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Howard Center, union ratify contract

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 4:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Howard Center management has confirmed that the agency’s Board of Trustees have approved a two-year contract with Local 1674 of AFSCME Council 93, which represents 723 Howard Center direct care workers, 112 of whom are members of the union. The agency, based in Burlington, employs over 1500 employees. 

USDA and RuralEdge improve affordable housing for Orleans residents

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 3:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Rural Housing Service Deputy Administrator, Bryan Hooper, the top multi-family housing official for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), was in Lyndonville Friday to celebrate nearly $2 million of USDA loans that will help RuralEdge rehabilitate aging housing stock. The funding comes as part of the Agency’s Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) Zone whose mission is to improve the quality of life in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom through investing in housing, job creation and community infrastructure. 

Hoffer: For jobs and the economy, facts matter

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 10:47pm -- tim

by Doug Hoffer Voters receive a lot of information during campaigns and it’s important to check the facts. For example, Lieutenant Governor Scott recently said “We’ve lost nearly 2,500 workers per year since 2010” (August 31 Burlington Free Press). This is true, but misleading. Workers are part of the labor force, which consists of those who are working and those who are unemployed but want to work. The issue is that counting workers is not the same as counting jobs.

Vermont attorney general sues operators of drive-in movie theater

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 4:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has sued a New Hampshire couple for illegally soliciting contributions for a digital projector to “save” the Randall Drive-In located in Bethel. “Crowdfunding can be a legitimate way to raise money for a cause, but it is also subject to abuse. Those who rip off Vermonters through improper use of crowdfunding can expect to be held accountable for their illegal acts,” said Attorney General Bill Sorrell.

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.

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