first_imgIDX Systems Corp and the State of Vermont to start an apprenticeship program that will train workers for jobs at the medical software company in South Burlington.Interested people must be willing to train for eight weeks. The training cost nothing and also pays nothing. Once they pass the training course they will have an opportunity for a paid, full-time apprenticeship at IDX Systems Corp. After the one year apprenticeship they have an opportunity for a full-time job that pays in the range of $45,000 to $50,000 a year.This apprenticeship program is a joint effort between the State of Vermont and Vermont HITEC, a nonprofit organization affiliated with IDX.Started one year ago, the IDX information technology program is the first in the state. Starting April 15th, this will be the fourth program with 17 students enrolled.The total cost of the program is $240,000, with $90,000 paid by a federal grant through the Department of Employment and Training.For more information on the program call Julie Davis, Executive Director, Vermont HITEC at 802-864-1758 ext. 4104.last_img read more

first_imgNoyes Named Acting Commissioner of Housing and Community AffairsMONTPELIER, Vt. – The former Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development has been named the acting Commissioner of Housing and Community Affairs.William Noyes will take charge of the department when acting Commissioner Molly Dugan steps down later this month, according to Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn.Dugan, who has been deputy housing commissioner since 2006, has been filling the top slot since former housing commissioner John Hall stepped down this spring.”Bill’s experience within our agency will serve him well in his new role,” said Dorn, whose agency includes both the housing and economic development departments. “He is familiar with the people and the issues and will be able to hit the ground running.”Noyes, 58, of Barre, joined the Department of Economic Development in June 2006 after serving nine years as second in command at the Vermont National Guard under former Adjutant General Martha Rainville.Prior to that, Noyes spent more than 20 years working in the private sector, including managing two radio stations, WSNO-AM and WORK-FM, before joining the Guard full time.”I’m looking forward to working with the staff at Housing and Community Affairs,” Noyes said. “The Community Development Program, Division of Community Planning and Revitalization, and Division for Historic Preservation are all outstanding teams and make valuable contributions to our state.”The Department of Housing and Community Affairs administers programs related to housing; the Downtown and Community Development Block Grant programs; and planning and historic preservation.”Together, we will continue to provide services that will help strengthen Vermont’s downtowns and village centers and build vibrant communities,” Noyes said.Dugan, who worked for the Vermont League of Cities and Towns before joining the agency in 2001, was head of the Vermont Community Development Program before being promoted to DHCA Deputy Commissioner. She is leaving state government to pursue another opportunity.last_img read more

first_imgRICHARD SARGENT AND JIM LOOP, EACH IN THEIR FORTIETH YEAR WITH THE COMPANY, WILL PLACE IN POSITION THE FIRST PIECE OF THE LARGEST CASTING MACHINE EVER MANUFACTURED BY HAZELETT STRIP-CASTING CORPORATIONRichard Sargent and Jim Loop will place in position the first piece of the new casting machine at a noontime celebration on Thursday, September 4 at the Hazelett factory in Colchester, Vermont. The occasion will mark the fortieth anniversary of their employment with Hazelett and also begin the manufacture of a 120-ton casting machine, the largest ever produced by the company in its fifty-two year history.The two started just days apart forty years ago.Richard Sargent was hired by his neighbor, Bill Hazelett, founder of Hazelett Strip-Casting. Richard and Hazelett Strip-Casting have grown up together in the Malletts Bay area of Colchester.Jim Loop, raised in South Burlington, was barely out of high school when he began as a draftsman in the tiny engineering department.The $15 million casting machine will be delivered to a newly formed company in the Henan Province of China. The company, LYL High Precision Aluminum Strip Co., will produce coils of aluminum strip to be sold to the aluminum raw material distribution system and go on to become an untold number of products.The General Manager of Hazelett, Ray Clavelle, commented that this order represents the largest dollar order in the history of the company.last_img read more

first_imgSource: VLS. 10.2.2009. SOUTH ROYALTON, VT- Vermont Law School has been awarded $3 million by the US Agency for International Development to expand its work on the US-China Partnership for Environmental Law over the next three years, VLS President and Dean Geoffrey Shields announced today. This award, which is an extension of a $1.8 million USAID funding agreement that US Senator Patrick Leahy was instrumental in helping to secure for Vermont Law School in 2006, will enable VLS to continue to build on its successes in helping China develop its next generation of environmental advocates to strengthen the development and enforcement of China’s environmental and energy law.”We thank USAID and the American people for their continued support for and recognition of the importance and effectiveness of this program,” said Dean Shields. “The U.S. and China share a deep interest in reversing environmental degradation. Vermont Law School has proven to be an effective bridge in those efforts. VLS is now the leader among academic institutions in furthering efforts to support China as it strengthens its legal environmental framework.”Leahy, who chairs the Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations of the Senate Appropriations Committee, played a key role in promoting USAID’s sponsorship of the partnership. He said, “This partnership is a superb fit, tapping VLS’s strengths in environmental law to help build the legal expertise and advocacy skills Chinese lawyers and civil society groups need to help meet the daunting environmental, energy and development challenges China is facing.  