Quebec Premier Charest to speak at Vermont Chamber Business & Industry EXPO May 24

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber Business & Industry EXPO is excited to announce that Quebec Premier Jean Charest will be speaking at the EXPO Business Luncheon on Thursday, May 24. Premier Charest will speak to business leaders about the economic relationship between Vermont and Quebec in his speech, Québec and Vermont: a Shared Vision for Economic Competitiveness and Collaboration. â Premier Charest is a great addition to the impressive line-up of EXPO speakers,’said Vermont Chamber President, Betsy Bishop. â We are happy to host him and his topic is especially relevant to the business leaders who attend EXPO, many of whom do business across the border in Quebec.â  Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will also be speaking at the luncheon. â Vermont and Quebec have a long history of working together,’says Shumlin. â I am pleased to have Premier Charest join me at EXPO and look forward to continuing our efforts to encourage collaboration between businesses from both sides of the border.’   For more information about EXPO speakers, seminars, awards, and for how to register visit www.vtexpo.com(link is external). Photo: Premier Charest and Governor Douglas in Quebec, 2010.Vermont Chamber 5.16.2012last_img read more

Naylor & Breen gets $1.3 million job for Vermont Adaptive building at Pico

first_imgErin Fernandez, executive director of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, the largest year-round organization in the state to offer daily adaptive sports programs to people with disabilities, announced today that Naylor & Breen Builders, Inc of Brandon, Vermont has been selected as the construction manager for the organization’s new $1.3 million building and permanent home at Pico Mountain. Robert Naylor, president and co-founder of Naylor & Breen, will serve as the project manager. The PEAK lodge campaign at Pico Mountain is the first of three-phases of Vermont Adaptive’s Permanent Homes Campaign. “We are thrilled to have Rob and Naylor & Breen on board as our construction manager and to lead us through the entire construction process, from gathering bids and coordinating all the ‘in kind’ support that is being offered, to helping us with the decision-making process throughout the construction of our new home,” said Fernandez. “Having him as a part of the team on this exciting project will allow us to continue to move forward and break ground later this summer. The project is right on track as we had hoped.” Naylor & Breen operates as a diverse general contracting firm with the unique ability to go from “dirt work to finish work.” Veteran team members are knowledgeable in their fields ranging from site work, concrete and general carpentry to drywall and painting. “Being a partner in building a new home for these two organizations will be very rewarding,” said Naylor. “We are honored to be a part of this project and look forward to ensuring that budgets will be delivered and building schedules met so that all can benefit from the state-of-the-art features that this new home will provide athletes, clients, volunteers, and staff. It’s an exciting time for both non-profits, and we’re looking forward to being a part of that excitement.” Last year, Vermont Adaptive partnered with the Pico Ski Education Foundation, a youth skiing non-profit dedicated to providing young athletes with the resources to pursue their dreams, to build a shared facility which includes a permanent home for Vermont Adaptive’s state headquarters and the first year-round adaptive sports center in Vermont. Vermont Adaptive currently uses space provided by Pico Mountain for its programming and state headquarters.   The collaborative partnership between Vermont Adaptive and the Pico Ski Education Foundation brings opportunities for creating a dynamic, multi-use building. The name PEAK represents the values the two organizations share and plan to bring to life: performance, excellence, ability, and knowledge. The two organizations are more than half way to their $800,000 in cash fundraising goal, with the rest of the funding coming through in-kind donations. Vermont Adaptive will own the first floor of the 6,000 sq. ft. facility. Located between the existing Pico Ski Club building and the Pico Base Lodge, the facility will connect to both buildings via outdoor balconies and decks on the second floor. The building is specifically designed by N∙B∙F Architects of Rutland for participants in Vermont Adaptive’s programs, providing easy accessibility for all, regardless of one’s disability. An elevator will connect the first and second floors.  To donate or inquire about naming opportunities, contact Fernandez at 802.353.8129 or [email protected](link sends e-mail). To make a donation online, visit www.vermontadaptive.org(link is external).  About Vermont AdaptiveVermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is the largest year-round disabled sports non-profit organization in Vermont offering the most diverse program opportunities and unique, specialized equipment. Vermont Adaptive promotes independence and furthers equality through access and instruction to sports and recreational opportunities including alpine skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports; kayaking, canoeing, sailing, cycling, hiking, rock climbing, tennis, horseback riding, and more. More than 500 volunteers serve clients of all abilities with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities from all over the world in three locations in Vermont – Pico Mountain at Killington; Sugarbush Resort in Warren; and Bolton Valley Resort in Bolton. Summer programs are provided state-wide. For more information, visit www.vermontadaptive.org(link is external).  About the Pico Ski Education FoundationThe Pico Ski Education Foundation is dedicated to giving young athletes opportunities to pursue their dreams by enabling them to learn sound technical skills, good sportsmanship, healthy competitiveness and an appreciation for the spirit of skiing and for the mountains themselves.  In 1977 Harry “Rebel” Ryan rallied several Rutland area business owners to support local athletes competing in elite regional and national events. Since that time, the Foundation has offered annual scholarships to the Junior Olympics, elite regional events and summer ski camp scholarships. In addition, the Foundations provides funding necessary to run safe and well-equipped races at Pico. For more information, visit www.picoskifoundation.org(link is external).   KILLINGTON, Vt. (June 19, 2012) –  Vermont Adaptivelast_img read more

