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CHCRR joins tobacco-free movement

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 3:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region has joined the tobacco-free movement, fulfilling a promise to provide a healthy and safe environment for everyone including employees, volunteers, patients, visitors and contractors. Beginning July 4, all CHCRR facilities will be free of tobacco, and tobacco use of any kind will not be permitted anywhere on CHCRR properties including sidewalks, parking lots and in parked vehicles on the premises.

Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists to break ground on new animal hospital

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 3:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Since 1999, BEVS has had a unique and rich history caring for the companion animals of the Champlain Valley in a variety of ways. It has evolved from a part-time ER service for 12 veterinary hospitals, then grew to serve over 40 hospitals, followed by expanding hours to include nights and weekends, to today’s, 24/7 emergency facility, complete with board-certified veterinary specialists in surgery, internal medicine, and oncology among others. In fact, we are the only 24/7 veterinary emergency and specialty hospital in the state.

SVHC will attempt to break jump rope record

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 2:11am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In May 2017, Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) issued a goal to collect 100,000 jumps from its Jump Rope Challenge initiative in time for its 100th anniversary in June 2018. They challenged attendees at several community events, participants from community groups, and students in area schools to jump rope for 1 minute and record their jumps. Each complete revolution of the jump rope added one point to SVHC’s running total. SVHC is proud to announce that our community has achieved 100,000 jumps.

Castleton University celebrates 231st commencement

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 9:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The third graduating class of Castleton University passed across the stage at its 231st Commencement ceremony on Saturday, bringing to close the 2017-18 academic year. Co-keynote speakers #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian and critically acclaimed journalist and novelist Stephen P Kiernan addressed the more than 3,500 guests in attendance and thousands more streaming the ceremony online. Castleton President Karen M Scolforo took the podium and welcomed everyone "home."

Sanders: Fighting for Vermont’s veterans

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 4:57pm -- tim

by Senator Bernie Sanders As a longtime member and former chair of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I am honored to be able to work on behalf of Vermont’s 45,000 veterans and their families, who have done so much in service to our country. That is why I am organizing a Veterans Town Hall and Resource Fair this Saturday, May 19, at Norwich University from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. We’ll hear updates from Washington and learn about veterans’ resources and projects here in Vermont.

Casella closes on $550 million in credit

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 4:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Casella Waste Systems, Inc (NASDAQ:CWST), a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company based in Rutland, announced today that it has entered into a $550 million credit facility with Bank of America, NA, as administrative agent and swing line lender, Merrill Lynch, Pierce Fener & Smith Incorporated, Citizens Bank, NA, JPMorgan Chase Bank NA and Comerica Bank as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners, and certain other agents and lenders. The credit facility provides for a term loan A facility in the amount of $350 million and a revolving credit facility in the principal amount of up to $200 million, with a $60 million sublimit for letters of credit.  

CCV faculty union informational picket at VSC Tuesday

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The union representing Community College of Vermont will hold an informational picket Tuesday in Montpelier outside the office of Vermont State College Chancellor Jeb Spaulding. CCV is part of the Vermont State Colleges system. After five months of bargaining, CCV United Faculty union and the CCV administration have reached a statutory impasse. According to a press release issued by the union, CCV administration continues to deny faculty the right to know from semester to semester if they will have work.

Q&A: Talking tech, ed tech and Burlington with Microsoft and US Ignite

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:19pm -- tim

by Jeff Wakefield University of Vermont Everyone knows what a business pitch competition is. But what about a “reverse pitch”? BTV Ignite – a local non-profit created to leverage Burlington’s world-class fiber optic gigabit network – just held one of those at UVM’s Larner College of Medicine on May 4. A reverse pitch turns the standard event on its head by asking entrepreneurs to do the listening, while people who could be their customers do the pitching -- by talking about the challenges they face that innovative new products could address. 

Budget passes, but Scott not supportive

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 10:28am -- tim

Veto looms with Special Session likely

Vermont Business Magazine The Legislature adjourned very early Sunday morning with the $5.8 billion budget passed but likely facing a veto, at this point, if some adjustment is not made. Legislative leadership has declined to set a veto session. The governor could also call a Special Session, possibly this week, under which any piece of legislation could be reviewed. State government will shut down July 1 without a budget. Late Saturday evening, Governor Phil Scott offered the following statement on the fiscal year 2019 budget passed by the state Legislature:

COTS receives $150,000 grant from KeyBank Foundation

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 9:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), Vermont’s largest service provider for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, today announced receipt of a $150,000 grant from KeyBank Foundation to help them expand a project entitled Ending Family Homelessness: Helping Parents and Children by Keeping Them Home.  Support from KeyBank is targeted to help reduce by 50 percent the number of families falling into homelessness for the first time in Burlington/Chittenden County – the largest population center in Vermont.

Sanders to host Iran deal town hall tonight

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 9:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) will host a town hall at 7 pm ET tonight to examine the consequences of Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. The town hall will be live streamed on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter in partnership with The Guardian, The Intercept, NowThis, The Young Turks, Act.tv and MoveOn.org.

Sanders will be joined by regional, security and nonproliferation experts to discuss how Trump’s decision will impact U.S. foreign policy in the short term and the long term.

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