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High Meadows Fund hires Gaye Symington as executive director

Thu, 04/09/2009 - 10:07am -- tim

The Board of Directors of the High Meadows Fund has named Gaye Symington as its Executive Director. The Fund, a supporting foundation of the Vermont Community Foundation, has awarded grants since 2004 to improve the lives of Vermonters through a better environment. Its grantmaking aims to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, encourage renewable energy development, and promote sustainable agriculture and land use practices in Vermont.

More than $1.2 million in Homeland Security grants to improve communications

Thu, 04/09/2009 - 10:05am -- tim

Governor Douglas today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded over $1.2 million in grants to the Vermont Homeland Security Unit to assist with increased interoperability and improvements to the state s emergency operations center.   In November of 2008 FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security made available over 3 billion dollars in grant funding for fiscal year 2009.  The Vermont Homeland Security Unit, a division of the Vermont State Police and Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) qualified for and applied for several programs.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) To Occupy New Building In Williston, VT

Thu, 04/09/2009 - 10:04am -- admin

Williston, VT Jeff Nick, president of NAI / J.L. Davis Realty, is pleased to announce that as of June, 2009, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will take occupancy of its new 25,450 SF building at 225 Harvest Lane in Williston. The building has been designed by Wiemann ¢Lamphere Architects as a LEED-certified project.

Molly Lambert leaving Captive job to work for USDA

Thu, 04/09/2009 - 10:02am -- tim

US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is recommending veteran economic development specialist Molly Lambert to President Barack Obama as Leahy's choice to be the USDA's State Director for Rural Development for Vermont and New Hampshire. The senior senator of the President's party recommends candidates for this and other federal leadership posts in his or her home state, subject to approval of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the President.

Governor Douglas announces $300,000 in brownfield grants

Thu, 04/09/2009 - 9:57am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas today announced that $300,000 in brownfield grants have been awarded to help revitalize former industrial and commercial properties in Barre, Brattleboro, Burlington, Johnson Village, Springfield and Wells River.
Brownfields are properties where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.

Grafton Village Cheese to pay local milk suppliers a special premium while milk prices are low

Thu, 04/09/2009 - 9:47am -- tim

Grafton Village Cheese Co., makers of award-winning, handcrafted Vermont cheddar cheese, announced today it will begin paying its local milk suppliers a special premium while milk prices are below the cost of production. The Company is working in concert with its two milk co-ops Agri-Mark and DMS, both of which have given Grafton Cheese permission to send checks directly to the farmers.

Legislature to consider new health care billing system

Wed, 04/08/2009 - 11:37am -- tim

President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin will be joined by members of IBM's development team and health care specialists tomorrow at noon to discuss how Vermont can develop a state of the art health care billing system. The system will include health care insurance cards, a health care payment card and an established network where providers and payers can connect via a central hub. This new structure will fix our broken collections system by improving efficiency and saving Vermonters money.

Award-winning author Andre Dubus III will speak at Southern Vermont College commencement

Wed, 04/08/2009 - 10:22am -- tim

Award-winning author Andre Dubus III will be awarded an Honorary Degree from Southern Vermont College and will address the graduating class on Sunday, May 17, for the school s 82nd commencement. Dubus is the author of House of Sand and Fog (a Finalist for the National Book Award and an Oprah s Book Club selection which was made into a major motion picture), Bluesman and The Cage Keeper and Other Stories.

Report estimates visitors spent $1.6 billion in Vermont in 2007

Wed, 04/08/2009 - 9:58am -- tim

Visitors to the Green Mountain State spent more than $1.61 billion for goods and services in 2007, according to a recent study that measures the impact of visitor spending on the Vermont economy.
The study, prepared by Economic and Policy Resources (EPR) of Williston, shows that visitors made an estimated 14.3 million trips to Vermont in 2007, an increase of 7 percent from 2005.

New unemployment insurance claims lower than previous week

Wed, 04/08/2009 - 9:56am -- tim

Week Ending April 04, 2009. There were 1,370 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 191 from the week before. Altogether 18,500 new and continuing claims were filed, 99 less than a week ago and 7,555 more than a year earlier. The Department also processed 1,979 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 24 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 1,184 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program which is an increase of 44 from the week before.

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