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VEDA: Submit PPP applications by Thursday before time runs out

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 2:11pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The SBA Paycheck Protection Program application deadline is this Saturday, August 8th. All new PPP applications must be submitted to VEDA by 5 pm tomorrow, August 6th in order to be processed on time. The US Small Business Association, with support from the Department of Treasury, has implemented the Paycheck Protection Program, authorizing up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis.

Winooski School District gets $57.8 million direct loan from USDA for new campus

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 1:51pm -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $57.8 million to build a new campus for the Winooski School District (WSD). Funds will be used to renovate the existing educational facility infrastructure to modern educational standards and expand to serve one of the fastest-growing student populations in the state of Vermont. Through its Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program, USDA Rural Development will provide and secure funding for the initiative.

Opinion: With bold steps, Vermont could lead nation in remote work

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:45pm -- tim

by Betsy Bishop, President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and Aly Richards, CEO of Let’s Grow Kids When we look years ahead, how do we picture Vermont? Where are our workplaces centered, where are our homes in relation to our workplaces, and how do we see working parents in our state thriving? Vermont is in a pivotal moment. Amid the economic and emotional pain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is asking these questions and learning lessons about what community means, the necessity of innovation, and how to best live and work together.

Vermont Research News: What can VT teach the nation about COVID-19?

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:22pm -- tim

Vermont Research News Bill McKibben, the Vermont writer recently published a piece in the New Yorker, highlighting Vermont’s low COVID-19 death rates and exploring why. McKibben cites state leadership, high levels of social trust, competent health leaders that have been put front and center in the crisis, a fairly healthy population, and an active and engaged media among other factors.

GMP restores power to more than 36,000 customers, fewer than 2,300 to go

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 11:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) crews worked through the night to get the lights back on for more than 36,000 customers after Tropical Storm Isaias slammed Vermont with strong winds and heavy rain late Tuesday. Winds of 50MPH were the biggest problem, tearing down trees and power lines. Most of the damage was concentrated in the southern part of the state, from Bennington to Brattleboro and north along the eastern side of Vermont up through the Upper Valley area north of White River.

Kezzler & Trace announce cannabis supply chain partnership

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 9:48am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Trace and Kezzler, two leaders in their respective industries, are announcing the launch of their partnership today. The collaboration between Burlington-based Trace, the nation's most advanced hemp and cannabis seed-to-sale tracking solution, and Kezzler, a global leader in supply chain traceability and serialization technology based in Oslo will redefine supply-chain visibility in the hemp and cannabis industries.  

VDH COVID-19 Update: Health leaders push for school opening

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 5:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Scientific evidence continues to support school reopening in Vermont. Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD said at a press conference Tuesday that as new medical literature about COVID-19 continues to emerge, we must carefully consider and review each one for nuances and how the findings may apply to our policies and actions. The VDH also reported today that there were five new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 1,431. Vermont has the lowest case count and lowest positivity rate in the nation.

Gusty winds knock out power to more than 13,800 GMP customers already

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 5:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Tropical Storm Isaias reached Vermont late this afternoon, bringing damaging winds that tore down trees and powerlines, knocking out power to more than 11,500 customers mostly in Bennington and Windham Counties. The storm is forecasted to roll north and exit Vermont around midnight. GMP is urging customers to be safe, be prepared in case of outages, and stay away from any downed lines or trees.

OneCare releases quality measure scores for performance year 2019

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 5:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine OneCare Vermont is announcing all available quality measure scores for Performance Year 2019. As an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), OneCare is accountable for both the quality and cost of health care for attributed Vermonters and is committed to supporting providers as they work to reach quality targets. Each year, health care organizations and providers in the ACO work to meet specific quality measures. Quality measures help OneCare assess health care processes, outcomes, and patient perceptions linked to high-quality health care delivery. 

Bennington and Windsor counties win 2020 Census PUSH Week

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 5:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Census PUSH Week concluded Sunday after pushing 2020 Census self-response rates higher throughout the Northeast. Among Vermont counties, Bennington and Windsor counties tied for the top spot by boosting their rates 0.6 percentage points from July 27 to Aug. 2. The counties got help during Push Week from several Mobile Questionnaire Assistance (MQA) events, during which residents were able to get their Census questions answered and complete their questionnaires on the spot. Several other Vermont counties were close behind. The state’s overall response rate increased 0.5 percentage points during the week.

Leahy introduces bill to protect federal employees’ right to file FOIA requests

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 5:11pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), along with Rep. Carolyn B Maloney and Rep. Gerald E Connolly, introduced the Federal Employee Access to Information Act to ensure that federal employees are able to use the nation’s premier transparency law, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), without reprisal. FOIA helps expose government wrongdoing and abuses, and Leahy believes that federal employees must be free to use FOIA in the same way as other citizens.

Vermont Arts Council announces public art design grantees

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 5:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Infusing art with infrastructure, the three award-winning projects of the Vermont Art Council’s 2020 Animating Infrastructure grants promise to help create unique places where people want to live, work, visit and play: Town of Hyde Park: $5,000; Town of South Royalton: $5,000; Franklin Grand Isle Bookmobile: $5,000.