Brattleboro’s Carbon Harvest files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

first_imgBrattleboro Carbon Harvest LLCCourtVermont Bankruptcy CourtCase number5:13-bk-10302Assets$1,000,001 to $10 millionLiabilities$1,000,001 to $10 millionJudgeColleen A. BrownChapter7FiledApr 23, 2013TypevoluntaryUpdatedApr 26, 2013Last checkedApr 26, 2013 DebtorCarbon Harvest Algae, LLC130 Intervale RoadBurlington, VT 05401CHITTENDEN-VT DebtorCarbon Harvest Energy, LLC130 Intervale RoadBurlington, VT 05401CHITTENDEN-VTTax ID / EIN: xx-xxx0195 Carbon Harvest Energy, LLCCourtVermont Bankruptcy CourtCase number5:13-bk-10300Assets$0 to $50,000Liabilities$1,000,001 to $10 millionJudgeColleen A. BrownChapter7FiledApr 23, 2013TypevoluntaryUpdatedApr 26, 2013Last checkedApr 26, 2013 BANKRUPTCY FILINGS Carbon Harvest Algae, LLCCourtVermont Bankruptcy CourtCase number5:13-bk-10301Assets$0 to $50,000Liabilities$1,000,001 to $10 millionJudgeColleen A. BrownChapter7FiledApr 23, 2013TypevoluntaryUpdatedApr 26, 2013Last checkedApr 26, 2013 Lebanon Carbon Harvest LLCCourtVermont Bankruptcy CourtCase number5:13-bk-10305Assets$1,000,001 to $10 millionLiabilities$1,000,001 to $10 millionJudgeColleen A. BrownChapter7FiledApr 23, 2013TypevoluntaryUpdatedApr 26, 2013Last checkedApr 26, 2013 DebtorBrattleboro Carbon Harvest LLC130 Intervale RoadBurlington, VT 05401CHITTENDEN-VTTax ID / EIN: xx-xxx9913 Represented ByRaymond J Obuchowski PO Box 60 1542 Vt. Rt. 107 Bethel, VT 05032-0060 (802) 234-6244 Fax : (802) 234-6245 Email: [email protected](link sends e-mail)TrusteeDouglas J. Wolinsky PO Box 1489 Burlington, VT 05402-1489 (802) 864-0880 by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine A Brattleboro company that sought to grow vegetables, make bio-diesel and raise fish from the power generated by a closed landfill filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last week. Creditors met on Friday, April 26. The only operating part of the Brattleboro business as of today is the methane, resource-recovery electric facility. Both private and public investors lost money, but to what extent will not be known until the final bankruptcy court ruling in a couple of months.The company basically ran out of money in October, said Steve Magowan, who is serving as president since founder and former president Don McCormick resigned in January.Magowan was appointed president and represents a private investor. He said he does not expect to get any investor money back. He said it was a risky equity investment to begin with. He said the methane plant is only producing $11,000-$12,000 in revenues a month and could not support what seemed like a good idea at the time.The idea behind Carbon Harvest, founded in 2009 (under various LLCs, see bankruptcy filings below), was to use the energy and heat produced by the methane plant at the former Brattleboro landfill off Ferry Road to power and heat a greenhouse, a tilapia fish farm, which operated out of the old Book Press building off Putney Road, and a bio-diesel facility using byproducts of the other operations to grow algae. The secondary operations were closed last fall.Vermont Development Secretary Lawrence Miller said that while a lot of money was earmarked for the various projects, not all of it was distributed.For instance, according to Miller, the Vermont Economic Progress Council authorized VEGI incentives totaling $569,000 for Carbon Harvest/Carbon Harvest Brattleboro. But in December 2012, VEPC staff received an email from Don McCormick stating that CH must reorganize, will not complete the Brattleboro project, and was choosing to not complete the necessary filings to complete their 2011 VEGI (Vermont Employment Growth Incentives) claim (they had filed an incomplete claim).VEPC voted to terminate the incentives on December 13, 2012. The VEGI money was thus never distributed.Nor was the Vermont Community Development