It’s a partnership as timely as today’s headlines.”In 2006, with funding from USAID, VLS in collaboration with Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), located in the capital of Guangdong province in southern China, launched the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law in response to the critical lack of knowledge, skills, and academic infrastructure needed to begin to address environmental and energy challenges in China through the rule of law. It has provided a broad range of trained attorneys, legal educators, law students, lawmakers, judges, regulators, and other advocates in Guangdong Province and in Beijing.In addition to significantly strengthening SYSU’s environmental law program and creating a Juris Master’s degree program specializing in environmental law at SYSU, the program has established a strong, active network of environmental law professionals in the province. It has also expanded the collaborative effort to other influential educational institutions on the national level, such as the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), Center of Legal Assistance for Pollution Victims (CLAPV), and Tsinghua University as well as key Chinese government agencies, such as the State Electricity Regulatory Commission, which is the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission counterpart, and the training center for the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s primary macroeconomic planning and management agency under the State Council that is responsible for developing China’s climate change policies.Professor Tseming Yang, who has been the director of the program since 2007, said, “Our work over the past three years has put us in a unique position to further advance environmental governance in China. The USAID support will enable us to develop greater capacity in China for citizens, organizations, and institutions to influence the development of environmental law through enhanced participation in government.”China’s rapid growth in manufacturing has resulted in severe environmental problems, including the production of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming and pollution worldwide. According to a recent report, China has now overtaken the U.S. in total carbon emissions-years earlier than recently predicted. Two thirds of China’s energy derives from coal, and rising industrialization has the country mining and burning more than ever, as well as shopping for other countries’ oil and gas. Yet while China approaches parity in the economic sphere, it lags far behind in the legal structures and mechanisms that underpin American environmental law and policy. Developing well-trained legal professionals, law professors, and effective regulatory policies and laws is a critical part of China’s pursuit of sustainable development.With the $3 million in additional funding, the program will continue to carry out its primary objectives of: (1) strengthening the capacity of the Chinese educational, governmental, nonprofit, and business sectors to become effective environmental and energy problem solvers; (2) improving China’s policies, systems, laws, and regulations to advance the development and enforcement of environmental and energy law and to help develop the rule of law; and (3) enhancing municipal, provincial, national, and international networks in China to advance best practices in environmental protection and energy regulation.The program will provide training to Chinese legal educators, attorneys, lawmakers, utility analysts, and regulators on environmental law, with a particular emphasis on energy law. It will continue to support the development, strengthening, and expansion of institutions, associations, and networks that advance environmental law in China. Furthermore, in collaboration with VLS’s implementing partners, the program will foster a variety of research and policy development projects. Priority areas for research include environmental impact assessment, policy options for reducing China’s environmental footprint globally, energy law, environmental enforcement and governance, and climate change.VLS’s key partners in this program include SYSU, CLAPV at China University of Political Science and Law, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), and the China Environment Forum (CEF) at the Woodrow Wilson Training Center. SYSU, a leading Chinese educational institution located in Guangzhou, established one of the first environmental law clinics in China and now has developed a juris master program in environmental law. CLAPV is the leading environmental public interest litigation center in China. Its director, Professor Wang Canfa, one of China’s most respected environmental leaders, is an honorary distinguished lecturer in environmental law at VLS, and heads the CUPL environmental law program. RAP, a Vermont-based nonprofit, advises policymakers in the U.S. and around the world on economically and environmentally sustainable energy policies, particularly as they relate to the electricity sector. With extensive networks of energy and environmental practitioners in the government, business, NGOs, and research sectors in the U.S. and China, the CEF will contribute important outreach resources.USAID’s history goes back to the Marshall Plan reconstruction of Europe after World War Two and the Truman Administration’s Point Four Program. In 1961, the Foreign Assistance Act was signed into law and USAID was created by executive order. Since that time, USAID has been the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.In addition to its work under the USAID grant, VLS is leading a U.S.