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Roundtable names Olson 2017 New Medallion Award recipient

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable has announced the recipient of the Roundtable’s 2017 New Medallion Award, which recognizes exceptional school leadership and progress toward the state’s goals of equity, access, and quality of proficiency-based learning experiences for all Vermont students. 

Berkshire Bank announces employee and community investments

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc (NYSE:  BHLB), the parent of Berkshire Bank, today announced additional investments in its employees and communities following the recent passage of federal tax reform legislation. Berkshire is the second bank with Vermont branches this week to increase its employee benefits and charitable giving in response to the new federal tax code. Citizens Bank has also announced a similar plan.

House passes pot legalization bill

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 9:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As expected, the House Thursday evening passed legislation that legalizes the possession of marijuana on a vote of 81-63. Democrats had worked out a deal with Governor Phil Scott during the fall to find common language for a bill that would make small amounts of pot possession (under an ounce) and production (two plants) legal, while finding suitable deterrents to driving under the influence and keeping it away from kids. The Senate previously had passed the measure, but must review the rewritten language, likely next week.

Second severe cold snap headed our way, Vermont Gas offers cold weather safety guidance

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 5:00pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine  Vermont is about to experience round two of a bitter cold snap that is affecting much of the northeast. Sub-zero temperatures and strong winds are in the future again this weekend and the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for parts of Vermont where wind chills are expected between 20 and 40 below zero. With weather like this forecasted, it’s important that Vermonters take steps to stay safe and warm.

Governor Scott sets agenda focused on economic growth and affordability in State of the State

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 3:57pm -- katie

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott delivered the 2018 State of the State address Thursday, highlighting progress made in 2017, and recommitting to an agenda focused on economic growth and affordability, while protecting the vulnerable. He got his loudest applause and most sustained standing ovation when he declared that Vermont could lead the way, as it has so many times in different ways, in bringing civility back to the public discourse, both political and personal. The governor also promised to hold the line on taxes, including the property tax, which could increase 7 percent if education spending isn't curbed.

GMP prepares for storm with strong winds

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 3:46pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power is preparing for strong wind expected late this afternoon and tonight that could cause power outages. Damaging weather is expected across the state, and especially in southeastern areas. With severely cold temperatures expected to follow, GMP urges customers to be safe and prepared.                 

Condos agrees with president in dissolving Election Integrity Commission

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 10:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Yesterday President Trump announced that the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was dissolved by executive order. Secretary Condos, who has been critical of the Commission from the outset, responded, “I am not surprised that this troubled and bogus Commission has been shut down. Since its formation, the faulty charge of this Commission has been to use trumped up claims of widespread voter fraud, with zero evidence, to weaken confidence in the integrity of our elections and push an aggressive voter suppression agenda.”

Ten Vermont counties now eligible for federal aid for wind storm damage

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 8:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced that President Donald Trump has signed a major disaster declaration for Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Washington, and Windham counties. Those counties suffered substantial damage during wind and rain storms on October 29 and 30.

VYCC’S Food and Farm Program nationally recognized

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 6:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC)’s Health Care Share (HCS) was among four national Youth Corps projects honored by The Corps Network at the end of 2017. The HCS is a community-based public health project that connects Vermont families unable to afford or access nutritious food with a weekly share of farm fresh produce. The program is managed by VYCC staff and supported largely through AmeriCorps service members.

Southwestern Vermont Medical earns Medicare’s highest overall rating

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 6:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) is one of only four hospitals in Vermont to receive the prestigious 5-star rating for Overall Hospital Quality from the federal government in 2017. Of the 4,579 hospitals nationwide eligible to receive a Star Rating, only 260 hospitals, or 5.68 percent, in the US earned the top mark.