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Tax Dept offers grants for local government COVID expense reimbursement

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 6:07am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont's units of local government, including counties, cities, towns, and various service districts, can now apply for reimbursement of COVID-19 eligible expenses through a grant program created under Act 137 of 2020. The Vermont Legislature passed Act 137 of 2020 to distribute Coronavirus Relief Funds to various entities in Vermont. Section 7 appropriates $13 million to reimburse local government entities for COVID-19 expenses such as hazard pay, supplies and equipment, sanitation, and facilities alterations not already covered by insurance or Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding. The Agency of Administration, through the Vermont Department of Taxes, is responsible for distributing the grant funds.

Special funding round supports artists with COVID-19 relief

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 4:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A pandemic calls for creativity, and while Vermont artists have that in abundance, they might lack the support to help them express it. The Vermont Arts Council announces nine recipients of Artist Development grants, a special funding round to help artists adapt and respond to the current COVID-19 crisis. The grants, which range from $250-1,000, support activities that enhance mastery of an artist’s craft or skills or that increase the viability of an artist's business. Many of the grant proposals from this round focused on today’s digital reality, with proposals to support the redesign of websites or to attend online learning opportunities.

Deadline for $5,000 Vermont Land Trust farmer award extended

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 4:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The deadline for the Eric Rozendaal Memorial Award has been extended, the Vermont Land Trust announced today. The $5,000 award is granted each year to a farmer who exemplifies service to community and innovation in honor of Eric Rozendaal who passed away in 2018. This year’s prize will seek to recognize a farmer who has been serving people most affected by the pandemic. The original deadline of June 30 has been extended to September 18, to give more farmers across the state the chance to apply. Applicants should be residents of Vermont, actively working on or managing a commercial farm operation in the state, and have not received the award in the past. The winning farmer can apply the $5,000 towards efforts related to serving the community.

AOT receives federal grant for new public transit vehicles

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 4:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) has received a federal grant award in the amount of $836,355 for new public transit vehicles to replace existing vehicles throughout the state. AOT applied for $1,917,500 for 13 transit vehicles called “cutaways” ($1,072,500) and 13 “sprinter buses” ($845,000). Both types of vehicles are smaller than standard city buses and are the most appropriate size vehicles to be used for fixed routes and demand response (“dial-a-ride”) service, especially in rural areas.

Leahy sends White House letter to restore funding for National Guard’s COVID-19 response

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 4:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Yesterday, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) were joined by thirty-two US Senators in sending a letter asking President Trump to restore full funding to states for the National Guard forces responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

USDA awards $500,000 to Vermont Foodbank through community facilities grant

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 2:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today awarded the Vermont Foodbank a $500,000 grant to upgrade its Barre, Vt. facility with new equipment and infrastructure, and increased broadband capability to better manage its satellite locations and collaborate with partners.

Burlington is best city in the nation for dentists

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 2:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A new study that AdvisorSmith released on the “Best Cities for Dentists” ranked Burlington  as the #1 best midsize city for dentists and overall the best city in the US. The study analyzed data from 258 cities and examined dentist’s salaries, the number of jobs, and the cost of living in each city. They categorized the data by city size to find the top 10 best small, midsize, and large cities.

HCRS exceeds face mask goal

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 12:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS), southeastern Vermont’s non-profit community mental health agency, announced today that it exceeded its campaign to obtain 1,000 handmade cloth face masks for staff and clients. As soon as the agency put out a request to the community for homemade masks, offers to provide masks came pouring in.

Peck acquires California solar company Sunworks

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 10:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Peck Company Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: PECK) of South Burlington, a leading commercial solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company and Sunworks, Inc (NASDAQ: SUNW) of Roseville, CA, a provider of solar power solutions for agriculture, commercial and industrial, public works and residential markets, on Monday announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Peck will acquire Sunworks in an all-stock transaction, pursuant to which each share of Sunworks common stock will be exchanged for 0.185171 shares of Peck common stock (subject to certain adjustments). Assuming no adjustments, Sunworks’ stockholders would receive an aggregate of approximately 3,079,207 shares of Peck common stock, representing approximately 36.54% of Peck common stock outstanding after the merger.

NIH-funded $1.6 million alcohol use disorder study launched in Vermont

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 6:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermonters are more likely to drink alcohol and binge drink than residents of most other US states. Thanks to a federal National Institute of Health (NIH) grant obtained with the support of the State of Vermont's Department of Vermont Health Access and Department of Health, DynamiCare's digital care program will become accessible to the State's Medicaid population to increase retention and alcohol abstinence. The program's clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness will be evaluated in a $1.6 million NIH-funded study in partnership with RAND Corporation. Launching in September 2020, the study will recruit 300 Vermont Medicaid members. 

Southwestern Vermont Health Care wins two regional marketing awards

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 3:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Marketing and Communications Department has received two prestigious regional healthcare communications awards from the New England Society for Healthcare Communications for work produced during 2019. SVHC earned a Silver Lamplighter Award for its SVMC Orthopedics Restoring Active Lifestyles Campaign and the distinction of Excellence for the Memorable Moments for Colon Cancer Screening Awareness Campaign.