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Welch announces $100,000 grant for community policing in Saint Albans

Tue, 07/07/2009 - 10:16am -- tim

Rep. Peter Welch announced $100,000 in federal funding for the St. Albans Police Department at a press conference Tuesday morning in Houghton Park.
The Welch-secured Community Oriented Police (COPS) grant will be used to fight increased drug activity in the region. The funds will help the St. Albans Police Department upgrade and improve communications equipment and make use of Mobile Data Computer Terminals.

Governor Douglas announces more than $3 million in economic development grants

Tue, 07/07/2009 - 9:59am -- tim

A dairy processing plant in Brattleboro; a food processing center in Hardwick; a slaughterhouse in Westminster; and a Barre facility that recycles furniture and other goods for distribution to needy Vermonters were among more than $3 million in job creation grants announced today. At a ceremony at Recycle North s new facility in a former granite shed in Barre, Governor Jim Douglas announced the award of $3.3 million in Community Development Block Grants for those projects, as well as others.

Senator Leahy unveils $1 million seed capital fund

Tue, 07/07/2009 - 6:40am -- intern

Speaking at a news conference yesterday, Senator Patrick Leahy announced the creation of the Vermont Technology Seed Capital Fund, a $1 million fund designed to help high-tech businesses across the state. Supported by a grant in the federal government's 2009 budget, the fund will make early $50,000 to $250,000 investments in technology firms with high-growth potential in return for later repayments. The fund will be managed the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET), a Burlington-based non-profit that offers office space and business development resources.

Vermont Governor Douglas and NH Governor Lynch to speak to Ethan Allen employees tomorrow

Mon, 07/06/2009 - 9:43am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas and New Hampshire Governor John Lynch will be in Beecher Falls tomorrow at the Ethan Allen furniture plant to address employees and offer state support and resources to the roughly 260 employees who were recently informed that they would be let go.   At least half of the employees reside in New Hampshire. 

Asian longhorned beetle educational workshops planned

Mon, 07/06/2009 - 8:46am -- tim

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, in cooperation with USDA and the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation, invites you to attend a free educational workshop designed to teach volunteer citizens how to identify the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). This will help to ensure early detection and better chances of eradication quickly of this destructive non-native forest pest.
The preferred host for the ALB is maple trees making it a real and serious threat to the Vermont landscape and economy. Just last year, ALB was found in Worcester, Mass.

Business Roundtable second quarter survey: sales up, employment not

Mon, 07/06/2009 - 6:47am -- tim

The chief executives of Vermont s leading businesses seem cautious over capital expenditure and employment levels for the summer and fall when compared against expected increases in their sales volumes for that same time frame. In general, however, the attitude of the business community appears to have stabilized from the last quarter.  The current mood was assessed at the end of June and released today by Vermont Business Roundtable Chair Bill Stritzler and President Lisa Ventriss.

New England business leaders cautiously optimistic about NE, US economic recovery

Mon, 07/06/2009 - 5:49am -- tim

Business leaders in New England are cautiously optimistic about the local and national economies, according to a new survey conducted by the National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter (NACD New England). Seventy-eight percent of the boardroom directors and other business leaders surveyed believe that the U.S. economy will recover either significantly or slightly within the next 12 to 24 months. Only five percent believe the economy will worsen, and 16 percent expect it to remain the same.

Champlain College unveils Samuel de Champlain statue

Mon, 07/06/2009 - 5:28am -- tim

There s a new big man on campus this summer at Champlain College Samuel de Champlain in the form of a new bronze statue by Vermont artist and sculptor James Sardonis of Randolph.
The new statue, commissioned by Champlain College Trustee Emeritus John W. Heisse, Jr. M.D., was unveiled in a special ceremony Thursday afternoon on the opening day of the When the French Were Here, Quadricentennial history symposium.

Rules abandoning wildlife protections rejected by federal court for second time

Thu, 07/02/2009 - 11:57am -- tim

A federal court on Tuesday overturned the Bush administration's last attempt to weaken rules governing management of America’s 155 national forests and 20 national grasslands. The Bush rules, issued April 21, 2008, repealed key protections for national forests mandated under the National Forest Management Act (NFMA).
The case was filed by a coalition of conservation groups -- including the Vermont Natural Resources Council -- represented by Earthjustice. The ruling was handed down by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.