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Castleton offers campus living for fall 2020, but online classes only

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 12:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Castleton University announced Wednesday that it will offer students and families the option of a residential campus experience for the fall 2020 semester and deliver its academic courses online. The plan offers the benefits of both online teaching and a residential campus experience. Under the plan, any student who chooses to live in the residence halls may do so by signing a pledge to adhere to robust social distancing protocols. Additionally, the University will follow the guidelines put in place by the State of Vermont and CDC recommendations.

More business assistance Webinars as grants come through

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 12:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce announced two upcoming Webinars designed to help local businesses in different ways. The first webinar on July 15th at 2:00pm, “Pandemics, Politics, and Planning: A Market and Economic Discussion,” features a discussion about both local and global markets with the People's United Advisors' senior investment and planning team. Governor announced on Tuesday the COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program for dairy producers and processors who have experienced income loss, additional expenses, and market disruption as a result of the pandemic. The application opens Friday, July 17th with $25 million available for businesses through the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Pure Water for the World helps bring safe water to families in Honduras

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 11:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Rutland-based Pure Water for the World, Inc (PWW) announces the official launch of a comprehensive UNICEF-sponsored program, entitled, “Humanitarian WASH Response to Communities Affected by Drought in the Dry Corridor in Honduras." The comprehensive impact program is funded by UNICEF Honduras Country Office (CO), with the support of the underfunded emergencies window of the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), to be partly implemented by UNICEF Honduras CO’s implementing partner Pure Water for the World (PWW), in close coordination with partner UN Agencies, Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Program, in four municipalities located in the drought area of El Paraíso, Honduras.

COVID-19 VMEC on-site work policy and PPE mask /face covering needs survey

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 11:30am -- tim

Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center  While we will continue to work remotely when we can, if desired, we're ready to visit you at your facility to assist you. We're committed to safely adapting our work practices to help you while maintaining the health, safety and well-being of your staff and ours too.  View a short video to hear how we will help you navigate the "new" manufacturing landscape and what lies ahead - with responsiveness and resiliency.

NVDA: COVID-19 Updates

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 6:17am -- tim

Northeastern Vermont Development Association Governor Phil Scott announced Tuesday that he will extend the State of Emergency today until August 15. He has been extending it on a month-by-month basis. When announcing the extension this week, Governor Scott urged Vermonters and out-of-state visitors to quarantine after returning to the state, stating that vigilance is allowing safe re-openings. "It's not time to let your guard down."

VDH COVID-19 Update: Possible outbreak in Manchester/Londonderry region

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 5:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health is reporting a possible outbreak in southern Vermont, but more testing needs to be done. Dr Levine said the department is currently responding to a report of over 30 people who tested positive through antigen testing at a clinic in Manchester. Antigen tests may not be as accurate as PCR tests. Dr Levine also noted that even if you have quarantined as mandated out-of-state, if you then take mass transit (plane, train, bus) to get to Vermont, it negates your quarantine and you must then do so for 14 days here (or seven days with a negative test) once you arrive.

New UI initial claimants to receive verification calls from Labor Dept

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 5:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Beginning Tuesday, July 14, individuals who established an initial claim for unemployment insurance benefits with the Vermont Department of Labor may receive a phone call to confirm their identity and intent to file. This extra step is being taken to protect Vermonters against fraudulent filers using their personal information. This type of “imposter fraud” has been on the rise across the country.

Donovan issues guidance on changes to data breach notification law

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 5:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan has released guidance to assist businesses in complying with changes to Vermont’s Security Breach Notice Act. As of July 1, 2020, more types of information—including health and genetic information, login credentials, and additional government IDs like passport numbers—are considered “Personally Identifiable Information” that requires notice to consumers if stolen or otherwise subject to a breach. By helping businesses understand the law, the guidance aims to help ensure that timely notice is provided to Vermont consumers so they can protect themselves if their sensitive information is exposed.

State announces $275 million health care stabilization grants

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 3:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott, the Agency of Human Services, and the Department of Vermont Health Access announced today that Vermont’s Health Care Provider Stabilization Grant Program will launch on Friday, July 17, 2020. The grant program, first proposed by the Administration and amended by the Vermont Legislature, utilizes up to $275 million from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide direct cash grants to eligible health care and human service providers who have lost revenue and/or observed increased expenses due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

SVHC to celebrate Spirit of the Summer Gala virtual charity event

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 3:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In years past, it was difficult to welcome as many people as wanted to attend the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation’s Summer Gala at the Hubbell Homestead in Bennington. There just wasn’t space. The event is called the Spirit of the Summer Gala. It is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, July 17, and attendees must register by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 16.

UVM divests from fossil fuels

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 3:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Tuesday afternoon to divest the university’s endowment of fossil fuel investments, adding another milestone in UVM’s long history of leadership on environmental issues. The university will immediately end new direct investment in fossil fuels, will fully divest from public investments in fossil fuels by July 2023 and will allow pre-existing multi-year private investments, which it stopped acquiring in 2017, to lapse without renewal.

VSP: Search continues near Lake Iroquois for suspect in vehicle pursuit

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 3:18pm -- tim

Vermont State Police Following continued investigation, police have determined that Tuesday morning’s motor-vehicle pursuit, which ended with the driver fleeing on foot near Lake Iroquois in Williston, is a separate incident from Monday night’s shooting at the Maple Tree Place shopping plaza. Both investigations remain active and ongoing. Investigators received a description of a vehicle involved in the shooting as a white van. Tuesday morning, the Chittenden County Sheriff’s Department attempted to stop a white van for speeding on Interstate 89 in Richmond, and the operator accelerated and led police on a pursuit that ended at Lake Iroquois. The operator fled on foot.