Vermont Business Magazine The staff at the Champlain Valley Exposition are busy preparing for the 99th Annual Champlain Valley Fair. The “ten best days of summer” runs from August 27 through September 5, 2021. In anticipation of Vermont’s largest annual event, Jeff Bartley issued the following statement with regards to the Grandstand line-up.
Vermont Business Magazine An additional 3,139 individuals remain to be vaccinated. On June 7, 2021, an additional 1,058 individuals were vaccinated. If Vermont can vaccinate 1,000 at day, Governor Scott will remove all COVID mitigation restrictions by Friday. Some states like Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island have already fully reopened despite lower vaccination numbers without any health repercussions. Vermont ranks as the healthiest COVID state by any measure and number one in vaccinations. As for cases, the VDH reported today 13 new cases of COVID-19 and no deaths, which remain at 256. A statistical analyysis by the Department of Financial Regulation estimates that the vaccines have saved 260 lives in Vermont.
by Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray This past year has proven what we have long known to be true: Vermonters are resilient and know how to come together to get through tough times. While we should all be proud that our brave little state has led the nation in responding to COVID-19, the all too familiar stories of working families and small businesses hurt by the pandemic are devastating. While in some instances we know the toll this pandemic has had on our families, businesses and communities, in many other instances we are still learning. Now is the time to listen to Vermonters.
Vermont Business Magazine Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, and Representative Peter Welch sent a letter to the Biden administration late Monday urging him to work with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to allow additional travel between the United States and Canada. With increased vaccination rates in both the United States and Canada, and updated CDC guidance for fully vaccinated Americans, the delegation urged the Biden administration to work with Canada to add additional essential traveler classes and to continue working toward fully reopening the border.
Vermont Business Magazine InSpace, a collaborative video conferencing platform that replicates personal interaction between students and teachers in virtual classrooms, today announced that the company has closed on $6 million in two rounds of seed funding. The funding is led by a $2.6 million investment from venture capital firm Boston Seed Capital and $1.5 million each from Gutbrain Ventures and PBJ Capital, in addition to other investors.
Vermont Business Magazine Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center’s (MAHHC) celebration of its nursing staff during National Nurses Month in May includes DAISY Awards and P.E.T.A.L.S. Awards to deserving nurses, starting this year. Created by the DAISY Foundation in 1999, DAISY Awards honor Registered Nurses, while P.E.T.A.L.S. (Professional Extraordinaire Always Lends Support) Awards honor those who partner with nurses to provide exceptional care, including LPNs, LNAs, and CMAs.
by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine What sounded like a promising result for Koffee Kup Bakery in Burlington and Vermont Bread in Brattleboro is now in question. Flowers Foods, Inc (NYSE: FLO), producer of Nature's Own, Dave's Killer Bread, Wonder, Canyon Bakehouse, Tastykake, and other bakery foods, announced Monday that it has acquired the assets of Koffee Kup Bakery, Inc (KKB) from the court-appointed receiver of the assets. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Meanwhile, the presumed preferred buyers, the Hyslops from Sussex, New Brunswick, were set to re-start the business on Tuesday and were as surprised as everyone else, including Governor Scott, that a new buyer was announced in court Monday.
Vermont Business Magazine Heather Torrey, Assistant Director of Burlington School District’s Burlington School Food Project (BSFP), has been voted Director of the Year by the School Nutrition Association of Vermont (SNA-VT), for her “trail-blazing approach to a year fraught with challenges for Vermont school nutrition programs.” Facing unprecedented disruption over the past 12 months, Heather Torrey and the BSFP developed several innovative strategies for feeding communities during the pandemic, noted SNA-VT. Perhaps most notably, was their visionary Free Family Meal Kit program that provides children with seven days worth of meals in the form of both prepared foods and groceries. BSFP has built and distributed more than 20,000 meal kits since September 2020, representing 560,000 meals and snacks.
by Bill Schubart As I’ve written in the past, we’ll never sort out the hot mess that health care’s become in Vermont and in the U.S. until we agree on the fundamental question of whether health care is a definable right or just a lucrative business. Our persistent ambivalence only extends its cost and complexity with second-class outcomes. With a total domestic cost of $3.8 trillion (17.7% of G.D.P. / $11,600 per American) and worse health outcomes than those of our peers abroad, we can no longer evade the question. Reduced to its simplest terms, today the health of Vermonters must compete with the privilege of those who makes billions out of misfortune.
by Devon Green, Vice President of Government Relations Back in January, as I worked with hospitals on setting up vaccine clinics, procuring testing supplies, and other COVID-related responses, I hoped against hope that the legislature would limit their activity to COVID issues. Of course, not even Zoom squares can contain our legislators. Now, I’m relieved that they expanded their scope because we made a lot of progress in important areas like workforce, mental health, and health equity. I thank all of our legislators for their support on these initiatives and of their local hospitals.
by Jill Mazza Olson, Executive Director, VNAs of Vermont The Vermont Legislature has adjourned for the second time in a year—the first being last Fall, when they finished up the extra-long 2020 session. While the session that began in January was an average length, it was far from ordinary, as legislators were largely working remotely. Despite the distance from their peers, lawmakers were very busy this year.
Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson, a weekly interactive, multiplatform medical-themed talk show, will feature Anore Horton, the executive director of Hunger Free Vermont on its June 9 program. Hunger Free Vermont is a statewide advocacy, education, and technical assistance nonprofit dedicated to ending the injustice of hunger and malnutrition for all Vermonters. The show will air at noon. Horton will reflect on her organization’s initiatives toward food security and food security work happening throughout the state.