The Vermont Chamber departs this Friday, March 11, for a 14-day trade mission to Shanghai and Taiwan. Vermont Chamber Vice President of International Trade Curtis Picard is leading the delegation, which is comprised of business people, employees of Vermonts higher educational institutions, and a representative of the state.While in Shanghai, the group will meet work with Vermont Chamber international trade liaison Chris Barbieri to finalize plans for a reverse trade mission slated for June 2005. The June reverse trade mission, one of the first of its kind, will bring Chinese individuals who are interested in doing business in the Green Mountain State, to Vermont. Attending a large semiconductor trade show, meeting with the Bureau Chief of Forbes Magazines Shanghai division, and arranging internship opportunities for Vermont students in China will round out the groups trip to Shanghai.The delegation will then travel to Taiwan for an education fair. Picard stated, Vermont higher education institutions have been extremely successful in recruiting Taiwanese students to study in Vermont. Education is one of Vermonts most lucrative industries. Taiwanese students are noticing Vermont’s high quality of education as well as our safe, clean environment when they evaluate where in the U.S. they should study.Recent World Institute for Strategic Economic Research (WISER) statistics indicate exports from Vermont to mainland China increased 49% in 2002-2003, and climbed an additional 160% in 2003-2004 reaching a total export figure of $84,104, 929.00. Exports from Vermont to Taiwan rose 28% in 2002-2003, and climbed an additional 23% in 2003-2004 reaching a total export figure of $511,935, 799.00. Vermont exports worldwide reached $3.2 billion in 2004.The Vermont Chamber of Commerce maintains permanent trade offices in Shanghai, China, and Taipei, Taiwan. The offices were established to increase the visibility and sales of Vermont products and services.
Honorary degrees will go to Bernd Heinrich, Lois McClure & Rev. Richard Myhalyk, SSEUnity Dow, Botswanas first female high court judge, will address Saint Michaels College graduates at commencement May 15, 2008Unity Dow, Botswanas first female High Court Judge, will be the principal speaker at the Saint Michael’s College 2008 Commencement ceremonies. With a history of commitment to social justice, Saint Michaels College and its founding order of Edmundite priests are in sync with the philosophy of Justice Dow and her struggles for human rights and womens rights in Africa.Justice Dow will address the 404 students expected to be present to receive bachelors degrees and the 54 who are expected to receive masters degrees, as well as faculty and staff and nearly 4,000 family members and friends assembled at the Saint Michaels College commencement exercises, Thursday, May 15, starting at 10 a.m. in the Ross Sports Center in Colchester, Vt.Baccalaureate will be held in honor of the graduates Wednesday, May 14, at 3 p.m. in the Ross Sports Center, starting with an awards ceremony with Saint Michaels President John Neuhauser presiding, followed by a Mass with the Most Rev. Salvatore R. Matano, Bishop of Burlington, as the main celebrant and homilist.Commencement SpeakerBotswana High Court Justice Unity Dow was the first female appointed to Botswanas High Court. Named in 1998, Justice Dow has a long history of advocating for the rights of women in Africa. She was elected to the International Commission of Jurists in 2004 and to its executive committee in 2006. As founder (in 1990) and director (from 1994 to 1998) of the Metlhaetsile Womens Information Centre, Justice Dow worked to promote the human rights of women and children. She coordinated the Women & Law in Southern Africa Research Project, engaging in a six-country study of womens rights. She was also plaintiff in a ground-breaking case that overturned Botswanas nationality law, thereby propelling passage of legislation enabling women to pass their nationality on to their children. She studied law at the University of Botswana and Swaziland, with two years at Edinburgh University, Scotland. Justice Dow received the William Brennan Human Rights Award and an honorary degree from Kenyon College. Unity Dow is also a well-known fiction writer, having published four novels to wide critical acclaim.Honorary Degree RecipientsBernd Heinrich is the author of scholarly books and many articles and a number of award-winning general interest books, including the bestselling Winter World, The Geese of Beaver Bog, Why We Run, and, most recent, his memoir, The Snoring Bird. In his extensive explorations and publications Bernd Heinrich has studied ravens, bumblebees, butterflies, antelopes, wolves, owls, weasels and more. He has developed a wide, passionate readership of admirers amongst scientists and generalists, and has received numerous awards and grants, including being inducted into the Maine Running Hall of Fame in 1996. Bernd Heinrich is Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Vermont. He divides his time between Vermont and the forests of western Maine.Lois McClure and her late husband J. Warren McClure were instrumental in establishing the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at Saint Michaels College in 1973. Mrs. McClure and her husband have been extraordinary philanthropists to educational and health care organizations throughout Vermont. The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum named its 19th century schooner replica the Lois McClure in honor of Mrs. McClure. In 2005 Mrs. McClure, a resident of Shelburne, Vt., established the J. Warren and Lois McClure Journalism Scholarship at Saint Michaels.The Rev. Richard M. Myhalyk, S.S.E., is the recently retired Superior General and Vocation Director of the Society of St. Edmund, the order of priests that founded