NEK Business Announcements
Lyndon Furniture is Finalist for National Design Award
The Contemporary Design Group, a retail furniture networking and performance group that recognizes manufacturers who produce outstanding and original furniture designs, announced that Lyndon Furniture is among the elite finalists for its 2017 Edward Haimsohn Design Award. Visit the company website http://lyndon.com to view the "Unity Table" on the New Products page. National recognition for Lyndon Furniture of Vermont is well deserved!
NEK Businesses Receive Grants from Regional Economic Development Program
The RGS program is administered by the VT Department of Buildings & General Services for projects that have community support and demonstrate job creation or job retention. Congratulations Essex House & Tavern, Island Pond; Kingdom Brewing, Newport; and Barton Baking Company - all working to develop new capacity and growth!
Working Bridges, a Program of Green Mountain United Way
Working Bridges is a collaborative community initiative that brings together public and private sectors to focus on business solutions for job retention, productivity, and financial stability. NVDA will host two Working Bridges workshops with area employers: Dec. 12th, 12 noon-1:00 pm, 36 Eastern Ave., St. Johnsbury; Dec. 14th, 12 noon-1:00 pm Gateway Center, Newport. The focus will be on developing innovative HR practices utilizing services designed to help low-to-moderate wage earners minimize workplace disruptions, reduce absenteeism, and have access to continuing education and community resources for job advancement. Working Bridges connects employees, employers and the community. Visit www.gmunitedway.org/working-bridges. Contact David Snedeker for more information firstname.lastname@example.org.
Craftsbury Outdoor Center Receives Act 250 Permit
A Land Use Permit has been issued to the Craftsbury Outdoor Center on Lost Nation Road to construct a new kitchen and expanded dining hall with ADA access paths and parking spaces. Visit www.craftsbury.com to learn more about the year round athletic facility in Craftsbury Common. Congratulations to the Craftsbury Outdoor Center and their continued growth and success!
Energy & Natural Resources
Municipal Enhanced Energy Planning in Vermont - Best Practices & Resources
The guide is designed to outline best practices for municipal enhanced energy planning and it is intended to be used by municipalities and Regional Planning Commissions. The document is posted on NVDA's Act 174 Energy Planning webpage
Vermont Energy & Climate Action Network Conference Saturday Dec. 2nd, 9:00 am-4:30 pm, Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee. The theme of the conference, sponsored by Efficiency Vermont, is Transforming Vermont's Energy Future from the Ground Up. Registration $45. Contact Paul Markowitz email@example.com for additional information.
Webinar: Addressing Forest Integrity in Municipal Plans
Municipal and regional plans adopted after January 1, 2018 must map and address forest integrity. The webinar series will identify what statute requires, finding data and mapping resources and examine examples from town plans throughout the state. Information will include regulatory and non-regulatory activities that municipalities can (and cannot) use to maintain forest integrity and connectivity. Upcoming webinar dates are: Dec. 18th, 12:00-1:30 pm; Jan. 29th, 6:00-7:30 pm; Feb. 12th, 2:00-3:30 pm; and March 1st, 12:00-1:30 pm. To register, visit http://vcgi.vermont.gov/events/list Questions? Contact Clare Rock (802) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Floodplain Management - 4-Day Training The VT ANR along with FEMA Region 1 and the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) are offering a training opportunity called Managing Floodplain Development Through the NFIP. The training will be held in Essex Junction January 8-11, 2018 from 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Online registration is required and open until 12/15/17. There is no cost to attend. The class is limited to 35 participants and preference will be given to Vermont local floodplain managers. Register at
New Incentive for Pellet/Chip-fired Evaporators The VT Clean Energy Development Fund is offering an incentive for the purchase and installation of wood pellet (or wood chip) maple sap evaporators. Cash grants will be available to all Vermont-based sugar makers and will be based on the size of the evaporators installed -- up to a maximum of $20,000. Applications and details about incentives can be found on the Renewal Energy Resource Center (RERC) website: www.RERC-VT.org.
VT Employment Growth Incentive Program (VEGI) Vermont offers an economic incentive for business recruitment, growth and expansion. The VEGI program is designed to encourage prospective economic activity by providing financial incentives to qualified businesses that meet performance requirements. Authorization occurs through an application to the Vermont Economic Progress Council. For applicant information, visit http://accd.vermont.gov/economic-development/funding-incentives/vegi.
VT Training Program (VTP) The Vermont Training Program is the primary training resource out of the Department of Economic Development. The program can be used to train new employees or it can be used for existing employees if the training is needed for new equipment or technology. VTP can pay up to 50% of an employee's wages/salary during the training period. Contact John Young, Director of Workforce Development Programs (802) 355-2725 or John.email@example.com and find out what your employees are eligible for. Find out more VTP.
Decennial Census: Address list preparations-LUCA Program The US Census Bureau is offering LUCA 2020 (Local Update of Census Addresses) - a program for Vermont cities and towns. A webinar is being offered December 6th, 10:00 am- Noon. The information will provide concrete resources to help communities prepare, register data, and participate in the LUCA program. Register for the webinar at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2319735725341618947 Questions? Contact Leslie Pelch firstname.lastname@example.org.
December / Meetings & Events Calendar (read details above)
Offices for Rent (electricity & heat included) Gallery Building, St. Johnsbury; Charles Carter Business Resource Center, St. Johnsbury-Lyndon Industrial Park.
Commercial Warehouse Space (flexible short/long-term leasing) St. Johnsbury-Lyndon Industrial Park; Orleans Industrial Park.
Commercial Building Lots for Sale (water & sewer available) St. Johnsbury-Lyndon Industrial Park; Orleans Industrial Park.
Source: Northeastern Vermont Development Association www.nvda.net 11.30.2017