Vermont Business Magazine The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today $7.8 million in direct assistance grants to 340 fire departments nationwide through the agency’s FY2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant COVID-19 Supplemental program (AFG-S). The AFG-S Program includes grants to the following fire departments in Vermont: Norwich, VT – Fire Department - $2,795; Middlebury, VT – Fire Department - $2,566; Underhill-Jericho, VT – Fire Department - $8,655.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont House and Senate Committees on Appropriations are seeking public input on the Governor’s Recommended FY 2021 State Budget and will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, August 28, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. via videoconferencing. The Committees will take testimony on the Governor’s recommended State Budget at the above date and time. Anyone interested in testifying should sign up in advance of the hearing through the following online form: https://legislature.vermont.gov/links/public-hearing-happ, no later than August 26.
Vermont Business Magazine The Fair Labor Association (FLA) announced today that its board of directors voted to accredit the social compliance program of Burton, a Burlington-based, privately held, snowboarding and mountain lifestyle company founded in Vermont in 1977. Accreditation by the FLA recognizes that Burton has systems in place to identify and remediate unfair labor practices in its global supply chain. Burton manufactures products in 72 contract factories in 10 countries and one owned prototyping facility in the United States.
Vermont Business Magazine As part of FEMA's relief effort, more than $11.6 million in federal Disaster Relief Funds have been granted to Vermont. As of August 3, the federal government provided a significant amount of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the state, including more than 783,000 gloves, 211,000 N95 respirator masks, 70,000 face shields and 100,000 non-surgical gowns.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.