Vermont Business Magazine Co-operative Insurance Companies, today announced that it has won the prestigious ValChoice award for Best Value in the states of Vermont and New Hampshire for the award year 2019/2020. This is the fourth consecutive year the company has won the awards. To win these awards, Co-op provided their customers with a unique combination of excellent customer service, claims handling and value in the auto insurance products they sold over a three-year period.
Vermont Business Magazine The Health Department has ordered more flu vaccine than usual to prepare for the increased demand, and is working closely with providers in getting their patients vaccinated. They are encouraging community partnerships to provide clinics where access may be limited, like at schools, community centers or assisted living facilities. Governor Scott is also urging Vermonters to stay vigilant to keep themselves, and by extension, keep schools safe. He also praised the new childcare hubs set up for when kids aren't in school on school days.
by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Led by the Personal Income Tax, Administration Secretary Susanne Young today released the monthly tax revenue report, which showed General Fund and Education Fund results were better than anticipated, while the Transportation Fund fell short. The PI tax is the most important revenue source. Meanwhile, the Rooms & Meals tax, the third most important, suffered along with the hospitality industry.
Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Vergennes community celebrated the official grand opening of Vergennes Community Apartments with socially-distanced property tours and live music. The Addison County Community Trust (ACCT) and Evernorth partnered to develop this highly energy-efficient, multi-family apartment building located on Armory Lane in close proximity to downtown Vergennes. Evernorth is the former Housing Vermont.
Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Vermont Legislature advanced to the governor a state budget that underscores the state’s commitment to the Vermont State Colleges System. The package includes an additional $56.1 million for the Vermont State Colleges System: $30 million of annual base funding, $23.8 million of emergency bridge funding to stabilize the colleges’ finances, and $2.3 million of Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) for workforce training to support Vermonters impacted by the pandemic. This brings the total state funding for this fiscal year to $68.6 million.
Vermont Business Magazine In order to better understand the fiscal status of the state of Vermont during COVID-19, Vermont Retail and Grocers Association encourages all retailers, grocers, and businesses that sell any products or services to provide feedback to help understand the current impact of COVID-19 on Vermont businesses. The Vermont State Economist Tom Kavet has asked once again that the Vermont Retail and Grocers Association (VRGA) share an updated survey with business owners throughout the state. The results of this survey will be used to assess the current impact of the pandemic and inform public policy in the State of Vermont.
Vermont Business Magazine Today, Mayor Miro Weinberger announced that he is appointing Kyle Dodson, the President and CEO of the Greater Burlington YMCA, to a new, temporary position titled Director of Police Transformation to help lead the City’s work to forge a new consensus on policing in Burlington. This work will include oversight of the Burlington Police Department’s planning, policy, and engagement efforts during a period in which the City is advancing a wide range of transformation efforts. Dodson will take a temporary leave of absence from his position at the YMCA to accept the position.
by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims were little changed last week and are near their lowest levels now since the first week of March. However, there are still about 35,000 Vermonters receiving either regular or pandemic unemployment benefits. Nationally, claims also increased last week.
Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Public Service has announced $3,991,847 in grant awards to Internet Service Providers to serve over 1,651 eligible locations with broadband connections in response to COVID-19. Of those slated to receive service from the grant-funded projects, 804 lack a connection of 4/1 Mbps and 150 were identified as having a telehealth, distance learning, or telework need.
Vermont Business Magazine Wireless carrier T-Mobile brings 5G service to more parts of Vermont as it opens its first two stores in the state. And, the "Un-carrier" partners with Green Mountain Transit to provide Wi-Fi for riders.
T-Mobile announced the openings in a statementThursday,. With two stores serving South Burlington and Essex Junction, "T-Mobile aids in job creation while serving customers. And, the Un-carrier’s free Wi-Fi on public transit helps keep Vermont residents connected at a critical time."
Vermont Business Magazine National Life Group and The Vermont Agency are joining forces to help those who are struggling by hosting a food and necessities drive on the Maple Tree Place green in Williston. Donations will be collected from 1 pm to 3 pm on Saturday, September 26. Specific items needed include nonperishable, unexpired canned food including fruit, vegetables, tuna, beans, soup, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, applesauce, protein shakes and bars, feminine hygiene products, toiletries, and cleaning supplies.
Vermont Business Magazine While Vermonters have been doing well in keeping up with health protocols, Vermont is lagging in reporting vital information to the Census. The Census shapes the future of our communities — informing how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed for health clinics, school lunch programs, disaster recovery initiatives, and other critical programs and services for the next 10 years.