Program grant of $325,000 to the Town of Brattleboro for a loan to Carbon Harvest that was announced in July 2012. The funding has been re-allocated to other projects, according to Miller.The Vermont Economic Development Association did loan the project $360,000. Director Jo Bradley said she expects to get at least most of the money back through either ongoing operations of the electric generating facility or through its sale. She said all of that is still in process.It was a very interesting and innovative project, Bradley said.Like others who had high hopes for the project, she said, It was undercapitalized and a very complicated business to operate, Bradley said.Vermont Agricultural Credit Corp ($450,000) is also listed as a creditor.Miller said, The issue, as I understand it, is that they had gone along fairly well the (electric) facility at the landfill down in Brattleboro but that they had gone on with other projects and over-extended operationally.He said the renewable energy market was not robust enough to support the entire operation.Adding the fish component to the methane generation project added complexity to the operation, Miller said.From a research point of view, he said, they moved the needle.Ellen Kahler, Executive Director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, said the VSJF provided $215,000 for the algae/bio-diesel component, which will be completed by the end of April. The VSJF wanted to make sure that the research got completed after the business failed.The money was funded through the US Department of Energy. A YouTube video of the research can be found at VIDEO, (with the Carbon Harvest piece at about the 6:30 minute mark). Carbon Harvest was required to come up with a 20 percent match, Kahler said.We thought this was really going to be an important project for us, she said, so she wanted to see the research part of it completed, which she said has been valuable.We wanted to salvage what we could salvage out of it, Kahler said.The Brattleboro Reformer ran a story last October which provided a warning shot to investors. SEE STORY It said Carbon Harvest, whose parent company is in Burlington, was forced to furlough six of its 11 workers in Brattleboro, President Don McCormick disclosed.Neither McCormick nor another early proponent of Carbon Harvest, Will Raap, immediately returned phone messages to Vermont Business Magazine.Raap is the founder of Gardeners Supply, which is based in Burlingtons interval. Carbon Harvests corporate office is located just down the street. On Raaps website www.willraap.org(link is external), he states: I have spent my career thinking globally and acting locally by building and helping to launch businesses like Gardeners Supply, Intervale Center, Seventh Generation, Living Technologies, and Carbon Harvest Energy.The Reformer quoted McCormick as saying last October rumors of Carbon Harvest’s closure are greatly exaggerated.”But outside the algae research continued by the VSJF, all the secondary operations were closed last fall and by the following January McCormick had resigned.And what about the tilapia?Magowan said, The fish got composted. TITLEASSETSLIABILITIESSTCHFILEDCarbon Harvest Energy, LLC$0-$50k$1M-$10MVT7Apr 23Carbon Harvest Algae, LLC$0-$50k$1M-$10MVT7Apr 23Brattleboro Carbon Harvest LLC$1M-$10M$1M-$10MVT7Apr 23Carbon Harvest Investments LLC$0-$50k$1M-$10MVT7Apr 23Lebanon Carbon Harvest LLC$1M-$10M$1M-$10MVT7Apr 23 DebtorLebanon Carbon Harvest LLC130 Intervale RoadBurlington, VT 05401CHITTENDEN-VTTax ID / EIN: xx-xxx0797 DebtorCarbon Harvest Investments LLC130 Intervale RoadBurlington, VT 05401CHITTENDEN-VT Carbon Harvest Investments LLCCourtVermont Bankruptcy CourtCase number5:13-bk-10304Assets$0 to $50,000Liabilities$1,000,001 to $10 millionJudgeColleen A. BrownChapter7FiledApr 23, 2013TypevoluntaryUpdatedApr 26, 2013Last checkedApr 26, 2013last_img read more