-China exchange program for young professionals. The program provides leadership training opportunities to nine Chinese and nine American women and men, particularly members of minority groups, who are active in environmental justice efforts. Participants in the program will jointly examine the environmental burdens, including climate change impacts, on minority communities and low-income populations in the U.S. and China and will propose ways to advance environmental justice for those communities. This exchange program is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.# # #Vermont Law School-a private, independent institution-is ranked #1 in environmental law by U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor (JD) curriculum that emphasizes public service, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) degree for lawyers and nonlawyers, and two post-JD degrees, the Master of Laws (LLM)  in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for international students). The school also features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit www.vermontlaw.edu(link is external).last_img read more

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas was honored last night with a 2010 Health Quality Award from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).  Governor Douglas was recognized for his work to improve Vermont’s health care system through a focus on chronic disease prevention and management resources. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius was on hand and provided the keynote address.“This is a tremendous recognition of the work we have done in Vermont to provide quality, affordable coverage to more people,” said the Governor. “Prevention is key to reining in costs and the Blueprint for Health as been instrumental in improving our health quality standards and is a model for the nation.”In 2003, Douglas launched the Blueprint for Health to focus health care in his state on preventing illness and complications, rather than reacting to health emergencies. He signed a comprehensive package of health reforms in 2006 designed to expand access to coverage, improve the quality and performance of the health care system and contain costs.“Governor Douglas’ leadership has produced better health care for residents of Vermont,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “The focus the Governor has put on prevention makes Vermont an encouraging model for improving health care on the national level.”Each year, NCQA presents Health Quality Awards to individuals and organizations that highlight the need for—and drive—health care improvement. Past recipients include Director of the Office of Management and Budget Peter Orszag, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Secretary Sebelius and actress Mary Tyler Moore and The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.Governor Douglas joined the following individuals and organizations also receiving 2010 Health Quality Awards:v Karen Davis – Davis is the president of The Commonwealth Fund, a national philanthropy engaged in independent research on health and social policy issues. She is a nationally recognized economist and advocate for an affordable, high-performance health care system for all Americans.v Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD – Pronovost is a practicing anesthesiologist and teacher, researcher, critical care physician and international patient safety leader. He is also a professor at Johns Hopkins University. In 2001, he developed a checklist to address line infection, a common complication that may occur when a catheter is inserted into the body. In 2003, he established the Quality and Safety Research Group to advance the science of safety.v The Greater New Orleans Community Organizations, the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum and the Louisiana Public Health Institute are being recognized for their work in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to develop and implement a community-based care network focused on primary care and integrated behavioral health for residents of New Orleans.v Governor Edward Rendell (D-Pennsylvania) – Governor Rendell is currently serving his second term as Pennsylvania’s 45th Governor. In 2007, he launched Prescription for Pennsylvania, a multi-pronged effort designed to improve the health care of all Pennsylvanians by making care more efficient and cost-effective. This initiative includes the nation’s largest demonstration of the Patient-Centered Medical Home collaborative.Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2010, NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.  NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations.  It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance.  NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care.  NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.Source: Governor’s office. 3.24.2010###last_img read more

