“Finding Opportunity is Believing it's There." — Barbara Corcoran

Collaboration with Flatiron
School to Provide
Training for Springfield Area

The Black River Innovation Campus (BRIC), the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) and Flatiron School, a global school that specializes in teaching tech skills such as Software Engineering, Data Science and UX/UI Design, today announced a collaboration aimed at helping residents of Springfield and the surrounding area learn new skills that open up digital economy employment opportunities. Instead of paying tuition up front, eligible students can access Flatiron School Income Share Agreements (ISAs), and make payments only after securing an annual (continue)

Governor Phil Scott Details Initiatives to
Increase Electric Vehicles in Vermont
Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today detailed efforts to increase electric vehicle use in Vermont as part of the state’s emissions reduction goals. “Electrifying the transportation sector will help clean the air and keep millions of dollars within our economy,” said Governor Scott. “While more work needs to be done, Vermont has taken strong steps toward a renewable transportation sector. Accelerating vehicle electrification will continue to be a priority of my Administration.” (continue)

Vermont MAK to Provide the Unified Simulation
Platform for the Army’s Synthetic
Cambridge, Mass. – Vermont MAK, (MAK), a company of VT Systems, today announced that it has been awarded a Prototype Other Transaction Agreement worth US$95m from the U.S. Army to meet demands for next generation collective training. Working through the Training and Readiness Accelerator (TREX), VT MAK will develop and deliver the (continue)

Nine Communities Selected to Participate in the
First Round of the Rural Innovation Initiative
Communities Will Receive EDA-Funded Technical Assistance as they Build Innovation Hub Strategies and Create Digital Economy Jobs. The Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) and its sister organization, Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. (RISI), today announced the first cohort of communities selected to participate in the Rural Innovation Initiative, (continue)

Putnam Block Innovation
Revitalizing the Past for the Future
By Lesley A. Dyson

In the corner of southwestern Vermont, Bennington, the largest town in the region with a population of 16,000, is a bustling community. Surrounded by scenic rural areas, Bennington enjoys proximity to metropolitan areas such as New York City, Albany, and Boston. (continue)

Improved Customer Service and Response Time
The Vermont Teddy Bear Company (VTBC) is the largest handcrafter of teddy bear toys in North America. Headquartered in Shelburne, Vermont, VTBC began nearly 30 years ago with a single product called a BearGram®, a customized teddy bear delivered with a personalized greeting card and candy treat. Today, in addition to teddy bears, the company also sells sleepwear and direct-from-grower (continue)