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Catamount Solar and Northern Reliability to install solar array and battery storage system

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 11:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) has selected two leading Vermont renewable energy companies, Catamount Solar of Randolph and Northern Reliability of Waterbury, to construct VELCO's Pinnacle Ridge Solar and Storage Project at the Company's headquarters in Rutland, Vermont. Work is well underway on this project that includes a 500 kW solar array tied to a 1.2 MWh energy storage system designed to reduce VELCO's energy use at times of high-cost, peak system demand and increase electric grid stability.

UVM president responds to Burlington mayor on COVID-19 testing and protocols

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 10:48am -- tim

UVM President Garimella to Burlington Mayor Weinberger As you know, we worked closely with Governor Scott’s office and in consultation with the Vermont Department of Health, as well as our own internationally recognized public health and infectious disease experts, in the development of UVM’s plan. I am proud to say that it not only meets the Governor’s standards, it exceeds many of them, and is one of the most stringent plans of any university in the nation. On Friday, Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine also expressed his confidence in our approach.

VSAC Survey: Nearly all students will return and prefer in-person, but finances stressed

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 10:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Student Assistance Corp released survey results today that capture the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected college enrollment plans among Vermont students. While most rising and current college students still plan to enroll this fall, the survey suggests that the pandemic’s financial toll on families, through job losses and the like, is creating significant angst about students’ ability to pay for higher education. The vast majority of students surveyed – 90% of first-year students and 85% of returning students – reported that they still planned to enroll in college in the fall of 2020. However, when asked if their plans would change if they had to take most of their classes online, more students (19%) reported that they would delay or cancel enrollment, with 13% of respondents undecided. Students of color were nearly twice as likely as white students to report wanting academic support to successfully complete online classes.

Leahy reacts to President Trump’s coronavirus executive orders

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 12:29pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) The President wants to reopen schools, but opposes funding for schools to make them safe. The President thinks the virus will just disappear, but opposes funding for testing and tracing. The President promises that vaccines will be available by November, but opposes funding for vaccine development, distribution, and to make the vaccine affordable to everyone. The President says that the virus “is what it is,” but he opposes funding for hospitals and other health care providers to support the front line workers who care for victims of the virus.

UVM virtual summer internships have value, too

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 11:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Jack Valentine was eagerly looking forward to the summer internship he’d landed working for Shutterstock, a multinational tech firm headquartered in the Empire State Building in the heart of Manhattan. The internship sounded exciting. So did the prospect of living in the city. Then COVID hit. Instead of making the Manhattan scene and hanging out in Shutterstock’s Google-like offices, Valentine — a junior marketing major in UVM’s Grossman School from Okemo, Vermont — is cooped up in his Burlington apartment interning remotely via Zoom, email and Slack. But a funny thing has happened. While the Manhattan trappings are absent, Valentine is still learning plenty.

St Mike's Remote Teaching and Learning Summer Workshop Series begins this week

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 9:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Saint Michael’s College Graduate Education Program’s Remote Teaching and Learning Summer Workshop Series in August will allow educators to hear from experts in the field about innovative strategies and tools to build their capacity to teach, engage, support and assess all learners in preparation to teach remotely.                                                                                                                                                                               

With dramatic gain, UVM sets new record for research funding

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 9:48am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont received $181.7 million in research funding during the 2020 fiscal year, surpassing last year’s amount by $37.4 million, or 26%. The total is the largest in UVM history by a wide margin, eclipsing the previous high of $146 million set in 2010, when extra stimulus funding was available to colleges and universities for their research efforts.

More state grant money available, Open Farm Week begins Monday

Sat, 08/08/2020 - 5:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Scott and the Department for Children and Families on Friday announced the launch of the Operational Relief Grant Program, funded with $12 million from the federal CARES Act. Plus the Local Government Expense Reimbursement Grant Program for Vermont municipalities is now open. Also, The 6th annual Open Farm Week is August 10 - 16. This year's offerings will focus on events appropriate for the current pandemic-related guidelines: tours, picnics, farm trails, virtual/online events.

Kaman in Bennington makes $118 million OEM deal

Sat, 08/08/2020 - 4:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Kaman Composites – Vermont, Inc (KCV), a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced Friday that it has entered into a new Long Term Agreement with a major engine OEM to manufacture components for both existing production and newly developed engine programs. The components will be industrialized and manufactured at Kaman’s facilities in Bennington, Vermont, with initial deliveries expected by the end of 2020. The potential value is $118 million.

Lake Champlain Chocolates launches chocolate bar collection inspired by nature

Sat, 08/08/2020 - 1:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Indulge. Restore. Repeat. This is the mantra of Lake Champlain Chocolates’ (LCC) new line, the Restorative Moments Chocolate Bar Collection. Inspired by nature and crafted from organic and fair trade certified extra-dark chocolate, the Vermont chocolatier’s line was born from the desire that chocolate should preserve and protect restorative moments, both in life and in our environment.

Norwich welcomes first group of students to campus in phased reopening

Sat, 08/08/2020 - 10:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As part of its phased reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic, Norwich University is welcoming the first group of students to campus on Saturday, August 8, a process that involves a highly structured intake methodology to include health screenings and COVID-19 testing. As part of the university’s phased reopening, students who need to quarantine in keeping with the State of Vermont’s guidelines will arrive on campus first; other groups will follow later. Norwich is expecting to welcome 400 to 500 students on Saturday.

Early Learning Center reopening soon at Fort Ethan Allen

Sat, 08/08/2020 - 5:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Following the closure of the Early Learning Center at Saint Michael’ s College in June, a small group of dedicated staff, parents and community members have worked tirelessly to re-establish an independent, non-profit early childhood education center in the same building on North Campus/Fort Ethan Allen, scheduled to open August 31. Board members of the new Early Learning Center (ELC) said this week that the work has involved everything from legal incorporation with the State of Vermont, designing a website and organizing payroll administration, to coordinating open house meetings with families, writing a family handbook and cleaning the center in preparation for re-opening.