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January 12th, 2017
VERMONT — What do 400 electricians, more than 2,000 nurses, and nearly 500 software developers have in common?
According to a newly updated brochure released this month by the J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation and the Vermont Department of Labor, these are some of the most promising jobs expected in Vermont over the next 10 years. As this data makes clear, high-pay, high-demand jobs do exist in the Green Mountain State. However, they largely require training and/or education beyond high school.
WOODSTOCK — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ and girls’ Nordic ski teams swept 5-kilometer skate-style races on Jan. 6 hosted by Woodstock.
The girls’ squad — highlighted by freshman Malia Hodges’ first-place finish and five skiers in the top 13 — dominated Brattleboro, Woodstock, Mount Anthony, St. Johnsbury and Rutland.
BURLINGTON — Howard Center CEO Bob Bick recently announced the appointment of Cathie Buscaglia of Monkton to the position of Director of Innovation. Cathie will be responsible for developing externally focused entrepreneurial ventures to help diversify funding to improve the financial sustainability of Howard Center in a changing and challenging funding environment with the aim of preserving service to our community.
BRIDPORT — David Girard, 56, of Bridport, is the lucky winner of the 2016 Vermont Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License Lottery. With his lifetime license, Girard will be entitled to hunt and fish for free for life. He was drawn as the winner from among 10,067 lottery tickets purchased in 2016.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department holds the drawing annually and presents a lifetime hunting and fishing license to the winner.
I am often asked about the differences between the Chamber of Commerce and other local business groups such as the Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), the Middlebury Business Development Fund (MBDF) or one of the downtown organizations (Better Middlebury Partnership, Vergennes Partnership, Bristol CORE). My answer might surprise you.
On Jan. 20, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.
Gov. Phil Scott used his inaugural address last Thursday to sketch out broad themes on which he hopes to concentrate over the next two years. Detailed policy proposals to flesh out these ideas will come later, particularly in the governor’s budget address.