CVMC’s 2013 Charity Golf Classic to raise funds for cancer patient fund

first_imgCentral Vermont Medical Center,The 12th Annual CVMC Fall Foliage Charity Golf Classic will be held Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at the Country Club of Vermont in Waterbury Center. All proceeds from this year’s tournament will go to benefit the CVMC Cancer Patient Fund, which assists patients undergoing radiation therapy or chemotherapy at CVMC.A diagnosis of cancer ripples across all aspects of a person’s life, affecting more than just their physical wellbeing. For many cancer patients the financial burden of cancer treatment makes it difficult to meet basic needs, like buying food or paying rent or utility bills. These financial challenges, in turn, can impact their ability to follow through on getting the critical medical care that they need. At the National Life Cancer Treatment Center and Central Vermont Oncology, our staff has created a special Patient Fund to assist patients. ‘Today, quality cancer care goes beyond medical treatments,’ said CVMC’s Patient Navigator Theresa Lever. ‘We are there for our patients before, during and after their treatments, helping them overcome obstacles and using a variety of our resources in traditional and creative ways to help reduce their stress and make this difficult time in their lives a little easier.’  Participants in CVMC’s Charity Golf event not only support a great cause but enjoy a wonderful day of golf on one of Vermont’s top golf courses. Our 18-hole, 4-member team scramble tournament is a fast, fun format that allows participants to enjoy the Country Club of Vermont’s pristine fairways and greens during peak fall foliage. A wide variety of both individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities are still available (non-golfers can consider a cash or in-kind donation).  Eagle Sponsors this year are Bond Auto Parts, CBMVT Cleaning Services, Connor Contracting, Control Technologies, E.F. Wall & Associates, Kinney Pike Insurance, New England Service Group, NICOM Coatings, People’s United Bank, Transamerica Retirement Solutions, and Union Mutual of Vermont. To download a registration form, go to www.cvmc.org/golf(link is external), or contact Christine Petterssen at [email protected](link sends e-mail) or 802-371-4196.  CAPTION:  The 12th Annual CVMC Fall Foliage Charity Golf Classic will be held Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at the Country Club of Vermont in Waterbury Center. A wide variety of both individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities are still available.last_img read more

Vermont Supreme Court affirms campaign finance law violation against Green Mountain Future

first_imgThe Vermont Supreme Court issued a decision upholding the state’s enforcement of Vermont’s campaign finance law against Green Mountain Future, an advocacy organization primarily funded by the Democratic Governors Association.The Court affirmed the lower court’s findings that GMF committed campaign finance law violations during the 2010 gubernatorial race. Specifically, GMF violated the law by spending over half-a-million dollars on political advertisements attacking candidate Brian Dubie without registering as a political action committee (’PAC’) with the Secretary of State’s Office, filing required disclosure reports, and by failing to include proper identification information on its ads.The Court dismissed GMF’s contention that its television spots could not be regulated because they focused only on issues. Rather, it ruled that the ads fell squarely within the law’s reach: ‘There can be no serious argument that the purpose of GMF’s advertisements was not to oppose Brian Dubie’s campaign for governor.’The Court also rejected GMF’s argument that Vermont’s law is unconstitutional, holding that the campaign finance disclosure requirements are valid and enforceable under the First Amendment. It concluded that, as construed by the Court, the statute is clear enough for people to determine its intended meaning and does not cover protected speech.In its ruling, the Court articulated objective factors, such as the timing, images, tone and intended audience of an ad, to be used in determining whether the ad’s purpose is to support or oppose a candidate, or ‘to influence voters to vote yes or no on a candidate.’Attorney General William Sorrell welcomed the decision, noting that it followed United States Supreme Court precedent confirming the validity of disclosure requirements in election law.‘Vermont’s disclosure laws play an important role in preserving the integrity of our elections. They allow Vermonters to better evaluate campaign messages and provide voters with information to help identify who is trying to influence their votes. This is particularly true as we are seeing more and more PAC activity in our campaigns,’ said Attorney General Sorrell.In addition, the Court ruled in favor of the State on its cross-appeal, reversing in part the lower court’s decision to impose only a $10,000 penalty for GMF’s violations. The Court held that the lower court erred by failing to consider assigning a penalty for GMF’s identification violation while noting the vast potential number of individual violations. The Court explained that ‘the difficulty of calculating a penalty [does not] mean that no penalty can be awarded.’ It remanded the case to the trial court for consideration of the appropriate penalty to be imposed for the violation of the identification requirement. Vermont Attorney General September 27, 2013last_img read more

