Vermont Business Magazine Since first setting eyes on the abandoned dairy barn in Shoreham, Vermont, that would become WhistlePig distillery, we've been dreaming of 100 percent farm to bottle whiskey - harvested, distilled and aged here in Vermont using our grain, our water and our wood. Today, that dream comes true. With just 40 barrels of Rye and Bourbon available this year, FarmStock Beyond Bonded is among the most special whiskeys ever created on the WhistlePig Farm.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today reported seven new cases of COVID-19 in Vermont. There are two people hospitalized with one in the ICU. There were again no deaths. There has been only one COVID-related death in the last three weeks and are holding at a statewide total of 256. As of Thursday, 79.8 percent (439,393) of eligible Vermonters have received at least one dose. An additional 1,367 Vermonters remain to be vaccinated to reach the goal.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Public Service issued the final draft of the 2021 Vermont Ten-Year Telecommunications Plan on Thursday. The Ten-Year Plan was developed in partnership with CTC Energy and Technology and Rural Innovations Strategies, Inc. The Plan provides an overview of the current state of telecommunications services and facilities in the state, current trends in usage and adoption, and recommendations for improving access to broadband services throughout Vermont. The plan includes bringing every currently unserved and underserved on-grid Vermont home access to 100/100 megabits per second broadband.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in Eastern North America, and US Ski & Snowboard, the National Governing Body (NGB) of Olympic ski and snowboard sports in the United States, have a two-year agreement for Vermont’s Killington Resort to host the Audi FIS Ski World Cup. Killington’s place on the 2021 Alpine World Cup calendar has been confirmed by the International Ski Federation (FIS). The HomeLight Killington Cup will take place Thanksgiving weekend from November 27-28, 2021.
by C.B. Hall, Vermont Business Magazine A brief hearing in Windham County Superior Court in Newfane on June 9 appears to have ensured that the Marlboro Music Festival will be able to proceed with plans for its summer events without excessive worry about maintaining the former Marlboro College campus, the venue for the world-renowned festival since its inception 70 years ago. MMF brought the case before the court in a May 12 complaint, demanding that the two defendants it named, Democracy Builders Fund and Type 1 Civilization Academy, settle their competing claims of ownership of the 533-acre campus.
Vermont Business Magazine The positive economic impacts of outdoor recreation and outdoor recreation businesses will be a leading driver of post-pandemic recovery, according to a report released this week by the Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance (VOBA) and the State Outdoor Business Alliance Network (SOBAN). Titled “Inspiring the Future Outdoor Recreation Economy,” the report is a deep dive into the many local economic benefits of outdoor recreation, as well as a call to action for continued investment in the outdoor sector.
Vermont Outdoor Business Alliance June marks the opening of Vermont’s state parks and trail networks, which were busy over the Memorial Day weekend. June is also Pride Month which provides an opportunity to support the LGBTQ community and address barriers to access in the outdoors. The anniversary of the murder of George Floyd serves as another reminder that there is still much work to do in making Vermont's workspaces and outdoor places truly welcoming and equitable.
Vermont Business Magazine The ACLU of Vermont is announcing six new staff positions in its legal, advocacy, and communications programs, including four new hires as well as the promotion of the organization’s two Senior Staff Attorneys, Lia Ernst and Jay Diaz, to the roles of Legal Director and General Counsel, respectively. The recent staff expansion is backed by a 70% increase in Vermont-based supporters over the past year, and will bring the number of full-time ACLU of Vermont staff to thirteen people, up from five in 2017.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health is reporting only 12 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and no deaths. However, it is also reporting only 292 people were vaccinated on Wednesday. Still Vermont needs only 2,093 more eligible people to get vaccinated for Governor Scott to lift all COVID restrictions. So, the state will reopen June 13 if about 500 Vermonters are vaccinated daily; June 12 if about 650 Vermonters are vaccinated daily; and June 11 if about 1,000 Vermonters are vaccinated daily. New walk-in clinics available across Vermont throughout the weekend, including at numerous State parks as part of the annual Vermont Days Weekend. Getting vaccinated is free and easy, with no appointment needed. Visit healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine to find a clinic near you, with some offering special incentives!
by Jack Hoffman, Public Assets Institute Many legislators and school officials are eager to adjust Vermont’s education finance system to provide more money for school districts with kids from low-income families and those for whom English is not their first language. We agree these resources are necessary and should be provided as soon as possible. But the Legislature was right to set up a special legislative task force this session to research and discuss with Vermont parents and voters the options for providing additional funding to these school districts.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame announced today the 2021 inductees. Over the past 19 years 90 contributors of Vermont agricultural have been celebrated with the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame honor. This year the nominations were thoughtful and competitive with over 25 submissions. Thankfully, this year the COVID-19 restrictions have eased enough to enjoy a celebration in honor of the 2020 and 2021 inductees. The luncheon is scheduled during the Champlain Valley Fair on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at noon.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont maple syrup production was down in 2021. This comes as no surprise. An early warm spell shortened the season. And while 2020 was also down from 2019, that decline was marginal and Vermont's position as producing nearly half the national crop was unchanged. However, in 2021 Vermont suffered even more than all the other states in the Northeast. The state produced 1.54 million gallons of syrup (down 410,000 gallons, or 21 percent). While that is 45 percent of the US total, Vermont produced 47.4 percent of the total in 2020 and 49.5 percent in 2019.