Month: January 2021

American Flatbread hires new President

first_imgAmerican Flatbread Company, Waitsfield, VT, is pleased to announce the hiring of Victor Morrison for the position of President. After a 4-month search, involving nearly 50 applicants, Morrisons 20 years of Vermont management experience in both business and non-profit organizations earned him the role.”Victor’s diversified management background, MBA, strong financial experience and emphasis on relationship building and empowerment are a great combination. In the handful of meetings we have had thus far, our communication and teamwork have been very rewarding,” said George Schenk, founder and now “former” president of American Flatbread Company. With the installation of Victor Morrison as President, Schenk will remain vitally involved as the CEO of American Flatbread Company. The company has four primary facets: wholesale production of frozen flatbreads, company owned restaurants, restaurant franchising, and the Inn at Lareau Farm.Vice President, and 14-year employee, Camilla Behn noted, “Victor really rounds out our management skill sets and gives us the strength of big business experience that a lot of Flatbread employees do not have. Many of us have worked with George building American Flatbread for most of our careers.” Morrison, a Hinesburg resident and avid skier, will begin at American Flatbread at the end of January 2007.last_img read more

VEDA lowers interest rates for second time in two months

first_imgFor the second time in two months, effective April 1, 2008, the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA), will lower its interest rates for commercial financing. VEDAs variable rate for taxable borrowers will drop to 3.5%, and the Authoritys variable rate for tax-exempt borrowers will drop to 3%. In February, 2008, the same rates went from 6.5% to 5%, and from 5.5% to 4.5%, respectively. “This is VEDA’s way of doing our part to help stimulate Vermont’s economy,” said Jo Bradley, the Authoritys Chief Executive Officer. “VEDA is keeping pace with a lower rate environment that exists throughout the nation, and we believe lowering interest rates again for Vermonts business community is the right move at the right time to help stimulate jobs creation and economic growth.”Prospective commercial borrowers who may benefit from the new lower rates are Vermont companies engaged in manufacturing, processing, warehousing, research and development, recycling, travel and tourism, information technology, and other businesses as defined in statute. Also eligible for the lower rates are Vermont businesses who build, install or update technology and communications infrastructure, and Vermont nonprofit local and regional development corporations who borrow to plan and develop industrial parks, or build facilities for lease to identified eligible tenants.VEDA’s mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financialassistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.3 billion. For more information about VEDA, visit www.veda.org(link is external) or call 802-828-5627.last_img read more

Lyndon State College Ground Breaking

first_imgVermont Congressional Delegation to Take Part inLyndon State College Ground BreakingLyndon Center, Vt. – Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders along with Representative Peter Welsh will all take part in ground breaking for the new academic and student activity building at the college August 12 at noon. The ceremony will take place in front of the Vail Center, followed by a reception in the Vail Student Center.Space for student clubs and activities has been at a premium at Lyndon for a number of years, and, with growing enrollment recently, academic space has also been tight. This building project, approved by the Vermont State Colleges board of trustees last year, will provide instructional and faculty office space and space for academic programs that are increasing in size and technological complexity. Its multipurpose student activity space will meet a range of cultural, entertainment, academic and social needs for the Lyndon student body.In addition to student activities, three academic programs will move to the building when it opens next August – Meteorology, Exercise Science and Business Administration. Meteorology, an area where technological advances are made at a fast pace, will gain laboratory space, a new research area, updated equipment, a recording room for students to practice their broadcasting, an observation deck and space for the Lyndon Institute for Applied Meteorology, which sponsors research and educational programs online.Business Administration, which currently shares the Harvey Academic Center with Visual Arts and the Recreation Resource and Ski Resort Management Departments, will occupy the entire second floor of the new building. This new space will provide a professional business atmosphere in which students and the department can carry on their consultations with and presentations to area businesses with which they work, such as those involved in the iWOW (Incubator without Walls) program. iWOW businesses from the Newport/Derby area are working with Lyndon students and faculty to streamline their business models to position themselves in the most favorable competitive stance in regard to potential big box stores that may come to the area.Perhaps gaining the most from the move will be Exercise Science. This growing area, which in the past focused on physical education, now serves a growing number of students in a field of expanding opportunities. Along with the B.S. in physical education, Exercise Science now offers degrees in pre-professional athletic training, strength and conditioning/health and fitness, sports management, sports medicine and a self-designed program. This area has grown so fast that the college has been hard-pressed to find adequate appropriate space, and a few of the classes have been held for some time in a converted racquet ball court.Dean of Business Administration Dean Hamilton estimates construction costs at $10 million. The money comes from a Vermont State Colleges bond and will be repaid with student fees over the next 30 years. Even though Lyndon is part of Vermont’s public higher education system, state funding is too low to fund the improvement and growth which are necessary to offer Vermont students the education they deserve. Fund raising is also underway, and naming opportunities are available. Fund raising will provide all of the $1.5 to 3 million dollars needed to equip and furnish the building. For more information, contact Dean of Institutional Advancement Bob Whittaker at 626-6427.Follow signs for parking, which will in the faculty/staff lot by the baseball field while the main Vail lot is under construction.Architect for the project is Smith-Alvarez-Sienkiewycz of Burlington, and H.P. Cummings of Woodsville, N.H., will be construction manager. Cummings recently worked at LSC in the same capacity during the construction of the Rita Bole Complex. A reception will follow the ceremony in the student center on the second floor of Vail.last_img read more

