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Take Back Day yields record three tons of prescription drugs for disposal

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 6:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermonters turned in more than three tons of unused, unwanted and expired medication at nearly 70 collection sites across the state on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28. The 6,008 pounds of collected prescription medication marked the highest total in Vermont for the six Take Back Days since fall 2015.

Elder protection listening tour May 8-May 30

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 6:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Attorney General’s Office continues its Elder Protection Listening Tour throughout May with public events in Washington, Bennington, Essex, Chittenden and Caledonia Counties. Attorney General TJ Donovan announced last month the launch of a listening tour to engage older Vermonters about their most pressing concerns. Staff from the Attorney General’s office will be at each event to facilitate conversation around two central questions:

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honor Champlain students

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 5:10pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Champlain College Film and Broadcast student productions have earned high honors at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) New England Chapter.

The chapter announced that Filmmaking and Broadcast Media Production majors in the Division of Communication and Creative Media were selected for the Student Production Awards for Excellence in the categories of Fiction Short Form, Nonfiction Long Form and in Community Service Public Affairs. Several students earned honorable mentions.

Sanders recognizes older Americans month by praising Vermont’s Meals on Wheels Programs

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 5:04pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine To celebrate Older Americans Month, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) recognized the outstanding work of Vermont’s Meals on Wheels programs. Consistent with this year’s theme, “Engage at Every Age,” Sanders pointed to the hundreds of older Vermonters who volunteer their time to help deliver meals across the state.

Last year, Meals on Wheels delivered more than 1 million freshly cooked and nutritious meals to seniors across Vermont. “There is no question that Meals on Wheels is helping ensure Vermonters have access to adequate nutrition. However, the program does much more than just deliver a nutritious meal,” Sanders said. 

$1.2 Million clean up under way at former Robertson Paper Mill Site

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 3:38pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine More than $1.2 million in funding commitments are in place and remediation design work is currently under way at the former site of the abandoned and blighted Robertson Paper Mill in Bellows Falls.  This high-profile Brownfields Economic Revitalization Alliance (BERA) project is being funded through a combination of federal, state and local sources, including grants from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Cleanup Program ($200,000), programs from the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development(ACCD) including the Brownfields program ($151,137), Community Development’s Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) ($150,000), and the Windham County Economic Development Program (WCEDP) ($300,000).  In addition, there is support from the Windham Regional Commission’s Brownfields Assessment and Revolving Loan Fund ($301,061), loans through the Town of Rockingham’s Revolving Loan Fund ($140,000), and a grant for environmental assessment from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation ($10,000).

Statement from Governor Scott in advance of E-Board meeting on anticipated budget surplus

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 3:35pm -- katie

Surplus should be used to solve recurring problems & provide taxpayer relief

Vermont Business Magazine  The state’s fiscal Emergency Board (also known as the E-Board) is chaired by the Governor, and includes the Chairs of Senate and House Appropriations, Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees. The E-Board is scheduled to meet Monday to assess anticipated revenues for the end of Fiscal Year 2018 in June. Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement in advance of the meeting:

“I’m pleased the E-Board will meet this afternoon in order to come to consensus on expected revenue for the remaining two months of the fiscal year, after hearing from both the administration and legislative economists.

Burlington Code Academy launches Vermont's first Immersive coding bootcamp

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 3:21pm -- katie

To help meet the dual demands for tech talent and job-based skills training, the founders of Burlington Code Academy (BCA) are rolling out the state’s first 12-week immersive coding bootcamp in June. The founding team of Benny Boas, Alex Horner and Alex Chaffee united their skills and experience in tech and teaching to develop a 12-week intensive coding camp specifically designed to train participants in coding for the job. 

Norwich University to celebrate commencement and commissioning

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 11:25am -- katie

Norwich University will celebrate commencement and commissioning with ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13, in Shapiro Field House. Both events are free and open to the public.

At a 2 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, May 12, U.S. Navy Admiral (Ret.) and Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University James G. Stavridis will deliver the university’s 2018 Commencement address to over 400 graduating seniors. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Naval Science degree.

Rooms and meals tax targeted to fund lake cleanup

Sat, 05/05/2018 - 7:11am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont House on Friday preliminarily approvedS.260, the Clean Water Bill, on a vote of 94-48. The bill includes a .25 percent increase to the Rooms and Meals tax. The R&m has been the strongest of the broad based taxes, is the third largest and is closely related to tourism activity.  “Water quality is a top priority of the House,” said  Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero).

Cillo: Too little, too late for the governor’s education plan

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 2:13pm -- tim

by Paul Cillo Public Assets Institute It’s finally spring in Vermont. That means a little lingering snow, the occasional summer-like day, and a last-minute proposal from Governor Scott to slash education spending. In a replay of 2017, just when the Legislature is wrapping up its negotiations on the budget, the education fund and other bills, the governor this week upended the process by releasing a proposal to cut education spending. And like last year, his proposal is light on details or backup information, and he is threatening to veto any bill that doesn’t meet his goals.