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Budget To Balance, But Caseloads A Concern
Wednesday, 01/02/13
By John Dillon
The Shumlin Administration says the job of crafting next year's state budget is made easier now that Washington has tackled some of the fiscal issues facing the country. Meanwhile, the administration and lawmakers are working to address gaps in the current year budget.
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Federal Uncertainty Forces Vt. Budget Delay
Thursday, 01/03/13
Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont lawmakers have agreed to push the governor's annual budget address back a week, to give the fiscal situation in Washington a chance to become more clear.
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Barre Is Counting On Co-op To Generate Traffic Downtown
Wednesday, 12/19/12
By Kirk Carapezza
Planners looking to boost downtowns around the state have been focusing on home grown stores that specialize in fresh produce and local products. In Barre, a group hopes a new co-operative grocery store will revive the city's central business district.
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Local Food Distribution Moves Beyond The Farmers' Market
Thursday, 12/20/12
By Susan Keese
Vermont has proved fertile ground for food co-ops and farmers' markets. But advocates for a strong local food economy say it's not enough to make nutritious local foods available. They want to get fresh locally grown food to everyone.  
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Powden Leaves State Service For Work In Local Development
Thursday, 12/20/12
By Susan Keese
The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation will add a new face to its leadership team -- but one with a familiar name. The nonprofit group has hired Patricia Moulton Powden as its Director of Workforce Development and eventually, its executive director.
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Lebanon Airport Looking For Passengers, Support For Improvements
Friday, 12/21/12
By Charlotte Albright
As travelers rush to catch planes for the holiday season, the municipal airport in Lebanon looks less busy than its competitors in Burlington and Manchester.
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Local Food Production, A Priority By Law
Friday, 12/21/12
By John Dillon
In Vermont, the effort to boost local food production is a priority that's spelled out explicitly in state law. The Legislature passed the Farm to Plate investment program in 2009. The program aims to create jobs in the farm economy and improve access to healthy, local foods.
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In Rutland, Community Support Fuels Winter Farmers' Market
Tuesday, 12/18/12
By Nina Keck
In Rutland, organizers of the city's newly expanded winter farmer's market say they're thrilled with the community support they've gotten. The larger location has boosted attendance and sales for participating vendors. 
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NEK Looks to Train Workforce for New Economic Development Projects
Monday, 12/10/12
By Charlotte Albright
When Jay Peak co-owner Bill Stenger made a stunning proposal earlier this fall to bring over $500 million and about 10,000 jobs into the Northeast Kingdom, there were loud cheers, and only a few skeptics. Now the hard work has begun: finding investors and training workers.
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Sanders, Gas Station Owner Dispute Gas Prices
Tuesday, 12/11/12
The head of a company targeted by Senator Bernie Sanders for allegedly overcharging for gasoline says his stations are competitive.
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Bennington Sees Rise In New Businessess
Tuesday, 12/11/12
At least 11 new businesses have set up shop in Bennington this year.
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10 Vt. Radio Stations Change Hands
Thursday, 12/13/12
By Steve Zind
The bankruptcy of a large chain of radio stations has led to the sale of 10 Vermont stations. Many of the stations are being purchased by local buyers with a background in station ownership.
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State Awards TIF District To Barre
Thursday, 12/13/12
The state has given Barre authority to establish a special tax district that's designed to help the city pay for public works that will attract economic development.
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St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Announces Layoffs
Friday, 12/14/12
By Mitch Wertlieb
There was some unwelcome holiday news in St. Johnsbury recently, where layoffs were announced at one of the best-loved institutions in town.
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Burlington Residents Want To Buy Burlington Telecom
Monday, 12/17/12
By Kirk Carapezza
A group of concerned residents in Burlington wants to create a co-operative to buy the city's embattled telecommunications utility. The grassroots idea comes as city officials are hoping to settle a federal lawsuit aimed at reclaiming taxpayer money from the municipally-owned Burlington Telecom.
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Small Food Producers Changing The Face Of Farming
Monday, 12/17/12
By Steve Zind
Food and food products increasingly have become a key part of the state's economic development strategy. From small-scale farming to value-added agricultural products, the business of food could become the business of Vermont.
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"Culinary Corridor" Aims To Bring Food Venture To Shelburne
Monday, 12/17/12
On Route 7 in Shelburne a winery, a brewery, two farms and other food-related businesses have created what some are calling a "culinary corridor." A refurbished factory there is home to two food businesses and efforts are under way part of the effort to bring more food ventures to the area.
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More Jobs Predicted In NEK Economic Development Project
Thursday, 12/06/12
By Charlotte Albright
The  Korean company planning to build a bio-tech facility in Newport is now likely to create 450 permanent and 50 seasonal jobs, double the number proposed in September.
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New Association For Vt. Innkeepers Is Launched
Saturday, 12/08/12
By Steve Zind
In recent years, the state's small inns and B&Bs haven't had their own organization, but that is now changing with the formation of a new association that's designed to give innkeepers a bigger voice in state policy and more power to market themselves to visitors. 
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Extended Unemployment Benefits To Expire For 1,400
Tuesday, 12/04/12
By Kirk Carapezza
Vermont labor officials say hundreds of people could lose their unemployment benefits if Congress fails to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. The federal unemployment insurance program that has been providing additional weeks of benefits to the long-term unemployed is set to expire.
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Union Institute Closes Montpelier Site
Tuesday, 12/04/12
Union Institute and University is closing its Montpelier operations and consolidating its Vermont footprint in Brattleboro.
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Green Mountain Coffee Shares Surge On Earnings Report
Wednesday, 11/28/12
By Steve Zind
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters shares gained ground late Tuesday and into Wednesday on the heels of a fiscal fourth quarter performance that far exceeded expectations.
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Vt. Law School Faces Budget Shortfall
Thursday, 11/29/12
By Steve Zind
The Vermont Law School is hoping staff members will take voluntary buyouts to help deal with a projected budget shortfall on the South Royalton campus. 
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State Closes Down Credit Union In Derby Line
Friday, 11/30/12
By Steve Zind
The state has closed down the Border Lodge Credit union in Derby Line. The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation says the action comes after examiners raised serious concerns about the credit union's operation.  
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Facing $50M Deficit, Shumlin To Ask Lawmakers For Budget Cuts
Tuesday, 11/27/12
By Bob Kinzel
Governor Peter Shumlin says he'll ask lawmakers to close a $50 million budget shortfall by making cuts to state programs and not by raising any broad-based taxes.
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