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Bove’s cooks up new Flashback Friday dinners

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 2:42am -- tim

Bove’s of Vermont We have a big Bove’s announcement to make but before we get to that, we’d like to yield the floor to Governor Phil Scott who said, “For 75 years the Bove family has been synonymous with Italian food. Thousands of people experienced the great food offered at their Burlington restaurant – I being one of them when I attended UVM. When I first took the office I set the three guiding principles of my administration: to grow the economy, make Vermont more affordable and protect the most vulnerable.

Flurry of cautious optimism surrounds ski season for Wilmington and Dover

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 3:01pm -- tim

by Maia Segura, Vermont Business Magazine Mount Snow ski resort is getting ready to go big for the 2018-2019 ski season.  The final construction of an epic 42000 square foot, amenity-packed, base lodge is on track for the New Carinthia Lodge to open the first day of ski season. Also standing at the ready will be last year’s 220 new snow guns. Resort managers look forward to a powerful start to the season in November, with a little help from Mother Nature.

Vermont writers can win premier literary prize, but time is running out

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 3:24am -- tim

Vermont Buisness Magazine Green Mountain Power and Vermont Magazine are encouraging writers to enter to win one of the state’s great literary honors: The Vermont Writers’ Prize. Winning entries are published in Vermont Magazine’s March/April 2019 Issue. The prize is a collaboration between GMP and Vermont Magazine and is a chance for writers in Vermont to share their creativity, perspective and love for Vermont. The award was created as a way to honor Ralph Nading Hill, Jr, who was a Vermont historian, author, and long-time GMP Board member.

Porter Medical Center names Cotel chair, elects new slate of officers

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 3:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The UVM Health Network Porter Medical Center (Middlebury) Board of Directors elected a new slate of officers at its monthly meeting in September. Elected to the position of board chairman was Sivan Cotel, the Co-Founder and Director of Operations for Stonecutter Spirits. A craft spirits veteran focused on growing startups into businesses, Sivan was previously the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of WhistlePig Whiskey.

Vermont gets $4 million to address opioid crisis

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 3:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Friday announced that the Vermont State Agency of Human Services is receiving $4,020,896 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The funding is part of the State Opioid Response Grant program created as part of the Leahy-negotiated 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act signed into law this spring.

PAI: Some encouraging signs, but household income is down

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 2:39pm -- tim

Public Assets Insitute Using the broadest measure of unemployment, Vermont and New Hampshire have the lowest jobless rates in New England. The U-6 unemployment rate includes people who stopped looking for work and those who have jobs but would prefer to work more hours. By this measure, which some call the real unemployment rate, Vermont and New Hampshire were at 6.2 percent for the 12 months ending June 2018. Meanwhile, Vermont’s official unemployment rate, U-3, which only counts people without jobs who are actively seeking work, remained at 2.8 percent in August.

Unemployment holds at 2.8 percent in August, but jobs down

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:01pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for August was 2.8 percent. This reflects no change from the revised July rate. The national rate in August was 3.9 percent, also unchanged. However, employment fell sharply for the month. The rate was unchanged because the labor force also decreased. The number of unemployed Vermonters rose slightly.

Weekly unemployment claims increase

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims rose back over 300 claims again last week. For the week of September 15, 2018, there were 356 claims, 84 more than than they were the previous week, and 62 more than they were a year ago. Altogether 2,461 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 5 from a week ago, and 164 fewer than a year ago. Weekly claims remain at a very low level. For most weeks of 2017 and 2018 claims have been below the year before. Vermont currently is locked into a historically low period of unemployment.

Joe Biden endorses Christine Hallquist for governor

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 11:48am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Democratic candidate for governor Christine Hallquist has received the endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden. The press release announcing the endorsement Thursday evening said Biden has dedicated much of his life in public service to standing up for marginalized and forgotten people—he fought tirelessly for the people of Delaware as a Senator and for all of us as vice president. He has been a champion for the working class, universal access to health care, and gender equality, the statement said. 

Weinberger releases $30 million wastewater and stormwater plan

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger on Thursday, along with the Department of Public Works, City Councilors, and other partners, announced the Clean Water Resiliency Plan: a seven-point, $30 million initiative to stabilize, modernize, and upgrade Burlington’s wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. The investments in the Plan are proposed to be funded by a $30 million wastewater and stormwater revenue bond. This Monday, the City Council will vote to place the bond question on the November ballot, and if passed by voters, new investments will begin this winter.

$256,000 available in 2019 for Farm to School grant program

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 9:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) will release the 2019 Vermont Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. This new round of grants will bring more than $250,000 in financial and support services investments to Vermont schools and early care providers.  Eligible applicants include Vermont schools, supervisory unions, school districts, and early care providers.

Two arrested in Bennington on major drug charges

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 9:29am -- tim

Vermont State Police On September 13, 2018, the Vermont Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested James E. O'Dell in Bennington and executed a federal search warrant at his Bennington home. O'Dell's arrest came after a drug investigation which began in 2017. During the investigation, O'Dell was identified as a significant source of cocaine in Bennington, Vermont. On four separate occasions, O'Dell delivered cocaine to Robin S.