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VRN: What keeps you up at night, drug disposal, Cambrian fossils

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 3:19pm -- tim

Vermont Research News A recent study of a random selection of patients at the Community Health Center of Vermont in Burlington examined how well Vermonters sleep. Seven of the 30 respondents reported having a formal diagnosis of sleep apnea and about half  (16/30) reported having trouble falling asleep at least several times each week. The most common barriers to sleep included the use of electronics in the sleep environment (60% ), caffeine use and co-sleeping arrangements. Other high barriers included insomnia due to COVID-19 worries and financial concerns.

Business advocates implore lawmakers to forgive PPP loans

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 2:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont business organizations and advocates, representing cumulatively more than 9,500 employers with more than 200,000 employees, are urging the Vermont Legislature to conform with the federal treatment of forgiven Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans in the tax year 2021, just as they did in tax year 2020.

American will begin service to Dallas from BTV on July 3

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 1:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington International Airport (BTV) announced today that American Airlines will be offering service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) beginning in July 2021. The new service complements American’s service between Burlington and its hubs in Philadelphia (PHL), Chicago (ORD), Charlotte (CLT) and Washington National (DCA). Service to Dallas/Fort Worth provided by American will be seasonal, with weekly Saturday service beginning July 3rd, 2021.

VHCB awards $3.4 million to create and rehabilitate 30 homes, conserve 270 acres of farmland

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 12:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board has awarded $846,500 in state funding and $2,588,327 in federal funds for projects in Windham, Windsor, and Lamoille Counties. The VHCB awards will help to create and rehabilitate 30 homes and apartments affordable to low- and moderate-income Vermonters and will conserve 270 acres of farmland.

The moment is now to improve the health of housing

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 11:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In 2016, The Vermont Futures Project set a target for 5,000 new and retrofitted housing units per year to meet the critical need for homes across Vermont. This was a need five years ago, and as we strive to recover from the pandemic-caused economic downturn, the health of Vermont’s housing market is under more stress than ever.

VMEC CEO Bob Zider announces retirement

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 10:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Bob Zider, Director & CEO of the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC), has publicly announced his plans to retire on June 30, 2021 after 25 years with the Center.

At a VMEC Board meeting held on April 13, VMEC Assistant Director Patricia Giavara received a unanimous vote of approval to succeed Bob Zider as Interim VMEC Director & CEO effective July 1.  

ACCD: J&J vaccine halted, Vermont Forward Plan webinar today

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 10:22am -- tim

Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development Out of an abundance of caution, Vermont will be following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the Food & Drug Administration and has paused the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to extremely rare instances of adverse reactions. Also, ACCD will host a webinar today, April 14th at 3 pm to answer questions about the Vermont Forward Plan as it relates to business operations, events, and cross state travel.

Turner: The Legislature's irresponsibility on pensions

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 9:48am -- tim

by Don Turner The last thing you do in the middle of a crisis is kick the can down the road. Yet, that's exactly what the Legislature just did on Vermont's mounting pension liabilities. Earlier this year, State Treasurer Beth Pearce delivered a long overdue message to the Legislature--calling for painful cuts in order to keep the state employees' and state teachers' pensions operation. This comes years after resisting calls for structural reform to the pension system.

Roper: More Vermonters are choosing independent schools

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 3:20am -- tim

by Rob Roper While Vermont public school officials are carping about returning to the classroom post Covid, calling for higher taxes to pay for their pensions, and are otherwise consumed with controversies over mascot names and what flags get to fly on school grounds, Vermont families have been driving an interesting trend – using Vermont’s 150 year old school choice “tuitioning” program to put their kids into independent schools. 

Here are the steps University of Alabama 
Head Coach Nick Saban says are key on the journey 
to success, whether it’s football or business

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 12:00am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine As a football coach who has led his teams to seven national championships, Nick Saban knows a little something about traveling the road to success. And in Saban's eyes, success in football or in business isn't achieved by focusing on the prize but rather by giving attention to all the steps that must be taken on the journey toward winning the prize.

"One of the things I always struggle with," Saban said, "is we live in such an outcome-oriented world. People want to focus on outcomes, and I think outcomes are a bit of a distraction."

VDH COVID-19 update: J&J suspended for now, total cases edging down

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 5:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine State officials announced Tuesday that — based on the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and the Food & Drug Administration — Vermont has paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after six reports across the US of an extremely rare adverse reaction to the vaccine. All Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine appointments scheduled for Tuesday were cancelled. Vermonters who are scheduled for appointments through Friday can be rescheduled at a later date. All two-dose (Pfizer and Moderna) vaccine appointments will continue as previously scheduled. Meanwhile, over 48 percent of Vermont adults have now received at least a first dose of vaccine. COVID-19 cases were down to 73 and there were no new deaths, which are holding at 233. The recent surge in cases in Vermont and the Northeast appears to be ebbing.

Sanders statement on withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 4:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) on Tuesday issued the following statement after President Joe Biden moved to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by September. “I applaud President Biden for making the brave and right decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and bring an end to the longest war in our country’s history. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to every US and coalition servicemember who has served in Afghanistan since 2001, and we will never forget the over 2,300 US servicemembers who gave their lives there. We also remember the over 100,000 Afghan civilians who have been killed in this war."