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Efficiency Vermont to administer School Indoor Air Quality Grant Program

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 7:11am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As Vermont schools prepare to reopen in the fall, improving indoor air quality is a critical step that will help improve the health and safety of students and staff. This week, Efficiency Vermont is launching the School Indoor Air Quality Grant Program to help improve heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in Vermont’s K-12 public and approved independent schools. The program was created by the Legislature, enacted by Governor Scott, and is intended to use federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to help improve school indoor air quality per national guidance around health and safety.

VINS Nature Center reopens to the public

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 2:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The VINS Nature Center in Quechee has reopened to the public, as of June 15. They are welcoming guests once again to our outdoor spaces and exhibits, including the Forest Canopy Walk, Adventure Playscape, Nature Trails, Raptor Enclosures and Songbird Aviary. In order to encourage physical distancing among visitors, the Forest Canopy Walk is one-way to minimize congestion as visitors enjoy this experience. We are offering snacks and drinks for purchase, and appropriately spaced outdoor picnic tables will be available for seating. 

VDH COVID-19 Update: Two new cases

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 5:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health is reporting today two new cases of COVID-19 statewide for a total of 1,256. There are two hospitalized and no deaths, which have held at 56 for three weeks. When looking at the county numbers, please remember that low or no recent cases is not the same as “safer.” We know the virus is in our communities and we should continue to follow health guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19 – no matter what county we live in or visit. The map reflects the number of people who had a positive test. There may be active cases in your county that haven’t been tested.

Vermont economic recovery grants get snapped up

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 3:28pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Economic Development Commissioner Joan Goldstein on Tuesday reported that the state's Emergency Economic Recovery Grants became available as expected and without any major issues on Monday. Between the two different pots of money, there is nearly $170 million in state grants available to organizations that have suffered severe losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We saw quite a bit of traffic on the first day," she said. In all, 2,300 applications were submitted.

GMP alerts customers to stay safe and save money as storms and heat approach

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 1:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) is urging safety for customers as forecasters call for potentially strong pop-up thunderstorms across much of Vermont Wednesday afternoon, followed by sweltering heat Thursday and Friday. GMP is reminding customers to stay away from lines and trees if high winds take them down, and crews will respond as quickly and safely as possible.

ACCD: Economic recovery grants open, Webinar Thursday

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 9:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The application for an Economic Recovery Grant is OPEN to Vermont businesses. With funding available to the State of Vermont through the federal Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF), these grants are intended for businesses who can demonstrate revenue loss in any one-month period from March 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020, when compared with the same month in 2019. ACCD is hosting a Webinar on Thursday, July 9th at 3 pm for more information about eligibility requirements, grant award calculation information, grant application processes, and what documents businesses will want to have prepared and on-hand when applying.

VSP: Man wounded in police shooting in Rutland City

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 9:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont State Police is investigating an incident in which Rutland City police officers shot and wounded a subject early Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Preliminary investigation indicates that at about 12:15 am, members of the Rutland City Police Department were conducting a narcotics investigation on Terrill Street involving a vehicle with two adult male occupants. During the subsequent interaction, city police fired upon the vehicle. The circumstances that prompted the shooting and the number of officers who fired is under investigation.

The future of work has changed and so has VCET

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 9:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The way we work has likely forever changed due to the pandemic, and so has the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET), the state’s largest coworking community. As startups, remote workers, and entrepreneurs, resume or return to work their workspace needs are drastically different, but their desire to stay connected, productive, and innovative is the same, if not stronger. 

UVM president pledges to meet or exceed state goals

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 5:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont is strongly committed to meeting or exceeding all the expectations outlined In Governor Scott’s “Safe and Healthy Return to Campus” mandatory guidance document, UVM president Suresh V Garimella said. The document was published Monday and discussed in the governor’s press briefing today. Garimella was on the conference call today and UVM worked closely with the state in developing the guidance.