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Vermont State Colleges System and VELCO team up to offer free Wi-Fi on campuses

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 10:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS) announced that it has partnered with Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) to offer free Wi-Fi to the general public on the campuses of Northern Vermont University, Castleton University and Vermont Technical College. The move is designed to support Vermonters living in areas where connectivity is anything but universal and comes at a time when more Vermonters are working and learning remotely due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

CAI Technologies of NH acquires Russell Graphics

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 10:48am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Cartographic Associates, Inc dba CAI Technologies (CAI), a municipal mapping and GIS services company located in Littleton, New Hampshire, has acquired Russell Graphics, a municipal mapping company that has provided mapping services to Vermont municipalities for more than three decades. It is based in North Carolina. This strategic acquisition further establishes CAI as the leader in municipal mapping and GIS services in Vermont and throughout New England.

AG and Chief Stevens urge governor to sign bill recognizing Abenaki's historic claim

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 10:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In February, Attorney General Donovan and Chief Stevens together called upon the Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign H.716. Because the benefit would extend to Native Peoples residing outside of Vermont, the new measure would also promote a much-needed influx of new sportspeople to Vermont’s hunting and fishing communities. In addition, the bill would help Vermont partner with Native Peoples to promote environmental, educational, and conservation initiatives.

VSP: Body in Winooski identified as Anna Shackett Wagner, 51, of Barre

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 10:26am -- tim

Vermont State Police After receiving multiple tips from members of the public, the Vermont State Police has been able to positively identify the victim as Anna Shackett Wagner, 51, of Barre. Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances of her death, including a determination on cause and manner by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington.

Sanders calls on Senate to reject 'exploding' military budget, invest in human needs

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 7:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) on Tuesday spoke on the Senate floor to advocate for amendments he introduced to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would fundamentally overhaul the Pentagon budget, which exceeds $740 billion this year. Military spending, now higher than the next 11 nations combined, represents more than half of all federal discretionary spending. The Pentagon budget has exploded under President Trump, increasing by more than $100 billion in annual spending compared to military budgets under President Obama. In his floor remarks, Sanders called for a 10% cut to the Pentagon budget to invest the savings in distressed communities; the production and distribution of free face masks to every American household; and an independent audit of the Defense Department.

SBA holding PPP and EIDL Webinars

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 6:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the SBA Vermont District Office is hosting a free webinar from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays to discuss the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance, and any pertinent updates. Also, The SBA Vermont District Office is hosting a free daily webinar from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday to Friday to discuss Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness and other changes.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Zero new cases for first time in two weeks

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 5:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For the first time since June 16, the Vermont Department of Health is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 in Vermont. Also, effective Wednesday, July 1, people from low-risk counties in additional states can travel to Vermont without having to quarantine. The broader allowances are based on detailed modeling and analysis of health and population data. The additional states include Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.

COVID-relief financial aid packages head to governor

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 5:21pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Both Governor Phil Scott and Speaker of the House Mitzi Jonson held press conferences Monday and both discussed the Coronavirus Relief Fund and money spent, and not spent, toward economic recovery. The governor will again hold press conferences Wednesday and Friday discuss COVID-19 health news and the reopening of the economy. He is also expected to sign legislation recently passed by lawmakers. Bills need to be vetted on both sides before Scott can sign them. He’s not expected to veto any of the recently passed legislation, including the CRF bills.

House Climate Crisis Action Plan includes nine Welch-sponsored bills

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 3:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Nine bills to boost energy efficiency and promote clean energy authored by Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) were included in the comprehensive congressional climate action framework unveiled on Tuesday by the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. The Select Committee’s climate action framework outlines ambitious and achievable policies to grow our economy and put Americans back to work in clean energy jobs, protect the health of all families, make sure our communities and farmers can withstand the impacts of climate change, and protect America’s land and water for the next generation.

East Central Vermont EDD adopts 2020-2025 CEDS plan

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 3:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The East Central Vermont Economic Development District (ECVEDD) has adopted a new 5-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). This plan replaces the District’s 2016-2021 CEDS, and features strategies and actions that promote regional resilience, business innovation, workforce development and retention, robust infrastructure, quality of life and place, and healthy communities.

It also prioritizes economic recovery in the wake of COVID-19. The plan is available at:

Marlboro College: Going, going ...

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 3:15pm -- tim

by C.B. Hall, Vermont Business Magazine The sale of the Marlboro College campus, announced on May 28, is moving forward – slowly. A statutory review of the deal by the Vermont Attorney General's Office (AGO) will postpone its consummation into July, past the original June 30 target date. A State Board of Education review of the plans may mean an even greater delay.