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Green Mountain College to be auctioned off August 18

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 2:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Maltz Auctions, of Central Islip, NY, has announced that the campus of Poultney's Green Mountain College will be auctioned off on August 18, at the campus of the defunct college. A press release from the company states that "a well-qualified, interested party" has placed a stalking-horse bid of $3 million for the property.

State housing assistance payments begin Monday

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 1:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Scott today announced that two programs beginning Monday will provide $30 million in housing assistance to those affected by COVID-19. The programs, first proposed by the Administration and amended and passed by the Legislature, utilize federal CARES Act funding to provide relief for those tenants unable to pay rent, landlords suffering from a loss of rent payments and those lower income homeowners needing assistance in paying their mortgages. The rental program provides a total of $25 million and the mortgage program provides $5 million in assistance. These programs represent the first $30 million of the total $85 million allocated to address housing needs.

Weekly unemployment claims fall, still high

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 12:14pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims fell last week after a spike the week before. After a steep decline as the economy began to reopen in April, initial unemployment claims for the last several weeks have flattened and are just under 2,000 claims. They hit their peak in early April. At that point, Governor Scott's "Stay Home" order resulted in the closing of schools, restaurants, construction and more, while many other industries cut back operations.

Emergency grants bridge gaps for Vermont cultural organizations

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 10:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Humanities and the Vermont Arts Council together have now distributed nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in emergency relief grants to 122 Vermont cultural organizations, including museums, libraries, performing arts venues, and other cultural centers. The Covid-19 Cultural Relief Grant Program supported humanities and arts organizations struggling to survive the economic fallout resulting from the pandemic.

PAI: Federal aid helped, and more will be needed

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 5:24pm -- tim

by Jack Hoffman, Public Assets Institute The federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) pumped $1.19 billion into the Vermont economy in April, May, and June to help employers hang onto nearly 114,000 jobs during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. To put that in perspective, in normal times Vermont has about 315,000 non-farm payroll jobs, and the state’s total output of goods and services in a three-month period is about $8.7 billion.

VDH COVID-19 Update: 16 new cases, mostly in Chittenden County

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 5:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting 16 new cases of COVID-19 statewide, with 11 of those cases in Chittenden County. The VDH reminds Vermonters that with “feels like” temperatures forecast to reach nearly 100 degrees this week, Vermonters are urged to know how to keep safe and cool. Heat illnesses are a real danger, even for young people. In fact, Vermonters between the ages of 15 and 34 have a greater risk of going to the emergency department for a heat-related reason compared to adults aged 35 to 65.

Vermont State Police identify Rutland officers involved in shooting

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 5:23pm -- tim

The Vermont State Police is identifying the Rutland City Police Officers present at the time of Wednesday’s shooting. State police investigators have determined that Officer Billings fired his service weapon during the encounter on Terrill Street. Officer Harvey was struck by the SUV in the course of the incident. The investigation into the full time line and sequence of events is continuing Thursday, July 9, 2020, including interviews with the officers that were involved.

Local Support and Community Action Team launches county recovery forums

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 3:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On July 9th, the Local Support and Community Action Team of the Governor’s Economic Recovery Task Force will launch a series of virtual COVID-19 Recovery Visits to be held in each county across the state over the next several months. The Action Team was convened in mid-April as part of the Economic Mitigation and Recovery Task Force and charged by Governor Scott with identifying and replicating regional and community recovery initiatives and uncovering gaps in recovery efforts to ensure equitable distribution of resources, especially in rural areas and underserved populations.

VPR and Vermont PBS partner on 2020 political debates

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 3:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont PBS and Vermont Public Radio and today announced the 2020 VPR - Vermont PBS Debates, a series of pre-recorded primary candidate debates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor leading up to Vermont’s primary election on August 11. The first debate is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14 during Vermont Edition and at 8 p.m. on Vermont PBS. Moderated by Vermont Edition host Bob Kinzel, the debate will feature Republican lieutenant governor candidates Dana Colson, Meg Hansen, Jim Hogue and Scott Milne.

Public invited to discuss watershed action plan for Northern Lake Champlain

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 2:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) invites Vermonters to attend three online presentations in July to review a collaborative watershed action plan for the Northern Lake Champlain Direct Drainages. The plan encompasses a portion of the Lake Champlain watershed that stretches from Ferrisburgh to Swanton, including the Lake Champlain Islands, as well as Shelburne, Burlington, Malletts and St Albans Bays.

CHCB names Jeffrey McKee CEO

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 1:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Community Health Centers of Burlington (CHCB) announced today that Jeffrey McKee, PsyD, has joined the organization as Chief Executive Officer. A native of Rutland, Dr McKee graduated from Castleton University with a Bachelor’s degree in in Psychology. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Indiana State University before returning home to Vermont. Working first at Rutland Mental Health as the Director of Children’s Services and then at RRMC, he demonstrated a passion for developing programs and services that met some of the community’s most pressing health care needs.