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VCF names first grant recipients from VT COVID-19 Response Fund

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 2:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Community Foundation distributed the first round of grants, totaling nearly $380,000, from its Vermont COVID-19 Response Fund during the week of March 23. The grants ranged from $5,000 to $30,000 and were made specifically to entities addressing homelessness, working on the frontlines with vulnerable populations, and providing basic needs, such as meals and food access to homebound seniors.

Donovan releases Directive on Enforcement of COVID-19 Executive Order

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 2:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan today published Attorney General’s Directive to Law Enforcement on the Enforcement of COVID-19 Emergency Order. The directive is geared toward law enforcement, including state’s attorneys, sheriffs, and police. The directive establishes that the Attorney General will bring all enforcement actions related to the COVID-19 Emergency Order and provides steps for how law enforcement should approach noncompliant businesses and individuals.

New UVM-developed App could help panic attack sufferers during pandemic

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 1:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For the nearly 36 million Americans who experience panic attacks, the coronavirus pandemic is a potentially significant new trigger, a recent story in the Washington Post reported. For panic attack sufferers facing these new anxieties, there is little recourse. Medication is minimally effective and has side effects. Cognitive behavioral therapy doesn’t work for nearly two-thirds of panic sufferers. And bio-feedback, which has shown promise, is cumbersome and impractical to use outside a laboratory or clinical setting.

Vermont’s broadband networks can support widespread telehealth and distance learning

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 1:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Public Service wants you to know that Vermont’s broadband networks have enough bandwidth to support widespread telehealth and distance learning.  That said, you need to know that there are households and businesses in Vermont that may not have enough bandwidth for multiple users at one time. 

FEMA to provide financial assistance to State of Vermont, local govs

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 1:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the US Department of Homeland Security is giving public notice of its intent to provide financial assistance to the State of Vermont, local governments, and private nonprofit organizations under the national emergency declaration issued by the President on March 13, 2020, as a result of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Community response and mutual aid efforts organize across Vermont

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 12:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As the enormity of the impact of COVID-19 has become clear, Vermonters across the state are stepping forward to support their neighbors, connecting those in need with those that can help. Community response teams and mutual aid networks are emerging across Vermont to recruit willing volunteers and connect them with neighbors who are looking for help. Volunteer efforts include grocery and medicine delivery, accessing key benefits and resources, phone trees to check in on vulnerable neighbors, technology support, pet care, and more.

Weekly unemployment claims exceed 14,000

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 10:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont unemployment insurance claims increased exponentially last week as layoffs and business closures caused as expected a severe spiked in the number of claims. At the height of the Great Recession in 2009, under 39,000 claims were filed for the entire year. Last week alone 14,633 new claims were filed, an increase of 10,849 in one week. As reported today, the US unemployment rate for March jumped to 4.4 percent in March, the highest rate since August 2017.

Middlebury to host virtual panel as part of national climate teach-in

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 9:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Tuesday, April 7, Middlebury will be Vermont’s lead college for a nationwide, virtual teach-in focused on local solutions to climate change. "Solve Climate By 2030," a project based at Bard College, will feature simultaneous, university-led webinars in almost all 50 states plus DC, Puerto Rico and five international sites. For the Vermont webinar, Middlebury’s Franklin Environmental Center will bring together statewide experts for a virtual panel.

Access to NBT Bank branches adjusted during pandemic

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 9:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine NBT Bank, with branches in Northwestern Vermont, has announced adjustments to branch access designed to enable continued banking service while maintaining strong protocols for social distancing and cleaning. To help stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and ensure the health and safety of employees and customers, all in-person banking transactions are being conducted through drive-up lanes and walk-up windows. Hours of operation have been adjusted, and some offices have been temporarily consolidated with nearby locations.

During COVID-19 emergency, open burning is not advised

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 9:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine It is strongly advised that the public postpone all outdoor burning through at least May 30, 2020. Open burning creates the risk of an escaped fire and puts pressure on emergency personnel. Given that Vermont is currently experiencing community-wide spread of COVID-19, there is a need to minimize any additional pressure on emergency personnel both in terms of response and unnecessary potential contact with people who may have COVID-19.

Vermont Research News: Local business step up; little free libraries become food banks; ski community gives back; Gov. Scott supports local media

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 4:43am -- Gabriella.March...

Center for Research on Vermont The Vermont Research News at UVM is a bi-monthly curated collection of Vermont research -- focused on research in the Vermont "laboratory" -- research that provides original knowledge to the world and research that adds to an understanding of the state's social, economic, cultural and physical environment.

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