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UVM receives $19.4 million NIH grant to promote biomedical research and education

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 2:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont has received a $19.4 million, five-year award from the National Institutes of Health to foster biomedical research expertise among faculty at Vermont’s four-year colleges and attract students at those schools and at UVM to careers in the biomedical sciences. The new grant is the fourth consecutive multi-year award UVM has received from NIH to fund the initiative, formerly called the Vermont Genetics Network.  

Judge dismisses Rutland gym's challenge to the governor's executive order

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 1:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan today announced that a judge has dismissed a Rutland gym’s countersuit against the State of Vermont over the governor’s pandemic-related Executive Order. The gym, Club Fitness of Vermont, had tried to argue that the State of Vermont should pay damages to the gym, which closed from late March through June under the governor’s closure orders.

Vermonters may still file Property Tax Credit and Renter Rebate claims

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 1:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermonters may claim a Property Tax Credit or receive a Renter Rebate to help offset the cost of housing, but those claims must be filed by October 15, 2020. The Vermont Property Tax Credit and Renter Rebate programs help make housing more affordable for thousands of Vermonters, and the Department of Taxes has seen a marked decrease in the number of claims filed this year. 

Tom Thompson named president of Porter Medical Center

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 11:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Tom Thompson,    who has been serving as the interim president and chief operating officer of UVM Health Network Porter Medical Center since last February has been selected as the permanent President/COO of Middlebury's Porter by the UVMHN and Porter boards. Thompson joined Porter last winter to help lead the organization through the implementation of the next phase of the Epic Electronic Health Record system and develop a three-year strategic plan for the organization. Soon after his arrival, the COVID-19 pandemic emerged and became an unanticipated and primary organizational focus.

USDA awards $131,250 to Vermont wind energy group

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 11:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $131,250 in grant funding to Green Power Farms under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The investment will be used to purchase and install three state-of-the-art wind turbines designed by Star Wind Turbines of East Dorset, Vermont. It is estimated that the 330,000 kWhs generated annually will be enough to power the equivalent of 30 homes.

Girls on the Run Vermont to raise funds for the Vermont Foodbank

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 10:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Girls on the Run Vermont is running a statewide 50/50 raffle in collaboration with the Vermont Foodbank. By purchasing a VERMONT WINS 50/50 raffle ticket you support Girls on the Run Vermont Every Girl Fund and The Vermont Foodbank. This allows Girls on the Run Vermont to provide reduced fees and financial assistance for every girl who participates to empower more of Vermont’s young women. A quarter of the proceeds from the raffle tickets will also help The Vermont Foodbank serve the immediate needs of Vermonters facing hunger.

State of Vermont places in Top 5 of Government Experience awards

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 4:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Center for Digital Government awarded the State of Vermont fourth place in the 2020 Government Experience awards for the overall state government experience category. Vermont, which partners with digital government solutions firm NIC Vermont, located in Montpelier, was honored for the user experience strategies across the Vermont Web Portal and Vermont.gov.

VSO introduces new concepts to kick off its 2020/2021 season

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 3:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Music can provide exactly what we need at the precise moment we need it. During these turbulent times, musical performances offer welcome opportunities for connection, reflection, and respite. For the start of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s (VSO) 2020/2021 season, we present two new projects — made possible by Northfield Savings Bank’s VSO Innovation Fund and designed to meet you where you’re at, serve the present moment, and provide some brightness for the soul.

Music for Days Like This

Shelburne Farms has made the Good Food 100 Restaurants List

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 2:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For the second time Shelburne Farms has made the Good Food 100 Restaurants List. Good Food recognizes restaurants across the country not only for the high quality of their food but also those working hard to create a food system that is good for every link in the food chain:  the environment; plants and animals; farmers, ranchers and fishermen; purveyors; restaurants; and eaters.

VDH COVID-19 Update: 4 new cases, no deaths in two months

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 5:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine State officials Tuesday noted that the world marked a grim milestone of 1 million COVID-19 deaths, 205,000 of which are in the United States. Though Vermont has done well (lowest two-week stretch since late May) to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and has gone without a death in two months, Governor Phil Scott made a renewed call for Vermonters to not become complacent.

UVM restores 63 lecturers to full time

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 4:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine United Academics (UA), the faculty union of the University of Vermont, announced today the restoration of full-time hours for more than 60 faculty members whose hours for the 2020-21 academic year were involuntarily reduced. According to the union, UVM administration informed roughly 70 lecturers in May of this year that their jobs and pay would be cut back by 25%. Following months of pressure from the union and community, 63 of 68 affected faculty jobs have been fully restored and the remaining 5 affected faculty have been partially restored.

East Montpelier farmland conserved, trail access secured

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 2:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This summer, Fairmont Farm conserved 201 acres of land between Route 14 and the Winooski River, the Vermont Land Trust announced today. Fairmont, which milks 1,450 cows and crops roughly 3,600 acres, has previously conserved 1,600 acres across five towns in Washington and Orleans Counties. Fairmont also agreed to provide trail access across the recently conserved land, helping to connect a critical section of the Cross Vermont Trail between East Montpelier and Marshfield. The trail will tie directly into a new project of the Cross Vermont Trail Association (CVTA).

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