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News in Brief, May 2019

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 4:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine ​Grand Jury indicts four over Jay Peak fraud; unemployment rate down again; tax revenues show strong personal and corporate results; House adjourns without minimum wage or paid leave, but passes 24-hour waiting period for gun purchases; VSCS Trustees approve smaller 1% tuition increase for fall; Burlington International Airport releases noise exposure map; St Albans made unauthorized use of TIF; AG Donovan sues Sackler family, makers of Oxycontin; and more.

Burlington School District's Parent University to honor 22 graduates

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 2:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On June 19 at 3:30 pm, 22 graduates will cross the stage at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and shake hands with Burlington School District (BSD) Superintendent Yaw Obeng and other dignitaries. But these graduates are not the typical students you’re used to hearing about. These are graduates of Parent University, a BSD program designed to help parents be partners in the education of their children.

Scott signs 2019 Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicle bills

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 4:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine  Governor Phil Scott today signed the 2019 transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles bills to invest more than $615 million in Vermont’s transportation system and promote innovative, equitable transportation policies. Governor Scott signed both bills (H.529, An act relating to the transportation program and miscellaneous changes to laws related to transportation, and S.149, An act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to vehicles and the Department of Motor Vehicles) during a public ceremony at the site of the Bethel bridge project on Route 12, just south of Randolph. The existing bridge, built in 1928 and severely eroded during Tropical Storm Irene, will be replaced by a longer bridge, set for completion in October 2020.

Lisa Senecal elected chair of VCW

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 3:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Lisa Senecal of Stowe is now Chair of the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), an independent non-partisan state government commission dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. Senecal, elected unanimously, takes the helm from Marcia Merrill of Jericho.  Merrill steps down after ten years, leading the only entity in Vermont expressly considering broad implications of state policy and budget priorities for women in our state.  

VSP to deploy high-visibility traffic enforcement initiative Saturday in Chittenden County

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 11:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Saturday, June 15, 2019, the Vermont State Police will deploy an aggressive traffic enforcement campaign throughout Chittenden County. This is a two-phase, high-visibility initiative. Phase 1 will employ a zero tolerance “See the Violation, Write the Violation” directive as Troopers target and identify aggressive driving violations.

NuHarbor Security gets workforce training and incentive funds from state

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and the Agency of Commerce & Community Development today announced that NuHarbor Security has been awarded a total of nearly $325,000 from the Vermont Training Program (VTP) and the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive (VEGI) program through the Department of Economic Development.

USDA helps Does’ Leap Farm cut energy costs with solar

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Department of Agriculture’s Vermont Rural Development office has announced that Does’ Leap Farm is receiving a grant for $8,049 that will be used to install a ground-mounted 12.4kW solar array. Does’ Leap is an innovative, diversified organic farm specializing in a variety of fresh and aged goat cheeses in Fairfield. Does’ Leap Farm will alleviate overhead by generating 100 percent of the farm’s current electrical needs with the new array.

Welch bill to help forests recover from emerald ash borer damage

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) has introduced legislation that would provide federal funding to revitalize forests being destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer and help stem future infestations of invasive pests.  
 The Invasive Species Prevention and Forest Restoration Act (H.R. 3244) would create a federal grant program to fund research into promising strategies that advance the recovery of forests damaged by invasive pests.

GMP: Increasing number of customers digging into lines, cutting trees onto lines, or crashing into power poles

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 8:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) is alerting customers that with the nicer weather, they should also protect themselves and their property by thinking ahead, paying attention and being safe when driving, or doing yard work.  GMP is seeing an increasing number of reports of customers felling trees onto lines, excavating work digging into lines, construction and other large vehicles pulling down lines and drivers hitting utility poles. These incidents are dangerous, cause property damage at people’s homes and outages for other customers.

College of St Joseph to chart a new path forward

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 2:19pm -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine The College of St Joseph’s Board of Trusteeshas  voted to keep the college open and restructure it as a professional development and certificate-granting institution. The board’s decision reflects its continued commitment to the community and attracting youth, diversity and innovation to help grow and maintain the economic vitality of the Rutland region as it has for over 50 years.