Vermont Land Trust Appoints Tracy Zschau President & CEO
Many in the Northeast Kingdom know Tracy from her years leading community based conservation projects in our region. She was instrumental in the purchase of Bluffside Farm in Newport with its farmland, woodlands, sandy beach, recreation trails and incredible scenery. Vermont Land Trust works to conserve productive, recreational, and scenic lands which give the state and its communities their rural character. Congratulations on your good work Tracy! VT Land Trust
Forestry Accelerator 2023 Final Event, Nov 1st, 3:00 pm - Burke Mountain Hotel
The Forestry Accelerator program will culminate with presentations from participating business owners. Each will provide a 5-minute overview of their startup company and the progress they've made during the 4-month training period. Winners of $20,000 in prizes will be announced. This free event, organized by Do North Coworking, is open to anyone interested in learning about the 2023 cohort of the Forestry Accelerator that supports some of the most promising startups in the forest industry. Reserve a Spot
Save the Date! Feb 7th, 2024, Vermont Entrepreneurs: Finding Your Groove
This is a great experience for high school and career-tech students! Join the visual media competition for 9-12th graders to celebrate Entrepreneurship Day and explore the world of entrepreneurship through creative expression. The FREE virtual event offers cash prizes. Questions? VT Small Business Development Center email@example.com
State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Awarded $249K Export Grant
The VT International Trade Division will manage STEP, a grant program for small businesses to compete globally by offsetting the cost of export-related activities like foreign trade missions, export trade shows, training workshops, or designing international marketing campaigns. 2024 STEP grants are awarded on a rolling basis. Visit www.accd.vermont.gov/STEP
Planning Position at NVDA
NVDA has an opening for a Regional Land Use Planner with a background in planning and a desire to work in a rural context with a staff of dedicated professionals, municipal officials, and NVDA Commissioners. The full-time position will remain open until filled. NVDA Regional Planner Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
Caledonia Food Co-op Seeking Project Manager
The Project Manager will meet the goals and objectives set by the Directors and working committees of the CFC to create a community member-owned store in St. Johnsbury that supports local growers and vendors, and contributes to the economic vitality of the NEK. The Project Manager will be responsible for the successful planning and completion of the development process within a given deadline. Job Description email@example.com
Job Opening: Executive Director, Hardwick Downtown Partnership
The Hardwick Downtown Partnership is a new organization formed to work in coordination with Hardwick's Downtown Designation. The Executive Director will work with the HDP Board of Directors to advance the mission of the organization in support of the economic, social, recreational, and cultural vitality of downtown Hardwick. The position is part-time with a flexible schedule. Job Description
Project Management 101 - Virtual Workshop, Jan 10th @ 10.30 am
Join Jenna Lapachinski of the Preservation Trust of VT for an introduction to project management for community revitalization projects. Learn how to organize around an initial vision, define goals & priorities, navigate funding options and move the project from idea to implementation. Register
A New Regional Plan for the NEK - We need your input!
NVDA is beginning a process of updating its Regional Plan, a guiding document that outlines a vision for the region with goals to help achieve that vision. The Plan covers a range of topics including transportation, housing, energy, recreation, and zoning. Regional Plan We are distributing a survey to get input from the community regarding existing conditions in the NEK. Please visit the website and make your voice heard: NVDA Regional Priorities Poll
Lyndon Receives Funding for Wastewater Pretreatment Project The Department of Environmental Conservation's Wastewater Program is awarding ARPA funds to Vermont municipalities to improve waste wastewater quality for businesses by installing and upgrading their wastewater treatment infrastructure. The Town of Lyndon will receive $502,000 for Ellipsis, Inc. for their wastewater pretreatment system. Ellipsis, Inc. will be building in the St. Johnsbury-Lyndon Industrial Park.
