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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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Vermont Firewood Dealers Can't Keep Up With Demand

Firewood dealers are having a hard time keeping up with demand this year.
VPR/Steve Zind

It takes less than a minute for a log to be cut, split, dropped onto a conveyor belt and deposited into Jedediah Scott’s dump truck, ready for delivery.

Technology has caught up with the firewood business.

For dealers Scott’s size, the chainsaw and splitter are gone. They’ve been replaced by a machine that sections the log with a big, whirring circular saw and pushes the pieces through crisscrossed steel blades that split them into stove sized chunks. 

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VPR News
5:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Grant Promises To Boost Job Training And College Enrollment

A new federal grant will be used to create more programs to train Vermonters for jobs in manufacturing, agribusiness and other fields.

The programs may also help build enrollment at a time when student numbers are stagnant or dropping.

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The Frequency
2:08 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Shaw's Warns Customers Of Possible Security Breach

The parent company of the Shaw’s Supermarket chain says Vermont customers are among those affected by an ‘attempted criminal intrusion’ that sought to obtain their credit and debit card information.

According to a news release from AB Acquisition LLC, the discovery of malware used to illegally capture customer information is the second such incident in recent weeks.

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VPR News
11:40 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Hartland Tries To Save Iconic Farm

Lemax Barn, in Hartland, needs repair, and a comminity group is trying to save it.
Friends of Lemax Farm

One of Hartland’s last four dairy farms is in serious disrepair, but community members are trying to save it.

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Public Post
8:56 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Public Post: Drug Take Back Day, Town Halls, Brandon Flood Planning

Police and Sheriffs Departments across Vermont are participating in Drug Take Back Day. Town Halls are in the news for their uses and lack of usability. Brandon launches a flood planning effort for businesses and public infrastructure.

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VPR News
8:18 am
Sat September 27, 2014

New Psychiatric Hospital Short On Staff Nurses

The new state psychiatric hospital is struggling to recruit nurses.

Paul Dupre, the commissioner of mental health, discussed the issue Tuesday during a monthly report from his department before the joint Mental Health Oversight Committee.

In July, the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital opened in Berlin. The 25-bed facility brings the total number of available beds across the state to 52, just shy of the 54 beds at the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury, which closed after sustaining significant damage from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

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Public Post
10:29 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Job Fair Touts Opportunities In Rural Lamoille County

The annual Lamoille Valley Career and Job Fair is being held at the Green Mountain Technology and Career Center on the Lamoille Union Middle and High School campus in Hyde Park this afternoon.

The event is open to adult job seekers as well as eleventh and twelfth grade students interested in exploring a variety of careers. Job seekers are invited to bring copies of their resumes.

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VPR News
6:01 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Got Tech? Industry Wants To Be Part of Vermont's Image

Vermont high tech companies say the state’s way of life is a powerful calling card for the kind of clean industry it hopes to attract, but they would like state officials to do more to market itself to attract new business.

The “Envisioning the Future of Vermont’s Digital Economy” summit sponsored by the Vermont Council on Rural Development in Montpelier covered a range of subjects, including why tech businesses come to Vermont and what could be done to attract more.  

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VPR News
5:28 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Welch Wants To Lift Regulations On Community Banks

The First Bank of Orwell, pictured here in 2009, is a community bank that stands to benefit from Welch's proposed legislation.
Jane Lindholm VPR

Rep. Peter Welch has introduced legislation that he says will make it easier for Vermont’s community banks to offer mortgages and loans.

The legislation would exempt many smaller banks from the financial regulations that were put into place following the national financial crisis in 2008.

Welch says it’s very important for Congress to realize that there’s a big difference between the operations of large Wall Street banks and the work done by community based banks across the country.

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The Catch-Up
12:04 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

The Catch-Up: Vermont Beers

Vermont has a whole lot of craft breweries these days. Is there really a market for all this booze?

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