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 will shop around for public safety telecom technology

A special state commission looking at a 25-year plan to develop new public safety telecommunications technology says it wants to comparison shop before signing on with AT&T.

Rutland property tax rate dropping slightly

The Board of Aldermen is reducing a reserve fund in order to achieve a tax cut of $6 on a $150,000 home. City Treasurer Wendy Wilton says the move poses some risks.

Rutland nonprofit that promotes local farm economy is in ‘limbo’

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link’s last executive director left this spring, and the board president says funding sources have lapsed.

Judge approves deal for Burlington Town Center to go ahead

The move surprised at least one opponent of Don Sinex’s project, who said he thought there would be another hearing. The judge “may have skipped that step, and I’m not happy about that,” he said.

Blodgett company staying in Chittenden County as it expands

The commercial oven manufacturer will leave its longtime property on the Burlington lakefront, which has been bought by the owners of a water sports operation.

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Charlotte farmer turns greens into dollars

Stony Loam Farm plants 5,700 heads of lettuce every week in season. Eighty percent of the lettuce sold at City Market Co-op in Burlington during peak summer months comes from the farm.

Brattleboro circus school’s future balances on high wire

“Due to the impact of the sudden withdrawal of students and demands for refunds … NECCA is on the verge of closing its doors within a week,” the board wrote to coaches and the fired co-founders.

Coventry sees ex-official ‘putting her finger in your eye’ with new bank account

Selectboard members say they’ve learned from a bank that Cynthia Diaz opened an account and deposited three checks that represent proceeds from a tax sale.

Brattleboro seeks panhandling solutions

Town officials say they won’t try to enact a ban due to free-speech concerns. But they are looking at other possible solutions including an outreach team and a jobs program.

Executive director of New England Center for Circus Arts steps down

An offer was extended to return founders Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion to the non-profit organization. Smith and Forchion were fired by the board last Monday.

Brattleboro housing complex to aid homeless

Half of the apartments at a former motel will be set aside for the chronically homeless, with services provided on site.

Rutland grand list stays above $1 billion despite $10 million dip

The city grand list in Rutland, reflecting the total of property values, is shrinking, but still tops $1 billion. One issue: About 20 tax-delinquent properties the city has been unable to sell.

The Deeper Dig: The Trump budget threat

On this week’s podcast, Jasper Craven explains how federally funded programs in Vermont could see major cuts under the president’s budget proposals.