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VAFFM: Several COVID-19 relief programs still available

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 11:38am -- tim

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets When the coronavirus first appeared, most of us thought of the pandemic as a transitory disaster - something to endure. But as case counts have ebbed and flowed and the virus has continued to evolve, it seems obvious that we will be living with the impacts of this disease for much longer than anyone hoped. That's a poignant reality for the people, businesses and organizations still struggling to recover. Fortunately, there are several programs still available that can help provide some relief.

VDH: Cases down, but high, no deaths

Sun, 10/17/2021 - 6:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting another spike today with 241cases of COVID-19 (down 101 cases) after after setting a pandemic record Saturday. The three worst days for cases have all come since mid-September, as the Delta variant has taken over since early July. There may some variability from day to day because of when cases are reported to the VDH, but the seven-day average remains high. 

Bennington County: Pandemic uncertainty lingers, workforce & housing shortages remain, but a sense of optimism prevails

Sun, 10/17/2021 - 3:54pm -- tim

by Olga Peters, Vermont Business Magazine The unpredictability of the COVID pandemic makes Bill Colvin cautious when assessing the county’s economy. “I think it's still a little uncertain,” said the executive director of the Bennington County Regional Commission (BCRC). Many acknowledged similar reservations, but overall, optimism outweighs concern in Bennington County.

VIB aims to create space for entrepreneurs and innovation with third location

Sun, 10/17/2021 - 3:53pm -- tim

by Olga Peters, Vermont Business Magazine This winter, the Vermont Innovation Box, a coworking space and incubator program, will open in downtown Bennington. Once open, VIB has the potential to become part of a network of support for entrepreneurs. One such effort is the Bennington County Regional Commission’s entrepreneurial support committee

Free energy kits help Vermonters celebrate Energy Efficiency Day

Sun, 10/17/2021 - 6:00am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Energy efficiency is the gift that keeps on giving, and Efficiency Vermont encourages Vermonters to treat themselves to some savings on National Energy Efficiency Day this Wednesday, Oct. 6. Energy Efficiency Day is a collaborative effort of dozens of energy efficiency advocates around the nation, working together to raise awareness of the vital role energy efficiency plays in helping consumers save money, protect the environment, and improve the comfort of their homes, workplaces, and public spaces. 

Over 95% of Burlington city employees fully vaccinated following new policy

Sun, 10/17/2021 - 4:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On August 20th Mayor Miro Weinberger announced a new vaccination policy requiring all City employees to either be vaccinated or submit to regular COVID-19 testing, effective October 11th. This week, the City reports that more than 95% of employees have submitted proof of vaccination, with 56 employees beginning weekly testing. New hires are required to show proof of vaccination with no option to meet the policy requirements through testing.  

VDH: COVID cases spike again to record 342, two more deaths for 345

Sat, 10/16/2021 - 9:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting another spike today with 342 cases of COVID-19 (up 106 cases) after increasing by 85 on Friday. The three worst days for cases have all come since mid-September, as the Delta variant has taken over since early July. The VDH also today reported two additional deaths for 345 statewide.

$14.5 million terminal project underway at Burlington International Airport

Sat, 10/16/2021 - 4:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger, federal partners including Senator Patrick Leahy and Chris Nelson of TSA, and Airport leadership on Thursday met to celebrate the construction of the planned Terminal Integration Project at Burlington International Airport (BTV). The more than 30,000-square-foot expansion is on target to open to travelers next fall and will house five TSA screening lanes, an expanded queuing and, space for concessions.  

North Hero-Grand Isle drawbridge construction update

Sat, 10/16/2021 - 11:43am -- tim

Vermont Agency of Transportation US Route 2 at the temporary drawbridge is open to two lanes of traffic. The contractor is working from 6:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday through Saturday. The temporary bridge has a speed limit of 25 mph. There are tight curves approaching the temporary bridge, and trucks are advised to reduce speed to 15 mph. Bicycles should use caution while crossing the bridge. The drawbridge seasonal, daily operation will end today at 8:00 PM. You may request a bridge opening by contacting the bridge tender on Channel 13 or at 802-372-4360. The bridge will not open unless a request is made. 

Norwich to host second annual high school architecture and design competition

Sat, 10/16/2021 - 5:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is accepting submissions from high school students for an architecture and design competition that offers scholarships to the university as prizes. Submissions will be accepted until November 7. This is the second year Norwich is offering the competition, and this year’s challenge is to design a “Pocket Place,” as the need for outdoors spaces for gathering has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic.