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Organizations serving Woodstock area available for Rockefeller grants via the VCF

Mon, 09/19/2022 - 1:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Funding is now available through the Laurance & Mary Rockefeller Fund for organizations and projects that preserve and enhance the physical, cultural, spiritual, and wellness environment of the people in the town of Woodstock and surrounding communities. The fund awards grants ranging from $1,000-$7,500. Applications will be accepted from organizations and projects serving the towns of Barnard, Bridgewater, Hartland, Pomfret, Reading, and/or Woodstock. Applicants must be serving one or more of these communities to be eligible to apply.

Secretary Condos encourages voters to register for National Voter Registration Day

Mon, 09/19/2022 - 11:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos encouraged Vermonters to register to vote for National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) on September 20th. NVRD is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating democracy, held annually in September. While across the country new voter restrictions are making it harder to register and vote in some states, in Vermont we have worked to make it easier for eligible voters to get registered, and we have given voters more options for how to make their voice heard in our elections.

The 17th annual Kelly Brush Ride raises $1 million for adaptive sports

Mon, 09/19/2022 - 11:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The 17th annual Kelly Brush Ride powered by VBT Bicycling Vacations raised more than $1 million for the first time ever, and as a result the Kelly Brush Foundation will achieve another major milestone—awarding, for the first time, $1 million in adaptive sports equipment grants this year. On September 10, in Middlebury, Vermont, more than 900 riders on 77 teams along with 40 adaptive riders participated in the Kelly Brush Ride, raising $1,024,043.  Funds raised from the event provide direct support to people with spinal cord injuries to afford cost-prohibitive adaptive sports equipment like handcycles, mono-skis, sports wheelchairs and more.

2022 Moving Trends Report: Vermont still in the top 10

Mon, 09/19/2022 - 10:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Relocation tech company moveBuddha is shining a light on move trends in 2022. Their new report released in August reveals the most popular (and least popular) states to move to this 2022. Vermont is the #10 state for inflow in 2022. In fact, the state is one of the few that has maintained consistently high inflow since 2020, landing in the list of top 10 year after year. Northern New England has faired better than anywhere else in the Northeast in this report, with Maine ranked 5th and New Hampshire just outside the plus side, where it resided the previous two years.

Ivy Computer expanding in Waterbury Center

Mon, 09/19/2022 - 5:07am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On September 14, Ivy Computer hosted a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the anticipated construction of a new 22,000-square-foot office building on their current campus. Representatives from several state agencies, including Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Economic Development Joan Goldstein and Jamie Stewart, Executive Director of the Vermont Economic Development Corporation, were on hand for the celebration. Founded in 1986, Ivy Computer is the producer of software tools specific to the trash hauling industry, most prominently a business management product (Trash Flow) and a money processing platform (Trash Billing). Ivy’s continuing robust growth has allowed the company to steadily increase hiring, and staff increases dictate a need for more space to accommodate that growth.

Come Visit the Vermont Building at the Big E

Mon, 09/19/2022 - 3:12am -- tim

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets The Big E is now open! From now through October 2nd, visit the Avenue of the States during the Big E, the only fair in the U.S. where more than one state participates. On this educational thoroughfare you'll see impressive replicas of each New England state's original statehouse sitting on land actually owned by that state. The Vermont Building will be filled with a long list of Vermont vendors including Eden Specialty Ciders, Halladay’s Harvest Barn, Bergamot + Amor, Treeline Terrains, Nomadic Kitchen, KIS Kombucha, and many more. Come support local businesses who make the Vermont Building so special! Vermont Day is Saturday, September 24th.

EPA delivers over $63 million in historic water infrastructure funding to Vermont

Sun, 09/18/2022 - 5:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Friday, the US Environmental Protection Agency awarded over $63 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to Vermont for water infrastructure improvements. Planned projects in Vermont that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will fund include lead line replacement projects in Springfield and Northfield, as well as projects to address PFAS contamination in Killington and Bennington. A host of other projects are slated for funding in the state through this new increase in funding, which will significantly increase the ability of towns and cities to meet their infrastructure needs.

The Renaissance economic development man: Frank Cioffi and the GBIC

Sun, 09/18/2022 - 4:23pm -- tim

by Joyce Marcel, Vermont Business Magazine Who is Frank Cioffi, and what does he do for Vermont? Well, it’s complicated. Cioffi (pronounced “coffee”), 67, is the long-time president of the nonprofit Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, but that’s just his day job. He also swims in a full tide of acronyms — VTC, CCETB, VCET, EPSCoR, UVM, to name a few. Somehow, he seems to have had a hand in almost every significant economic development in Vermont over the past three decades. “There are few people as committed to making Vermont an even better place to live and work than Frank Cioffi."

Fall job fairs scheduled as Department of Labor continues efforts in 'Year of the Job Fair'

Sun, 09/18/2022 - 1:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine 2022 has been the year of the job fair in Vermont. The Department of Labor and its statewide and local partners have amplified efforts to connect jobseekers and employers, holding 14 in-person events between April and August, with two additional events - Fall Job Fest in Bennington (September 20) and Rutland (September 22) - scheduled for this coming week.

Queen City BNI surpasses $5 million in chapter earnings

Sun, 09/18/2022 - 6:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Queen City BNI, a local chapter of the international business networking organization recently surpassed $5 million in chapter earnings since its foundation in 2016. The group focuses on relationship building, with a motto of “Givers Gain®.” Chapter partners continuously pass referrals to one another, in order to connect with other businesses and successfully generate revenue. Queen City BNI is currently ranked as number one in the state among eleven total chapters in Vermont. The group welcomes like minded professionals to join their weekly, in-person meetings at Burlington City Arts, located at 135 Church Street in Burlington, on Wednesdays from 11:15 am-1:00 pm.

News in Brief August 2022

Sat, 09/17/2022 - 4:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine S&P Global Ratings has affirmed the State of Vermont’s AA+ (the second highest) general obligation bond ratings and revised the rating outlook from negative to stable. Vermont is still the highest rated New England state. In the ratings report, S&P wrote that the improved outlook is attributed to recent shifts in demographic trends, “retirement reforms designed to significantly reduce unfunded liabilities,” and historical credit strengths including “regular forecast updates, annual midyear budget adjustments, consistent reserve levels across economic cycles, and debt affordability oversight.” Vermont received the highest score possible in the financial management category. The state’s bond rating was downgraded by Moody’s and Fitch from triple A status in 2018 and 2019, respectively, and the assignment of a “negative outlook” by S&P in 2020.