Vermont Business Magazine Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) will celebrate its 20th Anniversary at this fall’s annual REV conference. REV2020: Power to Renew will take place virtually with regular sessions through October and November. Each session features a keynote, panel discussion and opportunity to network with leading figures in the renewable energy sector. REV2020 convenes top business, policy, and finance experts from across New England in all four major clean energy sectors: electricity, heat/cooling, transportation and efficiency.
by Nolan Atkins, Northern Vermont University Provost All of us at Northern Vermont University are greatly relieved that the immense value that NVU and Vermont Tech-Randolph bring to Vermont has been recognized and that the former Vermont State Colleges Chancellor took his proposal to close NVU and Vermont Tech-Randolph off the table. However, we also recognize that business cannot continue as usual. Significant challenges, greatly exacerbated by COVID-19, call for a right sizing and substantial transformation of the entire Vermont State Colleges System. To continue to serve Vermonters into the future, NVU’s budget will need to be reduced by 15-25% annually starting in FY22. This is not a reduction that can be achieved with small changes and local fundraisers. It is a reduction that calls for substantial change, innovation, and modernization.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermonters are invited to attend an online presentation on June 2, 2020 to review a collaborative watershed action plan. The plan encompasses 580 square miles, stretching from Peacham to Hartford, and includes 20 towns across 3 counties. It was developed in partnership with members of local communities, state scientists, watershed groups, regional planners, and agricultural partners. The public is also invited to provide comments on the plan.
Vermont Business Magazine The Peck Company Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: PECK) , a leading commercial solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company based in South Burlington, has expanded its pipeline of solar project portfolios in Maine for up to 50 MWs capacity from a leading solar development company focused on community-scale, commercial & industrial-scale and small utility-scale solar PV systems.
Vermont Business Magazine Just in time for summer-like weather, Governor Scott announced today that restaurants may provide outdoor seating beginning Friday. Indoor seating will have to wait. The restrictions include spaced out tables, a limit of 10 to any group, disposable menus and you must call ahead for reservations to avoid people congregating to wait for a table.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today reported that the statewide number of COVID-19 cases held at 944 and the number of deaths remains at 54. There has been only one death from the novel coronavirus in Vermont since May 14. Although the data continues to show Vermont is doing well in its efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, health officials say we cannot let our guard down. As Vermont slowly reopens, physical distancing from others, wearing face coverings and handwashing continue to be essential. The governor said that by Friday there could be more information on the reopening of more institutions, which could include additional health-related businesses and perhaps even churches, with limitations.
by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Phil Scott today announced a $400 million economic relief and recovery package, using funds from the $1.25 billion the state received from the Federal CARES Act. The two-phase proposal, which is expected to be the first of multiple packages necessary to fully recover, will start with $310 million for immediate emergency relief to the most impacted sectors and businesses to be followed by $90 million in long-term recovery investments. Scott said at his media briefing Wednesday that the proposal now will go to the Legislature for its approval. He said he hopes they can turn it around in a week so he can start distributing the money as soon as possible.
by Stephanie Yu, Public Assets Institute If there’s anything that has become clear in this pandemic, it’s just how important schools are to Vermont families. School staff are feeding kids, providing online instruction, helping connect kids to resources that they need—everything they always do and then some, but under much more challenging circumstances. And with schools working to reach kids who don’t have broadband access and continuing to meet students’ special education needs, they need more funding, not less.
Vermont Business Magazine VGS President and CEO Don Rendall announced today plans to step down in September 2020 after 6 years leading the company. The VGS Board of Directors has selected respected public and private sector leader Neale Lunderville as the next president and CEO. Lunderville previously was the general manager of Burlington Electric, helped establish NG Advantage, which is one of Vermont Gas' largest customers, and was a top official in the Douglas Administration.
by Tom Torti, President of the Lake Champlain Chamber If you’re as old as me, you can remember a time when you could walk into any bar or restaurant and light up your tobacco product of choice. As the old saying goes, “your right to swing your fist ends right about where my nose begins.” Well, the scientific research came about that showed how second-hand smoke could be dangerous to those around you, and in the interest of our collective health, your right to puff smoke ended right about where my nose began.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor has created an automated email that PUA claimants will receive when each weekly claim is being processed for payment with a rough timeline for receiving the payment. Also, PEUC went into production Tuesday night. DOL expects ≈1500 claimants to automatically be enrolled. They will be mailed a notification and the website will be updated to display additional information on how to file for past benefit weeks. Similar to before, because this a mainframe program, claimants will be able to file one back week per day. The system will process the filed week overnight and open the next back week the following day.
Vermont Business Magazine Community Health is taking appointments again for in-person visits with health care providers, and starting May 25th Community Health Express Care in Rutland and Castleton are once again open 8 am- 8 pm, 7 days-a-week. Since patient and staff safety is always a top priority, some protocols have been put in place for everyone who visits any of Community Health’s locations, including Community Health Dental, Community Health Pediatrics and Brandon Community Pharmacy.