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VDH COVID-19 Update: No quarantine if vaccinated, LTC restrictions loosened with conditions

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 6:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting 97 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths, which are holding at 193. Governor Scott announced at his weekly press briefing Friday that those who have been vaccinated with both doses may travel in and out of the state without quarantining after two weeks past the second dose. They also do not need to quarantine if they've come into contact with someone who is positive. This new guidance still requires those people to follow all the other health guidance, including not gathering with anyone outside your household and wearing a mask in public places. Also, long-term care facilities that have no COVID-19 outbreaks will be encouraged to use full vaccination status as a factor in planning for things such as eating together and participating in other group activities within guidelines. The guidance will also include considerations for safe physical contact and indoor visits.

$60.7 million fund provides equity financing for affordable housing in ME, NH and Vermont

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 5:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Evernorth closed its second multi-investor fund - Housing New England, Fund II – on January 29, 2021.  This fund will provide equity to finance affordable housing in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. 
19 investors committed a total of $60.7 million in equity making Housing New England, Fund II (HNE Fund II) a significant financial resource for the region’s critical affordable housing needs. HNE Fund II’s investors include community, regional and national banks as well as a one of the nation’s largest mortgage banking organizations.

AG Donovan sues Newport UPS Store for violating governor's executive order

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 4:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan today filed a civil lawsuit and motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to stop a Newport business from operating in violation of Governor Scott’s executive order and addenda. The State of Vermont alleges that HNR Desautels LLC, doing business as the UPS Store, and its owner, Andre “Mark” Desautels, are in violation of Governor Scott’s orders by working in the presence of others without wearing required cloth face coverings. The state alleges that by refusing to follow the mandatory health and safety requirements around employee mask use, the Defendants placed both employees and members of the public at risk due to the spread of COVID-19.

Scott applauds United States rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 4:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today joined a bipartisan group governors in the US Climate Alliance to applaud the decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, while highlighting the work Vermont is doing to combat climate change. In May 2017, Governor Phil Scott and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker wrote a letter to the US secretary of energy urging the Administration to keep the country in the Agreement. After the US announced its intention to withdraw, Governor Scott joined a bipartisan coalition of governors in the US Climate Alliance, a group committed to combating climate change.

Casella Waste reports increase in revenues and net income for FY20

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 2:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Casella Waste Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CWST), a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company, today reported its financial results for the three- and 12-month periods ended December 31, 2020. The Company also provided guidance for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021. Revenues were $774.6 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020, up $31.3 million, or up 4.2%, from the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019. Net income was $91.1 million for fiscal year 2020, up $59.5 million from fiscal year 2019. 

NorthCountry FCU donates $50,000 to Greater Burlington YMCA

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 12:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Greater Burlington YMCA Interim CEO Marsha Faryniarz announced today that NorthCountry Federal Credit Union has made a generous gift of $50,000. This gift, like each made by NorthCountry over the past ten years to the YMCA, is to support youth programs. NorthCountry’s support now totals more than $950,000.

Scott creates Future of Vermont Agriculture Commission

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 10:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott has issued an executive order creating the Governor’s Commission on the Future of Vermont Agriculture to study and strategize how best to grow agriculture in the Green Mountain State. The Commission’s charge will focus on ensuring the viability and adaptability of this sector, including recommendations for more cross-sector collaboration, increasing production and promotion, reducing barriers to entry and increasing diversity within the sector, and continued progress on environmental issues.

Citizens Bank hosts fourth annual Small Business Community Champion Award

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 4:03am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Citizens Bank, with branches across Vermont, has opened its annual Small Business Community Champion Award Contest, aimed at recognizing the positive contributions small businesses make to their communities. Now in its fourth year, the contest will award $10,000 each to 30 small businesses across Citizens’ 11-state footprint, including at least ten minority-owned and ten women-owned businesses, to help further strengthen their communities and their businesses.

SheFly Apparel finalist for Moosejaw program

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 3:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine With only 7 days left to vote, Vermont’s own SheFly Apparel is looking for community support to win the opportunity of a lifetime. Middlebury’s own SheFly Apparel has been chosen as one of 10 finalists for Moosejaw’s Outdoor Acceleration program, aimed at supporting small businesses in the outdoor industry. This year, the program has placed additional emphasis on supporting underrepresented groups in the outdoor industry.

Driverbase achieves interoperability with all major automotive data providers

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 3:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Driverbase, the dealers-only vehicle marketplace in Colchester that provides personalized vehicle recommendations, has  announced it has completed integrations with 23 of the leading providers in automotive. Driverbase is charging dealers zero fees to take advantage of these new integrations. Whether dealers connect their inventory data to launch listings on the dealers only marketplace or deploy the Personalize vehicle recommendation engine on their website platform, these integrations enable over 90% of the dealerships in the United States to leverage Driverbase.

VDH COVID-19 Update: 131 new cases, two deaths, nearly 81,000 with one dose

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 5:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of health is reporting today 131 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths for a statewide total of 193. Those 70 years old and older may now sign up to get vaccinated. Nearly 81,000 Vermonters have received at least one dose. There is no cost to get vaccinated. Updated guidance to travel restrictions are expected to be forthcoming from Governor Scott and his team Friday.

Labor Dept seeking grant applications for 2021 Vermont Internship Program

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 4:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor announced today it is now accepting applications for the 2021 Vermont Internship Program. Funded by VDOL, the program will award $350,000 to eligible organizations. The program promotes internships by providing grants to organizations that support or match Vermont employers with student-interns from public and private secondary schools, regional technical centers or postsecondary educational institutions.