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Scott signs executive order on public safety reform initiative

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 5:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott has signed an executive order to accelerate a series of reforms and modernizations of public safety services in Vermont, and to initiate a comprehensive, ongoing discussion with state residents—especially historically marginalized communities—about how law enforcement can best serve communities’ needs. The governor’s Public Safety Reform Initiative immediately implements seven key short-term priorities, such as engaging Vermonters in robust participation in the modernization process; ensuring uniform, statewide policies regarding body-worn cameras and uses of force; improving and standardizing data collection by law enforcement agencies; and bolstering practices for hiring, training and promoting law enforcement officers.

ACCD launches Buy Local Vermont Program

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 5:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) will launch the Buy Local Vermont Program to consumers on Tuesday, September 8 at 11 am. The program is funded through a $500,000 dollar allocation of Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds. More than 1,000 Vermont businesses have already enrolled in the program, which offers deals to Vermonters in the form of discounts. Vermonters will be able to register for the Buy Local Vermont program at and redeem a $30 discount offer from a participating local business.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Case counts stay low as Scott urges vigilance

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 4:58pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine VDH updated an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the Killington area tied to a private party. There are now 17 cases associated with the outbreak, including 11 people who attended the event and six from subsequent transmission, Kelso said. Two of the new cases reported yesterday had already been identified as close contacts, and were in quarantine, preventing further spread. VDH contact tracers have reached 34 of the 49 guests who attended the event. Fifteen of them were out of state residents, and their respective state health departments were notified. Also, the state updated case forecasting and noted Vermont's continuing good news, with the lowest case count in the nation and no deaths since July. But Governor Scott urged citizens to stay vigilant, especially as schools will open on Tuesday.

Leader of 33 Oak Street drug trafficking ring gets nine years

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 1:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Chyquan Cupe, aka “Cash,” was sentenced yesterday to nine years of imprisonment for possessing firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking activities and being the leader of a drug trafficking conspiracy which distributed cocaine base, heroin, and fentanyl in the Brattleboro area.

Chief U.S. District Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford also sentenced Cupe to a 4-year term of supervised release to follow his imprisonment.

Verilux sold to California company, closes Vermont HQ

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 1:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Lighting innovator Verilux from Waitsfield has been sold and is closing its headquarters. Bear Down Brands, LLC, a California-based developer of premium home, health, and wellness products, announced it had acquired Verilux at the end of June. Financial terms were not disclosed. For more than 50 years, the Vermont-based Verilux has created innovative lighting products that simulate natural light indoors for reading and seasonal light therapy.

AOT Road Construction Report

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 11:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Here is a list of road construction projects happening throughout Vermont. Crews are off this Monday in observance of the Labor Day holiday but will be back to work Tuesday morning. Please remember to drive safely in all work zones. Lives depend on it.

CORI grant totals $2.8 million over three years to scale workforce development

Fri, 09/04/2020 - 10:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) is pleased to announce the commitment of three years of funding from longtime funder, partner, and supporter Siegel Family Endowment (SFE). The grant totals $2.8 million over the next three years, and targets programs and work that will help the organization scale its efforts to bring digital economy jobs to small town America and close the rural opportunity gap.

Administration announces Brad Ferland retirement, Kristin Clouser named chief of operations

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 5:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Deputy Secretary of Administration Brad Ferland announced his retirement effective October 30 after 31 years of service to Vermonters. As Chief of Operations, Kristin Clouser has assumed many of Ferland’s duties to allow him to focus on COVID-19 matters, including state procurement and contracts, risk management, insurance, and day to day operational oversight.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Dr Levine addresses misleading claims related to deaths

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 5:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, sought to debunk a misleading claim that “only 6%” of the reported COVID-19 deaths in the US are solely attributable to the new coronavirus. This misleading claim stems from an August 26 update the Centers for Disease Control posted on its website, which provides a detailed breakdown of the accompanying health conditions and contributing causes of death reported in people who have died of the new coronavirus in the United States. Also, the VDH is reporting seven new cases of CVODI-19 and no deaths, which are holding for several weeks at 58.

State’s largest union gives Vermont a D+ on overall preparation for safe start of school

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 5:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A lack of a coordinated statewide approach to safely reopening schools has left districts – as well as parents, school employees, and students – largely on their own, resulting in an overall grade of D+, according to the state’s largest union. The Vermont NEA represents most of the state's teachers. The NEA does not oppose opening of schools on September 8, but is urging the state to make important changes, including putting a nurse in every school and ensuring uniform safety protocols.

Crimes Against Children Task Force arrests two men on child pornography charges

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 5:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan today announced the recent arraignments of two men for child pornography-related charges. In both cases, the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (VT-ICAC) received CyberTips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children indicating that users in Vermont had utilized the social media website Tumblr to upload electronic files containing child pornography. VT-ICAC subsequently identified Mr. Cline and Mr. Williams after executing online and residential search warrants.