Vermont Business Magazine Catamount St Albans 2, LLC, the owner of a 182,000 square foot building located at 32 Lower Newton Street, St Albans, has closed on a loan with Northfield Savings Bank and VEDA to develop a 500kW solar project. The power received from the solar arrays will be supplied back to Cabot Creamery, who occupies the building.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott has selected Karen Russell Carroll of Vernon to serve on the Vermont Supreme Court. Carroll will be appointed on April 1 to replace retiring Justice John Dooley. Carroll must be confirmed by the Vermont State Senate.
Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont is launching a new program aimed at helping incarcerated men and women take coursework towards a college degree while serving their sentences. The UVM Liberal Arts in Prison Program (LAPP), administered by the university’s College of Arts and Sciences, will begin offering courses to qualified prisoners in cooperation with the Vermont Department of Corrections beginning in the spring 2018 semester.
Vermont Business Magazine March is Women’s History month, and Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets is taking advantage of the occasion to highlight the important role women play in Vermont’s Ag community. Women represent about 22.3% of the principal farm operators in Vermont, according to the most recent USDA agricultural census. That number is significantly greater than the national average, which is 14%. Vermont ranks 9th in the nation for percentage of principal farm operators that are women.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermonters who participate in 4-H attend college at higher rates than average, according to an assessment of student data conducted by the University of Vermont. Of the 87 Vermont students who graduated from high school in 2015 and 2016 and participated in 4-H, 66 percent went on to college, the assessment found.
Vermont Business Magazine Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, recognized Stone Environmental this month at the Annual Esri Partner Conference for its exceptional contribution to spatial analysis technology. Stone said in a statement that it is "humbled and excited" to receive the Best Use of Story Maps award for taking data visualization to the next level by using ArcGIS story maps to engage a wide-variety of stakeholders in the revitalization of downtown areas with underserved, abandoned or contaminated brownfield properties.
by Paul Cillo Public Assets Institute It should be obvious by now: You can’t provide property tax relief by raising property taxes. In fact, it should have been obvious long before now. Yet that is exactly what the Legislature included in Act 46, the school consolidation bill, in 2015. (It then repealed that provision in 2016.) And that is exactly what the House Education Committee is proposing again this year. The committee voted on Friday to introduce a committee bill (H.509).
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Arts Council announced today that Executive Director Alex Aldrich will step down on April 14 after more than 20 years leading the nation’s only nonprofit state arts agency. The board of trustees has begun transition planning as part of the organization’s ongoing strategic planning process. They have hired an interim executive director, Teri Bordenave, who will oversee day-to-day activities as well as assist in a national search for a new executive director.
Vermont Business Magazine On Saturday, March 25, the lights of iconic sites like The Empire State Building and the Space Needle will be turned off between 8:30 and 9:30pm to show solidarity in the fight against climate change as people around the world celebrate the 11th annual Earth Hour.
Vermont Business Magazine Howard Center announced today that Deborah Richter, MD, was recently hired to provide services and supports to those in recovery from alcohol and substance use. The appointment follows the recent closure of Maple Leaf Farm, as Howard Center and other providers seek to provide continuous service for individuals who previously had been enrolled at Maple Leaf. Richter was employed by Maple Leaf Farm and, post-closure, continuously served her clients through a temporary placement at the Vermont Department of Health.
Vermont Business Magazine To recognize excellence in the teaching of Vermont’s young children, the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children announced the third annual Early Educator of the Year Award. In the third year of this award, the Permanent Fund will be accepting nominations for an outstanding home-based child care professional who has demonstrated a commitment to quality early childhood education.
by Emma Lamberton Vermont Watchdog A prominent Republican consultant and local columnist is alleging that Governor Phil Scott’s administration sought to prevent her from writing about GOP dissent over the Republican governor’s immigration policies.