by Olga Peters, Vermont Business Magazine The unpredictability of the COVID pandemic makes Bill Colvin cautious when assessing the county’s economy. “I think it's still a little uncertain,” said the executive director of the Bennington County Regional Commission (BCRC). Many acknowledged similar reservations, but overall, optimism outweighs concern in Bennington County.
by Olga Peters, Vermont Business Magazine This winter, the Vermont Innovation Box, a coworking space and incubator program, will open in downtown Bennington. Once open, VIB has the potential to become part of a network of support for entrepreneurs. One such effort is the Bennington County Regional Commission’s entrepreneurial support committee
by Olga Peters, Vermont Business Magazine Annie Bessette feels grateful. The principal broker with TPW Real Estate said that the past 18 months have treated the Bennington real estate market well. Residential sales have remained constant, and new people have settled in the county.
Vermont Business Magazine Energy efficiency is the gift that keeps on giving, and Efficiency Vermont encourages Vermonters to treat themselves to some savings on National Energy Efficiency Day this Wednesday, Oct. 6. Energy Efficiency Day is a collaborative effort of dozens of energy efficiency advocates around the nation, working together to raise awareness of the vital role energy efficiency plays in helping consumers save money, protect the environment, and improve the comfort of their homes, workplaces, and public spaces.
Vermont Business Magazine On August 20th Mayor Miro Weinberger announced a new vaccination policy requiring all City employees to either be vaccinated or submit to regular COVID-19 testing, effective October 11th. This week, the City reports that more than 95% of employees have submitted proof of vaccination, with 56 employees beginning weekly testing. New hires are required to show proof of vaccination with no option to meet the policy requirements through testing.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting another spike today with 342 cases of COVID-19 (up 106 cases) after increasing by 85 on Friday. The three worst days for cases have all come since mid-September, as the Delta variant has taken over since early July. The VDH also today reported two additional deaths for 345 statewide.
Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger, federal partners including Senator Patrick Leahy and Chris Nelson of TSA, and Airport leadership on Thursday met to celebrate the construction of the planned Terminal Integration Project at Burlington International Airport (BTV). The more than 30,000-square-foot expansion is on target to open to travelers next fall and will house five TSA screening lanes, an expanded queuing and, space for concessions.
Vermont Agency of Transportation This weekly report is a list of planned construction activities that will have traffic impacts on state highways throughout Vermont for the week of October 18. Please remember to drive safely in all work zones. Lives depend on it.
Vermont Agency of Transportation US Route 2 at the temporary drawbridge is open to two lanes of traffic. The contractor is working from 6:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday through Saturday. The temporary bridge has a speed limit of 25 mph. There are tight curves approaching the temporary bridge, and trucks are advised to reduce speed to 15 mph. Bicycles should use caution while crossing the bridge. The drawbridge seasonal, daily operation will end today at 8:00 PM. You may request a bridge opening by contacting the bridge tender on Channel 13 or at 802-372-4360. The bridge will not open unless a request is made.
Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is accepting submissions from high school students for an architecture and design competition that offers scholarships to the university as prizes. Submissions will be accepted until November 7. This is the second year Norwich is offering the competition, and this year’s challenge is to design a “Pocket Place,” as the need for outdoors spaces for gathering has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vermont Business Magazine The deadline (November 1) is fast approaching for K-12 schools to apply for an educational grant from Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL) a top 10 fiber provider, through its grant program, Consolidated Connects. Technology-focused grants up to $5,000 are available for schools in Vermont and its entire service area.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Council on Rural Development is celebrating the graduation of 14 local leaders from the second class of the Climate Catalysts Leadership Program. Primarily through virtual convening, the program brings together local leaders from all walks of life and all corners of Vermont to build peer connections, strengthen leadership skills, and receive support in developing a local project or initiative that helps strengthen their local economy in a way that prepares for climate change.