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]

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Vermont League of Cities and Towns pays out $500,000 for Coventry insurance claim

Town Clerk Cynthia Diaz has been accused of embezzling $1.4 million from the town, but she remains in office. If she can’t obtain bonding for a new insurance policy she’ll be forced out.

Economic summit: Windham and Bennington counties pursue regional cooperation

Bill Colvin, of the Bennington County Regional Commission, who led the panel, said he doesn’t want to wait for a detailed plan to begin implementing regional approaches.

More than 26,000 waiting for state income tax refunds

Kaj Samsom, the tax commissioner, called it “a big deal” that about 12 percent of people who requested refunds are still waiting.

Strolling of the Heifers changes course to aid economic growth

The annual Brattleboro event will supplement jaywalking cows with a free Slow Living Summit on “Entrepreneur to Table: Growing Your Conscious Food and Ag Business.”

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Experts offer analysis of southern Vermont economic issues

Two economists said the region’s workforce and demographic problems are shared by rural areas nationwide. But some believe regional cooperation could be a solution.

Sovernet rebrands itself as FirstLight

Sovernet Communications will now be called FirstLight. The change is the latest step in Sovernet’s sale to a regional fiber network owner that also owns FirstLight Fiber. FirstLight has already brought two other companies into the brand. The consolidation gives FirstLight 9,600 route-miles of fiber-optic cable across several states, according to a news release. Kurt […]

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We started writing about loan fraud allegations at Burlington College back in 2014. Until we wrote about Jane Sanders’ involvement, the public didn’t know.

Trump takes aim at rural areas and poor with budget plan

The plan would cut many programs on which Vermonters rely, including Medicaid and LIHEAP. Trump said the latter sees “sizeable fraud and abuse” and is no longer necessary.

Bennington County commission marks 50 years of planning

Looking ahead a half-century, the director predicts a population shift toward villages and downtowns, as well as changes in transportation such as new rail service.

Unemployment rate shows uptick in April

Vermont’s unemployment rate rose slightly in April to 3.1 percent after holding steady at 3 percent in February and March, according to preliminary data from the Department of Labor. Vermont tied with Iowa and Utah for the sixth-lowest rate in the country, behind Colorado (2.3 percent), North Dakota (2.7 percent), New Hampshire and South Dakota […]

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Montpelier officials seek to keep from losing NECI

“We are making every effort to try and persuade them to stay in Montpelier,” Mayor John Hollar said. The culinary school said it currently has no plans to go.