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Vermont organizations file for over $130 million of broadband stimulus funds

Wed, 09/02/2009 - 9:53am -- tim

Chief Recovery Officer Tom Evslin announced today that five Vermont organizations have applied for over $130 million of stimulus grants and loans for last mile broadband projects that could, in the aggregate, reduce the number of Vermont households without available high speed Internet to less than 5% of the total. Technologies proposed by the various applicants include fiber to the home, DSL, and wireless.

Governor Douglas names Caroline Earle Commissioner of Human Resources

Wed, 09/02/2009 - 9:49am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas and Secretary of Administration Neale Lunderville today announced the appointment of Caroline S. Earle as Commissioner of Human Resources. Ms. Earle currently serves as Chief of the Civil Litigation Division in the Office of the Attorney General. 
“We are very excited to have Caroline join the team,” said Governor Douglas. “She brings a strong intellect, tremendous energy and enormous capacity to this important role.  She is the right fit for the department at this critical time.”

Mobile computer lab brings training to Grand Islanders

Wed, 09/02/2009 - 9:11am -- tim

Workforce training programs from basic computer skills to customized curriculum for individual businesses will now be available via mobile computer lab to residents and businesses in the Champlain Islands, thanks to a USDA Rural Development Rural Business Enterprise Grant awarded in the spring of 2009. The mobile lab courses will be made possible thanks to a partnership among the Lake Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce, the Northwest Technical Center, the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation and CyberCottage Computer and Internet Training.

Vermont to host USDA chief and foreign agriculture officials

Tue, 09/01/2009 - 11:54am -- tim

This week, Vermont will host the Foreign Agricultural Attaches and USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan for a tour of the diverse agriculture operations in Vermont. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a tour that will take foreign agricultural officials representing 23 countries to Vermont September 2 - 4, 2009, as part of an annual orientation tour sponsored by USDA s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). 

Clifford of Vermont renamed Power & Tel Enterprise

Tue, 09/01/2009 - 9:13am -- tim

As of Today, Clifford of Vermont is now Power & Tel Enterprise, taking the name of its parent company. A national stocking distributor of wire, cable and related supplies for more than 60 years, Clifford of Vermont, in Bethel, was purchased in 2003 by Power & Tel, allowing it to offer an expanded product selection, technical resources and more distribution centers throughout North America.;

$99,000 USDA grant helps Community Capital of Vermont offer grants to small businesses

Tue, 09/01/2009 - 6:38am -- tim

Thanks to a $99,000 USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG), small businesses in eightcounties of Vermont will soon have access to technical assistance grants to start or grow theirbusiness. Community Capital of Vermont, a micro and small business lender in Vermont,received the grant to expand its Management Assistance Program (MAP), which is currentlyonly available to Community Capital borrowers. Now, any business that is eligible, qualified,and is located in Addison, Caledonia, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange orWashington counties can apply for a MAP grant.

Governor Douglas to visit France on an agricultural study mission

Tue, 09/01/2009 - 6:28am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas and Vermont Agriculture Secretary Roger Allbee will visit France in early September as guests of the French government and at the request of the French Embassy.  The purpose of the visit is to investigate potential markets, export/import opportunities and resource exchange for Vermont agricultural producers.   
Building on a long history of shared agricultural practices and methodology, this study tour will facilitate an exchange of ideas and systems that can mutually benefit both countries.

FairPoint denies anonymous allegations about 'faking' tests

Tue, 09/01/2009 - 5:40am -- tim

FairPoint Communications has filed a letter with the Vermont Public Service Board denying allegations made in an anonymous e-mail sent to the Board. The e-mail purportedly relates to the testing and presentations conducted by FairPoint for the Liberty Consulting Group regarding the status of the cutover systems.  The outside attorneys hired by FairPoint have interviewed all of the parties named in the e-mail plus others and have discovered no evidence to support the allegations made in the e-mail. 

Shelburne Museum has received two major federal grants for $210,000

Mon, 08/31/2009 - 10:12am -- tim

Shelburne Museum has received two major federal grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Museum Director Stephan Jost announced. The museum has been awarded IMLS grants totaling over $210,000, to underwrite new educational programs for school-age children and to conserve a group of 19 American paintings in the museum s permanent collection.
The IMLS grants support us in our mission to better connect with the community through educational programming and conservation projects that enrich the arts experience for our visitors, Jost said.