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Royalton gets $161K from USDA for reliable water source

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 6:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing $1.2 billion to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 936,000 rural Americans living in 46 states. “Our infrastructure is aging in Vermont,” Vermont USDA Rural Development state director Anthony Linardos said. “We need to be investing water systems across our state to accommodate current and future capacity. These types of infrastructure improvements are essential for community development, and are the foundation for enhancing the quality of life and prosperity in rural Vermont.”

SoVT’s creative economy boom led by 20 years of Cotton Mill Open Studio

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 5:40am -- tim

by Maia Segura, Vermont Business Magazine The Cotton Mill in Brattleboro isn’t just an incubator space for artists, artisans, and creative entrepreneurs. It has been at the center of the region’s thriving creative economy for decades. This year the historic mill celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Cotton Mill Open Studio and Holiday Sale December 7-9, 2018. Festivities abound as business residents open their doors to offer a look behind the scenes, and host selected outside artists and artisan vendors who all help drive the creative economy in Windham County.

Grow Compost forms new food scrap diversion partnership

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 5:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Grow Compost of Vermont announces its new partnership with the Maine-based company, Agri-Cycle, New England’s largest organic waste hauler servicing MA, NH, ME, VT, and NY. The partnership will provide feed for animals, healthy soils, and energy creation through anaerobic digestion, and will exponentially increase the volume of food waste diverted from Vermont’s only landfill. Increasing the volume of food waste diverted brings Vermont closer to reaching its goals set out in the Universal Recycling Law (Act 148) and continues to use food scraps for their highest and best use, aligning with EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy. The Vermont Legislature adopted EPA’s hierarchy in creating Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law, banning food scrap from landfill disposal by July 2020. 

Sterling College awarded $350,000 to establish Annis Center for Ecology

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 4:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Loss of habitat. Declining pH levels of our oceans. Global temperature trends. The world around us is being changed by human activity and our reliance on fossil fuels. Recognizing that the study of natural systems is the means for both monitoring and mitigating the human impact on the very ecological systems that sustain us, Sterling College announced today the new Robert B. Annis Center for Ecology. 

VSP investigate threat at Harwood

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 4:45pm -- tim

Vermont State Police Tuesday night, Dec. 4, 2018, school officials at Harwood Union High School in Duxbury notified the Vermont State Police in Middlesex of a threat that had been discovered written on a mirror in a boys bathroom at the school. Following investigation, the Vermont State Police identified Dick Peck, 51, of Moretown, a custodian at Harwood Union High School, as the source of the written threat.

Black River Innovation Campus receives $724,000 EDA grant

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 4:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) today announced that the Black River Innovation Campus (BRIC) has received $724,000 in federal grant funds to support continued progress in building a digital economy ecosystem in Springfield. The award was first announced by the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) as part of its most recent Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) i6 Challenge competitive grant program.

VPR hires Mark Davis as assistant news director

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 2:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Public Radio has announced that journalist Mark Davis will join VPR as Assistant News Director early next month. Davis will be a leader in shaping VPR's news coverage and long-term reporting projects, helping VPR refine and strengthen our reporting In the coming year, Davis will also play a role in helping us improve how Vermont Edition, Brave Little State and the newsroom work together to cover important and pressing issues across the state.

Vermont requests federal damage assessment for storm damage and power outages

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 10:12am -- tim

First step toward requesting federal disaster declaration
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) Director Erica Bornemann has requested a Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine if the state qualifies for a federal Public Assistance disaster declaration following a winter storm and power outages that began November 26. The request asks for assessments in Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Washington, and Windham counties.

NSF program helps UVM entrepreneurs add missing ingredient: Customers

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 6:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Over the years, mechanical engineering professor Dryver Huston and his team have become adept at understanding the needs of what they’ve always thought of as their main customers -- federal agencies like the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and NASA that fund their research. “It's a bit of a mystery, but we think hard and we can often figure out what the US government wants,” Huston said.