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VDH COVID-19 Update: Clinics to expand, vaccinations now open for college students

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 5:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vaccine registration opened today to college students who are residents of another state and do not intend to stay in Vermont for the summer, as well as to people who live part of the year in Vermont. Vaccine appointments are also available across the state for all Vermonters 16 and older. Several COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Franklin and Grand Isle counties have many open appointments – starting as soon as this Saturday, May 1. The VDH today reported 98 new cases but no deaths from COVID-19, which are holding at 246.

Anaïs Mitchell to give Middlebury College commencement address

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 4:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Anaïs Mitchell, acclaimed playwright, composer, and musician, will deliver the 2021 Middlebury College Commencement address on Saturday, May 29. A native Vermonter and 2004 Middlebury graduate, Mitchell is the creative force behind the hit musical Hadestown. Mitchell gained international recognition following the premiere of Hadestown in Alberta, London, and then New York, where it opened in 2019. Later that year Hadestown went on to win eight Tony Awards and Mitchell won the Tony Award for Best Original Score. In 2020 the show also won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Vermont Senate passes FY 2022 $7.2 billion Budget and Capital bills

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 4:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Vermont Senate passed H. 439, the FY2022 Budget Bill. This budget appropriates a total of $7.17 billion to meet the ongoing costs of operating state government including the programs providing services and benefits to Vermonters, and to make investments in Vermont’s infrastructure and human capital from the federal funds available from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the CARES Act (CRF).

Condos announces completion of 2020 Vermont General Election Audit

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 4:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos announced the completion of the 2020 Vermont General Election Audit, which was conducted on April 28th at the Pavilion Auditorium located in Montpelier. No significant abnormalities or discrepancies were found between the audit results and the Official Returns of Vote.

Bee's Wrap hires Tara Murphy as CEO

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 3:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Bee’s Wrap, the Middlebury manufacturer of reusable, all-natural food storage wraps, announced today that Tara Murphy will take the helm as CEO on June 1, succeeding Sarah Kaeck, who has led the company since founding Bee’s Wrap in 2012. Murphy comes to Bee’s Wrap after four years as Chief Executive Officer at Hinesburg-based Vermont Smoke & Cure. Previously she spent three years at Keurig Green Mountain, rising to Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Cold Beverage Appliance Division.

Norwich GenCyber camps receive $170K NSA/NSF grant, registration deadline May 14

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 1:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University has earned two grants totaling more than $187,000 from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to host two virtual cybersecurity summer camps. These comprehensive programs, free to all participants, will be taught by standout Norwich faculty and students including Director of the Center for Cybersecurity and Forensics Education and Research Professor Dr. Huw Read.

Vermont’s Emergency Feeding Program receives $1.9 million FEMA grant

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 1:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine FEMA recently awarded a $1,972,612 grant to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development for the state’s Emergency Feeding Program. The grant covers 100% of the costs of the state’s “Vermont Everyone Eats” program, which provides nutritious meals to high-risk populations impacted by COVID-19 throughout Vermont. The program is administered by the Westminster-based Southeastern Vermont Community Action.

Vermont Everyone Eats recognizes one million meals served

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 1:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced Vermont Everyone Eats, an innovative COVID-19 response program, is marking one million restaurant meals served to Vermonters experiencing food insecurity. The program was launched in August 2020 to leverage Vermont’s independent restaurants and robust local food system to help feed families and Vermonters in need. Over 200 Vermont restaurants have contributed to the one million meals, which have contained nearly $1 million of Vermont-produced ingredients.

LEAP to begin offering some workshops

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 1:17pm -- tim

Logger Education to Advance Professionalism As COVID-19 is starting to come under control, LEAP will begin offering some workshops again. To deal with the no-training year of 2020, we are bumping everyone up one year from wherever you are at currently. In other words, if your Certification Period was 2018-2020, then you will now be 2019-2021 etc. We will work with everyone to get your status with LEAP back to normal. As per the Governor’s Emergency Order regarding COVID-19, we will continue to follow the recommended guidelines.

Vermont gets $21.6 million from US Department of Labor

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 12:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Department of Labor today announced the award of five grants totaling more than $103 million to five state agencies to continue and expand pilot projects to help newly injured and ill workers remain in the workforce. Agencies in Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio and Vermont will receive funds to begin the second phase of demonstration projects in the development of the Retaining Employment and Talent after Injury/Illness Network. RETAIN focuses on implementing and evaluating stay-at-work and return-to-work strategies to help people to remain effective contributors to the labor force following illness or injury.