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Last Updated: May 29, 2020

COVID-19 Announcements

COVID-19 has turned lives upside down, creating uncertainty and difficulty for the region's municipalities, businesses, organizations, and residents. NVDA Offices remain closed to the general public until June 1st. Staff members continue to work remotely and respond promptly to voice and email messages. We will keep you informed by posting information on our website and sharing updates through newsletters


If there is an urgent need to communicate with NVDA, please contact:


VT Economic Recovery Package

On May 20, Governor Scott outlined his proposal for a $400 million economic relief and recovery package using funds from the $1.25 billion Vermont received from the federal CARES Act. The proposal, which requires Legislative approval, would provide a wide variety of grants, loans and technical assistance to Vermont businesses, farmers, nonprofits and others. The proposal has two phases and includes $310 million for immediate relief to the most impacted sectors and businesses, followed by $90 million for long-term recovery efforts. $42 million will be directed for assistance to landlords and tenants. Read the full proposal.

Locally

NVDA (www.nvda.net), NCIC (www.ncic.org), the NEK Collaborative (www.nekcollaborative.org) and the NEK Chamber of Commerce (www.nekchamber.com) are all working to distribute information and guidance on what resources and opportunities are available. All are committed to helping our region and can be reached by phone, email or Zoom to answer questions.

Additional Limited Re-openings

View Health & Safety Requirements for all Businesses
  • Effective May 22, restaurants and bars may reopen for limited outdoor seating. Reservations or call-ahead seating is required with strict limits on table distance and occupancy. Operators must maintain a log of customers in case contact tracing is required.
  • Effective May 29, hair salons and barber shops may reopen by appointment with limits on occupancy. A customer log must be maintained in case contact tracing is required.
  • Also, Governor Scott authorized additional medical procedures and health services to resume under the guidance of the Health Department. This includes in-patient surgeries and procedures, outpatient services, clinic visits, diagnostic imaging, limited outpatient surgeries, and elective dental services. View the Health Departments's specific safety guidance and protocols for the restarted health services.

Stay Home, Stay Safe Q&A for Municipalities - Fridays, 2:00-3:00 pm

Hosted by the VT League of Cities & Towns and the Agency of Commerce & Community Development. This weekly Q&A webinar offers an opportunity for municipalities to ask questions and learn more about best practices, tools and resources to navigate these difficult times.

Paycheck Protection Program

The SBA released an updated PPP Report detailing total data from both rounds of PPP funding in New England through May 16. Read the Report summary. The SBA has reported that PPP funds are still available for small businesses, sole proprietors, independent contractors, self-employed persons, nonprofit organizations, veterans organizations, and tribal businesses. Visit PPP or reach out to the Vermont District Office .

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

Released The application and detailed instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans consistent with the CARES Act. The SBA will soon issue regulations to further assist borrowers, and provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities. Learn more.

PPP, EIDL (free) Daily Webinar: Monday-Friday, 9:00-10:00 am

The SBA VT District Office hosts a free daily webinar on Skype to discuss the Paycheck Protection Program PPP, Economic Injury Disaster Loan EIDL, and other updates. To join the webinar, visit https://meet.lync.com/sba123/sbmazza/6F6N4YK6. To join by phone, call (202) 765-1264, access code 470177937#.

VMEC Offers Health Officer Training for Manufacturing

Two courses, conducted remotely, consist of five 2-hour training sessions: June 4-July 2, 1:30 - 3:30 pm; and June 16-July 14, 10:00 am-12:00 noon. In accordance with Vermont's re-opening plan, manufacturing, fulfillment and distribution enterprises must appoint a Health Officer on each shift. The course is for small and medium-size manufacturers to help navigate this new role. There is NO cost for the training. Questions? Contact Lisa Henderson lhenderson@vmec.org (802) 299-1456. Register: June 4-July 2 or June 16-July 14.

No-Contact Temperature Testing

As Vermont continues its effort to reopen, many businesses and institutions are struggling with the challenge of implementing required health and safety standards to prevent a new outbreak of the virus. Vermont Security, LLC has a variety of no-contact, non-invasive temperature monitoring solutions to minimize the number of people needing secondary checks while improving personnel safety. The company, based in Montpelier, provides business solutions throughout New England and currently has a new thermal temperature monitoring system in operation at Central Vermont Medical Center. Inquire about an on-site demonstration or webinar. Shawn@Capital-Connection.com (802) 223-9160.

The Vermont Futures Project

is a non-partisan organization with a goal of providing a vision that supports long-term economic growth for Vermont by compiling data and recommendations to achieve this goal. After COVID-19 took hold, an important first step was to determine the early indicators of economic recovery. Partnering with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Economic Recovery Dashboard was created. Key data is regularly monitored on unemployment, insurance claims, consumer confidence, sales tax revenue, and rooms & meals tax revenues.

COVID-19 Information for Agriculture & Food Businesses

Visit the Agency's website for a list of resources: Agriculture Business Support / One-on-One Professional Services. Many service providers are offering free or reduced-priced options to assist ag and food businesses through this challenging time.

COVID-19 Relief for Vermont Arts & Culture Sector

Two new funding opportunities from the Vermont Arts Council: FOR ARTISTS Rapid Response Artist Relief Fund - FOR ARTS & HUMANITIES ORGANIZATIONS: Vermont COVID-19 Cultural Relief.

Vermont Emergency Management

View critical information related to Vermont's response to COVID-19: VEM website Bruce Melendy is NVDA's Emergency Management Specialist and Regional Emergency Management Coordinator. Bmelendy@nvda.net