Special BONUS Round of Funding for the Downtown & Village Center Tax Credit Program
In January, additional state income tax credits will be available for projects that enhance the historic character and improve building safety of older and historic commercial and community buildings in designated communities. The tax credit program also funds flood mitigation upgrades and exterior facade improvements. Applications for the bonus round are due Jan 8th 2024. Visit the website Here to download the Program Guidelines and Application. There is a pre-recorded webinar available on the website which covers program basics, scoring criteria, and how to compile a strong application. Questions? Contact Caitlin.Corkins@vermont.gov
There's still time to Vote! LVRT is a Finalist for National Transportation Award
The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail is a finalist for two America's Transportation Awards given annually by the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials. The LVRT is competing against 11 other transportation projects from around the country for a Grand Prize and the People's Choice Award (chosen by the public through online voting). The VT Agency of Transportation submitted the project for an award. Supporters of the LVRT must vote online before Nov 13th. Click here to view the entry page and VOTE often (once per 24 hours!) https://americastransportationawards.org/vermont-agency-of-transportations-lamoille-valley-rail-trail/.
Regional Emergency Management / November Meetings
- Orleans-Essex REMC Meeting, Nov 27th, 1:00 pm, Newport City Fire Station
- Cal-Essex REMC Meeting, Nov 29th, 2:00 pm, Barnet Fire Station
Contact Bruce Melendy for Zoom access: firstname.lastname@example.org (802) 424-1420.
Climate Catalyst Innovation Fund
The VT Council on Rural Development (VCRD) and others invite applications for small grants to support local innovators developing solutions that move Vermont closer to its climate and energy goals. Open to municipalities, schools, non-profits, town energy committees, or businesses. Application deadline is Nov 6th. Apply Now
Sign up For a Free Business Energy Visit
Efficiency Vermont is offering on-site energy visits to all Vermont businesses. These free consultations give businesses access to rebate offers, financing solutions, and technical advice. Find out more and schedule a walkthrough! Here
Nov 2nd, 9:00 am-4:30 pm, VCDA Fall Conference, Brandon Inn, Brandon, VT
Climate Resilience & Adaptation: Ways Vermonters Can Mitigate Disaster The 2023 VT Community Development Association conference will investigate how our communities can become more equipped to deal with disasters. VCDA Conference
Nov 8th, 2:30 pm, ADA 101
Learn what your municipality needs to know about the Americans With Disabilities Act and how to create a more accessible community for residents and visitors. This online Zoom training is a free VLCT event. Register Here
Nov 8th, White + Burke Vermont Development Conference, Hilton Hotel, Burlington
The conference will offer a full day of programming with timely discussions of Act 250, rural development, permitting, and designing for the future. Register Here
Nov 9th, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, NEK Together 2023 at Burke Mountain Resort
The NEK Collaborative is hosting this event where NEK changemakers gather annually to celebrate, discuss, and explore regional solutions to pressing issues. Attend for a full day of panels and great speakers. Kevin Chu of the Vermont Futures Project will give the keynote address. Registration options. Questions? Reach out to email@example.com.
Career Training & Adult Education Courses
Vermont State University - Lyndon, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
https://vermontstate.edu/about-us/workforce-community-and-economic-development-at-vermont-state/ Ann Nygard, firstname.lastname@example.org
Supervisor Development Boot Camp, Nov 10 & 11 (in person) 9:00 am-4:00 pm @ VTSU-Lyndon campus, Registration link
Customer Service Excellence, Nov 12 (in person) 9:00 am-1:00 pm @ VTSU-Lyndon campus, Registration link
Avalanche-AIARE, Level 1, Dec 6 &13 7:00-9:00 pm (online). Dec 16 &17 (in the field), Registration link
SOLO Wilderness Outdoor First Aid & CPR, Dec 9 & 10 (in person) 8:30 am-5:00 pm @ VTSU-Lyndon campus, Registration link
Vermont Technical College - Vermont State University) 2 campuses: Williston & Randolph https://vermontstate.edu/ Division of Workforce, Community & Economic Development
North Country Career Center, Newport https://nc3.ncsuvt.org/home
Contact Chris Damato (802) 334-5469 x3305 Christian.email@example.com
St. Johnsbury Academy https://stjacademy.org/adult-education/
Contact Sandra Mings Lamar (802) 748-7738 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lyndon Institute Career & Technical Education Center https://www.lyndoninstitute.org/academics/career-technical-education
Contact David.Schilling@lyndoninstitute.org or Michelle Parson, Work-based Learning Coordinator, email@example.com.
Canaan School CTE Program
Chuck Patterson, Coordinator of Curriculum, Cpatterson@ensuvt.org or call (802) 266-8910
Sterling College School of the New American Farmstead https://www.ce.sterlingcollege.edu
Contact Nakasi Fortune firstname.lastname@example.org