The Vermont Economy

VPR Steve Zind
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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It wasn’t exactly a romantic event, but it was billed as a matchmaking opportunity, complete with a "speed dating" session.

Nina Keck / VPR

Maple syrup producers use a lot of energy boiling sap. Efficiency Vermont, the statewide nonprofit funded by utility customers, hopes a new rebate program they’re launching will help smaller maple producers save energy and boost profits.

The multinational food service company Sodexo is working to increase the amount of local food served in 20 locations around Vermont. The company has hired Annie Rowell as the company's Vermont First Coordinator.

Herb Swanson

The state of Vermont is looking more closely at development projects financed with EB-5 money. That's the federal program that grants visas in exchange for foreign investments in the United States.

Stefan Hard / The Times Argus

A plan to use a new payroll tax to help reduce the Medicaid cost shift faces growing opposition at the Statehouse, which means a sugar sweetened beverage tax may be the preferred option. 

Steve Zind / VPR

For years, Vermont Castings has been passed from owner to owner and the results have not been good. By all accounts, what was once the world’s largest manufacturer of cast iron wood stoves has lost ground to competitors and suffered quality problems.

Ric Cengeri / VPR

The financial relationship between Quebec and Vermont is crucial to both areas: Each year, $5 billion in trade crosses the border, the biggest piece of that being goods imported from Canada into Vermont. Canadian tourists bring about $168 million to Vermont each year and recently there have been improvements to the road that connects the two places.

Data: Department of Public Service / Visualization: Amanda Shepard

The state says thousands of Vermonters who lost telephone service in recent months should have received credit on their bills from FairPoint Communications.

Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

House Democrats on Monday afternoon put the finishing touches on their fiscal year 2016 budget proposal. As they do most every year, members of the Republican minority say the spending plan is more than taxpayers can afford. But the House GOP now says it’s prepared to offer Vermonters a fiscal alternative. 

A new collaboration between Triad Design Service, Burlington College and a non-profit called Vermont HITEC will train students to become technical writers. It's the latest in a number of job-training programs offered by Vermont HITEC.

In the past the non-profit has trained people to become medical transcriptionists, phlebotomists, and to work in information technology and advanced manufacturing. Since the non-profit began 15 years ago, they've worked with over 1,000 students and 25 employers.