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Kahler: Vermont’s workforce dilemma

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 7:12am -- tim

by Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Vermont’s struggle to grow its workforce weakens our economy, inhibits the ability for Vermont businesses to expand their operations, and threatens the ability for Vermonters and future generations to grow and thrive here in the Green Mountains. An aging workforce, stagnant wages in jobs without career ladders, the cost of housing and childcare, the opioid epidemic, and a need for more young adults entering the workforce are all contributors to our workforce dilemma.

Vermont AG opposes roll back of greenhouse gas performance measure

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 6:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan has joined with five other state attorneys general to oppose the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)’s plan to roll back an important Greenhouse Gas Performance Measure. The Measure went into effect on September 28, 2017. It requires all states to track on-road greenhouse gas emissions, to set locally-appropriate performance targets, and to ensure consistency in data collection.

NERC launches Environmental Sustainability Leadership Awards

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 5:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Earlier this year the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), based in Brattleboro, inaugurated a new recognition program – the Environmental Sustainability Leadership Awards. Lynn Rubinstein, NERC Executive Director explained that, “This is an exciting new initiative that we are delighted to launch in conjunction with our 30th anniversary.”

Vermont Law School: Healthy Food Policy Project looks at policies across US

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:03am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Food law and policy experts this week launched a national Healthy Food Policy Project (HFPP) that identifies and elevates local laws and policies that promote access to healthy food and contribute to strong local economies, improved environmental quality, and health equity. The project, which focuses on socially disadvantaged and marginalized groups, is available at

Applications accepted for 2018 Climate Economy Model Communities Program

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 2:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) invites communities interested in charting a path to a more prosperous and self-sufficient future to participate in the 2018 Climate Economy Model Communities Program. A collaboration of VCRD, Efficiency Vermont, Vermont’s utilities and other partners, the Program works with two communities annually to help build and implement locally developed plans that increase economic opportunity, affordability, and resilience in the face of climate change.

Clean water working group acknowledges full funding not available

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Act 73 Working Group released its recommendations today for long-term water quality funding to meet the state’s clean water goals. Significant long-term investment is needed to restore and sustain the high quality of Vermont’s waterways. While existing resources available from state, municipal and private sectors will meet their portion of the required clean water investment in the immediate future, these resources are stressed and unlikely to be adequate after FY 2021.

GW Plastics merges with Ireland-based NeraTek

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In response to growing customer demand in its European medical device and drug delivery business, Bethel, Vermont-based GW Plastics announced this week a merger with product development and 3D printing firm NeraTek Limited of Sligo, Ireland. NeraTek will be merged into Avenue Mould Solutions, which GW acquired in July. NeraTek provides product development, 3D printing, additive manufacturing, and prototyping design services for leading medical device and pharmaceutical companies.

Welch slams Trump-Ryan tax proposal during House debate

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This afternoon, Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) spoke against the Trump-Ryan tax proposal being debated by the House of Representatives. A final vote on the bill is expected tomorrow by early afternoon. “If you asked 435 members of Congress if they want to raise taxes on students, the answer from 435 members would be ‘no.’ This bill was written by and for the donor class. Let’s defeat this bill and stand up for the middle class.”

USCIS to welcome 35 new citizens at Christ the King School

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 9:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present 35 citizenship candidates to the Honorable Colleen A Brown, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the US District Court for the District of Vermont, at a ceremony to be held at Christ the King School in Rutland Wednesday. The Honorable Judge Brown will preside over this special venue ceremony and will deliver the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest citizens.

Governor appoints Degree and Buxton to lead workforce growth plans

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 8:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of a bipartisan duo of former legislators to strengthen and coordinate his Administration’s initiatives to expand the size of Vermont’s workforce. Senator Dustin Degree (R-Franklin) will serve as special assistant to the Governor and executive director of workforce expansion. Former Representative Sarah Buxton (D-Windsor-Orange 1) will assume the new role of director of workforce policy and performance within the Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL).