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SBA holding PPP and EIDL Webinars

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 6:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the SBA Vermont District Office is hosting a free webinar from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays to discuss the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance, and any pertinent updates. Also, The SBA Vermont District Office is hosting a free daily webinar from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday to Friday to discuss Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness and other changes.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Zero new cases for first time in two weeks

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 5:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For the first time since June 16, the Vermont Department of Health is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 in Vermont. Also, effective Wednesday, July 1, people from low-risk counties in additional states can travel to Vermont without having to quarantine. The broader allowances are based on detailed modeling and analysis of health and population data. The additional states include Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.

COVID-relief financial aid packages head to governor

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 5:21pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Both Governor Phil Scott and Speaker of the House Mitzi Jonson held press conferences Monday and both discussed the Coronavirus Relief Fund and money spent, and not spent, toward economic recovery. The governor will again hold press conferences Wednesday and Friday discuss COVID-19 health news and the reopening of the economy. He is also expected to sign legislation recently passed by lawmakers. Bills need to be vetted on both sides before Scott can sign them. He’s not expected to veto any of the recently passed legislation, including the CRF bills.

House Climate Crisis Action Plan includes nine Welch-sponsored bills

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 3:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Nine bills to boost energy efficiency and promote clean energy authored by Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) were included in the comprehensive congressional climate action framework unveiled on Tuesday by the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. The Select Committee’s climate action framework outlines ambitious and achievable policies to grow our economy and put Americans back to work in clean energy jobs, protect the health of all families, make sure our communities and farmers can withstand the impacts of climate change, and protect America’s land and water for the next generation.

East Central Vermont EDD adopts 2020-2025 CEDS plan

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 3:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The East Central Vermont Economic Development District (ECVEDD) has adopted a new 5-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). This plan replaces the District’s 2016-2021 CEDS, and features strategies and actions that promote regional resilience, business innovation, workforce development and retention, robust infrastructure, quality of life and place, and healthy communities.

It also prioritizes economic recovery in the wake of COVID-19. The plan is available at:

Marlboro College: Going, going ...

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 3:15pm -- tim

by C.B. Hall, Vermont Business Magazine The sale of the Marlboro College campus, announced on May 28, is moving forward – slowly. A statutory review of the deal by the Vermont Attorney General's Office (AGO) will postpone its consummation into July, past the original June 30 target date. A State Board of Education review of the plans may mean an even greater delay.

Vermont gets $9.3 million from FEMA for COVID-19 response

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 12:11pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Three months after federal disaster declarations for COVID-19, New England States and Tribes are slowly emerging from an unprecedented public health crisis. In March, COVID-19 arrived with a devastating impact to the residents, businesses and the collective health of New England. Thousands were left suddenly unemployed, hospitals were overwhelmed with critically ill patients, and businesses were forced to close with little notice. As of June 24, over $150 million has been obligated for Mission Assignments in the region, including the National Guard. Connecticut received $30.9 million; Massachusetts received $62.8 million; Maine, $10 million; New Hampshire $17.1 million; Rhode Island $27.5 million; and Vermont $9.3 million.

Vermont Public Radio wins four national journalism awards

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 11:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Public Radio has won four national awards for its news coverage in 2019 from the Public Radio Journalists Association (formerly Public Radio News Directors Incorporated). The winning stories included an episode of VPR’s people-powered journalism project Brave Little State and  This Land, VPR’s collaboration with Vermont PBS about the changing story of rural Vermont.

Tieman: The virus is on the run, keep it running

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 5:46am -- tim

by Jeff Tieman, VAHHS President and CEO We cannot not let our guard down. Right now, Vermont has a low infection rate and less than a handful of people hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide. Our ICU capacity is not stressed and community transmission is not substantial. This great news is the result of our collective hard work. But we cannot let up on our commitment to known and effective prevention strategies.

McClaughry: Qualified immunity and police unionization

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 4:30am -- tim

by John McClaughry The pressure is on, in Washington and Montpelier, to take far-reaching (and long overdue) action to insofar as possible prevent future police-citizen interactions of the sort that led to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Last Wednesday in Washington, Senate Democrats mustered 45 votes to prevent even consideration of a reform bill. That produced the familiar partisan gridlock that will likely   prevent any reform action until after the November election.