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Study: Trade supported 91,000 Vermont jobs in 2018

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 12:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A new study from the Business Roundtable in Washington, DC, finds that international trade supported 91,000 jobs in Vermont in 2018, having represented more than 1 out of every 5 jobs in the state before the pandemic. Since 1992, before the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the share of jobs tied to trade in Vermont has increased by 96 percent. Additionally, the Green Mountain State's trade-related employment grew five times faster than total state employment from 1992 to 2018.

CHT and Steps announce new shelter and expanded services

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 11:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Champlain Housing Trust and Steps to End Domestic Violence jointly announced plans to establish a new shelter serving those escaping domestic and sexual violence in Chittenden County. CHT acquired the property with Coronavirus Relief Funds made available in the CARES Act, which were allocated by the State Legislature through the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board. CHT has hired JA Morrissey to renovate what had been the Handy’s Extended Stay Suites on Route 15 in Colchester, and will be leasing it to Steps.

ACCD: DMV offices reopening, Ag grant deadline, cross-state travel map

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 11:50am -- tim

Agency of Commerce & Community Development The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has reopened three more branch offices, in Bennington, Newport, and Springfield. The openings to the public are by appointment only using the new online scheduling system.  The hours of operation for appointments at these three locations, in addition to the branch office locations already open in Montpelier, South Burlington, and Rutland, will be 8 am to 4 pm.

Masks4Missions launches creative and responsible mask-wearing activities

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 11:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Legislature passed HCR337 designating October 6, 2020, as Vermont Mask Day. The initiative was led by Doug Altshuler, founder of Masks4Missions, a nonprofit organization that partners with Vermont nonprofits to design, make, distribute, and sell subsidized COVID-19 masks bearing images from its nonprofit partners .

UVM finalist for Community Engagement Award for Connecting Cultures

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 10:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In recognition of its extraordinary community engagement initiatives, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today named the University of Vermont a regional winner of the 2020 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award. As a regional winner, UVM will compete for the national C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award, which will be announced in November. Other finalists for the award are the University of Memphis, The Ohio State University and the University of Utah.

Environmental groups express disappointment with Scott’s veto

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 6:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In his veto of House Bill 926 last night, Governor Scott missed an opportunity to advance important changes to Act 250, Vermont’s landmark development review law, that are needed to protect our forests, address climate change, and support rural communities. Development is fragmenting Vermont’s iconic forests, and for the first time in more than a century the amount of forestland in the state is declining. This is damaging wildlife habitat, reducing the clean water and climate benefits our forests provide, and limiting the ability of those forests to support outdoor recreational and forest products businesses.

VDH COVID-19 Update: No risk to public from Shoreham cases

Tue, 10/06/2020 - 5:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, said on Tuesday that the latest outbreak of COVID-19 at Champlain Orchards in Shoreham is yet another reminder of the dynamic nature of the virus. As of last night, 27 workers have tested positive. He again emphasized that as of right now, the outbreak is contained to the site, and there is no known risk to the public. Nor is there a risk to anyone consuming their apples or other products. The department continues to work closely with the owner of the orchards and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture to implement isolation and quarantine.

PSD awards Round 3 of COVID-19 emergency connectivity initiative

Tue, 10/06/2020 - 5:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Public Service today announced $4,055,920.50 in grant awards to Internet Service Providers to serve over 2,860 eligible locations with broadband connections in response to COVID-19. The goal of the COVID-19 Emergency Connectivity Initiative is to use Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to build high-speed broadband service to unserved and underserved locations by December 30. About $12 million has been distributed in this program.

Scott press briefing: Masks, travel map, nursing homes, Shoreham farm workers

Tue, 10/06/2020 - 5:25pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott’s press briefing today featured several data presentations, an update on the outbreak at Champlain Orchards in Shoreham and indicated that guidelines to increase indoor nursing home visitation should be available this week. At the briefing, Scott acknowledged “Vermont Mask Day” to encourage facial coverings to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

DAIL wants feedback as it develops next State Plan on Aging

Tue, 10/06/2020 - 1:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living (DAIL) wants to learn about older Vermonters’ needs and aspirations. Two surveys: Vermonters 60+ and Family Caregiver will provide vital information to help DAIL develop Vermont's next State Plan on Aging, a guiding document that outlines how the State of Vermont and the network of Agencies on Aging and service providers will strive to meet the needs of older Vermonters over time.

HCRS offers same day access

Tue, 10/06/2020 - 1:11pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS), southeastern Vermont’s non-profit community mental health agency, announced today that it has implemented an open access model for new clients, allowing the agency to offer same day access. This open access model will allow HCRS to improve the client experience by being able to offer same day assessment services at its clinical office locations in Hartford, Springfield [headquarters shown in photo], Bellows Falls, and Brattleboro.