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Burlington to invest $500,000 for Early Learning Initiative

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The City of Burlington will be funding a new Early Learning Initiative (ELI) focused on Burlington children from birth to age 3. Beginning in Fiscal Year 2018, the City will invest $500,000 annually in capacity grants to Burlington childcare programs that provide high-quality care to low income children and commit to increasing the number of slots available for children ages 0–3.

Attorneys general call for Feds to return prescription drug settlement money

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General Donovan joined 51 Attorneys General as a signatory on a letter The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent yesterday to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee chair and ranking member. The letter asks the Committee to introduce legislation that would allow the federal government to return prescription drug settlement money to the states.

PAI: More state control is not the answer

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:12pm -- tim

by Paul Cillo Public Assets Institute Two years ago, I wrote an op-ed that opened: “The Legislature can work with local communities to improve education, or it can push them around.” This is the fundamental choice that the governor and lawmakers continue to wrestle with this session. In 2015, the debate was over school district consolidation. This year, the discussion hinges on savings from lower premiums for teachers’ health insurance, which have already been set for 2018. Both issues involve the state imposing control over local school management, and both have profound implications for communities.

Barre native named CVMC’s new president

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 1:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Barre native and national quality expert Anna T Noonan, BSN, MS, RN, has been appointed president and chief operating officer for Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. Following a rigorous national search, a press released stated, she emerged as the successful candidate and will start in the role July 24. CVMC is part of The University of Vermont Health Network, along with Porter Hospital in Middlebury and three hospitals in New York State.

Northern Power Systems reports 1Q 2017 Results

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Northern Power Systems Corp (TSX: NPS) has announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2017. The report indicates that revenues are up and the quarterly loss is down, compared to the same period last year. Northern Power sold off part of the company to a Brazilian firm late last year. Based in Barre, Northern Power is a next generation renewable energy technology company best known for its mid-sized wind turbine systems designed for remote and off-grid locations. It employs 75.

Got invasives? Comprehensive new Website could help stop their spread

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 9:44am -- tim

by Jeffrey R Wakefield University of Vermont When it comes to invasive species, most Vermonters are familiar with the state's big three: the Asian longhorned beetle, the hemlock wooly adelgid and the emerald ash borer, all of which menace the state’s forests. But what about the countless other invasives gaining a foothold in Vermont – from starry stonewort to the sirex woodwasp to the Asian clam – that could also damage the state’s ecosystem and economy?

Sea Lamprey native to Connecticut River, beneficial to aquatic ecosystem

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 9:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding anglers and the general public as a whole to avoid disturbing spawning sea lamprey that may currently be found in the Connecticut River and several of its tributaries. The invasive, non-native sea lamprey that plague Lake Champlain are a separate population of fish.

Leahy, Sanders applaud appointment of special counsel

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 7:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Patrick Leahy released the following statements Wednesday after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as a special counsel to oversee its investigation into Russian meddling in last November's election.

Vermont tops list of 2017 Locavore Index for local food

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 5:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Which states are most into local food? That question is answered by the sixth annual Locavore Index, which ranks the 50 states (plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) in terms of their commitment to local food. The Index, which uses seven different data sets reflecting patterns of local food consumption, is researched and compiled by Strolling of the Heifers, a non-profit food advocacy organization based in Vermont. According to the 2017 Locavore Index, Vermont, Maine, Oregon, Montana and New Hampshire (in that order) demonstrate the strongest commitment to local food. Vermont has led the Index since its inception in 2012. Rounding out the top 10 are the District of Columbia, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Hawaii, and Rhode Island.

CAO Bob Rusten to leave top Burlington position

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 4:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced that Burlington Chief Administrative Officer Bob Rusten will be leaving the CAO position on September 1, 2017, after serving in City Hall since 2013.  Rusten played a critical role in numerous key initiatives over the last four years, including the restoration of the City’s credit rating, voter passage of a five year infrastructure plan, and substantial reform of the City’s retirement system. 

Democrats end talks with Scott over health plan, veto looms

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 4:15pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Democratic leadership in the Legislature announced today that it has given up trying to find a compromise with Governor Phil Scott over the issue of a statewide teacher health insurance plan. They said they will now finalize the state budget and send it to the governor, where he could sign it, let it become law without his signature or veto it, as he has suggested he might. A veto would require the Legislature, nearly two week already behind their intended adjournment date, back into session soon after a veto.