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Economic power of Vermont arts and culture assessed

Mon, 07/25/2022 - 5:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont is participating in one of the nation’s largest studies to gauge the economic power of the nonprofit arts and culture industry, and it needs audience input. The national study, Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6), is the sixth national study of its kind and is administered by Americans for the Arts. Conducted about every five years, the study measures the economic impact of spending on employment, government revenue, and household income related to the nonprofit arts and culture industry. AEP6 involves 387 participating communities representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Now through April 2023, Vermont audiences attending select in-person arts and cultural events, performances, and exhibits will be asked to take a brief electronic survey, either on their own smart device or using a venue-provided device

VSP: Woman dies in Marlboro house fire

Mon, 07/25/2022 - 5:02pm -- tim

Vermont State Police On July 24, 2022, at 9:32 PM the Marlboro Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire on Augur Hill Road. Firefighters found the single-family residence engulfed in flames and learned the homeowner was trapped inside.  A family member, David Johnson, attempted to remove the victim but was unable to. Mr. Johnson sustained severe burn injuries and was transported to the hospital. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and located the victim in the living room. The victim was identified as 52-year-old Beverly Covey.

COTS, Spectrum, Vermont Family Network receive Maximus Foundation grants

Mon, 07/25/2022 - 4:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Maximus (NYSE: MMS), a leading employer and provider of government services worldwide, today announced that the Maximus Foundation will award more than $2 million in grants to 167 nonprofit organizations across the United States this year to fund its three key themes for giving in 2022: community development, youth development, and healthcare services. This marks an increase from 2021, when the Foundation awarded roughly $1.2 million in grants to 154 nonprofit organizations and the highest level of giving in the Foundation’s 22-year history. Vermont was given a total of $20k in grants.

Pritzker Military Foundation commits $75k for student life activities at Norwich University

Mon, 07/25/2022 - 2:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University will receive $75,000 – $15,000 per year for five years – from the Pritzker Military Foundation, to help fund new, diverse student activities. This gift continues about 20 years of student life support from PMF. The partnership provides valuable startup funding, assisting with operating expenses and events for a broad range of new activities. The funding supports non-athletic organizations with annual budgets of $3,000 or less. Each year, the Student Life Grant Fund Committee, chaired by the student clubs coordinator, typically receives 17-20 applications, of which 10-12 receive funding.

Housing Dept awards $1 million for EV charging stations at multiunit properties

Mon, 07/25/2022 - 10:05am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott announced today that the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has awarded $1 million in grant funds to subsidize the cost of purchasing and installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at multiunit properties to provide residents with at-home charging access. The Multiunit Dwelling Electric Vehicles Supply Equipment (EVSE) Grant Program was a pilot program to gauge interest and reduce financial barriers to EV ownership. The program’s pilot focused on affordable and non-profit multiunit housing providers. The first round of awarded projects will result in 84 new Level 2 charging ports at 37 locations across eight counties, reducing the at-home charging access barrier to EV ownership for 6,230 homes in affordable multifamily buildings.

The Intervale Center Has New Farm Business Planning Capacity in Southern Vermont

Mon, 07/25/2022 - 5:53am -- tim

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets The Intervale Center has been delivering business planning and coaching services to farmers statewide for over 15 years. They provide free, in-depth, personalized support to farmers and value-added food business owners. This service helps them develop the business management skills necessary to meet their personal and financial goals. Working with farmers in any stage of business development, the Intervale Center strives to understand the farmer's financials, help develop their business management systems, and achieve long-term goals.

Vermont Dairy Farming: A Proud Way of Life

Mon, 07/25/2022 - 4:59am -- tim

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) Being a dairy farmer in Vermont is not an easy life. The work is hard, the hours are long, and cows don't take weekends off. It's a seven day a week operation.
For Vermont farmers, milking cows is not only a source of income. It's a way of life. It's a love of the land. It's an attachment to a farm that, in many cases, has been handed down generation after generation. We thank Vermont farmers not only for providing us with high-quality, locally produced milk, but for helping us keep Vermont as one of the most beautiful states in the country. Agriculture not only remains a very important part of the Vermont economy, but it is also a key component to tourism, another economic engine for the state.

Broadband projects get $47.8M in construction grants

Mon, 07/25/2022 - 3:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Friday afternoon, July 22, 2022, Governor Scott joined the Vermont Congressional Delegation, the Vermont Community Broadband Board (VCBB), and several CUDs to announce an additional $48.8M in broadband construction grant awards. This will bring the total investment in broadband buildout in Vermont to nearly $100M since the launch of the VCBB in August 2021. 

Candy Moot: Responsibly sited wind projects?

Mon, 07/25/2022 - 2:36am -- tim

by Candy Moot Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) is promoting more wind energy to be built in Vermont.  They are calling for “responsibly sited wind projects.”  What does that mean? When residents of Morgan learned that industrial wind developer David Blittersdorf bought land on a ridgeline overlooking Seymour Lake, some of us wanted to learn more about what happened in other areas of the state where wind projects were built.

SAVU sauna experience begins in a Vermont forest

Sun, 07/24/2022 - 3:51pm -- tim

by Christine McGowan, Vermont Forest Industry Network Dave Nelson is on a mission to bring sauna culture to the United States. With his partner, Nicole Sweeney, Nelson founded SAVU in Cambridge, Vermont with the construction of a contemporary sauna nestled in the woods overlooking Smugglers’ Notch. Saunas, also known as sweat baths, have been used for centuries to promote healing—a practice Nelson began to explore as a competitive athlete. But, he says, most sauna experiences are culturally specific, with nods to Turkish, Russian, and Japanese roots, and typically communal, which can be intimidating to the uninitiated.

AOT Road Construction Report Week of July 25

Sun, 07/24/2022 - 11:16am -- tim

Vermont Agency of Transportation This weekly report is a list of planned construction activities that will have traffic impacts on state highways throughout Vermont. Please remember to drive safely in all work zones. Lives depend on it. 


I-89 Brookfield – Montpelier – A resurfacing project continues in the southbound lanes between Exits 5 and 8. Nightwork and ramp closures at the Exit 6 on and off ramps will occur 07/24 – 07/25. 

Democratic candidates for Congress to discuss climate change, justice reform at VLGS

Sun, 07/24/2022 - 11:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Two of the most pressing issues of the day – climate change and justice reform – will be discussed when Vermont Law and Graduate School (VLGS) hosts a US House Democratic Primary candidate forum on Monday, July 25. The in-person event is open to the public and will take place at the school’s Chase Center from 6 to 7:30 pm. It will be livestreamed at Candidates Becca Balint and Molly Gray are expected to participate.