Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims rose again last week and faster. Claims had been falling steadily since early July until early October. Claims are still lower than they were the same time last year, which has been the case for most weeks in 2017. This trend should reverse itself when holiday hiring begins shortly. For the week of November 4, 2017, there were 677 claims, 195 more than than they were last week and 56 fewer than they were a year ago. Altogether 3,230 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 346 from a week ago, but 560 fewer than a year ago.
Vermont Business Magazine Buying local just got easier. Local First Vermont recently released the 8th edition of the Buy Local Coupon Book and Mobile App. With coupons at more than 250 locally-owned, independent Vermont businesses, the resource makes it easier to learn about and support those businesses that routinely reinvest 45 percent back into Vermont’s economy. Print versions of the book are available at more than 50 retailers throughout the state, and the mobile app is available to download through both Google Play and Apple’s The App Store.
Vermont Business Magazine A diverse group of organizations, businesses, and institutions today announced the formation of a new coalition to advocate for a more sustainable, accessible, and affordable transportation system in Vermont. Currently, 47 percent of Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation, and gasoline and diesel represent more than 35 percent of all energy consumed in Vermont. T4VT has proposed replacing inefficient diesel school or transit buses with electric buses proven in cold climates.
Vermont Business Magazine Housing advocacy organizations from around New England, including the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition, are announcing their opposition to provisions of the tax cut proposal released by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX) last week. “The House tax bill would have devastating impacts on the creation and preservation of affordable housing in Vermont,” said Sarah Carpenter, Executive Director of the Vermont Housing Finance Agency.
Vermont Business Magazine The US Senate Thursday night unanimously confirmed Christina Nolan to be Vermont’s next US Attorney, following the recommendation of US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) and Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R). Nolan was nominated less than two months ago by President Trump, and she is one of only two US Attorney nominees to be confirmed in states with Democratic Senators and is also one of only two women to be confirmed as US attorneys in this Congress. Leahy is a leading member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which handled the nomination.
Vermont Business Magazine This Veteran's Day, November 11, Easterseals announced it has received $580,000 in grants from CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation to support local services that ensure access to healthcare and smoking cessation resources for Veterans and military families. As part of the funding, Easterseals has received $70,000 for national programming and six Easterseal affiliates who excel in programs that respond to the local needs of Veterans, their family members and caregivers will each receive a $10,000 grant.
Vermont Business Magazine Changing Perspectives is pleased to announce it has received the 2017-2018 Organizational Capacity Grant from the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation. These funds will support programming, staffing, professional development opportunities and the organization’s ability to expand its reach.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has added nearly 50 acres of lakeshore property to the Pond Woods Wildlife Management Area in Benson, Vermont. The property was conserved in part using funds from the Habitat Stamp program, a voluntary donation to habitat conservation in Vermont that was launched in 2015. The land was sold to the Fish & Wildlife Department by the Green Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts.
Vermont Business Magazine Today, Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR) and Jeffrey Carr, President, Economic & Policy Resources (EPR), announced the Q4 2017 outlook results of their joint initiative, the VBR/EPR Business Conditions Survey and Index. The latest survey, which was conducted during the first two weeks of October 2017, achieved a response rate of 68 percent overall and included a 50 percent or greater response rate from 10 of 15 represented sectors within the membership.
by Justin Wheating, President of NRG Systems I recently had the pleasure of attending the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s Catalysts of the Climate Economy National Innovation Summit – CC:Econ – in Burlington. The Summit brought together climate innovators from across the country to tell their success stories. It also highlighted the opportunities that exist here in Vermont to capture a slice of the economic activity presented by a changing climate. Listening to the speakers, from national environmentalist Paul Hawken to local budding climate entrepreneurs like Paul Hines of Packetized Energy, I was struck by the opportunity Vermont has to be an incubator state for innovative climate solutions, which in turn provides opportunities for the state to address economic challenges.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont State Treasurer’s Office paid Vermonters a record number of unclaimed financial property last year and Treasurer Beth Pearce wants you to check today to see if any of the remaining $80 million waiting to be claimed belongs to you. Vermonters can easily search the State unclaimed property database by visiting MissingMoney.Vermont.gov or by calling 1-800-642-3191.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Fish &Wildlife Department says a preliminary count reveals hunters harvested 40 moose in this year's regulated hunting seasons. "A preliminary count on October 31 showed that hunters reported 8 moose being taken by 18 hunters in the October 1-7 archery season and 32 moose taken by 70 hunters in the October 21-26 regular season," said Cedric Alexander, Vermont's moose project leader.