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Champlain Bridge commuters still face long trips, expenses eased with free bus and ferry services

Fri, 10/30/2009 - 7:06am -- tim

Commuters and residents traveling between Addison County and New York now have several options for getting to and from their workplace or residence. All public transportation services are now free, minimizing the financial impact for many workers and employers. However, long travel times still exist for many. Below is a summary of the services currently in operation. More details and links to schedules are available at the website the Addison County Chamber of Commerce is maintaining: www.crownpointbridgeupdates.com

Redstone receives housing endorsement for Banknorth Block

Thu, 10/29/2009 - 9:10am -- tim

Redevelopment of Burlington’s Banknorth Block, which is planned to be complete with the plan for addition of a 125-room hotel, 36-unit apartment building, and 238 space parking garage in the mid-block, has received Housing Endorsement from the Vermont Smart Growth Collaborative.
“This project received a high score from our review committee,” said Smart Growth Vermont Executive Director Noelle MacKay, “due to its mixture of housing types, integration of a mixture of uses, proximity to key services, access to transportation options and infill development of a key city block.”

Vermont Air National Guard one of 10 finalists to base F-35 joint strike fighter

Thu, 10/29/2009 - 9:05am -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy and the Vermont Congressional Delegation – Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) -- announced Thursday that the Secretary of the Air Force has selected the Vermont National Guard in Burlington as one of 10 final candidates to base the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The Air Force conducted a system-wide review of more than 200 locations before selecting Burlington and nine other bases as finalists for either the training or primary operations of the F-35.

Burlington gets $1.3 million to rehab foreclosed homes

Thu, 10/29/2009 - 9:01am -- tim

The state has awarded more than $1.3 million to the City of Burlington to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed homes and convert a New North End building into affordable housing. In a ceremony at City Hall, Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie presented the $1,330,600 Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant, funded by the federal government in response to the mortgage foreclosure crisis that gripped the country last year, to city officials.

Vermont grants $4.3 million to 10 communities to create jobs, build affordable housing

Wed, 10/28/2009 - 11:10am -- tim

A multimillion dollar factory in Barre Town that will produce components for electric and hybrid cars and a blighted public housing project in Rutland were among the winners of $3.6 million in grants awarded by the state of Vermont Wednesday. At a ceremony at the Forest Park housing complex, which is receiving $750,000 for rehabilitation, Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie announced Vermont Community Development Program grants to 10 Vermont communities.

Weekly unemployment claims escalate

Wed, 10/28/2009 - 10:29am -- tim

There were 1,224 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 1190 from the week before as filings continue their upward trend. The September Vermont unemployment rate is 6.7 percent, down one-tenth from August. However, economists believe that it will rise to over 7 percent by the end of this year. The current US rate is 9.7 percent. Altogether 9,981 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 410 from a week ago and 3,076 more than a year earlier.

CVPS, partners seek Shareheat heating crisis funds

Wed, 10/28/2009 - 9:23am -- tim

With a nip in the air, Central Vermont Public Service today kicked off the annual CVPS Shareheat fund drive to provide emergency fuel assistance to Vermonters in need.
“While fuel prices are down, unemployment figures give us great pause as we begin the heating season,” CVPS President Bob Young said.  “It’s critical that Shareheat, a vital bridge for many families, continue to be available to those in need.”
Thanks to CVPS shareholders and other business supporters, CVPS Shareheat will match contributions from the public dollar for dollar up to $140,700 this winter.

Central Vermont Public Service to get $31 million of the smart grid stimulus funds

Tue, 10/27/2009 - 12:30pm -- tim

Central Vermont Public Service will receive over $31 million in federal stimulus funds to aid in the implementation of CVPS SmartPower, the company s smart grid customer service and reliability program.  The U.S. Department of Energy announced the funding as part of a statewide grant today.

McNeil plant recognized for pollution reduction

Tue, 10/27/2009 - 8:49am -- tim

The Vermont/New Hampshire chapter of the Association of Builders and Contractors is honoring the McNeil Generating Station, the 50 megawatt woodchip plant in Burlington s Intervale, for installing an RSCR (Regenerative Selective Catalytic Reduction) NOx-reduction unit at McNeil, which is cutting the NOx emissions from the plant by over half. The award will be received by plant manager John Irving at an awards dinner in Concord, NH, on Thursday, October 29.

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