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]

Fairpoint hits internet customers with $3 monthly surcharge

An official with the Public Service Department said a half a dozen complaints have been received.

Burlington building height limit on the November ballot

The $220 million proposed redevelopment of the Town Center mall spurred the creation of the district.

Act 250 panel focuses on traffic from dollar store

Officials reviewing an application for a store in a small town north of Rutland want more information on the frequency of truck deliveries as well as the size and loaded weight of the vehicles.

Air National Guard to start $39.8 million upgrade at base

The Vermont Air National Guard will spend $39.8 million upgrading its facilities at the state’s largest airport. The Guard accepted a contract bid from Kubricky Construction Corp., a company in upstate New York, to replace the apron and upgrade the taxiway at its base at Burlington International Airport in South Burlington. Construction will take two […]

Burlington mayor seeks citywide vote on downtown height limits

Mayor Miro Weinberger says there are a number of advantages to having city residents vote on the new zoning in November.

Spiritual and social justice leaders aim to ‘Raise the Wage’

A new coalition of a dozen Vermont groups wants state lawmakers to boost minimum pay to $15 an hour.

Residents worry about effects of dollar store on village

A developer is proposing a 9,100-square-foot Dollar General in Pittsford. The local Act 250 commission began its review of the application this week.

Burlington puts $22 million TIF bond on November ballot

It would be repaid with a portion of new, additional property tax revenue the city is due to receive on the Town Center redevelopment.

No opportunities in Rutland? Volunteer group says otherwise

An upcoming summit hosted by Rutland Young Professionals, a group committed to the region’s economic revitalization, looks to inspire, inform and knock out some misperceptions.

After slow start, grant program aiding Windham County growth

Officials say the program has committed to $4.8 million in grants, loans and incentives so far, resulting in the projected creation or retention of hundreds of jobs.

Shumlin touts tax credit program

The state and the city of St. Albans pitched in to help PeakCM develop hotel.

Shumlin’s administration secretary to join lobbying firm

Justin Johnson will head a new international climate policy initiative in the Montpelier lobbying firm MMR.

Manufacturing event draws biggest turnout in three years

The event connected 90 small manufacturers with larger, out-of-state companies to help them land contracts.

Unemployment rate ticks up to 3.3 percent in August

Vermont’s unemployment rate rose slightly in August to 3.3 percent, an increase of 0.1 percentage point over July’s rate. Vermont’s unemployment rate increase is not considered statistically significant, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which analyzes labor data across the country. The national unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in August. Vermont had the […]