Hilary Niles

Hilary Niles

Hilary Niles joined VTDigger in June 2013 as data specialist and business reporter. She returns to New England from the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, where she completed her master's coursework. While there, she worked at Investigative Reporters & Editors and covered state and local government for radio, print and the Web. She’s been a researcher-in-residence at American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop in Washington, D.C.; a reporter and community radio program director in the New Hampshire; and, in Boston, a public radio producer. She studied English at the University of New Hampshire and documentary writing at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Maine.

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Homepage: http://www.vtdigger.org

    New groundwater discharge rules approved

    When groundwater flows through springs or is pumped to the surface, it becomes surface water, which triggers a different regulatory framework than water stored underground. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    Lawmakers approve an update of state regulations on injection wells. The new rules will omit many types of low-risk sites, but state officials say those sites have never effectively been regulated and the new rules will better reflect reality.

    Slow Money Vermont seeks to connect investors with local food producers

    Cheryl DeVos of Kimball Brook Farm Organic Milk shared her experience raising "slow money" capital to restructure her family's business. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    In the Slow Money paradigm, enhanced quality of local life is prioritized over monetary returns on investments. The new chapter, formed by Vermont’s Farm to Plate Network, is recruiting businesses, investors and volunteers, and will focus primarily on food-related enterprises.

    Jay Peak CEO urges business leaders to follow their passion

    Jay Peak president and CEO Bill Stenger delivers the keynote address at the 5x5x5 Growth Awards dinner Monday.  The event is sponsored by KeyBank Vermont and Vermont Business Magazine. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    Jay Peak president and CEO Bill Stenger delivers keynote address at annual 5x5x5 Growth awards.

    Group calls on FTC to review GMP’s renewable energy claims

    Stafford Technical Center students help install solar panels at Green Mountain Power's Creek Path Solar Farm, built on a brownfields site in Rutland. Photo courtesy GMP

    Selling its power as renewable on the retail market should preclude Green Mountain Power from selling renewable energy credits to other producers. To do both is deceptive, they say. GMP says its marketing is accurate.

    Chinese investors bump up against EB-5 annual cap

    Jay Peak Resort co-owner Bill Stenger said that careful timing of their EB-5 funded construction projects creates full-time employment for the workers. Here, an empty ski slope in the background highlights Stenger's goal to turn the ski resort into a year-round destination. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    The EB-5 program places an annual limit on investors from a single country. Chinese investors are now exceeding that limit. The resulting logjam could cause problems for EB-5 projects, including some in Vermont.

    New state financial disclosures web page goes live


    A new clearinghouse of links to Vermont’s key financial reports is now online through the state treasurer’s office.

    Newport State Airport lands $8.8 million federal grant

    The Newport State Airport in Coventry has won $8.8 million in federal grants to help pay for expansions. The two Federal Aviation Administration grants come on the heels of $8.1 million awarded to Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport for safety improvements, according to a news release from Vermont’s congressional delegation. The Newport airport’s runway will be […]

    Vermont Tech gets new seaplane for flight training

    VTC plane tight

    The donation of an amphibious Twin Seabee aircraft makes Vermont Tech the country’s only college with flight training in both multi-engine and single-engine planes. The program is part of a growing aviation education industry in Vermont.

    Feliciano criticizes Shumlin’s budget, spending

    Libertarian candidate for governor Dan Feliciano held a news conference about the state budget Thursday. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger.org

    The Libertarian gubernatorial candidate says Governor Shumlin is a “spending addict,” but that he can’t propose spending cuts until he gets his hands on more budget data. He has submitted a public records request for additional information on the budget.

    Credit card processor to pay restitution to 20 Vermont clients

    Twenty Vermont businesses stand to collect $169,568 in restitution from the Los Angeles-based credit card processing company Merchant Processing Solutions LLC, doing business as Payment Systems. The state of Vermont also will collect $100,000 in fines. Payment Systems landed 20 business clients through cold calls it started making to Vermont companies in 2010, according to […]

    VEGI applications down, but success rates up

    Scott Geno of Guilford is a dairy processing machine operator at Commonwealth Dairy in Brattleboro. The dairy participates in the VEGI program. Courtesy photo

    With imminent changes to the state’s minimum wage laws, VEGI’s executive director looks to reduce the program’s wage threshold to drive up participation.

    Custodian of New York state pension fund troubled by FairPoint labor talks

    The guardian of the nation’s third-largest public pension fund has voiced concern over FairPoint Communications’ negotiating practices with unionized workers in northern New England. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is sole trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, which invests in FairPoint through a hedge fund. In a letter to fund manager […]

    Vermont to collect portion of national pharmaceutical settlement

    Vermont will recover $81,708 from a U.S. Department of Justice settlement with a national pharmaceutical services company. Omnicare Inc., the nation’s largest provider of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy services to nursing homes, is accused of cutting deals with skilled nursing facilities in order to land lucrative Medicaid contracts. Omnicare is paying out $16.5 million to settle […]

    State settles with rental company Aaron’s over alleged privacy invasions

    Three Vermont consumers will collect $2,000 in fines to make up for violations of their privacy by a computer leasing company. The state additionally will collect $45,000 in civil penalties and legal costs from SEI/Aaron’s. The store, with shops in Barre, Brattleboro, Burlington, Rutland and St. Albans, is a franchise of Aaron’s Inc., according to […]

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