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VDH COVID-19 Update: New variant hits Vermont as case counts decline

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 6:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Health Commissioner Mark Levine said Tuesday that in addition to variants already identified in Vermont — B.1.1.7 and B.1.429 — we learned yesterday that the P.1 variant was found in one specimen. The Broad Institute sent 46 sequences from randomly selected samples. Of these, 23 were identified as variants of concern. “The P.1 variant may be twice as transmissible, like the others, and may have implications for reduced susceptibility to monoclonal antibody therapy,” said Dr Levine. Meanwhile, daily COVID-19 case counts fell to 106, with no new deaths which are holding at 229.

Tim Ashe named Deputy State Auditor

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 5:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer has appointed Tim Ashe as Deputy State Auditor. Ashe takes over from Andrew Stein, who served in the Auditor’s Office for almost five years. Stein is leaving for a position in the Vermont Department of Taxes. Ashe joins the Auditor’s Office having recently completed his second term as the President pro tempore of the Vermont State Senate and sixth term overall.

Scott reveals $1 billion economic recovery and revitalization plan

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 5:23pm -- tim
Proposes investing $1 billion in federal American Recovery Plan funds for key infrastructure needs including housing, broadband, water and sewer projects, climate change mitigation and economic development
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and his Administration today presented a plan to strategically invest $1 billion in one-time federal money provided to states to jumpstart recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic and support long-term economic growth. Adhering to the principles set in his Fiscal Year 2022 budget, presented in January, the package makes historic investments in projects and initiatives to address long-standing challenges and unaddressed needs, putting communities across the state on a path for recovery and setting course for a stronger economic future in every region. The governor has repeatedly urged that this one-time money be spent of one time investments, many of which are very expensive.

Governor Scott announces the Vermont Forward Plan

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 3:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and other officials today outlined the State’s stepped plan to methodically and safely ease mitigation measures as more Vermonters are vaccinated. The roadmap – which is subject to change based on real time circumstances - offers Vermonters, municipalities, non-profits, and businesses the ability to plan with greater certainty for the months ahead.

UVM gets $9 million to explore epigenetics of breast cancer

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 2:49pm -- tim

Project to Identify New Targets for Drug Treatment That Could Prevent or Halt Disease
Vermont Business Magazine A team of University of Vermont scientists and physician investigators at the UVM Cancer Center and the Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research Network has been awarded a $9 million, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to investigate the underlying causes of breast cancer with the goal of identifying new cellular-level targets that could be treated with drugs to prevent the disease or halt its progression.

Vermont Foodbank applauds $2 million per month increase in emergency 3SquaresVT benefits

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 2:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Foodbank commends the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s decision to expand Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, known in Vermont as 3SquaresVT, to an estimated 25 million people nationwide. Nationally, this increased benefit will provide about $1 billion per month in additional food assistance. In Vermont, the increase is estimated to be about $2 million per month.

Sports leagues and adult rec reopening guidance available

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 10:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Effective April 2, 2021, adult sports leagues may resume the following activities: Individual skill-building exercises; Strength and conditioning sessions; and Drills involving incidental contact. In addition, adult outdoor sports teams and leagues may resume games, meets and competitions, subject to some restrictions. Governor Scott is expected to release his detailed Blue Print for reopening the entire economy later Tuesday.

TRORC: Round two of COVID-19 small business grants available

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 10:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) has awarded almost $850,000 for TRORC to offer a second round of grant money to small businesses financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Caledonia, Chittenden (including Burlington), Grand Isle, Essex, Franklin, Orange, Orleans, and Windsor counties. Qualifying sole proprietors who seek funding will be able to apply from April 5th through May 26th of 2021.

Donations double cash grant awards for Kick Start Middlebury business recruitment program

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 10:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) announced today that as a result of generous donations from two community organizations, Kick Start Middlebury has doubled the size of the grants offered in its business recruitment effort, from $10,000 to $20,000 in start-up cash. Now with a total of $110,000 cash at its disposal, plus services donated by area businesses, the Kick Start Middlebury program is poised to change the town’s business and retail landscape. 

Visor cards to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing communicate with law enforcement

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 9:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has partnered with the Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living (DAIL) and Vermont State Police (VSP) to create visor cards to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing communicate with law enforcement officers if they are pulled over while dr.

Weinberger declares that the State of the City is one of great hope

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 8:39am -- tim
In annual State of the City address, Mayor Weinberger asks all Burlington residents to imagine a future where we have eliminated racial disparities and where everyone in the Burlington community feels true belonging
Vermont Business Magazine Monday night, Mayor Miro Weinberger virtually delivered the annual State of the City address, during which he reported that the State of the City is one of great hope. Mayor Weinberger outlined how over the past year, Burlingtonians have worked together to contain the virus as well as any City in America, and how, with the end of the pandemic in sight, Burlington is ready to take on the opportunities ahead and emerge from this time of historic challenge as a healthier, greener, more equitable, and more racially just community.

VSP reports fatal ATV accident

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 8:32am -- tim

Vermont State Police On 4/5/21 the State Police responded to the area of Gore Road in the town of Holland for a fatal ATV accident. The initial investigation revealed that the operator of the ATV, Dale Nadeau  was working in his sugarbush when he traveled through a steep area of uneven terrain. While traveling through this area the ATV Nadeau was operating overturned pinning him underneath it.