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Vermont State Police begins outfitting troopers with body-worn cameras

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 5:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont State Police has begun outfitting all uniformed troopers with body-worn cameras, culminating a multi-year process to secure the necessary funding and fulfilling a commitment to Vermonters to deploy the devices. The state police launched an effort in 2015 to add body-worn cameras for all troopers to supplement the dashboard camera systems that have been in cruisers since 2000. State police leaders have been working with the Legislature ever since to acquire the body-worn cameras along with the required companion systems to store the video footage.

Community Thanksgiving 2020

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 4:51pm -- tim

Vermont Everyone Eats Raisins in your stuffing. Running 3.2 miles at your town’s Turkey Trot. A shared Thanksgiving meal at your community church sitting next to a person you just met. Each of us has our own holiday traditions, many of which will look very different this year. This is a loss, and we all feel it. But abundance remains in our community—an abundance of love, food and people taking care of each other.

UVMMC able to bring Epic system back online after cyberattack

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 3:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Health Network was able to successfully restore access to the electronic medical record system at inpatient and ambulatory sites at UVM Medical Center over the weekend – an important milestone that will improve the efficiency of the care we provide and the experience of our patients. They were also able to restore the system to ambulatory sites at Central Vermont Medical Center this morning and we expect to bring Epic back online to ambulatory sites at Porter Medical Center tomorrow and at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital as quickly as possible this week.

Tuition freeze: One commitment among many UVM is keeping

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 2:15pm -- tim

by Suresh V Garimella At a late October press conference, the University of Vermont announced some good news. For the 2021/22 academic year, UVM would freeze tuition and room and board and cut student fees, the third year in a row the university has held its tuition increase to zero. The announcement was noteworthy for two reasons. By setting the cost of attending UVM in 2021 at a rate lower than it was in 2020, it bucked national trends, making the university more—not less—accessible for students and families. It also demonstrated, in concrete terms, that the university is beginning to deliver on a series of ambitious commitments.

CEO Ronald Cioffi to retire after 40-year career at VNAHSR

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 10:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Ronald J Cioffi, RN, and CEO of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR), one of the state’s largest providers of skilled home health and hospice services, announced plans to retire in June of 2021. Cioffi, a registered nurse, and native Vermonter joined the VNA (then known as the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association) in 1980 as a dialysis nurse. In 1992 he was promoted to the Chief Executive Officer role and oversaw the agency through unprecedented financial growth and an expansion in areas served and breadth of services. Cioffi led the agency in establishing new services and partnerships including specialty clinical programs such as pediatric rehabilitation, pediatric high-tech services, wound care, hospice and palliative care, and telemonitoring.

Balint nominated as first woman Senate President Pro Tempore

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 10:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont State Senate Democratic Caucus has nominated Senator Becca Balint (D-Windham) to serve as Vermont Senate President Pro Tempore for the 2021-22 legislative session. She is the first woman and first openly gay person in Vermont history to receive this designation. Senator Balint will be joined in Senate leadership by Senator Alison Clarkson (D-Windsor), who has been elected Vermont Senate Majority Leader, and by Senator Cheryl Hooker (D-Rutland), who has been elected Vermont Senate Majority Whip. This also marks the first time in Vermont history that all three elected positions are to be held by women.

Stonecutter Spirits acquired by Berg brothers, to stay in Vermont

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 9:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Stonecutter Spirits, the award-winning Vermont producer of gin and whiskey, has been acquired by Keith Berg and Matt Berg. The two brothers, who live in New England, intend to keep Stonecutter Spirits based in Vermont. Financial terms were not disclosed. Stonecutter ceased production and closed its restaurant nearly a year ago.

Senate Republicans to be led by Randy Brock

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 9:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Senate Republicans will have a new leader in January. Senator Randy Brock (R/D-Franklin) will be taking the reigns when new members are sworn in on January 6, according to current Minority Leader Senator Joe Benning (R-Caledonia). Senator Brian Collamore (R-Rutland) will continue to serve as Assistant Minority Leader. The decision was reached in a unanimous vote of Republican Senators following a motion by Benning.

Working lands supply chain impact grants available

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 5:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This year, due to limited funds, the Working Lands Enterprise Grants will solely support Supply Chain Impact grant projects. Grant descriptions must demonstrate how the project will positively impact multiple businesses or have supply chain impacts. Grant awards are $25,000-$50,000 and first round applications are due December 6th. 

VDH reports another death for 63 total and 170 cases this weekend

Sun, 11/22/2020 - 5:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of health is reporting 86 new cases of COVID-19 today. This is an increase of 170 since Friday with one more death in Rutland County. There have been four deaths in Rutland County the last two weeks. There are a total of 3,629 total cases of the novel coronavirus since the start of the pandemic last March. 

Updated guidance on gatherings, bars and clubs

Sun, 11/22/2020 - 1:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott updated his latest executive order Friday to clarify household gathering guidance. Individuals who live alone may gather with no more than one other household. Anyone in a dangerous, unhealthy or otherwise unsafe household may gather with another household. Finally, limited outdoor fitness activities involving no more than two individuals from different households are permitted, provided these activities can be enjoyed while adhering to physical distancing and mask requirements.

Four organizations receive UVM Office of Engagement COVID-19 grants

Sun, 11/22/2020 - 11:30am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Office of Engagement, partnering with the UVM Extension Office, awarded four COVID Outreach Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grants to Vermont organizations to relieve the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of Engagement was established earlier this year with funding from the Vermont State Legislature. This initiative is reinvesting that funding in Vermont communities by providing nearly $60,000 of support the projects.