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VHCB awards $53.8 million in state and federal funds

Mon, 07/19/2021 - 2:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine At meetings on June 23 and July 8, the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board committed $31,447,000 in state funding and $22,364,574 in federal funds to preserve, rehabilitate and create homes and to expand shelter capacity. A total of 389 homes will be created, with 221 reserved for previously homeless households and those at risk of homelessness.

COVID-19 business coaching available for Farm, Food & Forest sector businesses

Mon, 07/19/2021 - 2:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, is expanding services to help working lands businesses navigate urgent needs related to COVID-19. Funding to support this programming comes from the State of Vermont, allocated by the Vermont Legislature.

GlobalFoundries to build new chip plant in Upstate New York

Mon, 07/19/2021 - 1:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine GlobalFoundries (GF), the global leader in feature-rich semiconductor manufacturing, today announced its expansion plans for its most advanced manufacturing facility in upstate New York over the coming years. These plans include immediate investments to address the global chip shortage at its existing Fab 8 facility as well as construction of a new fab on the same campus that will double the site’s capacity. Separately, GF said they will also be making targeted investments in our Burlington, Vermont, facility in the next two years.

UVMMC submits conceptual CON to develop outpatient surgery center

Mon, 07/19/2021 - 12:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Advancing a long-term plan to address the evolving health care needs of patients in our region, the UVM Medical Center in Burlington has requested permission from the Green Mountain Care Board to begin planning a modern outpatient surgery center that would further its commitment to provide high quality care at the lowest cost, in a health care setting most appropriate for each patient. Through the filing of a Conceptual Certificate of Need (CON), the hospital seeks an expedited review following the reduction of available operating rooms resulting from the closure of the Fanny Allen outpatient location due to air quality issues.

Green Mountain Power virtual bi-annual meeting on Tuesday

Mon, 07/19/2021 - 11:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) is reminding customers that they’re invited to join GMP’s Bi-Annual Open House meeting on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. live on the GMP Facebook page. It is a chance to meet with company leaders and ask questions about GMP’s Multi-Year Regulation Plan, base rate request, performance measures for customers, innovative programs, and GMP’s climate plan.

New law limits liabilities for Agritourism

Mon, 07/19/2021 - 7:57am -- tim

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets A new law may help some Vermont business owners sleep a little better at night. Vermont Act 31, An Act Relating to Limiting Liability for Agritourism, went into effect on July 1, 2021. Act 31 acknowledges that there are “inherent risks” in participating in agritourism activities and shifts those risks to properly warned consumers. The Act covers recreational, educational, entertainment, historical and nature-based activities on farms, such as farm tours and pick-your-own. It does not include on-farm lodging, retail establishments or farm stands.   

Elizabeth Campbell: Rethinking congregate housing in Vermont

Mon, 07/19/2021 - 4:52am -- tim

by Elizabeth Campbell Vermont is a glorious place to live for so many reasons but if you, like me, are the parent of an adult child with significant cognitive disabilities, Vermont can be a scary place to call home.  Not because Vermonters aren’t unfailingly kind to my son, who has a particularly challenging form of Down Syndrome and so will need lifelong supervision. It’s a scary place to live because once I am no longer able to care for my son, he will likely end up in Vermont’s adult foster care system, which Vermont calls “Shared Living.” 

Broadband expansion: Looking down those lonely roads

Sun, 07/18/2021 - 4:14pm -- tim

by C.B. Hall, Vermont Business Magazine Vermont's seemingly endless pursuit of universal access to high-speed internet service continued on June 8, when Governor Phil Scott signed legislation, H360, which will establish a Vermont Community Broadband Board. The new body will award grants to build out the state's telecommunications network so as to provide 100 megabit-per-second download and upload speeds – symmetrical 100Mbps, in common parlance.

DPS releases final Ten-Year Telecom Plan

Sun, 07/18/2021 - 4:01pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Public Service has issued the 2021 Vermont Ten-Year Telecommunications Plan. The final plan was adopted June 30. The 382-page Plan provides an overview of the current state of telecommunications services and facilities in the state, current trends in usage and adoption, and recommendations for improving access to broadband services throughout Vermont.

Mamava and Hello Bello partner to support breastfeeding on-the-go

Sun, 07/18/2021 - 2:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As the world reopens in anticipation of one of the biggest travel seasons in history—Mamava, the category creator of freestanding lactation spaces, and Hello Bello, the premium baby products company co-founded by parents Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, announced a partnership that will show some big love to breastfeeding mothers. To kick things off, Hello Bello teamed up with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to place 11 Mamava ADA pods into all post-security concourses at the busiest airport in the United States.

Special Meeting of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel July 19

Sun, 07/18/2021 - 5:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Federal Nuclear Waste Policy Committee of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (VT NDCAP) will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, July 19, 2021 from 1 pm to 2 pm. This meeting will be conducted primarily as a webcast and teleconference. However, in accordance with Vermont Open Meeting Law, the following physical location will be available for those wishing to attend this meeting: 118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro.

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