House rejects move to bolster food stamps before passing tax bill

first_imgby Hilary Niles vtdigger.com House lawmakers rejected an attempt to stave off cuts in the federal food stamp program before approving the miscellaneous tax bill Thursday.Rep. Paul Poirier, I-Barre, (photo right) proposed raising taxes for people in the state’s two highest income brackets to collect an additional $10 million to fund the 3SquaresVT nutrition assistance program. His effort was defeated on a roll-call vote of 115-28.During the debate, Poirier implored his colleagues to restore the food stamp benefits cut by Congress.“One out of every six Vermonters is dependent on some kind of financial help to put food on the table,” Poirier said.His figures were based on a one-month snapshot of 3SquaresVT, the state’s Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. Thirty-four percent of all food assistance recipients are under 18 years old. The average monthly household benefit was $243 before the program was cut last year.“I would ask anybody in this chamber, if you could feed your whole family for $243,” Poirier said.Joined by Rep. Chris Pearson, P-Burlington, he pleaded with lawmakers to buck leadership and support his amendment to temporarily raise taxes on the two highest income brackets.The increase would have applied to tax years 2014 and 2015 and then revert to 2013 levels. Poirier wanted to raise the top two tiers from 8.80 percent and 8.95 percent, respectively, to 9.5 percent and 9.95 percent.Rep. Anne Donahue, R-Northfield, said the highest earners already pay their fair share in relation to low-wage earners. The top 3 percent of tax filers contribute more than 40 percent of the state’s personal income taxes, she said. The top-heavy nature of those payments indicates Vermont’s income taxes already are progressive, she said.Citing the same numbers, Pearson challenged her conclusion.“You see why this body of Vermonters does not, in fact, pay an overwhelming amount of our income tax burden,” Pearson said. “Because they don’t earn an overwhelming amount of our income.”Rep. Mike Yantachka, D-Charlotte, said the broader problem is income tax avoidance. He and several others said they preferred a more permanent tax solution, namely shifting the tax base from taxable income to adjusted gross income.Rep. Janet Ancel, D-Calais, chairs the House Committee on Ways and Means, which is responsible for generating tax recommendations and which worked closely with budget-writers in the Appropriations Committee. The two committees cut a projected $71 million shortfall in half with about $35 million in one-time funds and reduced the cost of some debt obligations.They agreed to trim some programs, but cut none. E-cigarettes and snuff were added to a list of taxable tobacco products, but no other new taxes were levied with the passage Thursday of H.884. In all, the bill raises $1.2 million in new revenues.business tax creditsPearson later challenged the job creation impact of some corporate tax incentives provided by the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive (VEGI). The program’s grants are awarded to businesses that say they could not create certain jobs without assistance from taxpayers.Pearson said the publicly owned Keurig Green Mountain Inc. (formerly Green Mountain Coffee Roasters) and the entrepreneurial success story Dealer.com have received state assistance. His questions and comments implied the companies would have been quite capable of growing their work forces without public funding.“To me, it’s an easy either/or,” Pearson said. “Provide more food for families, or give large companies tax breaks.”Building off that criticism, Rep. Adam Greshin, I-Warren, said he opposed the tax bill because it requires disclosure of the businesses that receive research and development tax incentives. The tax credit is not new, but the waiver of confidentiality is.Ancel defended the waiver. She said that it’s just a business’ name that is disclosed, not the amount of the tax credit or the nature of the research. She said the disclosure is in the interest of transparency and accountability.e-cigarettes and snuffOne of the few new sources of revenue in the tax bill is a levy on e-cigarettes. The product, previously unclassified, would be defined as “tobacco substitute” for tax purposes. Under the bill, all wholesale purchases would be taxed at 92 percent of its wholesale cost.Donahue objected to that definition, saying it should be driven more by health policy than taxes.“This is not something that should be subject to a brief discussion,” Donahue said, noting growing concerns about major decisions being made based on their financial impact alone. “I’m disappointed we would address an issue like this in this way.”Limited objections to the e-cigarette tax were raised. Rep. Robert Helm, R/D-Fair Haven, said he’s concerned about the impact of the tax on a business in his jurisdiction. It was suggested that consumers might move to online, out-of-state purchases.Rep. William Canfield, R/D-Fair Haven, agreed.“I can go down the road to the local head shop and buy a crack pipe, and pay 6 percent tax,” Canfield said. To lay such a high tax on e-cigarettes, which he described as a product to help people quit smoking, is wrong.Many lawmakers took issue with that characterization of e-cigarettes.“They are a poison-delivery system,” Yantachka said, further noting that flavors like bubble gum and chocolate suggest an intention of marketing to children.No amendment to the e-cigarette provision was offered.CORRECTION: The miscellaneous tax bill raises $1.2 million, not $1.4 billion, as originally reported.last_img read more

