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Business resiliency, strategy, adaptation at VSFA’s Virtual Spring Meeting

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 5:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Specialty Food Association (VSFA) will hold their Spring Meeting virtually on Wednesday, June 3rd from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, VSFA is pivoting this year’s meeting to a virtual event to continue strengthening and supporting its community during these challenging times. This 2-hour event will feature two informative presentations focused on business resilience, strategy, and adaptation for the future.

Education workers rally to 'defend Vermont education'

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 5:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine United around the slogans “Education is a Right,” “Fund our Future,” and “Put People First,” a coalition of faculty, staff, students and community members from across Vermont will hold a virtual press conference Thursday at noon. The coalition is protesting austerity measures in education at every level.

KeyBank issues 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 4:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) has released its 2019 Corporate Responsibility report, highlighting the company's ongoing legacy as a responsible bank and citizen. Included in the report are the results from the first three years of the National Community Benefits Plan, under which KeyBank has invested over $12.1 billion in communities. KeyBank executives said the investments exceeded the goals for the first three years of the plan by 48%. Here in Vermont, KeyBank has invested $83,116,663 in the local community in the last three years.

Study: Vermont lags in responding to 2020 Census

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 4:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A national study found that Vermont is in the bottom half of responding to the US Census online. A data table below ranks states from highest to lowest based on the percentage of respondents who filled out the 2020 Census online, which is a new response option introduced by the Census Bureau this year. Vermont ties with Pennsylvania for the 28th-highest figure in that metric, at 82.0 percent. This table also displays the total self-response rate in each state. Less than half of all households in Vermont (47.8%) completed the 2020 Census as of May 4, 2020. Out of all 50 states, Vermont has the sixth-lowest total self-response rate. The Census Bureau will also send canvassers around to knock on doors.

Vermont State Police: Underhill shooting suspect kills himself

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 12:40pm -- tim

Vermont State Police Following a daylong search, law enforcement tracked Underhill shooting suspect Evan Labonte to a wooded, marshy area between Creek Farm Road and Interstate 89 in Colchester. When police, including members of the Tactical Services Unit of the Vermont State Police, attempted to begin speaking with Labonte from a distance, he was observed to place a handgun to his head and fire a shot, killing himself.

Rapid relief reaches artists in communities across Vermont

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 12:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine From canceled performances, fairs and festivals, to closed galleries and shuttered theaters, the losses to Vermont artists as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic are staggering. But for artists in marginalized communities where the virus is hitting hardest, the losses have been particularly acute. Rapid emergency relief funding from the Vermont Arts Council has tried to fill the gap, for artists in all communities.

VTrans seeks public comment on automated vehicle testing permit guidance

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 11:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) is seeking comments on the draft of the Automated Vehicle Testing Permit Guidance and Application. The document outlines the process to approve the testing of automated vehicles, often referred to as self-driving cars, on public roads in Vermont in accordance with the Automated Vehicle Testing Act signed into law by Governor Scott on June 14, 2019 (23 VSA Chapter 41).

Community Bank NA supports Pathways Vermont

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 11:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Community Bank N.A. recently presented Pathways Vermont with a $5,000 donation to support its annual Community Breakfast, which was to be held in May. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s breakfast went virtual and evolved into a Housing is Healthcare fundraising campaign, and Community Bank was again honored to sponsor the nonprofit.

VAHHS: Resuming non-urgent care

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 9:07am -- tim

by Devon Green, Vice President of Government Relations, VAHHS On Friday, Governor Scott announced that hospitals may resume inpatient procedures under the guidance released by the Vermont Department of Health. He also announced that dentistry and mental health and substance abuse counseling may resume as well. 

Recidivist drug trafficker arrested in South Burlington

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 9:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Marcus Watkins, 35, of Hinesburg, Vermont, was arrested yesterday and charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, a Schedule II controlled substance. Watkins appeared today by telephone before the Honorable John M. Conroy, United States Magistrate Judge, and was ordered detained pending trial. 

Ben & Jerry’s launches new Boots on the Moooo’n

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 5:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine 3...2...1...blast off! To celebrate its newest flavor with Netflix, Ben & Jerry's is headed to the stars. No, not a high-profile, Hollywood party. And not the Walk of Fame. The ice cream maker literally launched a pint aiming towards space almost 20 miles above the earth and with good reason. There's no better way to launch a flavor called "Boots on the Moooo'n"!

Roper: Vermont better become business friendly ASAP

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 3:46am -- tim

by Rob Roper Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, Vermont has gone from one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country to one of the highest. According to the Vermont Commissioner on Labor, 90,000 Vermonters have applied for unemployment insurance. That’s out of a total workforce of about 340,000. As we come out the other side of this, putting policies into place that encourage rapid employment, capital investment in new and old businesses, and entrepreneurial creativity must be our number one priority.

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