The Vermont Economy

The home for VPR's coverage of economic issues affecting the state of Vermont as well as business and industry developments across the region.

VPR reporter Bob Kinzel covers economic issues from the Statehouse Bureau in Montpelier. In addition, All Things Considered Host/Reporter Henry Epp covers business from Colchester.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week released its draft rules for labeling genetically modified ingredients that are included in packaged foods.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

All sorts of handy people spent a recent Saturday in Hardwick volunteering to fix other peoples' broken stuff, and passing on a little of their know-how.

Many Vermont companies make significant charitable contributions to the local community and some, like King Arthur Flour, have even met the social, environmental and governance requirements to become B corporations. But in many ways, it’s mutual savings banks, that as a group, stand out when it comes to supporting their local community.

From left, Rep. Peter Welch, Vermont Maple Sugar Makers' Association executive director Matt Gordon, and Sen. Patrick Leahy gathered at a press conference at Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in Montpelier on Tuesday.
Bob Kinzel / VPR

Members of Vermont's congressional delegation have joined with leaders of Vermont's maple industry to send a message to federal regulators: keep your labels off our maple syrup.

Andy Puchalik sits in a cooler at his South Royalton storage facility. Puchalik self distributes Upper Pass beer around the state to better control sales and service.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

As lawmakers finish up a bill that would change the relationship between craft brewers and distributors, both sides of the debate say they’re unhappy with the proposed changes.

Burlington Code Academy founders (right to left) Alex Horner, Benny Boas and Alex Chaffee hope their company will attract tech workers to the state. Their course teaches computer programing and project management skills.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

In 12-weeks you’ll be a software developer. That’s the hope of a Burlington startup that aims to teach students computing coding skills.

Now after months of developing, networking and building their business, the trio behind Burlington's new coding boot camp is ready to welcome their first class in a matter of weeks.

Emily Corwin / VPR

The laws that determine how speeding tickets are issued and  processed in Vermont are labyrinthine.

The Montreal Aerospace Innovation Forum is the industry's stage for promoting new art  products and improved manufacturing processes. This robotic arm is used in multiple applications.
Lorne Matalon / VPR

Every two years, the aerospace industry networks for a week in Montreal at the Montreal Aerospace Innovation Forum.  This year, seven Vermont aerospace companies were in attendance, looking for business.

What can state agencies like DAIL, the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, do to help Vermonters age well?
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The coming decades will bring pivotal demographic changes to Vermont as baby boomers retire in greater numbers and continue to get older. We're talking with DAIL—the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living—about their plans to help Vermonters "age well."

The Burlington Housing Authority or BHA has embarked on a bold experiment. As part of its commitment to end homelessness, BHA has created a housing retention program that focuses on preventing homelessness.

Illustration of a hand holding a dollar sign between thumb and forefinger.
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The Vermont Senate has approved legislation that prohibits employers from asking applicants about their salary history. Backers say it would help reduce the pay gap between men and women.

New Vermont Distillery Run By Veterans For Veterans

Apr 13, 2018

It’s getting easier and easier to find top-notch, handcrafted whiskey, bourbon, vodka, and other spirits made right here in the United States. With more than 1,500 craft distillers across the country, the American spirits movement is on the rise, and in Vermont the industry is booming.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

As The Hermitage resort in Wilmington struggles to emerge from its financial difficulties, others in the Deerfield Valley are worried about the ongoing effect of the resort’s closure.

What's blockchain? The unqiue computer network is a new piece of financial technology that Vermont lawmakers believe offers big opportunities for the state.
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Bitcoin. Cryptocurrency. These and other buzzwords make headlines in the world of finance, but underlying it all is a new piece of financial technology called blockchain. And state lawmakers are betting this new technology could be Vermont's next moneymaker, much like the state's captive insurance market.

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Since we started this show, there’s a question we’ve gotten a lot: Why are so many young people leaving the state?

Between two historic monitor barns in Richmond lies a working farm run by the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. The farm is home to the Health Care Share, a CSA that's free to Vermonters experiencing food insecurity and diet-related illness.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

This time of year, many Vermonters are thinking about signing up for a CSA share at their local farm. Meanwhile, the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is getting ready to supply a different type of Community Supported Agriculture – one you pick up at a doctor's office.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

After a racially insensitive cartoon sparked a year-long discussion on inequality, the Upper Valley town of Hartford has released its plan for more fully embracing diversity in the community.

Vermont's small colleges and universities face growing challenges as enrollment drops across the state and region.
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College enrollment is down across New England. We're looking at how Vermont's small private and state colleges are adjusting to fewer students, rising costs, and growing competition for tuition dollars.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

A group of Upper Valley residents has taken up the call to “bring the cows, back” to Norwich Farm.

A smartphone screen with a variety of travel app icons, including Airbnb in the center of the screen.
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The nation’s largest short-term rental company says it won’t fight a bill that would make Vermont the first to require people who rent out their homes to register with the state.

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