October 25, 2012 - WATERBURY - Vermont Emergency Management is encouraging Vermonters to prepare for any possible adverse effects from Hurricane Sandy. The storm is forecast to move up the east coast throughout the weekend and make landfall in the northeast early next week.
October 25, 2012 - MONTPELIER - Hurricane Sandy is currently moving through the Caribbean and is projected to move northward off the eastern Florida coast in the next two days. Although it is still too early to determine Sandy’s precise long-term track, computer models are now trending to show impacts to the northeastern portion of the United States.
Governor Shumlin Announces $1.8 Million in Downtown Tax Credits Additional 2012 tax credits provide $500,000 to aid downtown properties damaged by Irene
October 8, 2012 - BARRE - Gov. Peter Shumlin has announced the allocation of $1.786 million in tax credits through the Downtown Program to support nearly $26 million in building improvements in downtowns and village centers across the state. This year, in addition to traditional credits which spur building investment and revitalization in Vermont’s community centers, $500,000 in flood credits were allocated to help repair and rehabilitate buildings damaged by the flooding in 2011.
October 5, 2012 - MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont’s Congressional delegation today announced the award of more than $2 million to bring more mobile voice and data service, using 4G/LTE 700 MHz, to 941 miles of Vermont roads that currently lack cellular access. The funding is the result of a first-ever auction by the Federal Communications Commission to fund cost-effective wireless projects in unserved areas of the country, including Vermont.
Agency of Natural Resources announces Green Infrastructure Initiative - an environmentally sustainable approach to manage storm water pollution
October 3, 2012 - BURLINGTON - Today, at a meeting for municipal public works employees and environmental engineers on innovative approaches to stormwater management, the Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, Deb Markowitz, and Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner, David Mears, announced the kick-off of the “Vermont Green Infrastructure Initiative.” They also announced the receipt of a $245,000 USDA Forest Service grant that will help the state in this effort. The Green Infrastructure Initiative provides a coordinated mechanism for implementing green infrastructure practices throughout Vermont.
October 1, 2012 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont’s Congressional delegation announced today that the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) will receive a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to fund Healthy Homes Vermont. The new program will add to existing rehabilitation programs, providing assistance to correct building issues that contribute to unhealthy living conditions like mold, moisture and pest infestation, and particularly affect vulnerable groups, such as children with asthma and the elderly.
September 28, 2012 - MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin and Michael Obuchowski, Commissioner of Buildings and General Services, announced today that the Hartford South Welcome Center on Interstate 91 would open to the public on Monday, Oct. 1. Built with a Congressional earmark, this long anticipated welcome center is being readied for the general public and will serve travelers heading south on Interstate 91.
September 27, 2012 - MONTPELIER - The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has two matching state grant programs available for 2013, with $75,000 available to Vermont schools through the Farm to School Grant program as well as $40,000 available to agricultural producers and food hubs serving institutional markets through the Local Food Market Development Grant program.
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.