September 26, 2012 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin and Fred Kenney, executive director of the Vermont Economic Progress Council, today released the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive’s annual report showing that the tax incentive program is working better than projected. In each year since its inception, actual activity has exceeded projections -- meaning more new employees, more payroll, more capital investments, and more net revenue to the state than originally anticipated.
September 24, 2012 - MONTPELIER - Fish and wildlife resources are important to all Vermonters who hunt, fish or watch wildlife, but these resources also contribute greatly to our economy according to the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation conducted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and U.S. Census Bureau.
September 18, 2012 - BURLINGTON - Gov. Shumlin and others today announced an agreement with Porter Airlines to offer service between Burlington International Airport and Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport, marking the second winter that Porter Airlines has partnered with Ski Vermont, four Vermont Ski Resorts and the state to bring Canadian tourists to Vermont. In addition, the number of flights will double to four per week this season.
September 12, 2012 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont’s Congressional delegation today announced the availability of long-term disaster recovery funds for housing, economic recovery and community infrastructure projects. That announcement followed federal approval of the state’s plan to use $21.6 million in funding through the Community Development Block Grant Program.
September 7, 2012 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin announced the appointment of Brattleboro Union High School student Lachlan Francis to the Vermont Board of Education. Francis lives in Putney.
September 6, 2012 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that the Department of Health has issued an emergency rule to further crack down on dangerous drugs commonly known as ‘bath salts.’ In addition to expanding the specific list of bath salts and ‘fake weed’ compounds now illegal to sell, manufacture or possess in Vermont, the new rule includes broader language to ban derivatives – a move designed to include changes in the chemical structures made by those attempting to evade laws regulating these substances.
September 4, 2012 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin and Karen Marshall, chief of Connect VT, today announced the approval of more than $3.1 million in funding commitments by the Vermont Telecommunications Authority, which combined with $6.6 million planned by FairPoint will bring broadband service by the end of 2013 to more than 2,850 locations across Vermont. This latest round of five VTA funding commitments within the last 90 days will bring last-mile service to 544 locations in designated target communities.
September 4, 2012 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin said today he would ask lawmakers to allow both Barre and South Burlington to qualify for the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) program. Legislative action will be necessary because years ago a statutory cap of six TIF districts was enacted under new TIF rules enacted in 2006. Five communities are currently included in the TIF program. Both Barre and South Burlington submitted applications for inclusion in the program on the same day last week.
MIDDLESEX – Gov. Peter Shumlin and agriculture officials said today that virtually all of the 476 Vermont farms that reported losses as a result of Tropical Storm Irene are still operating. However, restoring damaged farm land, repairing buildings and equipment, replacing lost feed, and strengthening resilience are all challenges these businesses still face, the group said at a press conference held at The 1782 Settlement Farm in Middlesex.
August 14, 2012 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced a four-day series of commemorative events to celebrate how far Vermont has come in recovering from Tropical Storm Irene since Aug. 28, 2011, and acknowledge the work still needed to fully recover and build Vermont back stronger.