VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF APRIL 29, 2019

FirstLight Launches Encrypted
Wavelength Data Security Solution
FirstLight, a leading provider of fiber-optic data, Internet, data center, cloud, and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast, announced that it has launched an encrypted wavelength solution to its suite of comprehensive services. (continue)

New Energy Efficient Home
Tour in Craftsbury
Once again, the Energy Committees of Craftsbury, Glover and Greensboro are hosting a tour of a new, energy efficient home on Sat., 5/4, at 10 AM at 935 King Farm Rd., Craftsbury. This is the fourth in a series of six consecutive Saturday morning tours of new and weatherized homes. (continue)

Green Business Startup to Grow Workforce
Greensboro, Vt. – Department of Economic Development’s Vermont Training Program (VTP) has granted $9,760 to Green State Biochar. (continue)

Land Trust Announces New
Award for Vermont Farmers
Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Land Trust is accepting applications for a new award to benefit Vermont farmers. The Eric Rozendaal Memorial Award has been established to honor Eric Rozendaal, a creative, innovative and enterprising farmer from Starksboro. (continue)

VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF APRIL 22, 2019

BioTek Awarded Vermont
Training Program Grant
MONTPELIER, Vt. – BioTek, a Winooski-based life science instrumentation firm has been granted $96,887 from the State ‘s Vermont Training Program. BioTek will work with the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) to develop and deliver the Lean Fundamentals (Lean 101) and Improving Workplace Communication curriculum. (continue)

Green Mountain Power Shares Positive
Responses for Electric Vehicle Rebates
COLCHESTER, Vt. – GMP customers are switching to electric vehicles (EVs) after GMP launched new financial incentives on March 14th. The new program offers up to $2,500 in rebates, and GMP has helped customers purchase or lease 88 all electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. (continue)

Dr. Vandana Shiva’s call for ‘Poison-Free Food
and Farming by 2030’ Event in Montpelier
CRAFTSBURY COMMON, Vt. –– Dr. Vandana Shiva, one of the world’s leading advocates for a poison-free future and India’s most prominent spokesperson for biodiversity and climate change issues, is coming to the Northeast. (continue)

Vermont Utility Green Mountain Power
Commits to 100% Renewables by 2030
Green Mountain Power has joined the ranks of utilities like Xcel Energy that are working toward 100 percent carbon-free electricity. The Vermont-based utility will target 100 percent carbon-free by 2025 and 100 percent renewables by 2030. (continue)

VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF APRIL 15, 2019

Keller Williams Vermont Volunteers at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta
South Burlington, VT— KW Vermont will be among more than 180,000 Keller Williams associates worldwide participating in the real estate franchise’s annual RED Day on May 9, 2019. RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate, is our annual day of service. (continue)

Green Writers Press to Host Earth Day
Celebration and Reading
Green Writers Press is a locally-grown, Vermont publisher with a global reach and sphere of influence in creative arts and letters that extends beyond the mountains of Vermont. The evening will feature short readings by Vermont authors and some from out of state, book signings, and cake. (continue)

Vermont Produce Growers Awarded $60,000 to
Make Food Safety Improvements
Montpelier, VT –The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) awards $60,000 to 13 Vermont produce growers making on-farm improvements that prevent or reduce produce safety risks. VAAFM’s Produce Program issued a third round of Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grant (VPSIG) funding to help Vermont producers continue to grow food safely, efficiently and economically. (continue)

Three Vermont Towns Receive "Better Connections" Transportation &
Community Development Grants
The Better Connections program, a nationally-recognized grant program from the Agency of Transportation (AOT) and Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), today announced that three Vermont towns will receive project funds to increase transportation options, improve water quality, support public health and strengthen economic vitality in downtowns and village centers. (continue)

VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF APRIL 08, 2019

Vermonters’ Investment in Energy
Efficiency to Save $220 Million
By partnering with Efficiency Vermont, Vermonters who invested in energy efficient homes, businesses, factories, schools, churches, hospitals and public buildings in 2018 will save $220 million over the lifetime of those improvements. (continue)

Solar Project in Hartland, VT
Converts Brownfield to Brightfield
Hartland, VT — Long View Forest, Inc. and Encore Renewable Energy announced the commissioning of a 745 kilowattpeak (kWp) community solar array on three acres at the new Long View headquarters and woodyard on Ferry Road in Hartland, VT. (continue)

Norwich University Receives Grant to
Fund Cybersecurity Camp
NORTHFIELD, Vt. – For the fifth year in a row, Norwich University has received over $95,000 from the National Security Administration (NSA) and National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund a free cybersecurity summer camp. . (continue)

Let’s Grow Kids Investing $1.7 million to Create
1,300 High-Quality child Care Spaces
Let’s Grow Kids investing $1.7M through its Make Way for Kids program to create 1,300 high-
Burlington, Vermont — Let’s Grow Kids (LGK) is pleased to announce the second round of its Make Way for Kids projects. (continue)

VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF APRIL 01, 2019

2nd Annual Vermont Cannabis
and Hemp Convention
New England’s largest cannabis convention arrives again in Vermont for the 2nd Annual Vermont Cannabis and Hemp Convention, May 18-19, 2019 at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, Vermont for two full days of exhibitions, (continue)

Workforce & Talent Summit: Part of the
Six Pillar Conference Series
The Vermont Workforce & Talent Summit is the inaugural event in the Vermont Chamber’s Six Pillar Conference Series focused on promoting the long-term economic health of our state and providing opportunity for Vermonters. (continue)

Vermont Department of Labor Announces
Low Unemployment Rate
Today, the Vermont Department of Labor released data on the Vermont economy for the time period covering February 2019. According to household data, the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for February was 2.4 percent. (continue)

Workforce Training Grant to Help
Grow Vermont Maple Industry
MONTPELIER, Vt. – Runamok Maple and Sogle Property LLC (d/b/a Thunder Basin Maple Works) have been granted a combined $95,779.90 in Vermont Training Program (VTP) funds.  Both companies are co-owned by Eric and Laura Sorkin and together tap 81,000 maple trees on 1,350 acres in Cambridge and Fairfield, Vermont. (continue)