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Governor Scott relaunches Vermont Lights the Way

Sat, 11/27/2021 - 1:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott is again encouraging Vermonters to help show Vermont Lights the Way, an effort to literally brighten communities and neighborhoods around the state by decorating homes, businesses, buildings or other creative ideas to help celebrate the holidays during the pandemic. In addition to decorating, Vermonters should share pictures of their displays - or favorites from around the community - on social media using the hashtag #VTLightsTheWay. This will allow those who are unable to tour the lights to take part in the celebration, and photos will be shared through the Governor’s channels and at his weekly press conferences.

Railroading: Challenges met, challenges ahead

Fri, 11/26/2021 - 12:40pm -- tim

by C.B. Hall, Vermont Business Magazine For the Green Mountain State, the most conspicuous development in railroading this year has been the resumption of passenger service on both of Amtrak's Vermont trains, the Washington, DC-to-St Albans Vermonter and the New York City-to-Rutland Ethan Allen Express. The July 19 relaunch of the services ended a COVID-imposed suspension that began in March 2020. Celebrations at all of the state's 11 Amtrak stations marked the event. Patronage on the two trains rebounded nicely.

Schubart: Economic growth or strong families and communities?

Fri, 11/26/2021 - 3:03am -- tim

by Bill Schubart  Is economic growth in and of itself the sole answer to all our problems or might it now be the time to forge equitable economic policies that allow everyone access to the opportunities that economic growth affords?
We know the world’s natural resources are finite. We can continue to expand the money supply — “monetary easing” to be polite or “printing money” to be blunt, — but is growing the money supply an appropriate solution to the well-being of people and communities if resources themselves are finite? What will all this money buy?

Frustrated runner develops stroller accessory for hands-free running

Thu, 11/25/2021 - 12:45pm -- tim

​by Amanda Kuhnert “It all began about 13 years ago, the first time I tried running with a jogging stroller and hated it,” said Heather Hayes, founder and CEO of StrollRunner, LLC. She quickly abandoned the idea. But over the years, when she would see other parents awkwardly trying to jog with their strollers, she thought to herself: “I’m going to make this better one day.” That day finally came when Hayes stumbled upon the book “You are a Badass” by Jen Sincero. “That sparked something in me,” she said. “I thought, ‘why wait? If you’ve got an idea, go do it.”

Gasoline prices remain high for the holidays

Thu, 11/25/2021 - 9:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont gasoline prices rose 1 cent per gallon since last week to $3.43/g. The are 7 cents higher than a month ago and $1.34 higher than a year ago. The Vermont high is $3.72/g in Woodstock and the low is $3.20 in Middlebury. For the US average, prices also rose 1 cent from last week to $3.43/g. They are up 7 cents from last month and $1.28 since last year.

Home grown food on the rise as families deal with pandemic food insecurity

Thu, 11/25/2021 - 7:47am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Pandemic food insecurity remains elevated in the Northeast – affecting over 27% of households in Vermont and Maine – and in response, many families have increased the amount of food they grow, fish, raise, forage or hunt themselves. New research from the University of Vermont and University of Maine shows nearly 60% of households in both states engaged in some form of home food production since the COVID-19 pandemic, half of whom did so with increased intensity or for the first time. While the prevalence of food insecurity in Vermont and Maine has decreased since the height of the pandemic, when nearly 1 in 3 households were experiencing food insecurity, it remains significantly higher than pre-pandemic levels, according to new survey data from spring and summer of 2021.

Lawson’s Finest and Kingdom Trails partner with the 2022 return of Kingdom Trails IPA

Thu, 11/25/2021 - 7:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine After three successful years of partnership, Lawson’s Finest Liquids is excited to continue their collaboration with Kingdom Trails Association (KTA) into 2022 through their Good Brews for a Cause program. KTA is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide recreation and education opportunities by managing, maintaining, and building trails in the Northeast Kingdom region of the state. 

Congratulations to the Rising Stars Class of 2021

Thu, 11/25/2021 - 6:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine I want to welcome VBM readers to the 12th annual Rising Stars special section. The Rising Stars was established by Vermont Business Magazine in 2010 to highlight the accomplishments and contributions made by our young people in Vermont. Including the Class of 2021, we have honored 481 individuals over the past twelve years who are committed to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities. Below is a synopsis of each of the Rising Stars Class of 2021. 

'Dashing Through The Shires' campaign provides holiday fun and travel interest

Thu, 11/25/2021 - 5:32am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Shires of Southwestern Vermont Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), in partnership with the Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce, will launch a fun, scavenger-hunt-like social media challenge for travelers and residents alike this upcoming holiday season. Starting Saturday, November 27 on Small Business Saturday, the organizations will launch their “Dashing Through The Shires” campaign highlighting that there is no better time to visit The Shires of Southwestern Vermont then during the holiday season.

Vermont’s work to forge a more clean, affordable, equitable transportation future must continue

Thu, 11/25/2021 - 4:02am -- tim

by Jordan Giaconiaet al Last week, both Governors Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Ned Lamont of Connecticut announced their withdrawal from the Transportation & Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P) -- a regional cap-and-invest program designed to reduce pollution from gasoline and diesel fuels while creating a new funding stream for clean and equitable transportation investments. In December 2020, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Washington, DC pledged participation. Lack of other states’ participation in the program was a key rationale for Massachusetts’ withdrawal in particular, leaving a significant gap in the region -- and those states’ -- ability to reduce transportation-related carbon pollution.

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