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Over $93.5 million dollars is available for local food grants

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 10:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The USDA is now accepting applications for three different grants that support the development, coordination and expansion of direct producer-to-consumer marketing, local and regional food markets and enterprises and value-added agricultural products. Over $93.5 million dollars is available in total.

Round 1 deadline for CUD applications is today

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 10:03am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Public Service invites applications from individual Communications Union Districts (CUDs), groups of Communications Union Districts or partners of Communications Union Districts for funds to facilitate the construction of broadband networks capable of speeds of at least 100 Mbps symmetrical. Round 1 Deadline is today: Monday, May 17.

Talcove: Vermont’s unemployment fraud problems are correctable

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 9:59am -- tim
Every bank in the US utilizes technology that can stop it
by Haywood Talcove Weeks ago,Vermont’s Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington made the tough call to entirely shut down the state’s online portal for filing for unemployment benefits. Facing an ongoing barrage of fraudulent claims coming from transnational criminal groups, domestic organized criminal groups and everyone in between, agency leaders had no choice but to move from a digital filing system to an analog one: phone calls. They were right to do so.

Vermont gets over $100,000 for Northern Forest Destination Development Initiative

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 9:47am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Grants from the Northern Forest Destination Development Initiative will help 11 communities and organizations serve residents and visitors with improved outdoor recreation opportunities. Vermont will receive over $100,000 for six organizations.​ The program is an initiative of the Northern Forest Center in Maine and New Hampshire, offered in partnership with Northeastern Vermont Development Association and NEK Collaborative in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The initiative is supported by the Northern Border Regional Commission.

VPR’s Jane Lindholm is passionate about learning everything: But why?

Sun, 05/16/2021 - 6:58pm -- tim

by Joyce Marcel, Vermont Business Magazine If you had a laboratory and wanted to cook up the perfect public radio host, the results would probably come out looking a lot like Jane Lindholm. She has all the ingredients you would expect: child of academics, well-educated, well-traveled, curious as hell and unafraid to try new things. Lindholm even describes herself as a “back seat listener:” She was one of those little kids in the back of the car whose parents drove around listening to public radio; by default, she grew up hearing everything from “Car Talk” to discussions about the Holocaust.

Update to mask mandate and Vermont Forward Plan

Sun, 05/16/2021 - 2:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced that as a result of Vermont meeting the necessary vaccination threshold of 60% of the population receiving at least one dose, the state will move to Step 3 of the Vermont Forward Plan more than two weeks ahead of the anticipated schedule. Also, the first wave of vaccine clinics for hospitality and tourism workers is now under way.

Juvenile dies in Townshend crash

Sun, 05/16/2021 - 2:11pm -- tim

Vermont State Police Saturday morning, May 15, 2021, the Vermont State Police was informed that the juvenile operator died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. On 05/13/2021 at 1940 hours, Vermont State Police received a report of a one-car motor vehicle crash on East Hill Road near the intersection of Peaked Mountain Road in the town of Townshend, VT (Windham County).

Leonine: Legislature aims to adjourn on Friday

Sat, 05/15/2021 - 5:22pm -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs The budget conference committee met throughout the week to reconcile the House and Senate versions of H.439, the FY2022 budget. Budget discussions hit a snag with the release of the federal guidance for the eligible use of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. The Joint Fiscal Office and Scott Administration officials informed the budget conference committee that some areas of the budget bill that utilize ARPA funds may not be eligible to use those funds. These areas include housing, childcare and economic development, among others. 

Champlain’s 143rd Commencement celebrates students’ resilience in virtual and in-person ceremonies

Sat, 05/15/2021 - 1:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Champlain College celebrated the resilience of its 2021 graduates with a series of virtual and in-person ceremonies at its 143rd Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 15th. The college awarded honorary doctorates to speakers Vermont Governor Phil Scott and Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, for their leadership and lifesaving work during the coronavirus pandemic, and featured student speakers Angela Richard, Robbin Suggs Williams, and Paul Leendertse.

Weinberger encourages use of new online permitting portal

Sat, 05/15/2021 - 1:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger and City officials encouraged the public to explore and use the new online permitting portal opened this week. The new portal, available at, will make it easier to easier to get and track the permits required by the City for work on your home or at a building site –including permits for windows, decks, siding, roofing, or other electric, mechanical, building, zoning, right of way, and Fire permits.

Fanny Allen Foundation awards $10,000 to CVOEO food shelves

Sat, 05/15/2021 - 11:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Fanny Allen Foundation has awarded $10,000 to CVOEO to support the organization’s food shelves serving Addison, Franklin and Grand Isle counties. These funds will be used to support the efforts of Addison Community Action Food Shelf and NorthWest Family Foods to improve food access and support advocacy and educational efforts. NorthWest Family Foods and Addison Community Action Food Shelf respectively serve approximately 6,000 and 1,000 households annually.