Saint Michael’s College. Father Myhalyk has served in numerous positions for the Society of St. Edmund and for Saint Michaels College, including Assistant to the President of Saint Michaels for Institutional Research from 1987 to 1994. He has repeatedly served the Society at their missions in Selma and Mobile, Ala., and at their retreat center in Mystic, Conn. Father Myhalyk has also served as vice president and president of Vermont Dismas House (2002-2007) and as a board member of Mater Christi School in Burlington (1999-2005).Saint Michaels College, www.smcvt.edu(link is external), founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nations Best 366 Colleges. A liberal arts, residential, Catholic college, Saint Michaels is located just outside of Burlington, Vermont, one of Americas top college towns, and less than two hours from Montreal. As one of only 270 institutions nationwide with a prestigious Phi Beta Kappa chapter on campus, Saint Michaels has 2,000 full-time undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 200 international students. In recent years Saint Michaels students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Guggenheim, Fulbright, National Science Foundation and other grants, and Saint Michaels professors have been named Vermont Professor of the Year in four of the last seven years. The college is currently listed as one of the nations Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2008 U.S. News & World Report rankings. -30-
The great state of Vermont tops the list of US state breweries per capita based on the Brewers Association s count of operating breweries and the 2008 population estimates found at www.census.gov(link is external). The fortunate citizens of Vermont have a brewery for every 32,698 people. There are 19 breweries and 621,270 citizens in Vermont. Additionally, every Vermont brewery is a craft brewery according the Brewers Association’s craft brewer definition (see About Us), from small start-up microbrewery Lawson’s Finest Liquids in Warren to the revered Vermont Pub & Brewery in Burlington to regional craft brewer Magic Hat Brewing Co. and Performing Arts Center also in Burlington. The top 5 states in breweries per capita are rounded out by Montana, Oregon, Maine and Colorado.The Facts Last updated on 2/23/2009Growth of the craft brewing industry in 2008 was 5.8% by volume and 10.5% by dollars.The craft brewing industry produced nearly 8.6 million barrels of craft beer in the U.S. in 2008.The fastest growing sector craft brewing sector continues to be microbreweries, showing customer support for local breweries.The craft brewing sales share as of December ’08 is 4% by volume and 6.3% by dollars.Total U.S. craft brewing industry annual dollar volume is $6.3 billion.Breweries Per Capita Rank Total Breweries State Breweries Per Capita1 19 Vermont 32,6982 27 Montana 35,8313 93 Oregon 40,7534 31 Maine 42,4665 103 Colorado 47,9566 14 Alaska 49,0217 10 Wyoming 53,2678 100 Washington 65,4929 7 Delaware 84,54810 66 Wisconsin 85,27211 15 New Hampshire 87,72112 16 Idaho 95,23913 15 Nebraska 118,89514 16 New Mexico 124,02215 70 Michigan 142,90616 5 South Dakota 160,83917 8 Hawaii 161,02518 16 Nevada 162,51019 17 Kansas 164,83120 75 Pennsylvania 165,97721 221 California 166,32022 18 Iowa 166,80923 38 Massachusetts 170,99924 14 Utah 195,45925 29 Missouri 203,84826 5 Rhode Island 210,15827 16 Connecticut 218,82828 28 Indiana 227,74329 22 Minnesota 237,29130 32 Virginia 242,78431 26 Arizona 250,00732 21 Maryland 268,26733 42 Ohio 273,47434 33 North Carolina 279,46735 3 DC 291,03136 6 West Virginia 302,41137 41 Illinois 314,67238 14 South Carolina 319,98639 56 New York 348,04140 14 Tennessee 443,92141 39 Florida 469,95742 18 New Jersey 482,37043 7 Oklahoma 520,33744 16 Georgia 605,35945 7 Kentucky 609,89246 1 North Dakota 641,48147 36 Texas 675,74948 4 Arkansas 713,84849 5 Alabama 932,38050 4 Louisiana 1,102,69951 1 Mississippi 2,938,618Breweries Per Capita 2008
Douglas administration officials announced three major affordable housing grants on Tuesday that will create or restore housing in Springfield, Johnson, and Bellows Falls. At a ceremony at the Rockingham Canal House in Bellows Falls, Deputy Commissioner of Housing and Community Affairs Tayt Brooks presented a grant for $3.5 million to Stewart Property Management, which will be used to assist in the purchase and rehabilitation of Rockingham Canal House, a 41-unit affordable senior housing property. “Foreclosed properties of this nature are exactly what the Neighborhood Stabilization Program was designed to help,” Brooks said. “This property, which also provides affordable housing for disabled residents, was foreclosed on and was at risk of being lost, including the federal rental and operating assistance provided to the property. That is why I am so excited to be here today to announce that because of this grant we will preserve important affordable housing units for Vermonters who really need them.”Late last year the federal government authorized Vermont to distribute $19 million in federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds to be used to buy and resell foreclosed homes and to refurbish other buildings as part of the response to the mortgage crisis.The state’s plan for distributing the funds calls for providing $7 million to the Vermont Housing Finance Agency to buy and re-sell foreclosed homes to low- and moderate-income Vermonters. $3.1 million of the funds will be made available to municipalities that can administer their own such Neighborhood Stabilization plans. $8.9 million will go to non-profit or private developers for specific projects, with $3 million of the money administered for housing funding by the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and $5.9 million administered by the Vermont Community Development Program.A grant for $1 million was also awarded to Springfield Housing Unlimited and Housing Vermont, which will be given as a deferred loan to help restore the historic Ellis Block building, which was almost completely destroyed by a fire on July 8, 2008.The partnership has already begun work on the building, which included the movie theater which premiered the Simpson Movie and 9 affordable apartments on the upper stories.