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Farm to Plate tackles food equity issues

Abel Luna translates for Enrique Balcazar, both of the organization Migrant Justice, as Cheryl O'Neil of the Abenaki Heritage Garden, at a panel discussion on food justice at the fourth annual Farm to Plate gathering Thursday. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

At its fourth annual gathering, Vermont’s Farm to Plate Network celebrates a growing industry, but also focuses on creating systems that are sustainable in terms of social equity as well as profit.

Public responds to proposed GMO labeling rules

Products containing genetically modified ingredients would have to disclose that information on the back of the package near the nutritional facts under Vermont’s bill. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The Attorney General’s Office is taking comments on rules that will govern the labeling of food products that contain genetically modified ingredients.

FairPoint and striking unions spar over misconduct allegations

FairPoint Communications has accused striking workers of jamming the company’s phone lines and harassing replacement workers. The unions representing about 2,000 employees say the allegations are “outrageous and unfounded.” The parties were at odds for months even before contract negotiations began in early 2014. Bargaining fell apart in August, when FairPoint declared an impasse and […]

Milne pitches tax-free time for business

Growler Garage co-owner Liam O'Farrell (right) and staffers for Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne staffers look on at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

In a news conference at South Burlington’s Growler Garage, Scott Milne unveiled an economic development plan that includes a five-year corporate income tax holiday for new businesses, and an exemption from capital gains taxes for capital investments made within three years. He offered no cost estimate for his plan.

Burlington Mayor seeks agreement with Uber

Car-sharing company Uber is operating in violation of Burlington city ordinances but Mayor Miro Weinberger intends to work out a way for it to operate legally, the city attorney said Tuesday in a letter to the company. Uber is a car-sharing service that allows regular citizens to transport passengers in their own vehicles for a […]

Who are the Tram Haus investors?

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Many of the 20 dissatisfied foreign investors in Jay Peak’s Tram Haus EB-5 project say they poured their savings into the investment and “are most certainly not millionaires.”

A sense of betrayal: EB-5 investors go public

Jay Peak’s Tram Haus Lodge. Photo by Justin Cash/

A group of investors in the Tram Haus project at Jay Peak go on the record to protest what they say is a lack of openness by developer Bill Stenger. An outside audit won’t be allowed unless investors promise to keep it secret, Stenger says.

Vermont jobless rate ticks up for fourth straight month

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While the national rate declined to 5.9 percent, Vermont’s unemployment rate edged up to 4.4 percent in September. The state’s national ranking slipped to eighth nationwide, behind New Hampshire.

AG settles with board of Upper Valley nonprofit

The board of Emerge Family Advocates on Monday agreed to resign as part of a settlement with Attorney General Bill Sorrell’s office after it filed suit against the board for failing to keep watch over Emerge’s finances, Sorrell’s office said. The settlement also provides for a new board to be appointed as soon as possible […]

Lars Torres to leave Office of Creative Economy

Lars Torres will depart the state’s Office of the Creative Economy on Oct. 24. He’ll take over as executive director of Generator, a combination artist studio, classroom and business incubator in Burlington. Torres has led the Office of the Creative Economy since March 2013. Before taking the job, he opened Local 64, a coworking space […]

GlobalFoundries to keep IBM plant in Essex going

Gov. Peter Shumlin holds up a cell phone to emphasize the viability of the semi-conductor manufacturing business that takes place in Essex Junction. IBM announced Monday it would sell the division to California-based, Abu Dhabi-owned GlobalFoundries. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

IBM will pay GlobalFoundries $1.3 billion over three years to take its semiconductor manufacturing wing. The new owner says Vermont employees will keep their jobs.

IBM to make announcement this morning about GlobalFoundries deal

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IBM will pay GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion to take over its microelectronics unit, which includes the chip making plant in Essex Junction. IBM employs about 4,000 people in Vermont.

‘New Economy’ movement finds fertile ground in Vermont

Marjorie Kelly (center) moderated a panel discussion Wednesday among (left to right): Gwen Hallsmith of the Public Banking Institute; Paul Millman of Chroma Technology; Rich Carpenter of the Addison County Relocalization Network; and Kathy Ruhf of Land for Good. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

Instead of assuming the value of limitless, money-driven growth, the new economy paradigm promotes careful choices about when and how — or even whether businesses and the economy should get bigger. When ownership is local, the impact of those decisions is more likely to benefit communities, proponents argue.

Ello entrepreneur committed to Vermont

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Paul Budnitz, the founder of the social media phenomenon Ello, says he will expand the company in Vermont, and he says that with the right branding the state could see more and more stories like his popping up in national headlines.

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