VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF AUGUST 26, 2019

Vermont Business Accelerator Accel-VT
Announces Energy 2019 Winners
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 Energy business (continue)

BioTek Recognized for Vermont
Business Growth Award
WINOOSKI VT, USA — BioTek Instruments will be recognized as a 2019 Vermont Business Growth Award winner at a ceremony to be held September 17, 2019 at the Hilton Hotel Burlington, in Burlington, VT. This award is presented annually by Vermont Business Magazine and KeyBank, acknowledging twenty-five Vermont businesses that have experienced the greatest growth over the past five years. (continue)

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $440,000
to Improve Critical Infrastructure In
Brattleboro Opportunity Zone
BRATTLEBORO, VT – The federal government has awarded $440,000 to the Town of Brattleboro for critical water and wastewater infrastructure improvements needed to support commercial development. On July 29th the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced funding for the project, to be located within Brattleboro’s designated Opportunity Zone. Federal dollars will be matched with $320,000 in local funds. This investment will create system-wide improvements and help growing employers in the Exit One Industrial Park. (continue)

GW Plastics Grows in Vermont
Bethel, VT – Global healthcare and automotive contract manufacturer GW Plastics, Inc. is proud to announce that it is rapidly growing in its home state of Vermont due to its dedication to workforce development and has been inducted into the Vermont Business Hall of Fame. (continue)

VERMONT INNOVATOR NEWS • WEEK OF AUGUST 12, 2019

University of Vermont Awards SPARK-VT Grants
The University of Vermont has awarded SPARK-VT grants of $50,000 to three faculty research teams to help them commercialize their work and move it a step closer to the marketplace. The Ventalect Critical care and pulmonary specialist Prema Menon, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of medicine, won for a tool called Ventalect that allows ICU patients with acute respiratory failure on mechanical ventilation to communicate, even though they are unable to talk. (continue)

Vermont Cheeses Set Record
Montpelier, VT – A new record was set for Vermont cheeses at the prestigious American Cheese Society’s 36th Annual Awards competition (ACS) in Richmond, Virginia. Vermont producers, big and small, collectively took home 44 ribbons, marking Vermont’s best showing to date. Additionally, five Vermont cheeses were finalists for the Best of Show. (continue)

Central Vermont Medical Center Launches
Workforce Development Program
Berlin, Vt. — Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) – in partnership with the Community Colleges of Vermont (CCV) and the Vermont Technical College (VTC) – is launching a new workforce development program aimed at addressing the shortage of nurses in Vermont. The new program will make it easier for employeed Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNAs) to train to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) by reducing the two biggest barriers to higher education: time and money. (continue)

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Aims to Accelerate Food Sustainability
Montpelier, VT – If you want to see the future of Vermont’s economy, look no further than the state’s local food industry. With 50% growth from 2006-2016, Vermont entrepreneurs are starting new specialty food businesses and creating a name for Vermont products across the US and beyond. Specialty food manufacturers transform high-quality ingredients into products like chocolates, freshly prepared foods, and specialty meats. (continue)