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Disaster declaration approved for six Vermont counties

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 10:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott on Friday announced that President Donald Trump has declared a Major Disaster for Bennington, Essex, Orange, Rutland, Washington and Windsor counties. Those counties suffered substantial damage during severe storms and flooding on April 15 of this year. A Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) identified more than $2 million in eligible public infrastructure damage statewide from the flooding, exceeding the $1 million minimum Vermont must demonstrate for a disaster declaration.

Briglin: Broadband crucial to Vermont's future

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 9:56am -- tim

by Tim Briglin If we want a Vermont that works for everyone in every part of the state, we need to do better getting high-speed internet access to every corner of the state. It wasn’t so long ago that access to high-speed internet service was considered a convenience, even an extravagance.  No more.  Today, access to reliable, affordable high-speed internet service is a prerequisite for participating in modern society.

VSP: Nine arrested in high-visibility traffic enforcement initiative

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 9:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Saturday, June 15, 2019, the Vermont State Police deployed an aggressive traffic enforcement campaign throughout Chittenden County.  This was a two-phase, high visibility initiative with the first phase employing a zero-tolerance “See the Violation, Write the Violation” directive as Troopers targeted and identified aggressive driving violations and the second phase employed a high-intensity impaired driving saturation. A total of nine (9) arrests were made and numerous civil traffic violations were issued. 

Berkshire Bank partners with Housing Trust of Rutland County for its Xtraordinary Day

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 3:00am -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine Berkshire Bank employees recently came together with Housing Trust of Rutland County to complete projects at two of the organization’s locations that provide affordable housing. The donation was a part of the bank’s annual Xtraordinary Day of Service, where the bank closes its offices early to empower employees to volunteer in their local communities. The event is in its fourth year.

Camp Ubuntu receives RiseVT Amplify Grant

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 2:00am -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine RiseVT-Addison County has awarded several grants in the region and has $19,000 more to give out in $500-$1500 grants before the end of August. One recent grant recipient is Camp Ubuntu based in Bridport—a day camp serving elementary school youth during the last week of July and the first week of August. A $1,500 grant from RiseVT will cover the cost of an experienced guide and equipment to enable campers to have both a half day of kayaking and a half day of tubing on local waterways.

Older forests resist climate change -- in New England

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 4:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Older is better – for forests facing climate change. That’s the upshot of new University of Vermont research that finds older forests in eastern North America are less vulnerable to climate change than younger forests, particularly for carbon storage, timber production, and biodiversity. The study found that increased forest age reduces the climate sensitivity of forest carbon, timber, and biodiversity to projected increases in temperature and precipitation. In other words, increased age helps to safeguard forests from climate change. 

Vermont’s economic development strategy needs coordination and perhaps centralization

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 5:51am -- tim

by Bill Schubart Vermont has no long-term, well-articulated economic development strategy nor the funding capacity to execute one. It’s not that we don’t spend money on economic development. There are many earnest people working hard to generate economic activity in Vermont, although we often confuse economic and community development; a Greensboro Pride Parade or town green replanting is not “economic development.”

TRORC helps east-central Vermont plan for the future

Sun, 06/16/2019 - 4:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Have you ever thought: “I hear the name TRORC a lot, but I’m not sure what they do”? You’re not the only one. Many Town Officials and partners have only experienced a small sample of what we offer the 30 towns in our Region. TRORC is the regional planning commission for east-central Vermont. We serve 30 towns, helping them with mapping, grants, plans, data, ordinances, and other projects. Most of all, we are a wealth of knowledge for our towns; we can advise on planning practice, provide you with information about statutory requirements, connect you with people around the state, help you apply for or manage various grants, and much more.

SVMC, D-H partner to provide specialty care for children via telemedicine

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 4:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) Center for Connected Care have launched cardiology and urology care for children. Visits with these pediatric specialists are provided at the SVMC Medical Office Building in Bennington via telemedicine.

BioTek introduces Scratch Assay Starter Kit

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 11:07am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine BioTek Instruments continues to enhance cell biology workflows with the introduction of the Scratch Assay Starter Kit for use with their Lionheart Automated Cell Imagers and Cytation Cell Imaging Multi-Mode Readers. The Scratch Assay Starter Kit includes the AutoScratch Wound Making Tool, Scratch App software, sample packages of 24- and 96-well microplates, and cleaning reagents.