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Vermont Business Magazine Scott Administration officials will be visiting Orange County on Monday to continue their county tour to hear from community leaders about their unique infrastructure needs and to discuss the many funding opportunities available to them via federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. Officials will offer guidance on how communities can apply for assistance with tangible economic development, housing, water and sewer, climate change mitigation measures, and broadband projects.

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Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Education (AOE), in coordination with Vermont Holocaust Memorial (VTHM), and Echoes and Reflections, are offering Vermont teachers in grades 7-12 the state’s first “Holocaust Education Week” from January 23 to 27. In commemoration of the United Nations-designated International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust on January 27th, Chittenden-Southeast District Senator Virginia “Ginny” Lyons has filed a Resolution designating January 23 through January 27, 2023 as the first “Vermont Holocaust Education Week.” The resolution is backed by a bipartisan group of legislators.

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Vermont Business Magazine AARP Vermont invites local eligible organizations and governments across the country to apply for the 2023 AARP Community Challenge grant program, now through March 15 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Grants fund quick-action projects that help communities become more livable in the long-term by improving public spaces, transportation, housing, civic engagement, diversity and inclusion, and more. AARP Vermont will offer grant writing assistance to qualified applicants. Now in its seventh year, the program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, towns, neighborhoods and rural areas to become great places to live for all residents, especially those age 50 and older.

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Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Air National Guard will conduct night flying from Tuesday, January 17 to Friday, January 20 and from Tuesday, January 24 to Friday, January 27 with two takeoff and landing periods scheduled between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. There are no scheduled morning flights. Airmen of the 158th Fighter Wing conduct training in day and nighttime conditions to accomplish federal training requirements and sustain the skills necessary to accomplish the variety of missions assigned to the Air Force’s cornerstone fighter, the F-35.

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Leonine Public Affairs The governor continued the theme of investing in Vermont communities that he highlighted in his inaugural address two weeks ago, and said FY2024 is the “most significant budget I’ve presented,” even though he is proposing no new taxes. The budget is $8.4 billion in spending including $2.3 billion from the General Fund, $2.1 billion from the Education Fund and $335 million from the Transportation Fund.

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Vermont Business Magazine The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) announced their 41st Annual Winter Conference, Back to the Roots, happening February 18th and 19th at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. Registration is now open! NOFA-VT’s Winter Conference brings together hundreds of farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, land managers, educators, students, producers, policy-makers, and activists to learn, connect, organize, and celebrate the movement toward a more economically viable, ecologically sound, and socially just agricultural future. The theme “Back to the Roots” is a nod to the fact that this is NOFA-VT’s first in-person conference since February of 2020. There is also a hybrid option.

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Vermont Business Magazine BHAKTA Spirits, the world’s preeminent House of Vintages, today announces the limited release of its next BHAKTA 50 (1868–1970), Barrel 23: “Morgan.” All previous BHAKTA 50 barrel releases have sold out. Named for famed financier John Pierpont “J.P.” Morgan — the father of modern banking whose gold standard inspired the House of Vintages’ opulent style and uncompromising commitment to collector-grade quality — BHAKTA 50 Barrel 23: “Morgan” (SRP $450) is a blend of eight landmark Armagnac vintages: 1868, 1893, 1929, 1941, 1955, 1963, 1965, and 1970.

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Vermont Business Magazine Girls on the Run Vermont needs coaches! Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires students in 3rd through 8th grade to be joyful, healthy, and confident. The ten-week program incorporates movement to empower participants to develop critical life skills, build confidence, cultivate positive connections with peers, manage their emotions, and stand up for themselves and others. Volunteer coaches utilize a curriculum to engage teams of girls in fun, interactive lessons. The spring season begins the week of March 27. Teams meet twice a week for 90 minutes and the program culminates with all teams participating in one of two noncompetitive, celebratory 5K events in Essex and Manchester, VT.

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Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today delivered his seventh budget address to the General Assembly, taking advantage of historic surpluses to make strategic investments in areas that produce the greatest return – all without raising taxes. The total budget is a record $8.4 billion. As he did in his Inaugural Address, Scott again emphasized the need to focus on regional economic equity and investing in areas of our state that have been left behind. The governor continues to make historic investments in shared priorities like childcare, housing, education, economic development, community infrastructure and more. His proposed budget uses sizeable state surpluses and revenue growth to make significant investments that will put Vermont in stronger fiscal position, make progress on longstanding challenges, and lift up families and communities across state.

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Vermont Business Magazine In response to Governor Scott’s $8.4 billion 2024 Budget Address, which he delivered today at the State House, several advocates and elected officials weighed in, some in favor, some opposed, some with mixed feelings.

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Vermont Business Magazine This morning Senate President Pro Tempore Philip Baruth and Speaker of the House Jill Krowinski issued the following statement: “We are deeply concerned about the Administration’s stated intention to move Medicare-eligible state retirees from the State of Vermont’s insurance plan into Medicare Advantage plans without the support of state retirees. We are particularly concerned about the potential legal, financial and health implications and believe this shift undermines collective bargaining rights."