first_imgIbex Outdoor Clothing, innovators of year-round merino wool apparel and accessories for men and women, today announced that it opened its first brick and mortar store in the Back Bay area of Boston. The new 1,000 square foot store, which opened on historical Newbury Street, gives Bostonians and visitors the opportunity to fully experience the unique, fun-loving culture of the leading wool apparel brand designed to meet the needs of the everyday adventurer.‘Opening our first retail store and allowing customers to touch and feel our products while engaging with our people is a milestone for Ibex. We aim to educate people that wool is the very best textile for those who live an active lifestyle, due to its superior natural performance properties to regulate body temperature and resist odor,’ said John Fernsell, founder and CEO of Ibex Outdoor Clothing. ‘Introducing a store in Boston was a natural evolution for Ibex as we continue to expand our presence. Its proximity to our headquarters in Vermont provides the ideal back drop for a flagship store.’Additionally, Ibex has hired retail operations leader, Vinita Goswami, formally of lululemon athletica USA, to serve as General Manager of Retail Store Operations. Goswami, who opened the first mall-based lululemon in New York and the first city-central lululemon in Boston, brings with her a deep understanding of the active apparel retail space and will oversee virtually all operations from human resources to customer relations, visual merchandising, sales and the deployment and execution of programs designed to connect Ibex with the local Boston community.‘As an athlete and wool enthusiast, I’m excited to join a company that shares my passion for what I truly believe is the best textile for leading an active lifestyle,’ said Goswami. ‘After spending years as a yoga instructor, I understand the value of the versatile performance properties of merino wool active wear, and am excited for the opportunity to further inspire individuals to explore wool as an alternative to synthetic fabrics.’The Newbury Street store opening and hiring of Goswami is part of a larger strategic business plan intended to support corporate growth and expansion of Ibex in 2010 and beyond. These initiatives, combined with the creation of nine new positions (a 35 percent increase in staff) this year alone, will help fuel future brick and mortar store openings.Source: White River Junction, Vt. (September 20, 2010) ‘ Ibex Outdoor ClothingIbex Outdoor Clothing is a designer of year-round merino wool outdoor clothing and cycling apparel, founded in the belief of the superior natural performance properties of wool. Ibex couples the natural renewable resource with technical innovation and inspired design to create apparel for the ‘everyday adventurer’ who appreciates and enjoys being active outdoors. Men’s and Women’s items are divided into Ride, Base, Zing, Peak and Live categories, and are made from the best merino wool fabrics sustainably sourced from New Zealand. All Ibex clothing and accessories are available for purchase online, in catalog and through outdoor specialty stores. www.ibex.com(link is external)last_img read more

first_imgOn Tuesday, March 29, NOFA Vermont joined dozens of farmers, seed producers, agricultural businesses and non-profit organizations across the country and Canada, as plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against Monsanto Corporation.  The suit challenges the validity of the chemical giant’s patents on a number of its genetically engineered (GE) crops.  It also asks the court to prevent Monsanto from continuing its unwarranted and damaging  patent infringement lawsuits against farmers and others for alleged patent infringements when their organic and non-GE fields and crops become contaminated by Monsanto’s GE crops.   The suit was filed on behalf of the plaintiffs in federal district court in Manhattan by patent attorney Dan Ravicher, Executive Director of the Public Patent Foundation, a not-for-profit legal services organization affiliated with the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in Manhattan.NOFA Vermont welcomed the opportunity to join the suit.  ‘Monsanto’s patents on GE corn, canola, cotton, soybeans and, most recently, alfalfa, not only give it the power to  intimidate Vermont’s non-GE and organic farmers and threaten their markets and livelihoods’, said Dave Rogers, NOFA’s Policy Advisor, ‘but their patents have enabled Monsanto to gain alarming economic and political power to control the development of  American and global agricultural and food systems, as well as to influence the opinions and decisions of politicians, government regulators and research institutions.  As a result, they have been able to thwart objective investigations of mounting evidence of serious negative environmental, agricultural, economic and public health effects of their GE crops.’  Such negative impacts, the lawsuit argues, provide the legal basis under Patent Law for invalidation of Monsanto’s patents. A copy of the suit and related information can be found on NOFA Vermont’s webpage ‘ www.nofavt.org(link is external).About NOFAVermont: NOFA Vermont is member-based organization working to grow local farms, healthy food, and strong communities in Vermont. Our members are farmers, gardeners, educators and food lovers of all sorts ‘ anyone who wants to help us create a future full of local food and local farms. Our programs include farmer and gardener technical assistance, farm to school support, organic certification, advocacy, an online apprentice and farm worker directory, an annual Winter Conference, and programs that work to ensure access to fresh, local food to all Vermonters, regardless of income.last_img read more