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VT Breakfast on the Farm Awards $31,000 in dairy promotion grants

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 10:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This year Vermont Breakfast on the Farm shifted its approach to agritourism due to COVID-19.  Instead of hosting in-person breakfast on the farm events, a virtual tour was held at Newmont Farm for 1,800 people in May.  In addition, a new grant program was created to give Vermont farmers and industry organizations the opportunity to engage the public in learning about modern dairy farming in the Green Mountain State in creative ways.

VDH COVID-19 Update: 148 new cases sets record, watch your mental health too

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 5:51pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health is reporting today 148 new cases of COVID-19, which is a state record and reflective of a recent surge. They are also reporting another death for 61 total (WCAX-TV is reporting another person in Rutland has died for a statewide total of 62). The VDH is urging not only that people observe health protocols to stay healthy, but also practice good mental health during these trying times.

State of Vermont employee health care plan to participate in ACO

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 5:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Yesterday, the State of Vermont authorized Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) to move forward with its plan to support health care payment and delivery system reform by attributing the State Employees Health Plans’ (Health Plans) members to the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) healthcare payment reform model effective January 1, 2021. Over the past year, the Administration took the time to review and understand the ACO model as currently administered by OneCare Vermont with the Benefits Advisory Committee, a joint union/management committee created to advise the Administration on issues related to the State Health Care Plans.

Scott relaunches electric vehicle incentive program with nearly $1 million

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 2:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) has relaunched the State’s Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Incentive Program with a new round of $950,000 in incentive funding available to income-qualified applicants to purchase or lease new PEVs. The program was first proposed by Governor Phil Scott in his FY2020 budget, and the first round of the program launched in December 2019.

DPS releases COVID Response Telecommunications Recovery Plan

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 2:11pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Public Service announces the release of the Draft COVID Response Telecommunications Recovery Plan. The Department is seeking public comment on the draft plan. The Plan was prepared by the independent consulting firm CTC Energy and Technology, in partnership with the Vermont based Rural Innovations Strategies, Inc. The Plan was commissioned at the direction of the Vermont General Assembly through Act 137 and was supported with funding from the federal CARES Act.

Working Communities Challenge awards $1.9 million in grants to four communities

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 1:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren and Governor Phil Scott today announced that the Springfield area, Greater Barre, Lamoille County and Winooski are the recipients of $300,000 grants as part of the Boston Fed’s Working Communities Challenge. The program includes more than $700,000 in additional planning and action grants for Vermont communities, and aims to strengthen the economies of rural towns and smaller cities. The competition officially launched in Vermont in 2019 with state, private sector and not-for-profit support.

Pediatricians ask Vermonters to follow health protocols to stay safe and keep schools open

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 12:50pm -- tim

Vermont Physician Groups Call on Vermonters to Prioritize their Communities and Protect Schools for our Children

Vermont Business Magazine The American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, Vermont Academy of Family Physicians and Vermont Medical Society join Governor Scott and the Vermont Department of Health in calling on Vermonters to refrain from any social gathering in order to protect and prioritize essential services like schools, child care, and health care as we see rates of community transmission of COVID-19 rise. 

Amtrak, VTrans consider new Brattleboro station

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 12:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine While the return of passenger service to Vermont is not imminent, there's promising news that Amtrak is planning for it. Amtrak today announced it is in discussions with the Town of Brattleboro, NECR Railroad and the State of Vermont on its proposal for a new, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant Brattleboro Station, including a new station building, platform and track changes. The new station will feature the first level boarding platform in Vermont.

Governor issues statement honoring Vermonters lost to COVID-19, as state reports 61st death

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 10:07am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Flags are lowered to half-staff today in honor of all 61 Vermonters lost to COVID-19, as they are on the 19th of each month. The 19th was selected because the first two COVID-related deaths in Vermont were on March 19. Cases across the US and in Vermont have been growing in both number and deaths. After not having a single COVID death since July, the Vermont Department of Health has reported three in the last two weeks, with two of those in the last two days, both of which have been from Rutland County. WCAX is reporting that there are now three deaths over the past days at Rutland Healthcare and Rehab, bringing the unofficial tally to 62. Vermont set a new record today as the VDH reported 148 new cases of COVID-19.

Altus acquires 2.5-megawatt solar project in Vermont

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 6:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Altus Power America, Inc has completed the acquisition of a 2.5-megawatt operating solar project in Charlotte, Vermont. The acquired project generates approximately 3 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually. This project sells energy to VEPP, Inc, a not-for-profit Vermont Corporation that administers two of Vermont's Renewable Energy Programs under contract with the Vermont Public Utility Commission.

Warmer and wetter: UVM leads the largest study of climate change in Vermont

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 5:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine When it comes to stories about climate change in Vermont, it’s hard to beat Joe’s Pond in the Northeast Kingdom – where locals bet on when the ice melts. Since the 1980s, folks have put a cinder block on the pond when it freezes. When the ice melts, the block sinks – unplugging an alarm clock that captures the exact time of the melt. There’s a clear pattern. The ice is melting earlier.