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Officials organize stepped-up response to COVID-19 cases in Orange and Washington Counties

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 4:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine With Orange and Washington Counties accounting for nearly 40 percent of the COVID-19 cases in the state in the last two weeks, health officials are calling on residents to join stepped-up local efforts to stop the spread of the virus. The Department of Health on Monday reported 122 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily number since the start of the pandemic, and the latest in a run of record-breaking case reports in the state. There have been 789 cases reported in the last two weeks in Vermont. Of those, 68 are in Orange County for an incidence rate of 23.5 per 10,000 people – twice the state incidence rate of 12.6. In Washington County there are 233 cases for an incidence rate of nearly 40 cases per 10,000 people – over three times the state rate.

Vermont Department of Health to receive the 2020 Con Hogan Community Leadership Award

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 4:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In a year when Vermonters’ lives have been dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vermont Community Foundation and the organizing committee for the Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership have announced that the 2020 award will go to the Vermont Department of Health (VDH). The award this year recognizes the department and its staff for their commitment to Vermonters’ safety in this perilous time; their steady, data-driven leadership; and their tenacity in the face of chaos.

Imerys sells Vermont talc assets to Magris Resources

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 4:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the North American Talc Subsidiaries of Imerys (Imerys Talc America, Imerys Talc Vermont, and Imerys Talc Canada or, collectively, the "Debtors") announced that the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has approved the sale of substantially all of the Debtors' assets, plus an agreement to assume certain Assumed Liabilities, to Magris Resources Canada Inc. Magris will acquire substantially all of the Debtors' assets for a purchase price of US$223 million, plus the assumption of certain Assumed Liabilities. 

VCLF launches new TRAILS loan program

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 3:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Community Loan Fund has announced the launch of TRAILS (Tourism & Recreation Adventure Infrastructure LoanS), a new loan program designed to meet the financing needs of Vermont’s outdoor recreation organizations and entrepreneurs. Eligible prospects for TRAILS loans include (but are not limited to) for- and nonprofit businesses and organizations that create opportunities for outdoor recreation; “adjacent” businesses or organizations serving participants in outdoor recreation; and outdoor rec-related manufacturers and retailers. Existing and start-up enterprises are eligible. Allowable uses for loans include real estate and land acquisition, facility construction or improvement, inventory, and general operating capital.

Vermont calls on local businesses to join holiday shopping campaign

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 3:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets in collaboration with the Department of Tourism will launch a holiday shopping promotional campaign to highlight Vermont producers and merchants. Supported via CARES Act funding, this campaign includes both statewide and regional components across an array of media. Statewide, the campaign will encourage online and brick-and-mortar shopping at Vermont-based merchants. Regionally, the campaign will support online sales of Vermont-made products.

Community Bank NA to open office in Williston

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 3:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Community Bank NA recently announced plans to open a new location at Cottonwood Drive on Route 2 in Williston in mid-December. The brand-new office space will offer retail, business and trust services and add the Williston community to the bank’s extensive branch network. Upon completion of the building, all staff from Community Bank N.A.’s 275 Kennedy Drive branch in South Burlington will relocate to Williston, including government, commercial banking and trust teams. The branch is expected to open mid-December with all other departments moving over by January 18, 2021.

Vermont specialty food & beverage producers named finalists at national 2021 Good Food Awards

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 2:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Twenty-two Vermont specialty food and beverage producers have been named finalists in the national 2021 Good Food Awards. The Good Food Awards are presented by the Good Food Foundation as a way of “shining a spotlight on the taste-making crafters at the vanguard of deliciousness and social and environmental excellence, the Awards catalyzes a shift in spending towards truly good food, and the rest of the industry follows.” Out of 1,928 entries across 16 categories, 336 producers made it into the finals, with 22 Vermont finalists in 13 categories.

Jeff Tieman: The second wave

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 12:43pm -- tim

by Jeff Tieman, VAHHS President and CEO A “second wave” of COVID-19 has been a possibility for months but seemed a distant one, especially given Vermont’s best-in-the-nation response so far. Even as our infection numbers were small and stable, many people, including Department of Health Commissioner Mark Levine, said Vermont is not an island. Last week, that became all too evident.

COVID-19 cases set new record with 122, state surpasses 3000 total

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 11:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health reported another single-day record of COVID-19 cases with 122 cases statewide. The state also surpassed 3,000 total cases. Hospitalizations are up to 19, but there is only one person in the ICU and there are no new deaths, which are holding at 59. Washington and Orange Counties have seen significant case growth over the last two weeks. Much of the spike in outbreaks is caused by social gatherings, including Halloween parties, which led Governor Scott on Friday to order that all non-household gatherings to cease. He also closed bars but not restaurants or retail operations.

Pharmacy college will close Vermont campus in June 2021

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 10:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont is losing another college. The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) Administration in conjunction with the Board of Trustees will close operations on its satellite campus in Vermont in June 2021. The accelerated PharmD program will be discontinued after the current students have successfully completed the program. ACPHS operates out of office space on Water Tower Hill in Colchester.

State grants available for outdoor recreation projects

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 6:39am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) announced that funds are available for outdoor recreation grants via the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). These funds will be available to municipalities around the state to conserve lands and develop infrastructure dedicated to outdoor recreation.

Sara Byers: Gratitude for Tom Torti

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 5:34am -- tim

by Sara Byers In our lives, each of us has been influenced, changed and inspired by remarkable individuals around us.  Each of us can look back with gratitude for the faces and choices that lifted us up to where we are today.  In my case, I truly never dreamed of being involved in many of the things I am part of today.  I never dreamed I would have the chance to speak publicly about my experiences or serve on a board of directors or influence change in our community.  However, when you have that one stalwart person with belief in you, you begin to climb mountains you never imagined.