VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

$1 Million for New Economy Initiative in
Springfield, Vermont
Springfield, VT: Governor Phil Scott and Congressman Peter Welch joined Springfield Regional Development Corporation (SRDC) and the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) to announce $1M raised for a new economy initiative in Springfield. The Black River Innovation Campus (BRIC) will bring together digital job training, computer science education and an entrepreneurship center to create innovation jobs. (continue)

University of Vermont Awarded
$1 Million Grant for Supercomputer
Psychiatry professor Hugh Garavan’s federally funded research uses brain scans like the ones above to determine the impact of substance use on brain development in youth. The VACC upgrade will greatly facilitate this work. (continue)

New Incentives & Sales Tax Exemption Help
Local Wood Do Local Good
“Reliable and renewable heating alternatives to oil and gas exist; and there has never been a better time for Vermonters to make the switch,” said Olivia Campbell Andersen, Executive Director of Renewable Energy Vermont. “With new incentives and the state sales exemption recently signed into law, you can get straight to saving money with local wood.” (continue)

Scorecard Ranks States from Farm to Fork
Farms in Maine have among the country’s smallest ecological footprints. Maryland farmers are doing some of the most innovative work to protect soil and water quality. Meanwhile, Hawaii has developed some of the country’s best infrastructure to connect their farmers to local consumers. (continue)

VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

Localvore and Vermont Fresh Network Join
Hands to Strengthen Local Food System
Burlington, VT –Local food systems are getting a big promotion, thanks to a new partnership between Localvore and the Vermont Fresh Network (VFN). The two organizations share a vision in strengthening local food systems and helping consumers easily identify the outlets that support these systems.  Beginning January this year, Localvore will cover dues for 2018 VFN membership to restaurants who enroll in the Localvore Enhanced Plan. (continue)

State of Vermont Recognizes Vermont Coffee Company®
for Its Environmental Leadership
Middlebury, Vermont– Vermont Coffee Company received the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence during a ceremony held at its Middlebury headquarters on August 31. The award recognizes the company’s initiative to roast its coffee with 100% renewable biogas*, and it is the first coffee roaster in the U.S. (continue)

Lamoille Economic Development Corporation to host workshop
To be Held at the Green Mountain Technology and Career Center, Hyde Park, VT, September 19th , 9: 00 am ‘til Noon “Any business’s most important asset is its employees, and especially those managers and supervisors who motivate and support them.” (continue)

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Partners with Dartmouth-Hitchcock
BENNINGTON, VT—Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a division of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), has entered into a new partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Connected Care Center for overnight TelePharmacy coverage. (continue)

VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 10, 2018

Emboldia Meeting
Meet us at the Factory Point Town Green and
enjoy the Manchester Riverwalk!
Please join EMBOLDIA and Vermont's two members from the 2017 Forbes 30 under 30 list for Manufacturing, guest speaker's Corinne Prevot, Founder of Skida Wear, and Tyler NcNaney Founder of Filabot for an evening of conversation and networking. The conversation will be facilitated by Paul Carroccio, CEO of TPW Real Estate. (continue)

Downtown Bennington Redevelopment Moves Closer With
New $500,000 Investment In The Putnam Project
The revitalization of downtown Bennington moved closer to its anticipated Fall 2018 construction start when the Bennington Redevelopment Group (BRG), the community-based group leading the Putnam redevelopment effort, received an additional $500,000 preferred equity contribution bringing the total to over $2 million in equity and over $900,000 in preferred equity. (continue)

Norwich University Receives $3.5M Grant
for Cybersecurity Scholarships
Norwich University has received a $3.58 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of a “Scholarship for Service” program, in which student-recipients majoring in computer security and information assurance commit to work for (continue)

Bove’s celebrated the return of their sauce
production to Vermont with an official Grand
Opening on September 8th.

MILTON, VT –​ The Bove’s story has a lot of layers! Whether you’ve seen their lasagna on Food Network’s “Throwdown! with Bobby Flay” and “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” or if their meatballs and sauce have made an appearance on your dining room table, Bove’s has made a name for themselves in Vermont and beyond. (continue)

VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 01, 2018

Efficiency Vermont announces “Best of the Best” in
energy efficient construction
Efficiency Vermont recognized 17 Vermont building professionals for their high achievement in using energy efficiency and sustainability practices to construct or renovate Vermont buildings. The Best of the Best award winners were announced this week at the Better Buildings by Design conference, the Northeast’s premier design and construction conference. Efficiency Vermont hosts this conference each year to help Vermont’s building professionals expand their knowledge and networks, as well as earn professional certification credits. (continue)

Vermont Program Sets Bar for Farm to School Programs
Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT — Once again, Shelburne Farms and NOFA-VT are offering a year-long professional development program supporting selected schools from across the Northeast in design, development, and implementation of effective, school-wide Farm to School programs. Through their Vermont FEED initiative, Shelburne Farms and NOFA-VT’s’ Northeast Farm to School Institute advances food, farm, and nutrition education and expands student access to healthy, local products in school cafeterias. (continue)

VCET Announces $25k Pitch Event
for Local Female Entrepreneurs

Middlebury, VT– The Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) and Middlebury College have launched a new event designed to highlight and increase support for female-founded companies in Vermont. The ‘Female Founders StartHere Challenge’ is a pop-up startup pitch event offering $25k in cash prizes. The free event will be held at Middlebury College’s Wilson Hall on September 27, 2018, from 5:30-8pm. The event is open to the public. (continue)

Vermont Tech has received full initial accreditation for their
Paramedicine program, first in Vermont
Vermont Technical College is proud to announce that their paramedicine program has received official accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Initial full national accreditation was granted to the new Paramedicine certificate program. The CAAHEP is responsible for the specialized accreditation of paramedicine education programs. The program is the first fully accredited paramedicine program in the state. (continue)