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Recent News Releases - Past 7 Days

January 30, 2015

Gov. Peter Shumlin’s public appearance schedule

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January 30, 2015

New Study Highlights the Value of Vermont's Dairy Industry

The Vermont Dairy Industry brings $2.2 billion in economic activity to Vermont annually, according to a new study funded by the Vermont Dairy Promotion Council. Findings from the study were unveiled at the Vermont Farm Show. Read more

January 30, 2015

Summer Food Service Program Eligibility Guidelines Announced

The Vermont Agency of Education announces the availability of funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the 2015 Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSP). This program is intended to assure that children who rely on free and reduced price meals during the school year continue to have access to nutritious meals during the summer. In 2014, 68 sponsors served 408,596 SFSP meals to children at 273 sites in Vermont. Read more

January 30, 2015

Department of Tourism & Marketing Offers Hospitality Training

How well do you know your state? If you're in the hospitality industry, it pays to know everything you can about Vermont. The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing has created a new series of online classes for employees at Vermont lodgings and attractions. Read more

January 30, 2015

Gov. Shumlin Swears In State’s Attorneys

MONTPELIER - January 30, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin today administered the oath of office to a number of Vermont’s State’s Attorneys elected by the people of their respective counties. State’s Attorneys represent the people of the State of Vermont in criminal court cases ranging from DUI to homicide, in child protection matters, and in family court cases. read moreRead more

January 29, 2015

More Snow and Cold Expected: Be Mindful and Prepared

Public Safety officials are urging Vermonters to bundle up and drive safe as more weather advisories have been issued for the next few days. The National Weather Service says blowing snow and/or sub-zero wind chills are expected for much of Vermont from late Thursday into Sunday and possibly early next week. Read more

January 29, 2015

Linking Employee Health to Better Business: Worksite Wellness Conference

Employers throughout Vermont are invited to attend the Vermont Worksite Wellness Conference, March 25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington. Read more

January 29, 2015

Vermont Lacks Transportation Services to Attract Young Adults

The Vermont Transportation Board today released its Annual Report, which documents the comments the Board collected during a recent series of public forums that focused on the Transportation needs and wants of young adults. Read more

January 29, 2015

Op Ed: Working Together to Clean Up Vermont's Waters

This past month, Governor Shumlin opened the legislative session with an unprecedented focus on the environment. Understanding that global climate change threatens our way of life, the Governor announced new initiatives aimed at continuing to expand our renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors; creating jobs, saving Vermonters money and doing our part to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Read more

January 28, 2015

Fish & Wildlife Board Votes on Proposed Deer Hunting Changes

Proposed changes in Vermont deer hunting regulations received a first vote by the Fish and Wildlife Board at their January 21 meeting in Montpelier. A series of public hearings, follow-up board meetings and two more board votes will be following in coming months before any changes can be adopted. Read more

January 28, 2015

Cynthia Stuart Named Deputy Commissioner of DFR Banking Division

Cynthia Stuart has been named deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation's Banking Division, Commissioner Susan L. Donegan announced today. Stuart has more than 18 years of experience in both the retail and community aspects of banking and brings to the job a wealth of knowledge of current operations and senior management. Read more

January 28, 2015

Fish & Wildlife Dept Expands Two Addison County Wildlife Management Areas

Wildlife enthusiasts in northern Addison County have something to be excited about. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recently closed on properties that will expand two popular wildlife management areas (WMAs). Read more

January 28, 2015

Gov. Shumlin to Congress: Act Quickly on Transportation Funding

WASHINGTON DC - January 28, 2015 – Testifying before a U.S. Senate Committee today, Gov. Peter Shumlin urged Congress to act quickly to replenish the Federal Highway Trust Fund so Vermont and other states can get to work repairing crumbling infrastructure. The Governor warned that in Vermont, projects relying on federal money need to go out to bid next month in order to begin construction in the spring. Failure of Congress to act could put at risk those badly needed projects and the jobs that go with them. read moreRead more

January 27, 2015

Gov. Shumlin Announces New Natural Resources Board Chair

MONTPELIER - January 27, 2015 – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that Chair of the Natural Resources Board (NRB) Ron Shems has decided to step down after four years on the Board. He will be replaced Jon Groveman, currently the general counsel for the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR). read moreRead more

January 26, 2015

Pre-Storm General Transportation Update

MONTPELIER — January 26, 2015 - Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) crews are preparing for being on the receiving end of at least a portion of the storm effecting the northeast over the next few days, Gov. Peter Shumlin and VTrans officials announced Monday evening. Crews will begin deploying overnight as needed, with the full complement of 250 plow trucks deployed, beginning at 4:00 AM as conditions warrant, for the morning commute. Motorists are encouraged to do their part by giving the trucks plenty of room to work and driving at appropriate speeds for conditions. read moreRead more

January 26, 2015

Vermont's Clean Water Initiative Moves Forward

State Leaders convened in St. Albans City Hall today to outline the new plan for addressing agricultural runoff in the Lake Champlain basin. New resources, deeper partnerships across state government, and new accountability tools have been established to improve water quality across Vermont. Read more

January 26, 2015

Vermont Prepared for Winter Storm Affecting Northeast

WATERBURY, Vt. – January 26, 2015 - Vermont is prepared for a significant snowstorm affecting the northeast that could dump more than a foot of snow on southern counties, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today. The snow will start Monday afternoon and the heaviest snowfall is expected overnight Monday into Tuesday. read moreRead more

January 26, 2015

Agency of Ag Now Accepting 2015 Vendor Applications for The Vermont Building at "The Big E"

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is now accepting proposals from Vermont businesses and organizations for vending and exhibiting space in the Vermont Building at the Eastern States Exposition ("Big E") in West Springfield, Massachusetts. In 2015, the fair will be held from September 18th - October 4th. Nearly 1 million patrons passed through the Vermont Building during the 2014 fair, spending over $1.7 million on Vermont products. Read more

January 26, 2015

Vermont Captive Insurance Gross Written Premium Nears $30 Billion in 2014; Prolonged Soft Market Slows Formations

Vermont licensed 16 new captives in 2014, according to data released by the Vermont Captive Insurance Division. The new captives were made up of 10 pure captives, two sponsored, two special purpose financial insurers, one association and one Risk Retention Group. Two new captives were redomesticated from Bermuda and Delaware. Read more

January 26, 2015

Op-Ed: Housing is Fundamental to Affordability

As too many Vermonters struggle to make ends meet, affordability has rightly taken its place at the center of public debate. Often missing from the discussion, however, has been the cost of housing. If we are to succeed in closing the affordability gap, housing must be central to the conversation. Read more