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Working Lands Enterprise Board announces FY 2022 grants

Fri, 01/14/2022 - 12:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Working Lands program announces historic funding for those who make their living off the land. The Program has awarded $2.1 in grants that will help grow agriculture and small businesses in Vermont. This latest round of funding will address meat slaughter and processing bottlenecks, supply chain resiliency, marketing plans and overall business development.  Awards from this program also support farmers, producers, markets and co-ops that make up our food system; Vermont loggers, foresters and forest products businesses managing our natural resources; and service provider organizations that help strengthen our supply chain. A total of $5.294 million was allocated to the Working Lands Program this year.  Another $3.2 million in Working Lands Program grants will be announced in the spring.

Funding available for organizations in the Brattleboro area through the Crosby-Gannett Fund

Fri, 01/14/2022 - 10:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Funding is now available for Vermont organizations in the Brattleboro area through the Crosby-Gannett Fund grant program. The purpose of the Crosby-Gannett Fund is to support endeavors that contribute to the betterment and vitality of the Brattleboro area. To help address the impact of COVID-19, the Crosby-Gannett Fund will focus its grant making in 2022 on the needs amplified by the pandemic that have been inadequately addressed by public relief funds. The fund is temporarily accepting requests for general operating support from small and/or severely impacted nonprofits.

iSun launches 2022 ESG strategy

Fri, 01/14/2022 - 10:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Williston-based iSun, Inc (NASDAQ: ISUN), a leading solar energy and clean mobility infrastructure company with 50-years of construction experience in solar, electrical and data services and a provider of proprietary electric vehicle charging platforms, has released their 2021 ESG (Environmental Social Governance) Update and launch of their 2022 ESG strategy.

Physician Niki Thran to run for Vermont Senate seat

Fri, 01/14/2022 - 10:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Dr Niki Thran, a resident of Warren, Vermont, and an emergency room physician at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, plans to announce her run for the United States Senate seat left open by the imminent retirement of Patrick Leahy. Her campaign will officially launch with a public announcement on January 16th at 12 noon at the Warren Town Municipal Building at 42 Cemetery Road in Warren, Vermont. Congressman Peter Welch previously announced he is seeking the seat.

Pandemic drives Americans to pursue financial mobility and personal priorities, KeyBank survey finds

Fri, 01/14/2022 - 3:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The KeyBank 2022 Financial Mobility Survey, released Wednesday, finds many Americans are reconsidering their work and financial priorities, with two-thirds (62%) of respondents indicating that work-life balance is more important to them than a high-paying salary (22%). While the desire for greater work-life balance exists, only a quarter (25%) of Americans say they have experienced an improvement in their standard of living compared to 2020. These findings highlight a shift in mentality as Americans take steps to overcome obstacles and re-align priorities for financial mobility.

New incarcerated COVID-19 cases detected at two prisons

Thu, 01/13/2022 - 5:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Corrections is announcing six incarcerated individuals tested positive for COVID-19: four symptomatic incarcerated individuals from general population at the Northeast Correctional Complex (NECC) in St. Johnsbury, one incarcerated individual from general population at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF) in South Burlington, and one symptomatic intake in isolation at CRCF. The four new positive individuals at NECC resided in the same building as the five prior positives.

VDH: COVID cases surge near 2000 again, no deaths

Thu, 01/13/2022 - 5:20pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting 1,963 cases of COVID-19 for Wednesday. This is more than 1,000 cases higher than Tuesday. Reported cases tend to run higher as the week goes along as people get tested and the labs report their results. There were no reported COVID-related deaths, which remain at 490. There were 49 COVID-19 related fatalities in Vermont in September 2021, and 47 deaths in October, which had been the second- and third-worst months on record (December 2020, 71). There were 42 fatalities in November, 62 in December and 10 so far in January 2022. 

Governor launches program to subsidize EV charging stations for apartments

Thu, 01/13/2022 - 3:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) today launched the Multiunit Dwelling Electric Vehicle Charging Grant Program to bring more home-charging opportunities to Vermonters. $1,000,000 in funding is available to subsidize the cost of purchasing and installing Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations at rental properties to provide residents with at-home charging access. Grants will be awarded up to $80,000 per site and $300,000 per applicant, with priority grant awards given to affordable housing projects.

ECDC partners with World Learning to serve refugees in Southern Vermont

Thu, 01/13/2022 - 3:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc (ECDC) has joined with World Learning and School for International Training (SIT) in an innovative partnership to welcome and resettle up to 100 Afghan evacuees in southern Vermont through the Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA) program. Through this collaboration, World Learning, a Vermont-based, global NGO and the parent organization of School for International Training, is dedicating space on the Brattleboro campus where new arrivals will live and learn for up to 90 days while ECDC staff members work to secure permanent housing. In addition to housing, SIT staff, faculty, and alumni will provide English language and cultural orientation classes on the campus.

Kesha Ram Hinsdale announces campaign for Congress

Thu, 01/13/2022 - 2:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, State Senator Kesha Ram Hinsdale (D-Chittenden) announced her candidacy for Vermont’s open At-Large Congressional Seat. The seat is currently held by Democrat Peter Welch, who previously announced he would run for retiring Patrick Leahy's US Senate seat. Ram Hinsdale will face at least Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray and Senate President Becca Balint from Windham County. They also are Democrats who announced they would run for Congress.