Vermont Business Magazine The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act by a strong bipartisan vote of 16 to 5. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and cosponsored by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), would combat anticompetitive practices used by some brand-name pharmaceutical and biologic companies to block lower-cost generic drugs.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for May was 2.8 percent. This reflects no change from the revised April rate. The national rate in May was 3.8 percent.
by Bruce Edwards Vermont Business Magazine Challenges are nothing new for the state’s second largest county. Over the years the industrial, commercial and retail landscape has changed in Rutland County. Major employers like Tambrands, Metromail, Skyline and the Brandon Training School left, leaving a void that was filled in part by new and existing employers: GE Aviation, Ellison Surface Technologies, Killington Resort, The Vermont Country Store and Hubbardton Forge.
by Bruce Edwards Vermont Business Magazine The College of Saint Joseph, facing a financial reckoning, caused by declining student enrollment and a failed attempt to offer a physician’s assistant program, has found a way to remain open. Given the school’s financial predicament it was uncertain whether the school would remain open. But the board of trustees in May came up with a plan to generate more income and keep the liberal arts college in business. Declining enrollment is not unique to the College of Saint Joseph. It’s a national problem with enrollments in the fall of 2017 down at the nation’s college and universities for the sixth straight year, according to the National Student Clearinghouse.
Students, neighbors and Office of Student and Community Relations staff create one of the nine Neighborhood Grant-funded greenbelt gardens on Isham Street. (Photo: John Meija)
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest mountain resort in Eastern North America and a POWDR company, today announced the 2018 Cooler in the Mountains Concert Series starting with HIRIE and closing the summer with Donovan Frankenreiter. The 8-week series brought to you by Long Trail Brewing Co. begins July 14th with top names from the national music scene throughout the summer. This family-friendly event returns to the K-1 Base Area this summer on Saturdays from 3:30-6:00 p.m. Families are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy the festive atmosphere and all the summer activities Killington Resort offers.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Senior Games Association (VSGA), a program of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, announces its summer season of competitive athletic events for people over 50. VSGA is also affiliated with the National Senior Games and 2018 is a qualifying year for the 2019 National Senior Games which will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico in June of 2019. In the 2017 National Games, held in Birmingham, Alabama, 31 Vermont athletes competed bringing home 21 gold, silver and bronze medals
Vermont Business Magazine This Saturday, June 16th, Small Town Monsters (2017’s The Mothman of Point Pleasant) and filmmaker Aleksandar Petakov will release "On the Trail of… Champ," an examination of the legend and the ongoing search for a bizarre, aquatic creature said to live in the depths of New York and Vermont’s Lake Champlain. On the Trail of… Champ is a five episode mini-series filmed during the summer and early Fall of 2017. Petakov was on and around Lake Champlain for one of the largest, most well-funded searches for Champ in history.
Vermont Business Magazine Berkshire Bank, with offices in southwestern Vermont, will once again participate in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Friday, June 15, by hosting free informational seminars at local senior centers and libraries across its footprint. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is acknowledged annually in June as a call-to-action for communities to address the issues surrounding the physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders.
Vermont Business Magazine For the fifth consecutive year, FreshTracks Road Pitch, will take place July 30th through August 2nd, 2018. Road Pitch is a four day motorcycle tour of Vermont in which a gang of “business bikers” (comprised of investors, entrepreneurs and business advisors) ride around the state and stop in 8 towns to listen to entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts. This year, the tour will stop in Essex Junction, Hyde Park, Lowell, Bennington, Rutland, Brattleboro, St. Johnsbury and Barre.
Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) Thursday issued the following statement after the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended the deadline until Friday, June 22, for dairy farmers to enroll in the improved Margin Protection Program (MPP).
by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine The money that separates the two sides in the state budget battle would be relatively easy to swallow, but the rhetoric is increasingly a bitter pill.