Business & Economy

VTDigger publishes Vermont business and economic news. We also specialize in coverage of state finances and the impact of tax and budget policy on Vermonters. Erin Mansfield is VTDigger’s business and economy reporter. She can be reached at [email protected]

Vermont National Guard plans $25M air base expansion

The Vermont National Guard is preparing to bid out a $25 million construction project. The Guard plans this fall to begin replacing the apron and upgrade the taxiway at the Air National Guard Base at the Burlington International Airport, according to a press release. The project is slated for completion in 2017. Major General Steven […]

Check glitch affects 1,000 Vermonters on unemployment

The Vermont Department of Labor says 1,000 checks sent to unemployed Vermonters did not include bank routing numbers. The checks were issued on May 25. In a press release, the department says the checks will be honored by People’s United Bank. Attempts to cash the checks at other banks — “even if it was accepted” […]

Vermont cemeteries face ‘Inspection Day’ challenges

More communities are struggling this Memorial Day to provide enough money and muscle to care for historic yet high-maintenance burial grounds.

ECFiber to bring universal fiber-optic to six towns in 2017

The nonprofit says it will bring the technology that offers the highest broadband speeds currently available to virtually all addresses in Barnard, Thetford, Strafford, West Windsor, Pomfret and Pittsfield next year.

Podcast: Digital expert says to defend data like dollars

A Stanford University researcher on philanthropy says nonprofits and other civic organizations are collecting massive amounts of information and not protecting it well.

Vermont business leaders talk big data’s business benefits, ethical challenges

“So much data being implemented today in big data programs is being used in ways that was not the intended use when it was collected,” said Rich Clark, from the Castleton Polling Institute.

State: SEC Receiver must maintain water system at Jay Peak

Michael Goldberg told a group of second homeowners that Jay Peak could no longer afford to offer free water and gave residents less than two weeks to find an alternative. UPDATED

Students, alumni and faculty struggle for answers after Burlington College closure

Burlington College officially closes today.

Vermont regulator calls lack of universal fiber ‘vexing’

“There’s really no way to compel a company to build out when you’re talking about broadband,” said Jim Porter, Vermont’s director of telecommunications and connectivity.

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Mount Snow gets federal approval for EB-5 program

Resort administrators say it’s a significant step toward the release of $52 million in foreign investor funding that’s been raised for snowmaking and lodge projects at the Dover resort.

New tax law will take smaller bite out of estates, businesses

The changes are designed to keep wealthier residents from leaving for tax-friendlier locales and make it easier for small business owners to pass their companies on to the next generation.

Burlington building height debate draws opinionated crowd

The Planning Commission heard two hours of public comment at only the first of several meetings before it makes a recommendation to the City Council. At issue is a possible zoning change to accommodate a $220 million downtown redevelopment.

Feds’ questions about USDA broadband awards go back years

The U.S. Government Accountability Office reported shortcomings in oversight since 2012 in the program that awarded $116 million in telecommunications money to the Vermont Telephone Co.