Costello: Investing in working lands

The Working Lands Enterprise Board has already received 378 applications from all around the state totaling nearly $12 million for the $1 million it has available.

Working landscape groups look for $15 million boost over three years

Paul Costello, executive director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development. Photo by Andrew Stein

The request represents a $3.5 million annual increase from the $1.5 million proposed by Gov. Peter Shumlin’s in his fiscal year 2014 budget.

Jordan: Closing the digital divide in Vermont

We’re building access to broadband so that Vermonters can take advantage of the opportunities this tool brings, whether that’s growing a business, furthering your education, finding government services or simply staying in touch with friends and family.

Keelan: Let’s have a ribbon cutting instead

Five years ago Manchester was a shopkeeper’s delight. Store vacancies were for the most part non-existent. Store sales were the envy of the retail world, topping out at over $1,000 per square foot or more.

Working lands bill unanimously supported by House Agriculture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 23, 2012 CONTACTS: Paul Costello – 802-223-5763 / [email protected] Amy Shollenberger – 802-793-1114 / [email protected] Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Investment Bill Moves Forward House Agriculture Committee Votes Unanimously to Support the Bill MONTPELIER, VT—The Vermont House Agriculture committee gave their unanimous support to the Working Lands Enterprise Investment bill (H.496) Thursday […]

Schubart: Vermont must invest in working farms and forests

Vermont’s working landscape could well be lost within a generation without a plan for investment and stewardship.

Vermont Working Landscape Partnership releases recommendations for reinvigorating state’s rural economy

The Vermont Working Landscape Council developed this plan. Its sixteen members have deep expertise in issues pertaining to farm and forest enterprises and rural development in Vermont. Its report also identifies challenges and opportunities for the working landscape, trends for the future, and goals for the proposed policy changes.

Vt Working Landscape Council to address farm and forest economy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2011 CONTACT: Vermont Council on Rural Development 802-223-6091 [email protected] MONTPELIER, VT – Surveys repeatedly show Vermonters want a strong working landscape for all its scenic, cultural, economic, environmental and recreational benefits. However if alarming trends that threaten its economic viability are not reversed, it will vanish within a generation. The […]

Vermont agency leaders join Council on Rural Development board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2011 Contact: Paul Costello, VCRD Executive Director 802-223-6091 [email protected] MONTPELIER, VT – The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) announced today that four of Vermont’s new agency secretaries will join its board of directors. Chuck Ross, secretary of the VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets; Lawrence Miller, secretary […]

Costello: Investment in landscape crucial

We face a quiet crisis that will end the working landscape as we have known it. It’s time to act.

e-Vermont selects 12 communities for digital project

The 2011 e-Vermont communities will be Bridgewater, Calais, Castleton, Dover, Fairfield, Hardwick, Jay/Westfield, Middletown Springs, Moretown, Morristown, Richford, and Vergennes.

Report recommends “action steps” for working landscape

Chuck Ross

The proposals include a “working” lands designation; the formation of an Agriculture and Forest Products Development Corporation; and a tax that would raise $15 million in revenue.

Working landscape summit at State House

A Summit on the Future of Vermont’s Working Landscape will be held at the Vermont State House on Friday, December 10.

Front Porch Forum expands community hosting

Front Porch Forum (FPF) was created in 2006 in Burlington and now more than 21,000 households subscribe across 50 Vermont towns. Now, thanks to the e-Vermont initiative, FPF’s reach is greatly expanded to more parts of the state.

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