VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF MARCH 16, 2020

Aviatron to Train Technicians on
New Aircraft Parts and Systems
Aviatron, an aviation component repair company, has recently been awarded over $8,000 through the Vermont Training Program (VTP), a workforce development program. The grant funding will allow for employee training with Canadian aerospace manufacturer Bombardier on their CRJ 200 and CRJ 700 jet airliners. (continue)

Stratton Mountain Announces
Ten Million in Capital Improvements
STRATTON MOUNTAIN, VT- New trails for Stratton’s Mountain Bike Park lead the list of 2020-21 capital projects, which together will total $10 million. A new event venue, employee housing, additional parking, enhancements to the overall guest experience, and planning for future projects are also on the docket. In year three as a member of the Alterra Mountain Company family of destinations, the capital investment for Stratton now totals over $30 million. Phase two of the mountain bike park build begins this summer. Together with Sinuosity, a Vermont-based company known for sustainable design, Stratton will add variety with six new trails to complement last season’s eight downhill trails. (continue)

New Grant Program Supports Permitting
Costs for Value-Added Forest Products Businesses
The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) announced the availability of a new grant program to support businesses engaged in adding value to forest products with costs related to permitting. The Vermont Value-Added Forest Products Permitting Assistance Grant Program (FPPA Grants) has $30,000 total to award grants ranging from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $5,000. Funds for this program are State funds allocated by the Vermont Legislature and signed into law by Governor Scott in Act 83 in 2019. (continue)