Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced today the top 50 Best Places to Work in Vermont 2019. The awards program was created in 2006 and is presented in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management, Vermont State Council, (SHRM) and the Vermont Department of Commerce and Community Development and Best Companies Group.
Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) is advising clients and the overall elder community of impacts to the 3SquaresVT benefit program (nutrition assistance) starting in February resulting from the shutdown of the federal government. “Due to the government shutdown, the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) will be issuing 3SquaresVT benefits for the month of February on January 20, much earlier than is traditional,” said Courtney Anderson, Nutrition Director with SVCOA. “This is really important for our clients and older Vermonters in general to know. All 3SquaresVT application or recertification processes must be completed by January 15 in order for an individual to receive benefits for February.”
Vermont Business Magazine The Green Mountain Care Board—an independent State of Vermont Board that works to improve health care quality and affordability for Vermonters—will begin accepting 2018 filings from insurance companies for their annual reporting in a new online format. Each year, commercial insurers selling Vermont residents health or medical insurance file an Annual Supplemental Statement Report (ASSR) with the Green Mountain Care Board to provide key market share and performance data for insured populations in Vermont.
Leonine Public Affairs The Vermont legislature convened for the 2019 legislative session on Wednesday. The largest freshman class in more than half a century was sworn in. There are now effectively Democratic super-majorities in both the Senate and House. Democrats in the House now have the ability to override a gubernatorial veto with the help of either Progressive or Independent votes.
Vermont Business Magazine Benjamin Jealous, civil and human rights leader, former NAACP president and CEO, and 2018 Maryland gubernatorial candidate, will give the keynote speech during a week of activities, speeches and events commemorating Martin Luther King during the University of Vermont’s annual MLK Week. All events except for Bassem Yousef at the Flynn Theatre are free and open to the public.
Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University has announced that New York Times bestselling author and historian Alex Kershaw, who penned “Citizens & Soldiers: The First 200 Years of Norwich University,” will give the commencement address to the Class of 2019 in Norwich’s bicentennial year. A graduate of Oxford University, Kershaw is the author of 10 books, including the New York Times best-sellers “The Bedford Boys,” “The Longest Winter” and “Avenue of Spies,” and biographies of Jack London, Raoul Wallenberg and Robert Capa.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors announced Wendy Mays of Shelburne, Vermont will be the organization’s new Executive Director on Thursday. Mays, a native of Middlebury, has been the Promotions and Special Events Director at Hall Communications Radio Group in South Burlington, VT for 20 years.
by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Jay Peak Receiver Michael Goldberg received permission on Monday to retain an outside financial firm to help him sell the resort. The Miami court authorized Goldberg to retain Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc. Houlihan Lokey is a financial firm specializing in, among other things, mergers and acquisitions. It’s an international firm based in Los Angeles. The agreement is only for Jay Peak and not Burke Mountain Resort. There is no timeline for the sale, which could take a couple more years.
by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) today completed the sale of Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee to subsidiaries of NorthStar Group Services, which will decommission the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station site. The sale completion is a major step toward the safe, timely and efficient decommissioning of Vermont Yankee, and is a positive outcome for the Town of Vernon, Windham County, the State of Vermont and other stakeholders.
Vermont Business Magazine Vail Resorts, Inc (NYSE: MTN), which owns teh ski operations at Stowe Mountain and Okemo in Vermont, today reported certain ski season metrics for the comparative periods from the beginning of the ski season through January 6, 2019, and for the prior year period through January 7, 2018. The reported ski season metrics are for its North American mountain resorts, and the metrics exclude results from Perisher and its urban ski areas in both periods.
Vermont Business Magazine This week, Vermont Police Academy (VPA) Executive Director Richard Gauthier made public comments in response to a Burlington police officer’s lawsuit against the VPA that run counter to the findings of an investigation completed by the Burlington Police Department, and raise concerns about his ability to oversee an investigation into the harm caused by VPA’s training practices.
Vermont Business Magazine Seeking to honor a leading Vermont environmentalist and the legacy of a legendary wildlife advocate, Green Mountain Power is calling for nominations for the 10th annual GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award. Named for famed osprey advocate Meeri Zetterstrom of Milton, the GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award is given to one person, business, group or non-profit that has made a significant contribution to Vermont’s environment. The award is accompanied by a $2,500 donation to the winner’s environmental cause.