Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and Senator Bernie Sanders, in partnership with Vermont Afterschool, today announced the recipients of the Afterschool & Summer Expanding Access Grant program for the summers of 2022 and 2023 and the 2022–2023 school year. A total of $4.23 million was awarded to 39 programs from 11 Vermont counties. Building off the successful 2021 Summer Matters grant initiative and the progress Vermont has made toward offering universal afterschool and summer programs, the Expanding Access Grants will continue to reduce gaps in Vermont’s current summer and afterschool system by addressing affordability, increasing availability, building long-lasting partnerships to promote sustainability, and piloting innovative approaches.
Vermont Business Magazine The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the University of Vermont (UVM) approximately $200,000 in funding to perform a study to assess current capacity at on farm digesters to accept food wastes; the potential impacts of food waste co-digestion on biogas production; and the potential impacts of co-digestion on nutrients and microplastics in digestate. The goal of this grant opportunity nationally is to help reduce food loss and waste and to divert food waste from landfills and incinerators by expanding anaerobic digester capacity in the United States. The grant is one of 11 projects selected for funding in 2022 which include feasibility studies, modeling efforts, demonstration projects, as well as technical assistance and training.
Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) announced that sign-ups are now open for its popular summer tours at the Kingdom Community Wind Project in Lowell, Vermont. Each year, hundreds of Vermonters and tourists alike visit the wind farm to see how it works up close and to learn more about wind energy. The tours are free and last about last about 90 minutes, with GMP experts guiding your visit to two of the project’s 21 wind turbines and answering your questions. In surveys, previous tour participants have consistently praised the experience:
Vermont Business Magazine Recent real estate transactions from Pomerleau Real Estate Commercial Brokerage, Burlington. Including: Bill Townsend has purchased the iconic 11-17 Center Street building in Brandon, Vt. The beautiful 7,000 SF brick building sits in the middle of downtown and is home to the historic Café Provence. After years of ownership, Chef Robert has decided to sell his building. His business, Café Provence, is also currently for sale.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting 379 cases of COVID-19 for (211 Monday; Sunday 197; Saturday; 414 Friday). VDH also today reported no additional deaths from the virus. The total death toll is 654 lives lost. Hospitalizations have begun to decrease after a recent surge, even as case counts remain relatively high.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont officials are working to help families and caregivers impacted by a nationwide infant formula shortage. Vermont families are reporting difficulty finding infant formula in stores as a result of supply chain issues and the recall of certain Abbott Nutrition products in February. Abbott recalled seven different infant products after four babies developed bacterial infections from consuming formula that was produced at a manufacturing plant in Michigan. The facility was subsequently shut down to address the situation. To help Vermonters navigate the shortage and find safe and healthy options for feeding their babies, the Health Department has set up a web page of information, resources and recommendations: healthvermont.gov/formula-shortage.
Vermont Business Magazine This year’s commencement at the University of Vermont—the 221st in its history—will take place on the University Green on Sunday, May 22, marking a return to the university’s traditional celebration after two years of re-imagined ceremonies due to pandemic restrictions. UVM President Suresh Garimella will confer degrees on an estimated 3,332 graduates, including 2,558 bachelors, 515 masters, 131 doctoral and 118 medical degree recipients. Among expected degree recipients are students from 44 states and 122 international students from 27 foreign countries. Approximately 1,057 graduates are from Vermont. The graduating class includes an expected 415 students of color.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott, the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) today announced that $6 million in brownfields funding has been committed to the cleanup and redevelopment of 453 Pine Street in Burlington. The current redevelopment proposal, being led by two Burlington entrepreneurs, includes a Nordic-style bathhouse and wellness space, boutique bowling alley and entertainment venue, and open space. Burlington residents and local entrepreneurs Jovial King and Alex Crothers have teamed up on the new project that brings together their decades of experience growing businesses that create economic opportunity and enhance community connection.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Transportation today announced more than $2.1 million in awards for the 2023 Vermont Better Roads Program to support municipal road projects that improve water quality and result in maintenance cost savings. The grant funds totaling $2,190,100 are provided by AOT in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and are sourced from federal and state transportation funds and the State’s Clean Water Fund. The Vermont Better Roads Program promotes the use of erosion control and maintenance techniques that save money while protecting and enhancing water quality around the State.
Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Electric Department (BED), a not-for-profit public power utility serving the City of Burlington, today announced to the community that it is proposing a 3.95 percent electricity rate increase during fiscal year 2023 (FY23) that will appear first as a surcharge on customer bills in August 2022. The rate change will be reviewed by the Public Utility Commission (PUC). The increase is well below current inflation rates, and BED’s total rates will remain low compared to the Vermont average. BED’s financials have been bolstered by passage last fall of the $20 million Net Zero Energy Revenue Bond that has become a key source of capital funding, by strong production from BED’s McNeil Generating Station during the high energy price winter of 2021-22, and by the fact that BED’s resources are all renewable.
Vermont Business Magazine Wild Apple Graphics in Woodstock was purchased by local Vermonter Shawn Harned from company founders John & Laurie Chester. Financial terms were not disclosed. Shawn has been an employee at the company since 2018, initially as Director of Sales and then as Chief Operating Officer. Shawn’s professional background in sales and management is exactly what the company needs for continued success. An experienced leader and strategist, his focus on customer growth, new markets, deeper relationships, and empowering the Wild Apple team, will continue to drive Wild Apple to further success.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Philip B Scott declared May 2022 Physical Fitness and Sports Month in Vermont, encouraging Vermonters to be active this spring. The proclamation was requested by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, a physical activity promotion and advocacy group comprised of volunteers appointed by the Governor and representing a broad spectrum of Vermonters. The proclamation aligns with the national designation of May as Physical Fitness and Sports Month, an effort by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to raise awareness about the benefits of physical activity.