VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF JULY 23, 2018

Mach7 Technologies and IDS Partner to Provide End-to-End
Clinical Workflow Solution Inclusive of ECM
IDS, a leader in cloud-based health information management services, announced a new partnership agreement with Mach7 Technologies, a leader in enterprise imaging and clinical systems interoperability. Together, these innovative companies will enable a world-class solution for end-to-end clinical workflow inclusive of enterprise content management (ECM). (continue)

Union of Concerned Scientists Ranks Vermont
Second in Nation for Clean Energy Momentum
A new report entitled “Clean Energy Momentum: Ranking State Progress” and published by the Union of Concerned Scientists highlighted Vermont for its success in developing a clean energy economy. Vermont ranked second nationally, only bested by California. (continue)

Slow Money Vermont
Slow Money VT recently elected Janice Shade, co-founder of Milk Money to the position of Board Chair. With Milk Money VT’s Janice Shade taking on this leadership position, Slow Money VT is poised to further integrate its capacities for bringing together local impact investors and working lands entrepreneurs, and for providing unique learning opportunities, with the broader VT working lands economy. (continue)

Vermont Unemployment Rate Holds at 2.8 percent in June
The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for June was 2.8 percent. This reflects no change from the revised May rate. The national rate in June was 4.0 percent. As of the prior month’s preliminary data, the Burlington- South Burlington Metropolitan NECTA was tied for the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the country for all metropolitan areas. Overall, Vermont’s unemployment rate was tied for the fifth lowest in the country for the same time period. (continue)

VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF JULY 16, 2018

Medical and energy leaders launch joint study
on link between energy efficiency and health
A Vermont study is being launched to identify the impact of energy-efficient homes on occupant health. The effort is the brainchild of a broad coalition of experts from Vermont’s healthcare, energy efficiency, state government, and low-income service sectors. (continue)

King Arthur Flour Named to 2018
Best Places to Work in Vermont
King Arthur Flour was recently named as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Vermont. The twelfth annual list of the Best Places to Work in Vermont was created by Vermont Business Magazine, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Department of Economic Development, the Vermont Department of Labor, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) — Vermont State Council and Best Companies Group. (continue)

BDCC Receives Grant Award of $150,000 to Design and
Deliver Pipelines & Pathways Project
The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) has awarded the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) $150,000 through the Windham County Economic Development Program (WCEDP) to design and deliver its Pipelines & Pathways Project, which will provide personal learning plan engagement opportunities for Windham County’s four public high schools. The goals of the Pipelines & Pathways Project are to create workforce-oriented curricula, expand classroom relationships with local employers, and to develop clear learning and career pathways accessible to all students. (continue)

VEDA APPROVES BUSINESS AND AGRICULTURAL
LOANS TOTALING $10.9 MILLION
The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) recently approved $10.9 million in loans to help support commercial, agricultural, small business and energy projects throughout Vermont. (continue)

VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF JULY 09, 2018

Final Road Pitch Plans Announced
Still Some Pitch Slots Available
Shelburne, Vermont….For the fifth consecutive year, FreshTracks Road Pitch, will take place July 30th through August 2nd, 2018. Road Pitch is a four day motorcycle tour of Vermont in which a gang of “business bikers” comprised of investors, entrepreneurs, and business advisors ride around the state and stop in 8 towns to listen to entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts. This year, the tour will stop in Essex Junction, Hyde Park, Lowell, Bennington, Rutland, Brattleboro, St. Johnsbury and Barre. (continue)

Franklin Foods Wins Gold at American Cheese Society Competition
Franklin Foods, Inc., the world’s fastest-growing cream cheese company, announced that it was awarded First Place at the American Cheese Society Competition held in Providence, Rhode Island on August 1, 2015. The American Cheese Society (ACS) is the leader in supporting and promoting American cheeses. (continue)

USDA Seeks Applications for Technical Assistance and Training Grants
Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to help rural communities develop locally-based solutions and access financial resources to build economic prosperity. (continue)

Small Businesses Invited to the 2018 Training and Matchmaker Event –
Government to Industry: Bridging Opportunities
Small businesses throughout New England and New York will have the opportunity to meet procurement and prime contractors, as well as representatives from state and federal government agencies, at the 2018 Training and Matchmaker Event being held on June 20th and 21st at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel and Conference Center in Killington, VT. (continue)

VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF JULY 02, 2018

Greensea System Utilized by Vulcan Inc.
in
Two Historically Significant Shipwrecks
Greensea Systems, Inc., a global leader in marine robotics, is proud to provide the state-of-the-art inertial navigation, system control, and autonomy technologies utilized in the recent historic discoveries by Vulcan Inc. of the USS Lexington and Juneau shipwrecks. (continue)

Grace Cottage Hospital Again Ranks in Top 20 Nationally
For the second year in a row, Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital has been named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the country for “Best Practices – Patient Satisfaction” by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). Grace Cottage achieved this exclusive “Top 20” designation out of all 1,346 CAH facilities throughout the U.S., and it is the only CAH in the eastern United States to receive this Top 20 Best Practices – Patient Satisfaction award this year. (continue)

Vermont Employment Growth Incentive
The State of Vermont offers incentives to encourage business recruitment, growth, and expansion through the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program (VEGI). The VEGI program can provide a performance-based cash incentive for prospective job and payroll creation and capital investment that is beyond organic growth and which occurs because of the incentive. Companies must be authorized to earn the incentive through application to the Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC), who must find that: (continue)

New Energy Efficiency Programs Will
Reduce Cost of Doing Business in Vermont
Governor Phil Scott celebrated legislation on Friday that enhances businesses, particularly manufacturers, ability to be more energy efficient, while simultaneously helping the state meet its energy goals. (continue)