 and UVM Foundation President and CEO Richard Bundy, to the following honorees:

Welch pushes to rein in skyrocketing prescription drug prices

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 12:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) today introduced bipartisan legislation with Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA) that would address a loophole in the Medicare 340B Drug Pricing Program that is contributing to the rising cost of health care for consumers and threatening access to lifesaving medications. The introduction of this legislation is the latest in Welch’s efforts to fix the broken prescription drug market that has led to unrestrained price increases for consumers and providers.

The ticks are out before winter sets in

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 12:46pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont is on pace for its highest number of reported cases of anaplasmosis – a tickborne disease that is becoming more common in the state. Anaplasmosis is transmitted by the black-legged tick, which is the same tick that spreads Lyme disease, and the most common tick found in Vermont. As of September, 133 cases of anaplasmosis have been reported, only six fewer than were reported for all of 2015.

GCEPD announces 2016 'Spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act' employer awards

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Vermont’s Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (GCEPD) announced the employer award recipients for the “Spirit of the ADA” Awards. The Vermont “Spirit of the ADA” Award is given to employers who reflect the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act in their employment practices. Adam Leonard, Director of Human Resources for the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, is to receive the Spirit of the ADA Award on Wednesday, October 12th at 1 pm at the Sheraton. 

Downtown Bethel to undergo weekend transformation

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The first weekend of October will see a transformation of downtown Bethel into a more walkable area with pop-up shops that highlight its unique culture and assets, public spaces and public art that show off the natural beauty of the area, and improved transportation options for bike riders and pedestrians. Among the installations will be pop-up storefronts and a beer garden, a pocket park, buffered bike lane, street beautification, improved crosswalks, and designated transit stops – all along the town’s Main Street.

VBM recognizes Vermont’s Rising Stars Class of 2016

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine today announced the winners of its Rising Stars recognition award. The list is comprised of 40 winners under the age of 40. Award recipients were selected by a panel of judges for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities. Vermont Business Magazine will honor Vermont's most accomplished young leaders at the Rising Stars dinner on November 10th. The dinner will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in South Burlington. The honorees will also be featured in the November issue of Vermont Business Magazine.

Ethan Allen Institute launches carbon tax awareness campaign

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:05am -- tim

Ethan Allen Institute All summer long, VPIRG interns have been knocking on doors, selling Vermonters on the vague idea a “carbon pricing” scheme for our state. These short presentations are misleading people about what is at stake if Vermont were to actually pass a Carbon Tax (a more accurate term that the VPIRG people avoid).

Letter to UVM community regarding the Black Lives Matter flag

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:00am -- tim

University of Vermont The University of Vermont, as an educational institution, vigorously supports freedom of inquiry and expression within the academic community and promotes a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment for all members of our community. With these twin goals in mind, the flag was displayed in accordance with University established procedures. First Amendment freedoms protect speech and ideas, including controversial ideas, differing perspectives, and contentious viewpoints.

Vermont's elections ranked as the nation's most accessible

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 10:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos has announced Vermont's Elections Division has been ranked as the nation's most accessible. This is the second year in a row Vermont has been ranked #1 in the State Election Agency Report produced by Ballotpedia, a nonpartisan online encyclopedia of American politics and elections. The annual report measures state election agencies in terms of their ease of access, quality of information, and response speed.

Brattleboro Retreat names O’Connor and Grinold new trustees

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 6:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Brattleboro Retreat has appointed two new trustees, Kate O’Connor and Adam Grinold, who officially joined the hospital’s board of directors on Friday, September 23.Brattleboro resident Kate O’Connor currently serves as the executive director of the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce and the vice chair of the Brattleboro Select Board. She began her career in public service as an aide to former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin.  For fourteen years she was a top policy and political advisor to Howard Dean during his tenure as Vermont governor and as a candidate for US President.

McClaughry: Tax prospects for 2017

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 5:14am -- tim

by John McClaughry Four months from now the 2017 legislature will hear the new Governor’s budget message for FY 2017. Each fiscal year over the past five the legislature has been presented with an opening General Fund deficit projection. Each year, by hook and crook (including a host of tax increases and aggressive fund robbing) the governor and legislature have managed to produce an arguably balanced budget.

Rainbow crosswalk at Champlain College designed to celebrate LGBTQ campus community and increase pedestrian safety

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 3:07am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A rainbow-colored crosswalk connecting the Champlain College campus will be installed on South Willard Street on Wednesday, Sept. 28 to both serve as a symbol of inclusiveness and to make the busy crosswalk safer for students and neighbors. Champlain President Donald J Laackman will be on hand for some brief remarks and to kick off the painting of the crosswalk with students.