What BDCC is Doing

Following Vermont’s Emergency Declaration by Governor Phil Scott, the BDCC Board of Trustees, SeVEDS Board of Directors and BDCC’s entire team has pivoted to respond to the effects of COVID-19 on our region’s economy.

Because we do not yet know the scope and duration of the economic obstacles that lie ahead, we have begun an initial phase of communication, connection, and triage. As of March 15th, we have been actively engaged in sharing what we do know to our tenants, the region’s businesses and our community and economic development partners and municipalities.

With disruption across every state and every town in our country, we know that our ability to provide the most assistance for our tenants, regional businesses, workers and economy will depend on two things: how well we connect with other regional community economic and community development focused organizations and how effectively we deploy our staff to begin connecting  one-on-one with tenant and regional businesses who seek help. The current objective is to help and support our businesses as they assess their current financial situation. After this analysis is completed, business owners can begin to make informed decisions about the best resources to pursue to help keep them solvent until the economic conditions are better understood.

To the left are a number of tabs outlining current resources we have identified and actions you can take right now. 

Stay in touch and check back frequently. We are going to evolve as this situation evolves and as state and federal responses evolve. It will be through these direct partnerships that we will have an accurate understanding of our region’s economic needs, and it will be through these partnerships that we find ourselves positioned to respond with additional program development and financial assistance programs in the days ahead.

Do not hesitate to contact us with questions and concerns as we all work to help our region navigate this.


Statement on Organizational Transparency and Accountability

From the Agency of Commerce and Community Development

Refer to ACCD’s COVID Pages as they are being constantly updated with resources on a variety of topics.

Regarding essential businesses, you can review the NAICS code reference sheet HERE.  This document includes clear “yes” or “no” indicators next to each NAICS code determining whether a business may continue in-person business.

To stay informed when new information becomes available, please sign-up for ACCD’s COVID-19 Economic and Community Response Newsletter.

If your business is facing an immediate public health threat due to coronovirus, contact the Department of Health at: healthvermont.gov/COVID-19

May 22, 2020

New Guidance for Hair Salons and Religious Facilities

Today Governor Scott announced that hair salons and barber shops may reopen May 29, 2020 with limited operations. Religious facilities and places of worship may also reopen at 25% capacity. Mandatory health and safety requirements apply, as well as more specific guidance available in the Recovery Resource Center.

New guidance was also release today for healthcare providers from the Department of Health. See specific guidance for dental operationsinpatient, and outpatient procedures on the Department of Health website.

Public Right of Way Guidance

ACCD worked with VTrans to provide guidance on the use of public rights of way for restaurants and retail businesses. The guidance lays out considerations and steps to ensure social distancing to enable a wider restart of retail operations and restaurants, in a way that does not increase the risk of auto-related injuries, addresses pedestrian safety and accessibility, and shares items towns and businesses should consider when using the street during these times.

Water Quality Checks at Reopening Businesses

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding businesses that are reopening to check, and if needed, flush their water systems to ensure the best water quality for employees or patrons.  DEC has issued guidance to help businesses ensure their systems are functioning properly upon restart of operations.

Department of Labor Launches New Unemployment Program

The new Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits to individuals who have exhausted their regular state unemployment insurance claim. Individuals will also receive Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), an additional $600 to their weekly benefits through the week ending July 25, 2020.

Retail and Craft Beverage Economic Recovery Package Webinars

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020 ACCD will host sector specific webinars for the retail sector at 12:15pm and for breweries and distilleries at 3:00pm to offer details on the Governor’s proposed $400 economic recovery and relief package.

Families First Coronavirus Act Webinar

Join the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce for “An Overview of FFCRA” with Sheehey Furlong & Behm on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 9:00am – 10:30am. The webinar will provide an overview of the Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA) and its interaction with other state and federal programs.  This webinar is free but registration is capped at 90, so please register in advance.

Memorial Day Promotional Campaign

The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing has launched a Memorial Day promotion aimed at Vermonters, encouraging residents to get outdoors and support local businesses.  The campaign focuses on R&R during these times – meaning when you go out to rediscover Vermont, to do it with respect to the guidelines and those around you.  Promotion for the campaign is live on social, in digital banners on local news sites, and on live radio reads through Monday.

Business Impact

ACCD wants to hear from all Vermont businesses impacted by the response to the COVID-19 virus. Please share these impacts via the ACCD Business Impact Form, which will help us assess the full impact as we work toward solutions.