Vermont Business Magazine The state of Vermont has received a $174,000 grant from the Small Business Administration to assist small businesses reach international markets. This marks the fourth time the state has been awarded a grant through the SBA’s State Trade and Export Promotion Program. STEP’s goal is to increase the number of exporters in the U.S. and increase the value of exports. Vermont has received more than $900,000 since STEP was created as a result of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.
Vermont Business Magazine While students taking the latest statewide educational assessment in English all scored above 50 percent in proficiency, only in grade 3 did students reach that level in math, with students in grades 6 and 11 scoring below 40 percent. Today, Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe announced statewide results for the 2014-15 Smarter Balanced Assessment.
Public Assets Institute Vermont’s economy has been slowly recovering since the end of the recession. But its labor force has not. The number of Vermonters working or actively looking for work decreased more than 3 percent from 2009 to 2014 — the biggest drop in New England. This year through July, Vermont’s labor force has inched up by 0.2 percent.
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by Sarah Olsen vtdigger.org The bargaining team of the part-time faculty unit reached a tentative agreement with the University of Vermont Thursday. Since February, the bargaining team of United Academics has been working with UVM to agree on the terms of its next collective bargaining agreement.
by the Lake Champlain Committee (LCC) This week's heat wave brought with it numerous reports of blue-green algae blooms. St Albans Bay and Missisquoi Bay were hit the hardest but blooms also showed up in the northern part of the Main Lake, the Alburgh Passage, and on Lake Carmi. With few exceptions, waters generally remained clear from the Islands south. Thursday's (8/20) high winds may have moved scums around and changed conditions but cyanobacteria will be present for some weeks yet.
Vermont Business Magazine A University of Vermont-led research team has received approval for $18.5 million in funding to study whether patients with both medical and behavioral problems do better when their primary care physicians work in combination with behavioral health professionals including psychologists and social workers.
Vermont Business Magazine The Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District (CVSWMD) will increase outreach into the nine most rural communities among its 18 member municipalities thanks to an $89,000 grant recently awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development program. The grant will fund a series of presentations, workshops and webinars that will help businesses and residents learn to recycle, compost, and understand Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law.
Vermont Business Magazine. On the heels of announcing it has the World’s Best Foliage, the state of Vermont is gearing up for a leaf season full of of fairs, festivals, and fun events. Visitors and Vermonters alike can celebrate fall’s abundance with everything from an Open Studio Weekend, to a “pumpkin chuckin’” contest. Harvest festivals abound throughout the state, and there are at least 11 beer events in the months of September and October.
by Bill Stenger, President, Jay Peak Resort The August 19 VTDigger article (JAY PEAK FAILS TO MEET WATER QUALITY TARGETS IN SETTLEMENT WITH STATE, ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP) falls short in providing timely, accurate and balanced reporting concerning the ground-breaking Settlement Agreement reached in February between Jay Peak Resort, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and the environmental group Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC). The article focuses on the past and provides little insight to the present.
by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for July was 3.6 percent. This represents no change from the revised June rate (3.6 percent). The national average in July was 5.3 percent, which also experienced no change from the previous month’s estimate. Vermont showed only modest gains in the Labor Force and number of Employed from June but greater gains from last July.
Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims in Vermont rose slightly last week, but remain low, consistent with typical summer totals. There were 419 new, regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont, an increase of 9 from the previous week's total and 49 more than they were a year ago. Generally, claims have been running below last year's totals.