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AARP accepting grant applications from Vermont towns

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 7:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine AARP Vermont today announced the launch of a community grant program that aims to issue grants of $24,000 among six Vermont towns or cities. The goal is to jump start Winter Placemaking demonstration projects that create public spaces and streets that are safe and accessible for everyone. This is the fourth year of AARP’s Placemaking Grant Program which aims to help communities build social capital that can help lead to permanent change that supports healthy, active lifestyles for people of all ages and abilities.

Upper Valley Arts Alliance merges into Upper Valley Business Alliance

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 6:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Upper Valley Business Alliance (UVBA) and the Upper Valley Arts Alliance (UVAA) effective immediately have merged organizations under the UVBA umbrella. UVAA will now function as a program of the Upper Valley Business Alliance and UVAA’s leadership team of Louis Cornell and Joanne Wise, and will continue as a part of the steering committee of UVBA. With members in Vermont and New Hampshire, the UVBA is based in Lebanon, NH.

Vermont food & beverage producers to gather for networking & tastings

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 5:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s specialty food producers will gather on Thursday, September 23rd at Artisans Park in Windsor, Vermont for an outdoor networking event with tastings, drinks, and small bites. Hosted by the Vermont Specialty Food Association (VSFA), The VSFA Fall Gathering is an opportunity for our members and the producer community to come together to mingle, reconnect, and enjoy some delicious member-produced food and drink. While usually in person, after a tumultuous year and a half members voted for a different event that would provide opportunities to network and enjoy each other's company by meeting safely in-person.

Three state troopers resign over fake vaccination allegations

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 5:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Three state troopers have resigned following allegations related to fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards. The three former troopers are suspected of having varying roles in the creation of fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards, which may be a violation of federal law. The details surrounding this incident, reported to supervisors by other troopers, were immediately reported to federal law enforcement authorities.

Vermont DOC reports new positive COVID cases at three facilities

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 5:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Department of Corrections (Vermont DOC) is reporting five new COVID-19 cases across three facilities. Testing has found five new incarcerated individuals and staff positives in Newport, Springfield, St Albans. Northern and Northwest are both on full lockdown; the entire facility in Newport is testing today, as well as NWSCF staff. All staff and incarcerated individuals at SSCF are testing tomorrow, September 8.

$500,000 in one-time grants to update regulations to make more safe and affordable homes available

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 5:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development announced today $500,000 in available funding to support statewide municipal bylaw modernization grants for Vermont’s cities and towns. Municipalities can use this new and innovative funding to hire regional planning commission or consulting staff to collaborate with local stakeholders and prepare bylaw updates that expand opportunities for new homes, confront the State’s housing crisis, and ready communities for unprecedented investments in housing and infrastructure.

Federal government denies Vermont extended unemployment benefit

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 4:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor has been informed that it will not be allowed to administer a supplemental unemployment insurance benefit that was passed during the 2021 legislative session. Act 51 of 2021 authorized a $25 per week supplemental benefit for all unemployment claims beginning October 3, to individuals receiving unemployment benefits in the regular state unemployment insurance program.

Local waste haulers respond to consolidated collection proposal in Burlington

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 4:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington City Council plans to vote on consolidated waste collection this coming Monday, September 13th. Local waste haulers will be holding a public press event at 220 Flynn Avenue in Burlington (near the World’s Highest Filing Cabinet) tomorrow Wednesday, September 8th at 1PM to draw attention to this rushed decision.

Governor announces opening of another section of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 4:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) on Tuesday announced the opening of an additional 6.3 miles of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (LVRT) between Sheldon and Highgate. This section of trail begins at the intersection of the LVRT and the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail and extends westerly approximately 6.3 miles to its intersection with Gore Road in Highgate Center. This new section of the LVRT is now open to the public.

Lawson’s accepting applications for 'Super Sessions' mini grant program

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 3:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Lawson’s Finest Liquids is excited to announce that it is accepting applications for its “Super Sessions” mini grant program. As one of the pillars of the company’s Social Impact Program (SIP), the Super Sessions initiative was created to motivate people across the Northeast region make a positive impact in their communities through pint-sized grants.

Garimella: UVM well placed to handle the 'next normal'

Tue, 09/07/2021 - 2:47pm -- tim

UVM President Suresh Garimella As we begin the new academic year, I feel enormous pride in the students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, families, community members and leaders in our state government and Congressional delegation who supported one another so well through the toughest year many of us have ever known. Yes, we were fortunate to be able to maintain in-person classes and many other activities for which I am thankful, but our usual routines and enjoyable rituals of campus life were disrupted or significantly modified. Such times can be unfamiliar, even disorienting. But I remain confident that we are better poised than most in higher education to handle the “next normal,” and indeed, to thrive through it.