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UVM & Maine partners receive $20 million grant to reduce disparities, improve health in Northern New England

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 9:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont and Maine have the oldest populations in the US, which coupled with rurality, predisposes northern New Englanders to health challenges including cancer, substance use disorders, food insecurity, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer's and cardiovascular disease. Thanks to a $20 million-dollar renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), residents in Vermont and Maine – and particularly the elderly, New American and Indigenous populations – will receive greater support to address chronic and life-threatening diseases.

USDA invests $74 million to improve health care; $1M to Springfield Hospital

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 9:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Under Secretary Xochitl Torres Small today announced that USDA is awarding $74 million in grants to improve health care facilities (PDF, 321 KB) in rural towns across the Nation. These grants will help 143 rural health care organizations expand critical services for 3 million people in 37 states, Guam and Puerto Rico. The investments include $32 million for 67 rural health care organizations to help more than 1 million people living in socially vulnerable communities, and include $1 million to Springfield Hospital in
Vermont.

Chroma supports local schools with science grant and scholarships

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 9:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Bellows Falls Middle School received significant support this spring which enabled hands-on science with an over $9000 grant, providing a set of 15 microscopes, the associated slides, sample preparation materials, books, and other educational materials. The Chroma Technology grant includes several phases to the program with the first phase of the donation of the Swift Binocular Compound Microscope SW350B, with 40X-2500X magnification, camera, and software as well as Hayear 14MP digital LED microscopes that connect directly to the student's computers. This donation will give the students an understanding of how a microscope works and how light and optics are part of the operation of a microscope. 

Groeneveld & Lesser-Goldsmith: Our employees need childcare, public investment is the solution

Thu, 08/11/2022 - 5:07am -- tim

by Roland and Lisa Groeneveld and Eli and Nina Lesser-Goldsmith We all faced a barrage of unforeseen challenges when the pandemic arrived. As employers who deeply care about our teams, we prioritized the health and safety of our dedicated employees to ensure that their critical on-site work could continue. While we've done our best to address each new pandemic-related challenge, there's one ongoing crisis that we've been unable to overcome. That crisis is childcare. Affordable, high-quality childcare is essential to all Vermonters. Since the pandemic began, childcare has become even more difficult for our employees to find and afford, and for early childhood educators to provide.

Dept of Libraries to provide over $42,000 in books to state correctional facilities

Wed, 08/10/2022 - 4:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Libraries, in collaboration with the Department of Corrections, has provided over $42,000 in books to the six state correctional facilities. The books will refresh the facilities’ library collections available to incarcerated individuals. The funding was part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant provided to the Vermont Department of Libraries by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The IMLS ARPA funding is meant to help libraries update collections, spaces, and equipment for safe operations and expand programming possibilities, with the overall goal of improving and increasing services to end-users.

Delegation applauds funding of over $34 million in three transportation projects

Wed, 08/10/2022 - 4:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I), Representative Peter Welch (D) and state and local officials announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded Vermont three Rebuilding American Infrastructure With Sustainability And Equity (RAISE) grants totaling $34,624,624 for Fiscal Year 2022.  The grants will support three projects in Vermont: replacing the Winooski River Bridge; construction of the Federal Street Multi-Modal Connector in St. Albans; and a planning grant to improve public transit in Northwestern Vermont. 

Vermont AOE and VDH provide recommendations on COVID-19 for the start of school

Wed, 08/10/2022 - 4:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Education and the Department of Health issued a joint memo to school nurses today for the opening of school relative to COVID-19. The memo gives school nurses recommendations on how to manage symptomatic individuals, implement testing protocols, and suggests communication strategies including the need to work closely with local medical practices. The memo puts emphasis on the clinical judgment of school nurses in determining if a student or staff member with mild symptoms is well enough to attend school.

Sanders: The good and the bad of the Inflation Reduction Act

Wed, 08/10/2022 - 3:55pm -- tim

Senator Bernie Sanders As you may know, the Senate passed a reconciliation bill on Sunday called the "Inflation Reduction Act." The vote was 51-50. I voted for it. Let me be honest with you in saying that I have very ambivalent feelings about this legislation. This bill was a chance to do big things. It did very modest things. It was a chance to stand up boldly for the working families of our country who, today, are struggling hard to keep their heads above water. Sadly, it didn't do that. In my view, after weighing the pluses and the minuses of the bill, the pluses won out and I voted for it.

McClaughry: Candidate Questions for 2022

Wed, 08/10/2022 - 3:10pm -- tim

by John McClaughry The 2022 general election campaigns are now under way, and it’s time for citizens to smoke out where legislative candidates stand on issues that they are likely to face in 2023. I say “smoke out”, because many if not most candidates are nervous about telling voters where they stand on specific issues. That’s in part due to their limited understanding of the issues, and their anxiety about having to coherently defend any clear position.

Scott launches Vermont’s first technology-based economic development program

Wed, 08/10/2022 - 2:11pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development today announced the launch of the State’s first Technology-Based Economic Development program designed to catalyze growth in Vermont’s high tech business sector through increased access to targeted technical and research assistance. Coined as Elevate Vermont, the goal of the multi-faceted program is to help accelerate early-stage technology companies and help established small businesses remain relevant in a global market.

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