The Vermont Economy

VPR's Steve Zind

VPR senior reporter Steve Zind focuses on the Vermont economy and its impact on our lives. Follow Steve Zind on Twitter, post comments on the stories, and let Steve know what local economy stories you think VPR should cover.

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Democratic candidate for governor Sue Minter has outlined a “plan to help grow Vermont’s economy” that calls for smarter use of existing programs to revitalize regional economies.

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If you like cheese, you're in luck. There's currently a surplus of cheese in the United States. But that extra cheese is actually a sign that milk prices are going down, and this is a problem for Vermont dairy farmers.

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New federal rules from the Department of Labor mean that millions more Americans — and many thousands more Vermonters — will be eligible for overtime pay. 

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If you stopped by the Hilton in Burlington at the end of April, you might have thought you had accidently wandered into a speed-dating event. But instead of pairing people, the Vermont Food Matchmaker event pairs food producers and retailers to kindle business relationships.

The build-out of a fiber-optic broadband network in central Vermont should be greatly expedited by $9 million in long-term financing.

A tech firm with roots in Vermont has raised $12.9 in venture capital that will help create new jobs at its Burlington office.

Last week VPR reported on a recent downturn in commodity prices that has some waste district managers scrambling to make ends meet to comply with Vermont's universal recycling law. Our story drew a response from officials with the Chittenden Solid Waste District, because they say planning for exactly this kind of circumstance has left them in a much better position.

One in every 17 Vermont workers is employed in the clean energy sector, according to a new report commissioned by the state to track the economic impact of Vermont's renewable energy efforts.

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Residents in Central Vermont towns are concerned about Utah engineer David Hall’s plans to buy 5,000 acres to build a community of 20,000 in their area. There's also opposition in a Provo, Utah neighborhood where Hall is buying property for similar ends.

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A Utah developer’s plans to build a 20,000-person settlement in Orange and Windsor counties could make it difficult for a Tunbridge family to keep living their rural lifestyle.

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There are two key ways in which businesses find the money they need to start up or grow. One is by taking out a loan. The other is finding investors willing to buy a share of the business.

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The state’s two main health insurance providers are seeking a more than 8-percent increase in rates next year, and state officials say the requests underscore the need for comprehensive health care reform.

A judge has rejected a motion by a group of Vermont gasoline retailers and wholesalers to dismiss a price-fixing lawsuit against them.

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A recent downturn in commodity prices has some waste district managers scrambling to make ends meet just as they are getting ready to meet new demands of the state's universal recycling law.

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After four years of planning, fundraising and growing its membership, the Morrisville Food Co-op is breaking ground this week on a building renovation project. MoCo, as it is known locally, plans to officially open its doors this fall.

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Lamoille County is not generally viewed as a commercial hub, but it is home to some thriving small businesses. This year three of those businesses are being recognized with awards from the Small Business Administration.

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For the last six years, the same four men have occupied the most powerful stations in Statehouse politics. Their era came to an end shortly after midnight early Saturday morning, when the Vermont Legislature closed the books on the 2016 session. And the building that lawmakers left this past weekend will be a much different place in 2017.

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A wireless system built by Springfield-based VTel and largely paid for with federal money is supposed to provide Internet to virtually all of the state’s unserved addresses. But there are questions about whether the company is meeting that commitment.

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Tucked away in this year's several-hundred-page budget bill is a very small section that could have a big impact on the operations of the Vermont Lottery. It's a change that has strongly divided the House and the Senate.

The issue? Whether or not electronic lottery consoles should be allowed in bars.

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New reports on women in the Vermont workforce show a wage and income disparity with their male counterparts that gets worse as women get older.