Vermont Folklife Center receives $33,750 to research grassroots agriculture

first_imgThe Vermont Folklife Center announces the receipt of a $33,750 Archie Green Fellowship Award from the American Folkife Center at the Library of Congress to conduct ethnographic and oral history research into contemporary grassroots agriculture in the state. The Archie Green Fellowship was established by the American Folklife Center to stimulate innovative research projects documenting occupational culture in contemporary America.Farming has held a central role in the culture and economy of Vermont since the colonial period. The current explosion of small-scale, grass-roots agriculture in the state draws on this long history, mixing historical approaches and perspectives with contemporary ideas, needs and goals. At the same time, these efforts also involve the adoption of new ideas and approaches that were never part of past agricultural practice in Vermont or the region.Although the Vermont Folklife Center Archive has extensive holdings on Vermont agriculture across the 20th century, these new, emerging models of agricultural practice are an under-documented aspect of the culture of the state. Support from the Archie Green Fellowship Program allows the Vermont Folklife Center to undertake the “The Grass-Roots Food Movement in Vermont: Documenting New Models of Locally-Focused Agriculture in the State” project and fill this hole in the record of the folklife of Vermont.“In Vermont prior to the Second World War practically all food—with the exception of white sugar, flour, coffee, tea, and spices—was locally produced,” states Vermont Folklife Center Co-Director and Director of Education, Greg Sharrow. “contemporary efforts to re-localize food production tie our state’s agricultural heritage to innovative ideas and new approaches that can keep small scale farming economically viable and help us answer the question: ‘can we feed ourselves?’”The Fellowship was established to honor the memory of Archie Green (1917-2009), a pioneering folklorist who championed the establishment of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. As a scholar, Green documented and analyzed the culture and traditions of American workers and encouraged others to do the same.For additional information on the “The Grass-Roots Food Movement in Vermont: Documenting New Models of Locally-Focused Agriculture in the State” project, please contact the Vermont Folklife Center at (802) 388-4964.The Vermont Folklife Center’s mission is to broaden, strengthen, and deepen our understanding of Vermont and the surrounding region; to assure a repository for our collective cultural memory; and to strengthen communities by building connections among the diverse peoples of Vermont.last_img read more

