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Legal Services Vermont hires six new attorneys and paralegals

Sat, 09/26/2020 - 2:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine To serve an extraordinary increase in need for civil legal aid across the state, Legal Services Vermont (LSV) hired six new staff members recently. The new attorneys and paralegals help Vermonters tackle issues such as renting, eviction, public benefits, relief from abuse, and debt — often brought on by the COVID-19 crisis. 

New servers from OnLogic harness performance of AMD processors

Sat, 09/26/2020 - 4:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine OnLogic, a global industrial and IoT computer hardware manufacturer based in South Burlington, has announced a collaboration that will provide customers with immediate access to a new line of industrial servers powered by the newest generation of AMD Ryzenand AMD EPYCprocessors. OnLogic’s new AMD-powered server lineup combines the company's years of experience designing reliable edge computing hardware with the performance, versatility and capabilities offered by AMD technologies.

Co-operative Insurance wins ValChoice Award for Vermont and NH

Sat, 09/26/2020 - 3:02am -- tim

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.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Get your flu shot, hubs helping kids

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 5:10pm -- tim

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.

Personal income drives positive revenue results

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 4:04pm -- tim

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.

Vergennes celebrates opening of 24 apartments near downtown

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 3:50pm -- tim

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.

Lawmakers pass funding package with $56.1 million for state colleges

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 2:45pm -- tim

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.

VRGA asks Vermont businesses to fill out fiscal impact survey

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 2:22pm -- tim

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.

Weinberger takes actions to forge new consensus on policing in Burlington

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 2:12pm -- tim

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.

Weekly unemployment claims edge up

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 1:40pm -- tim

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.

PSD awards nearly $4 million for the COVID-19 Emergency Connectivity Initiative

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 10:21am -- tim

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.