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Construction in Vermont virtual job fair to be held Thursday

Wed, 04/21/2021 - 2:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Construction jobs are available across Vermont, and the Department of Labor is offering an opportunity for job seekers to learn about the benefits of working in this exciting sector at its #Hiring2DayVT Virtual Job Fair on Thursday, April 22 at 11:00am. This week’s virtual job fair is being held in conjunction with the Associated General Contractors of Vermont  and is open to anyone looking for a job or interested in learning more about job opportunities within the construction industry. Employers from across the state will be participating.

TRORC gets EDA funds to help Creative Sector recover from pandemic

Wed, 04/21/2021 - 2:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) applied for and received a $276,000 award recently from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to establish a Creative Sector program to assist in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Creative Sector includes jobs within visual arts and crafts, culture and heritage, literary arts and publishing, performing arts, specialty foods and culinary arts, and film and media.

Pat Leahy, Rand Paul et al introduce 'Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act'

Wed, 04/21/2021 - 1:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Senators Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, Ron Wyden, D-Ore, and Rand Paul, R-Ky, and 17 other senators, today introduced a bill to put a stop to shady data brokers buying and selling Americans’ Constitutional rights. The Fourth Amendment is Not for Sale Act closes the legal loophole that allows data brokers to sell Americans’ personal information to law enforcement and intelligence agencies without any court oversight – in contrast to the strict rules for phone companies, social media sites and other businesses that have direct relationships with consumers.

GMP is first utility to offer Span Smart Panel, replaces home electric panel

Wed, 04/21/2021 - 1:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power has launched a new pilot program to empower residential customers with new technology to simplify the transition to clean energy for home heating, vehicle charging, solar generation and energy storage. GMP is the first utility in the country to work with Span to offer the Span Smart Panel. The Span Smart Panel replaces the traditional home electric panel, and will give customers an easy way to understand and control energy use from anywhere, while helping all GMP customers as the technology can foster a more flexible, resilient, green grid. Plus, the smart panel can do much more than a traditional home panel, including replacing the meter to also measure energy use.

Champlain College names Monique Taylor as provost and CAO

Wed, 04/21/2021 - 1:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Champlain College today announced that Monique M Taylor, PhD, has been named its new Provost and Chief Academic Officer. She will begin in late summer. Dr Taylor comes to Champlain College from the New York Institute of Technology, where she has served as the Campus Dean and Executive Director for the school’s Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates programs.

Sanders introduces legislation to make college tuition-free, debt-free

Wed, 04/21/2021 - 12:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington) Wednesday introduced the College for All Act to open up the dream of a college degree to millions of working-class children. The legislation would make the most substantial federal investment in higher education in the modern history of the United States and its transformative potential is on par with President Lyndon B Johnson’s Higher Education Act of 1965.

CSWD gets $107K hazardous waste management grant

Wed, 04/21/2021 - 12:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Chittenden Solid Waste District has been awarded a grant worth $106,849 by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to help cover costs for providing facilities and education for the proper disposal of hazardous waste generated by residents and qualifying businesses. The grant is part of a solid waste assistance fund provided by the state to help towns and solid waste planning entities implement their solid waste plans.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund webinar today at 3 pm

Wed, 04/21/2021 - 12:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced new details about application requirements and eligibility for the upcoming Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). The opening date for the application portal has not yet been announcement but is expected in the weeks ahead. To review initial program details, ACCD and the SBA will hold a webinar today at 3:00pm for businesses owners.

VEDA approved $14.4 million in business development financing last quarter

Wed, 04/21/2021 - 11:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine During the most recent quarter ended March 31, the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) approved over $14.4 million in new financing to support commercial, agricultural, small business and renewable energy projects across Vermont. VEDA also closed over $25.4 million in new loans, including $14.5 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loans for over 300 businesses and farms.

Condos, Gray, Donovan sign letter calling for corporate leaders to speak out against voter suppression

Wed, 04/21/2021 - 8:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray and Attorney General TJ Donovan on Tuesday joined a bipartisan coalition of over 50 current or former statewide elected leaders in signing a letter calling upon corporate leadership to speak out against voter suppression, following the passage of Georgia’s controversial voting rights restriction law. According to the non-partisan Brennan Center for Justice 361 bills aimed at restricting the rights of eligible voters have been introduced in 47 states.

National Guard to construct Light Demolition Range at Ethan Allen training site

Wed, 04/21/2021 - 7:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Construction for a Light Demolition Range will begin this summer on the Vermont Army National Guard’s Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho. The new range will allow traditional Soldiers who usually drill one weekend a month and two weeks a year to maximize training time by avoiding travel to Fort Drum, NY.