Champlain College ranks 16th nationally in healthcare administration programs

first_imgChamplain College,Vermont Business Magazine Champlain College ranks 16th nationally and is the only Vermont college on the list of top healthcare administration programs. Master’s Programs Guide, an online guide for master’s programs, has published a ranking of the 50 Best Online Master’s in Healthcare Administration Programs for 2016. Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College in Pittsburgh, PA, leads the ranking, which evaluated and ranked schools based on publicly available information on accreditation, reputation, flexibility, affordability, and return on investment. Valparaiso University’s Graduate School in Valparaiso, IN, and Indiana Wesleyan University’s Graduate School in Marion, IN, came in second and third respectively.#16. Champlain College(link is external)Champlain College, in Burlington, Vermont, is a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1878. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14 to 1 and just over 460 graduate students attend here. Champlain College is ranked in a tie at #14 by U.S. News & World Report in the category of “Best Regional Colleges North.” Regional accreditation has been granted by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.Program Details: The Divisions of Graduate and Continuing Professional Studies offers a 100% online degree program for a Master of Science in Health Care Administration. This newly-revised program challenges students to think boldly and innovatively as they prepare to plan, manage, and deliver care in a health-related setting. The program is aimed at students who are experienced healthcare professionals and provides opportunities for new thinking and unique approaches to increase efficiency and make significant improvements to healthcare delivery. The program is designed on an interdisciplinary cohort model, which means a small group of students works together throughout their studies, tackling courses in eight-week terms. Tuition costs $779 per credit.Champlain Admissions Website(link is external)Universities making the list include (alphabetically ordered):Belhaven University, School of Business – Jackson, MississippiBellevue University – Bellevue, NebraskaBrenau University, School of Business – Gainesville, GeorgiaCalifornia State University-East Bay, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences – Hayward, CaliforniaCapella University – Minneapolis, MinnesotaChamplain College – Burlington, VermontCleary University – Howell, MichiganColorado State University-Global Campus – Greenwood Village, ColoradoColumbia Southern University, College of Business – Orange Beach, AlabamaConcordia University, St. Paul, College of Business and Technology – Saint Paul, MinnesotaCornerstone University – Grand Rapids, MichiganDallas Baptist University, Graduate School of Business – Dallas, TexasEastern University, School of Management Studies – Saint Davids, PennsylvaniaFlorida Institute of Technology – Melbourne, FloridaGardner-Webb University, Graduate School of Business – Boiling Springs, North CarolinaGeorge Washington University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences – Washington, District of ColumbiaLoyola University Chicago – Chicago, IllinoisMontana State University, Billings College of Allied Health Professions – Billings, MontanaMount Vernon Nazarene University, Graduate and Professional Studies – Mount Vernon, OhioOhio University, College of Health Sciences and Professions – Athens, OhioPacific University, College of Health Professions – Forest Grove, OregonPenn State World Campus – University Park, PennsylvaniaRegis University, Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions – Denver, ColoradoSaint Joseph’s University, College of Arts and Sciences – Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaSaint Leo University, School of Business – Saint Leo, FloridaSeton Hall University, School of Health and Medical Sciences – South Orange, New JerseySimmons College, Simmons School of Management – Boston, MassachusettsSouthern Illinois University-Carbondale, School of Allied Health – Carbondale, IllinoisThe Sage Colleges, School of Management – Troy, New YorkTiffin University, School of Business – Tiffin, OhioTrident University, International College of Health and Human Services – Cypress, CaliforniaTrinity University, Department of Health Care Administration – San Antonio, TexasUniversity of Cincinnati – Cincinnati, OhioUniversity of Denver, University College – Denver, ColoradoUniversity of Maryland University College – Adelphi, MarylandUniversity of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Charlton College of Business – North Dartmouth, MassachusettsUniversity of Mississippi, Medical Center School of Health Related Professions – Jackson, MississippiUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health – Chapel Hill, North CarolinaUniversity of North Dakota, College of Business and Public Administration – Grand Forks, North DakotaUniversity of Saint Francis, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership – Fort Wayne, IndianaUniversity of Scranton, Panuska College of Professional Studies – Scranton, PennsylvaniaUniversity of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy – Los Angeles, CaliforniaUniversity of St. Francis, College of Business and Health Administration – Joliet, IllinoisVirginia Commonwealth University, School of Allied Health Professionals – Richmond, VirginiaWalden University School of Health Sciences – Minneapolis, MinnesotaWestern Carolina University, College of Health and Human Sciences – Cullowhee, North CarolinaWestern Kentucky University, Graduate School – Bowling Green, KentuckyAccording to Coby Cagle, editor at Master’s Programs Guide, “A master’s degree is the standard credential for professionals in the healthcare field who want to equip themselves for leadership roles and career advancement.” The need for effective leaders in healthcare has never been greater. He further explains that an online degree program will give professionals the flexibility to balance work and studies, while applying new found knowledge and skills in their current workplace. This gives online healthcare management students an immediate return on their investment.Master’s Programs Guide is an online guide that helps potential students find the best master’s programs available in order to achieve their educational and professional goals.SEATTLE, March 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Master’s Programs Guide (http://www.mastersprogramsguide.com(link is external)) www.mastersprogramsguide.com/rankings/top-online-masters-in-healthcare-administration/(link is external)last_img read more

