by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health reported 235 cases of COVID-19 Monday, down from 470 Sunday. There were 433 Saturday, and Friday's count was 461. Last Thursday there were 517 cases. The Department of Corrections also reported on Saturday nine more cases at the Newport prison, as six inmates and three staff tested positive. The VDH today reported one additional COVID-related death, which now stand at 405 statewide.
Vermont Business Magazine GMP and VGS are among an initial group of utilities recognized by the White House as part of an ongoing initiative to ensure vulnerable Americans are protected this winter and that unprecedented pandemic relief funding is distributed to customers for heat and utility assistance. VGS and GMP were among the first in the country to sign on to the White House initiative, agreeing to identify and notify customers eligible for assistance programs, and to guarantee no shutoffs for customers who are seeking assistance.
Vermont Business Magazine US Representative Peter Welch on Monday announced he is running for US Senate. Welch called on Vermonters to join him in fighting for a progressive agenda in the Senate. He will run for the seat now held by retiring, eight-term Senator Patrick Leahy, who announced last week that he would not seek another term. The election will be November 2022.
Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets The Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Board announces the award of over $600,000 in service provider grants and contracts to aid in the development of Vermont-based working lands businesses through technical and business assistance.
by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health reported 470 cases of COVID-19 Sunday, up from 433 Saturday, and higher than Friday's count of 461, which was among the highest on record, though down from Thursday's 517. The Department of Corrections also reported on Saturday nine more cases at the Newport prison, as six inmates and three staff tested positive.
by Olga Peters, Vermont Business Magazine Washington County’s economy is booming. It has a solid real estate market, and communities have weathered COVID better than expected. But doing business in Washington County is tough. Fewer people are coming downtown because of either pandemic concerns, or they’re working remotely, and it’s hard to find enough staff.
by Olga Peters, Vermont Business Magazine Since 1999, Norwich University has dug deep into cyber security education. In September, the University received a grant to lead the Department of Defense Cyber Institute, which trains students in cybersecurity. As part of the two-year, $18.5 million grant from the National Security Agency, Norwich will continue to lead the cyber institutes at six Senior Military Colleges. Along with Norwich, the colleges include The Citadel, University of North Georgia, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, and Virginia Military Institute.
by Olga Peters, Vermont Business Magazine The pressures on Washington County’s housing market essentially condense down to affordability and availability. According to Karen Hatcher, the national vacancy rate is 6.7 percent. Vermont’s is 3.4 percent. Washington County’s is even lower at 2.5 percent.
Vermont Business Magazine To accelerate transformative societal response to today’s unprecedented and interconnected environmental, social, and economic challenges, the University of Vermont and the Institute for Sustainable Schools at Shelburne Farms recently launched two new Education for Sustainability (EFS) graduate certificate programs. The new programs combine UVM’s research capacity, land-grant mission, and track record of high-quality teacher education with Shelburne Farms’ international reputation for EFS professional learning for teachers.
Vermont Business Magazine Nine new cases of COVID-19 were detected in outbreak testing conducted on November 18 at Northern State Correctional Facility (NSCF) in Newport. Six of the cases were identified in the incarcerated population and three among staff. There are now a total of 20 active incarcerated cases and seven active staff cases at NSCF. The facility remains on full lockdown and contact tracing on the new positives is underway.
by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health reported 433 cases of COVID-19 Saturday, just under Friday's count of 461, which was among the highest on record, though down from Thursday's 517. The Department of Corrections also reported on Saturday nine more cases at the Newport prison, as six inmates and three staff tested positive. The VDH also reported three additional COVID-related deaths, for 404 statewide.
by Heather Lemon, Retirement Plan Consultant, NBT Investment Services Vermont’s small-town feel and picturesque beauty make it an ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of a big city. If you’re looking for a place to retire with natural surroundings and a strong sense of community, Vermont should be on your list. If you are considering retiring in Vermont, planning your path is important.