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Vermont celebrates inaugural PTAC Day

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 2:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For 33 years, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) across the country have helped expand the number of small businesses that successfully compete for and win federal, state, and local government contracts. On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, PTACs will celebrate the first National PTAC Day which is a national campaign celebrating the contracting success of the tens of thousands of small business who have benefited from training and technical assistance delivered by their local PTACs.

Burlington Housing Authority gets more money for rental assistance

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 2:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Housing Authority (BHA), Vermont’s oldest and largest municipally-chartered housing authority, announced today that it has secured additional funding for its rental assistance program, expanding BHA’s capacity to help low-income Vermonters find housing. BHA currently provides over 2,500 very low-income families in the City of Burlington and neighboring communities access to safe, affordable housing and support services, promoting self-sufficiency and vibrant neighborhoods.

State recommends all schools test for lead in drinking water

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 1:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A new state report of a pilot program to test school drinking water for lead recommends that all Vermont school water systems be tested for the toxic metal. Sixteen schools from across the state participated in the voluntary initiative to help determine whether a comprehensive state-wide testing program should be considered.

Nurses union, hospital come to terms on tentative deal

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:23pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The nurses union and the University of Vermont Medical Center have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. After many months of often vitriolic accusations from the union and despite a line in the stand drawn by the Burlington hospital just last week that it had offered "a last, best and final" offer to the union, the two sides tweaked that offer which could now end the labor dispute, pending a vote by the 1,800 nurses. Both sides issued press releases announcing the deal about 10:30 pm Wednesday.

Ski Vermont report on resort developments

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 7:45am -- tim

by Ski Vermont Skiing and snowboarding in Vermont are experiences that can’t be beat – but they can be improved. Green Mountain State ski areas have had their noses to the grindstone this off-season, revamping everything from their facilities, terrain and ticket/pass options to off-slope activities and amenities. There are a myriad ways in which Vermont areas have made the state’s official sports even more enjoyable for visitors and their families for the 2018-19 season.

ISO New England President, ‘Energy Gang Host’ among speakers at REV2018 on Oct 18-19

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 7:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The 18th Annual Renewable Energy Vermont Conference and Expo today announced its lineup of speakers for REV2018, themed REVitalize: Transforming Energy Further, Faster, Together. REV2018, northern New England’s premier event exploring clean energy innovation and climate solutions, convenes Thursday, October 18th through Friday, October 19th at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington. The event typically hosts more than 500 attendees and is already on track to exceed previous years’ attendance.

Donovan challenges federal exemptions of mercury products

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 6:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In a petition to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan challenged a decision by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exempt several large categories of mercury products from inventory reporting. Mercury exposures at high levels can harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs and immune systems of people of all ages, and mercury in the bloodstream of developing babies and young children may harm their nervous systems and ability to think and learn.

Hunter access seminar for Vermont landowners Oct 2

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 3:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Hunting can be a valuable tool for private land conservation but managing hunters can be intimidating, particularly if you are not familiar with hunting. To help, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a free seminar in Manchester for landowners interested in learning more about hunting and managing hunter access.

Vermont gets over $400K in SBA STEP award

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 4:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Small Business Administration announced that $18 million in funding has been awarded to 47 State international trade agencies through SBA's competitive State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), to support export growth among US small businesses. The Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development will receive just over $400,000.

Vermont’s first responders receive nearly $1 million in federal grants

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 1:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s congressional delegation announced on Wednesday that firefighters throughout Vermont have received $991,958 through nine federal grants. The awards are part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, which helps fire departments and fire academies purchase critically needed equipment to better protect the public and first responders. This year’s grants will help buy a range of equipment, including air packs, vehicle extrication tools and a pumper truck.

Vermont Futures Project releases action plan to address 10,000 worker need

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Futures Project today announced its first set of policy and initiative recommendations to address Vermont’s annual need for 10,000 more workers. The Vermont Futures Project, established two years ago, looks to develop a long-term, statewide effort to provide sustainable prosperity for everyone in Vermont.

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