Foster Brothers Farms in Vermont Named
Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year
Foster Brothers Farms/Vermont Natural Ag Products, Inc. (VNAP), of Middlebury, Vermont, was recognized as the 2019 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year during a special ceremony this week at the International Dairy Foods Association’s Dairy Forum, in Orlando, Florida. (continue)

Principles of Lean Manufacturing 101
Lean 101 is the first step to learning the fundamental principles of “Lean manufacturing.” No previous experience is required. Those experienced in Lean can also benefit from this workshop. Attendees will walk away understanding the power of Lean manufacturing. (continue)

Vermont Farm to Plate Requests
Reauthorization from Legislature
MONTPELIER, VT – Representatives of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network and staff at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund presented the 2018 Farm to Plate Annual Report to the Vermont Legislature’s House and Senate Agriculture Committees, (continue)

Bennington County Regional
Commission to Host Energy Forum
Arlington, VT— The Bennington County Regional Commission, in partnership with the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN) and Efficiency Vermont plans to host a Southwestern Vermont Regional Energy Forum, which will be held from 5:30 – 8 pm on Thursday, January 31st at the Martha Canfield Library in Arlington. (continue)


Vermont Fresh Network Announces 2019 Annual Meeting
RICHMOND, VT - The Vermont Fresh Network’s 23rd Annual Meeting combines panel discussions with networking opportunities connecting farmers, food producers, distributors, chefs, and other culinary professionals. (continue)

Vermont Creamery Receives
Good Food Award
Websterville, VT—Vermont Creamery was once again honored with a Good Food Award™, this time for St. Albans, a St. Marcellin-style aged cheese made from cows’ milk. (continue)

Montpelier City Council Votes to Support
Socially Responsible Investments
MONTPELIER – In a unanimous decision, the Montpelier City Council on Wednesday voted to instruct the City’s Investment Committee to avoid investing in firms that make a majority of their profits from the sales of alcohol, firearms and fossil fuels. (continue)

Community Engagement Lab offers
Grants for Teaching Artists
MONTPELIER, Vt. –– The Community Engagement Lab is offering grants of up to $10,000 for teaching artists to create public art that strengthens awareness of a pressing social challenge and opportunity. ” (continue)


Entrepreneurial Success in
Vermont Takes Many Forms
Scrappy, motivated, innovative, even desperate. These are words that can describe most small business owners as they pursue their dreams along with success. (continue)

Project Submission Period Open for the 2019
Southern Vermont Zone CEDS
Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) and the Bennington  Regional Economic Development Working Group (RED Group) are accepting projects for inclusion in the 2019 Southern Vermont Zone Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). (continue)

Vermont Department of Financial Regulation
Collaborates on Blockchain Technology
Montpelier, VT – the Secretary of State Jim Condos and Department of Financial Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak signed a memorandum of understanding outlining their collaborative efforts to explore emerging blockchain technology and its use in the digital recordkeeping practices of the captive insurance industry. (continue)

Sterling College Receives
Grant for Agriculture Program
Craftsbury Common, Vt. In response to the crisis in agriculture and rural communities, Sterling and The Berry Center have announced that they will collaboratively launch the Wendell Berry Farming Program of Sterling College in Henry County, Kentucky, (continue)


Putnam Block Project Approved for
$3.1 Million in Brownfield Remediation and
Redevelopment Funding
BENNINGTON, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) announced more than $3.1 million in approved funding commitments for the Putnam Block redevelopment project in the heart of downtown Bennington. (continue)

Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
to Host Feminist Fiber Artist
BRATTLEBORO, VT — New York-based fiber artist Orly Cogan, whose work is currently on view at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) in the exhibit “Don’t Call Me Princess,” will give a free artist talk at BMAC on Saturday, January 19 at 2 p.m. (continue)

Norwich University Announces
Olmstead Foundation Grant
NORTHFIELD, Vt. –Norwich University announced a $20,000 grant from the George and Carol Olmsted Foundation to support the Peace and War Center’s Overseas Cultural Immersion Trip. This is the fifteenth year in a row that Norwich has received support from the Olmsted Foundation for students to travel abroad. (continue)

Remote Worker Grant
Program Set to Launch
Montpelier, Vt. - The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development announced the Remote Worker Grant Program will officially launch on January 1, 2019. The program offers reimbursement grants of up $5,000 per year ($10,000 over two years) to remote workers across the country who move to Vermont. (continue)


Accel-VT Announces Ag & Food Tech Winners
SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – Accel-VT, a business accelerator providing support, mentorship, and access to capital for early stage companies committed to climate economy innovation, announced the winners of the latest Accel-VT (continue)

Localvore Releases New Mobile App
“Localvore Passport” That Pays It Forward Share4
BURLINGTON, VT – Localvore, Inc., a Burlington-based technology and mission-driven media company, has helped connect thousands of local food lovers with deals that both save them money and support local food businesses, who in turn are supporting the (continue)

Community College of Vermont to Offer
Engineering and Design Course
Students at CCV-Winooski are getting a taste of the maker movement—which might sound trendy and abstract, but it’s actually pretty basic: it’s literally about making things. And these students are loving it for a pretty basic reason: they get to work with their hands, (continue)

Bennington Regional Chamber of Commerce
Releases Membership Survey Results
(The Shires of Vermont – Bennington County, Vermont) — The Bennington Regional Chamber of Commerce recently released its annual membership survey results. The survey, which was sent to 569 member representatives consisting of 430 businesses, (continue)