Congressmen call on NRC to reconsider Vermont Yankee closed-door meeting

first_imgThe NRC today canceled a closed-door session to discuss Vermont Yankee and instead is inviting elected officials to attend an already-scheduled meeting in Brattleboro April 12. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) had called on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to reconsider its decision to hold a closed-door meeting with local, state and federal officials in Keene, NH, on April 14. Those interested in attending the meeting April 12 should be aware that the NRC might move the location to a larger venue.The Vermont delegation s letter follows. The NRC statement follows the letter:March 30, 2010The Honorable Gregory B. JaczkoChairmanU.S. Nuclear Regulatory CommissionWashington, D.C. 20555-0001Dear Chairman Jaczko:We write to follow up on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission s invitation to participate in a closed-door Government-to-Government meeting on April 14 in Keene, New Hampshire.We are committed to open and transparent government and to honoring both the letter and spirit of Vermont’s open meeting laws.  Avoiding Vermont s open meeting laws by holding this meeting in New Hampshire will only add to the growing public skepticism about the handling of oversight at Vermont Yankee, and could curtail participation from Vermont officials.While we recognize that the discussion of information relating to security considerations often requires confidential briefings, the discussion of broader issues surrounding this facility is of great interest to Vermonters and is a discussion that should be conducted in a public setting.We urge you to reconsider, and to hold the April 14 meeting in Vermont so that Vermont’s federal, state and local officials can fully participate. We look forward to hearing from you regarding this request.Sincerely,Patrick Leahy              Bernard Sanders                     Peter WelchU.S. Senator                U.S. Senator                            U.S. RepresentativeNRC statement on meeting for state, county and local officials regarding Vermont YankeeThe Nuclear Regulatory Commission has decided that rather than hold a separate meeting with local officials on April 14 in Keene, NH, on issues at the nearby Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, it will invite those same local government representatives to join the NRC at a public open house on groundwater contamination on April 12th in Brattleboro, Vt. The agency is in the process of contacting the officials to inform them of the scheduling change.The open house will take place from 1 to 8 pm at the Brattleboro Ramada Inn and will offer both elected officials and members of the public the opportunity to hear directly from NRC staff members on issues of interest at Vermont Yankee.The NRC has a long history of outreach to both the general public and state, county and local officials with respect to its regulatory activities and oversight of nuclear power plant issues. This single, open meeting will further the goal of providing open and transparent government.Source: Vermont Congressional Delegation. WASHINGTON, March 30, 2010. NRC, March 31, 2010last_img read more

Retreat CEO Simpson selected as ‘2010 Grassroots Champion’ by AHA

first_imgBRATTLEBORO, VT (April 7, 2011) ‘  www.brattlebororetreat.org(link is external) Dr Robert E Simpson, president and chief executive officer of The Brattleboro Retreat, has been chosen by the American Hospital Association (AHA) as the hospital leader in Vermont who did the most in 2010 to help broaden the base of community support for hospitals, to advocate on behalf of patients, and to deliver the hospital message to elected officials. ‘In just a few years, Rob has become a state and national leader on mental health issues,’ said M. Bea Grause, president and chief executive officer of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. ‘His commitment to providing compassionate, effective healing to adults and children has helped to both transform the Brattleboro Retreat and shape state and national policy in many arenas.  We are lucky to have him here in Vermont.’ Simpson will be recognized on Tuesday, April 12th in Washington, D. C., at the AHA’s 6th annual ‘Breakfast of Grassroots Champions’ at the Washington Hilton Hotel. The breakfast will take place during the AHA’s annual meeting. ‘I am honored that advocacy for mental health and addiction services is being recognized, and I see this award as the reflection of our true team effort at the Brattleboro Retreat,’ said Simpson. ‘Everyday we are inspired by the courage of our patients. Our employees are committed to providing excellence in care while advocating for those who may need a voice. At a time when hospitals everywhere have to be more innovative and efficient due to decreasing reimbursements at all levels, our grassroots efforts have never been more important.’ Under Simpson’s leadership, the Brattleboro Retreat saw a 23 percent growth in admissions in 2010.  As a result, the hospital has added beds and jobs. This growth surge was well ahead of similar hospitals in the country that grew by an average of three percent in 2010. ‘Dr. Simpson earned this special recognition through his dedication to the hospital mission, on both the local and national level, and we are looking forward to thanking him and sharing our deep appreciation for his work,’ said Rich Umbdenstock, president & chief executive officer of the AHA. Dr. Simpson says as a result of the increased patient demand and his hospital’s ability to manage growth, the Brattleboro Retreat is also adding more programs for different groups of patients ranging from returning soldiers and veterans to young adults who are in need of more treatment and services. In 2010 the Brattleboro Retreat provided care for approximately 5,250 adults, children and adolescents and experienced as many as 20’24 admissions per day during peak periods. Simpson has been serving the Retreat’s President and CEO since December 2006. For more information, go to www.brattlebororetreat.org(link is external)  The Brattleboro Retreat, founded in 1834, is a not-for-profit, regional specialty psychiatric hospital and addictions treatment center, providing a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation services for individuals of all ages and their families. Nationally recognized for its premier treatment in behavioral healthcare, the Brattleboro Retreat offers a high quality, individualized, comprehensive continuum of care including inpatient, partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient treatment. last_img read more

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