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Norwich University joins the USSTRATCOM Academic Alliance

Tue, 01/12/2021 - 10:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University has joined the U.S. Strategic Command Academic Alliance (USSTRATCOM) Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance to enable collaborative faculty and student research and interactions with the nation’s top experts on issues related to nuclear deterrence and assurance and national security. USSTRATCOM membership will provide opportunities for Norwich University students to participate in the annual Academic Alliance research conference and to apply for paid internships at USSTRATCOM’s headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska.

McClaughry: Retirement fund blues

Tue, 01/12/2021 - 4:42am -- tim

by John McClaughry Not the least of the fiscal problems facing the 2021 governor and legislature is the perilous condition of the two state retirement funds, for state employees (VSERS) and public school teachers and staff (VSTRS). Both of these funds are “defined benefit” funds: the state government has the obligation to pay enough into the funds each year, along with contributions from current employees, to make sure there will be enough there to pay current and future retirees the promised pension checks for the next 30 years.

Bennington’s historic Putnam Block reaches milestone

Tue, 01/12/2021 - 4:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Bennington Redevelopment Group (BRG) has announced that as of November 30th, 2020, the Putnam Block Redevelopment Project reached a major milestone of “substantial completion.” Construction on the $31 million revitalization of Phase I of the historic Putnam Block, transforming three historic buildings at the Four Corners in downtown Bennington, commenced in June 2019. In just a year and a half, and despite the setbacks caused by COVID-19, on December 1st, the first group of residential tenants moved into the beautifully restored Hotel Putnam building, with more to follow throughout the month.

MENTOR Vermont announces recipients of the 2020-2021 grants

Tue, 01/12/2021 - 3:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine MENTOR Vermont is excited to announce the recipients of the 2020-2021 Vermont Mentoring Grants, which provide funding for youth mentoring programs throughout the state. In 2020, MENTOR Vermont awarded 24 grants, totaling $347,850, which will support more than 100 new and existing program sites, and nearly 1,500 adult-to-youth mentor pairs in communities across Vermont.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Cases exceed 9000 total

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 5:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today reported that since Friday there have been 459 cases of COVID 19 for a total of 9,078 and one death for a total of 156. Vermont is the only state with under 23,000 cases and fewer than 200 deaths. While Vermont is still in the early stages of the vaccine rollout, the VDH said we must keep up our prevention practices, including physical distancing, mask-wearing, handwashing and staying home when we’re sick. This is still the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.

Finally, Ben & Jerry's euphoria for Fido!

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 4:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Ben & Jerry's has gone to the dogs. For the first time in the ice cream company's history, Ben & Jerry's is unveiling two new flavors designed exclusively for canines. Doggie Desserts by Ben & Jerry's are tasty frozen treats that are paws-itively perfect for your pet, specifically formulated for dogs with a sunflower butter base. The frozen fun of peanut butter & pretzel swirls in "Pontch's Mix" or the cool creaminess of pumpkin and mini cookies in "Rosie's Batch" is just what a good dog needs after a raucous puppy playdate or a long walk with their human. All of the high-quality ingredients used in Doggie Desserts can be found in current Ben & Jerry's ice cream recipes.

Vermont Ag Agency launches Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 4:21pm -- tim

Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center Strives to Make a Mark on the Region’s Dairy Industry

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) announces the full launch of the Vermont-based Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) funded by the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) and strongly supported by incoming Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and a leading member of the Agriculture Committee Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. 

New COVID relief federal stimulus & Vermont's creative sector

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 3:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the CAA or new CARES Act), signed into US law on December 27, 2020, provides $900 billion in new COVID-19 relief funding. It includes several provisions related to individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations in Vermont’s creative sector. Read on for summaries of some of the key components of the bill as well as related resources. The CAA includes a new $15 billion grant program called Save Our Stages (SOS Grants) through which the US Small Business Administration will provide aid to struggling live venue operators and related businesses.

Common Good VT becomes program of United Way of Northwest Vermont

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 3:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Common Good Vermont has joined forces with United Way of Northwest Vermont, becoming a program of the organization that works to improve the quality of life for Vermonters. Joined together under one roof, the two organizations will continue their respective missions and work as one to advance the common good for all by strengthening the nonprofit sector throughout Vermont. Common Good Vermont will retain operation of its notable programs which include several nonprofit certificate programs, Vermont Nonprofit Summer Camp, the Nonprofit New England Wage and Benefits Report (Vermont Edition), Vermont Nonprofit Advocacy & Legislative Day, Vermont Nonprofit News, job postings for Vermont mission-driven organizations and nonprofit professional training.

Leahy, Sanders demand Trump address significant COVID-19 vaccine distribution failures

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 3:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Monday, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Patty Murray (D-WA), Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee Bernard Sanders (D-VT) and 41 Senate Democrats wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar demanding the Trump administration take immediate action to fix the significant failures of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution as coronavirus cases continue to climb. In the letter, the senators call out the administration’s failure to develop and implement a comprehensive national vaccine plan, despite having months to do so.

Walmart to go 'bagless' February 15

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 3:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The State of Vermont last July implemented a “paper bag only” requirement as it banned plastic shopping bags. The decision was well-received, as retailers and customers look to lower their use of plastics. Last summer, Walmart joined other major retailers in an effort to reduce use of limited-use shopping bags. Now, following a positive response and support from its customers, Walmart is converting all Vermont stores to bagless, effective February 15.

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