“This is an important project for Springfield,” Brooks said. “The Vermont Community Development Program provided a $165,000 grant to seal the building and prevent further damage last winter.”The final grant is for $1.4 million to Lamoille Housing Partnership and Housing Vermont for a deferred loan to Johnson Community Housing to redevelop the contaminated, vacant and blighted former Vermont Electric Cooperative building in downtown Johnson into 24 new affordable rental units, known as Johnson Community Housing.“This property is located just blocks away from stores, banks, restaurants and the elementary school making it an ideal location for housing,” Brooks said.Governor Jim Douglas praised the staff at the Vermont Community Development Program for its work on crafting the NSP plan and committing all of the NSP funds which it controlled.“Not only did this team help craft the mechanism for disbursing this money, but only weeks after receiving approval from the Legislature they have succeeded in getting all of the money out the door, where it can begin creating jobs,” Douglas said. “These projects will put Vermonters to work redeveloping these sites and creating affordable housing opportunities for Vermonters in need.”To view the complete plan visit: www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/NSP.html(link is external)###
Engelberth Construction, Inc recently began renovations to the Hartness Library at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center. The $1 million project includes renovations to the interiors, exterior envelope, as well as renovations to the mechanical and electrical systems. The planned alterations reorganizes the interior and provides a new office suite for the library staff and director, a new conference/media room, new staff room, new unisex bathrooms, group work rooms, enlarged computer work area, quiet study area, coffee area and cafe seating. The CM project, managed by VTC graduate Glenn Terk, is scheduled for completion in August prior to the start of fall 2011 classes. Banwell Architects of Lebanon designed the project. Engelberth Construction, Inc, is a construction manager/general contractor with full-service offices in Colchester, Vermont, and Keene, New Hampshire. Engelberth employs over 160 people on projects throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, northeastern New York, Massachusetts and southern Maine.
VT State Road Closure StatusZoom to area – Download KMLLegendClosedClosed – Authorized Vehicles OnlyOpen w/Restrictions: click item for infoLimited Service – Expect DelaysNormal Service RestoredNo Damage ReportedThe effects of Tropical Storm Irene continue to be felt around Vermont, as we discover new infrastructure failures on a daily basis. Due to these hazardous and unstable conditions, extreme caution must be used in traveling any of the roads in the affected areas as road conditions continue to change.Source: Vermont Agency of TransportationVT State Bridge ClosuresZoom to area – Download KMLLegendBridge ClosedOpen w/Restrictions: click item for infoBridge Open, Reduced LevelsSource: Vermont Agency of TransportationLocal Roads and BridgesZoom to area – Download KMLLegendRoad ClosedLimited Service – Expect DelaysBridge ClosedBridge Open, Reduced LevelsErrors and omissions may exist. Please exercise caution when driving in affected areas!Source: VT Regional Planning Commissions -vapda.org and ccrpcvt.org In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, Vermont was hit with what the Governor called the worst flooding in a century. Many roads and bridges are still out. For the latest information, scroll down this list to see more available map layers, and see the websites linked here:VT Governor Peter Shumlin on TwitterVermont Agency of TransportationVermont Outage MapCVPS Outage InformationVT ResponseFor latest map click HERE or on the partial map shown (map is from 9/22/2011. The entire state map can be found by clicking this link)
Governor Peter Shumlin today announced the appointment of attorney Barry D. Peterson of Fletcher as Magistrate Judge of the Family Division of Vermont’s Superior Courts. Peterson has held the post in an acting capacity in Chittenden, Lamoille, and Franklin counties as needed in recent years. ‘Barry’s broad experience, both in law and in his community, make him the perfect fit for Family Division Magistrate,’ Shumlin said. ‘He has already served in this role in an acting capacity, so he’ll hit the ground running.’ Peterson, whose office is in Jericho, joined his wife, Lori J Ruple, to start the law firm Peterson & Ruple in 1988. There he has focused on family law and represented clients in real estate, bankruptcy, small business and personal injury matters. In addition to serving as Acting Magistrate, he has sat as Acting Judge on small claims cases in Lamoille Superior Court on a regular basis. Peterson also has been a Cooperating Attorney with Vermont Legal Aid/Law Line of Vermont, doing substantially reduced fee bankruptcies for low-income Vermonters since 2005 and has served as Guardian Ad Litem in family law cases. In his community, Peterson has coached youth sports for many years, and served as a member of the Fletcher Elementary School board from 1993 to 2005. He graduated from Pace University in New York in 1980 and from Vermont Law School in 1985. He has two children, 23 year old daughter Kelsey and 21 year old son Carter.Governor’s office. 1.9.2012