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Killington announces major base area transformation with new K-1 lodge, quad

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 5:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in Eastern North America announced Thursday it will unveil a reimagined K-1 base lodge, which will open with an expanded footprint during the 2020-21 season; a new 4-person, fixed grip chairlift that will debut during the 2019-20 season and replace the existing North Ridge Triple chairlift; and significant upgrades to Killington and sister resort Pico Mountain’s snowmaking systems, which means guests will experience a better, more consistent and more reliable snow surface, all with a lower impact on the environment. All upgrades are pending permit approval.

Schubart: It’s time to close the women’s prison in South Burlington

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 4:13am -- tim

by Bill Schubart It’s time to close the Women’s Prison in South Burlington. As the legislature and the Dept. of Corrections consider how to repatriate the Vermont prisoners housed in Mississippi, several legislators see the larger picture. We don’t need new prisons. We need to address the causes of crime such as poverty, abuse, and addiction and develop more cost-effective alternatives to incarceration, like treatment, training, and restorative justice.

College of St Joseph to close

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 5:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine College of St Joseph president Dr Jennifer L Scott announced today in a letter to the college community that a potential institutional partner has backed out, thus forcing the college to close its doors "given our current accreditation deadline and critical financial condition." The Rutland college is the third in southwestern Vermont to announce its closing this year. Students have been offered a teach-out arrangement with nearby Castleton University. Green Mountain College in Poultney announced it was closing in January and Southern Vermont College in Bennington announced in early March that it also would close.

State’s opioids lawsuit against Purdue Pharma moves forward on all claims

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 4:51pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Chittenden Superior Court has denied Purdue Pharma’s motion to dismiss the State’s case against it. The judge ruled that the State may bring all its claims against Purdue Pharma arising from allegations that it “aggressively and misleadingly marketed opioids such as Oxycontin in Vermont, leading to massive addiction and the resulting societal costs.” Attorney General TJ Donovan said, “This decision is an important step toward holding Purdue responsible for its contribution to the creation of the opioid crisis.”

Scott joins GlobalFoundries and Vermont Tech to announce workforce expansion program

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 4:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Technical College and GlobalFoundries will host Governor Phil Scott at a press conference to announce the launch of their GlobalFoundries Technician Program on March 22, 2019. The press conference will begin at 11 am with opening remarks by the governor, followed by Vermont Tech President Patricia Moulton and GlobalFoundries' Senior Location Executive Dale Miller.

Krista Tippett to give Middlebury College commencement address

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 4:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Krista Tippett, host of the public radio show On Being and a bestselling author, will deliver the 2019 Middlebury College Commencement address on Sunday, May 26. A National Humanities Medalist, Tippett is a Peabody Award–winning broadcaster whose weekly show is carried on more than 400 public radio stations across the country. On her show, Tippett explores broad cultural and spiritual questions about what it means to be human and how we want to live. Her wide range of guests have included Desmond Tutu, US Senator Cory Booker, US Women’s Soccer champion Abby Wambach, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The On Being podcast has been downloaded more than 200 million times. Tippett is also the founder and leader of the On Being Project and the curator of the Civil Conversations Project.

ISONE reports on electric reliability and the future of a hybrid system

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 1:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine ISO New England has published its 2019 Regional Electricity Outlook (REO), an annual report looking at the trends and challenges affecting New England’s power system, as well as the work being done by the ISO to ensure the region’s homes and business have reliable electricity. ISO New England Inc is the operator of the region’s bulk power system and wholesale electricity markets.

Vermont Ag Secretary Tebbetts joins Sonny Perdue at NYSE

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Anson Tebbetts and National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Executive Director of Public Policy Nathan Bowen attended the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday with US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Secretary Perdue invited several key associations to the closing bell including representatives

Working Lands Enterprise Board reveals FY19 grantees

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:42pm -- tim
$823,000 Invested in Vermont Ag & Forestry Businesses
Vermont Business Magazine The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (WLEI) and governing board (WLEB) were created by the legislature in 2012 to stimulate economic development in the agricultural and forestry sectors. WLEI is a collaborative effort between the Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, Department of Forest, Parks, and Recreation, and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. WLEB, which finalizes all funding decisions, achieves this goal by making investments across businesses and service providers in critical leverage points which will have the highest return on investment. This initiative supports Vermont entrepreneurs by providing financial assistance to help innovate and grow their business while also creating jobs, building infrastructure, and promoting growth in economies and communities of Vermont’s working landscape.   

Severe storm forecasted to bring heavy, wet snow and damage

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power is alerting customers that the forecast calls for heavy, wet snow starting overnight tonight, and that outages and some damage is possible. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch for parts of Northern, Western, and Central Vermont, and forecasters say snow totals could reach up to 12 inches in some higher elevations. They are calling for very wet snow, and mixed precipitation, which could weigh down trees and take down power lines.

Norwich and Leahy announce $7.3M for grants to advance cybersecurity programs

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University President Richard W Schneider and Senator Patrick Leahy, (D-Vermont) announced on Thursday, March 21, the award of three major contracts totaling approximately $7.3 million that continue Leahy’s long-standing support of cybersecurity education programs and research at Norwich University.

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