Vermont taps out at near record maple syrup production in 2017

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Falling just below 2016’s record level, this past season’s maple syrup production in Vermont of 1.98 million gallons is still twice the size of any other state and 46 percent of the entire production in the United States. The total value (retail, wholesale and bulk) will not be available until next year, but based on average sales from last year, the 2017 crop will be worth about $59.4 million. Retail represents only about 10 percent of Vermont production. Price per gallon for retail sales is about $47.40. Retail alone is worth about $9.4 million. Bulk sales represent over 80 percent of total sales, but at a lower price point ($25.40 per gallon in 2016). The 2017 United States maple syrup production totaled 4.27 million gallons, up 2 percent from the previous year. The number of taps is estimated at 13.3 million, up 6 percent from the 2016 total. Yield per tap is estimated to be 0.320 gallon, down 4 percent from the previous season. Producers were encouraged to tap earlier this season by the warmer than normal temperatures. The earliest sap flow reported was January 1 in Indiana, New York, Ohio, and Vermont. The latest sap flow reported to open the season was February 12 in Minnesota. On average, the season lasted 37 days, compared with 33 days in 2016.The 2016 United States average price per gallon was $35.00 (Vermont $30.00), down $1.70 from 2015. Value of production, at $147 million for 2016, was up 17 percent from the previous season. New York and Maine are the second and third largest producers in the United States.All producers have benefited in recent years from technological advances, which include vacuum pumps that can suck sap out of the tree and reverse-osmosis machines that reduce moisture content, which saves on fuel and boiling times (30 minutes from two hours). Vermont alone produced more than half-a-million more gallons of syrup in both 2016 and 2017 than it did in 2015, or about a third more.Quebec is the world leader in maple syrup production. Quebec had its biggest year yet in 2017, with 152.2 million pounds (13.8 million gallons, or over 70 percent of worldwide production) of maple syrup from 44.2 million taps, which was also a record. In Canada, maple syrup volume is accounted for by weight, not fluid. Unlike Vermont, Quebec also tightly regulates the number of taps allowed in production.Source: USDA June 2017. Photos courtesy Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Marketslast_img read more

Governor Scott says sexual harassment training now mandatory for all state employees

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Today, Secretary of Administration Susanne Young issued a directive(link is external) requiring all executive branch employees participate in sexual harassment training classes offered through the State of Vermont Department of Human Resources (DHR). In response to the national dialogue around the prevalence of sexual harassment, Governor Phil Scott called on DHR to review the State’s sexual harassment policies and procedures and recommend any necessary changes. Policies were found to be current and in line with best practices, and the Department identified an opportunity to improve training requirements to increase effectiveness.“What we’ve seen and heard about the prevalence of harassment and assault from many across the country is disappointing, and it is clear we must all take a strong stand against this abuse,” said Gov. Scott. “I appreciate the work of our agency and department leaders in ensuring the state is vigilant in protecting its employees.”The directive requires all state employees to take sexual harassment training, which will be provided by DHR through the Center for Achievement in Public Service (CAPS). The training, Preventing and Addressing Sexual Harassment, is designed to educate state employees on how to identify, prevent, and address sexual harassment issues in the workplace.“Ensuring a safe work environment for all employees is the top priority of our Department, so the Governor’s leadership on this issue is appreciated,” said DHR Commissioner Beth Fastiggi. “We will offer as many courses as necessary to complete this task, and have already scheduled 400 trainings across the State over the next year.”“Everyone in state government, from frontline workers to Cabinet members, has a critical role in maintaining professional and respectful work environments,” stated Susanne Young, Secretary of Administration. “Providing this training to all employees in a classroom setting, rather than online as it is today, will undoubtedly enhance the experience and promote healthy and civil discussions.”This directive to state employees is in addition to requirements for the Governor’s appointed staff to attend training relating to sexual harassment at least annually, as detailed in an updated Executive Code of Ethics(link is external) Governor Scott issued earlier this month.Source: Governor 12.22.2017last_img read more