Alexander Beck

Business roundtable explores employment

Manufacturers' working group, CCV partner to increase size and quality of regional work force

We at the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) recently convened a group of Windham County region manufacturers for the first-ever Southern Vermont Business Roundtable.

The roundtable meetings are divided into industry specific working groups, and designed to support workforce needs, as well as identify any existing programs and resources that will help recruit, train, or retain new and incumbent workforce.

The roundtable discussion focused on both the short and long-term workforce development needs of manufacturers in the region. The Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) organization conducted the region's first ever Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) in 2012.

This process helped reveal the need to increase the size and quality of the workforce and has been a priority focus of the BDCC and SeVEDS- led initiatives for regional economic development and planning activities ever since.

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TransCanada, Putney gird for legal fight over flood-easement value

One of 10 active lawsuits contests the municipal use of 2010 assessment of hydroelectric facilities

TransCanada has launched a campaign of litigation against a number of towns in Vermont, most recently Putney, using data from a state revaluation to assess the energy giant's local property tax obligations. At its Feb. 11 meeting, the Selectboard agreed to take a “wait-and-see” approach, asking Town Attorney Richard...

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Audit finds three years of dog license payments

More than $10,000, much in checks that are void, went undeposited

The town has failed to deposit more than $10,000 collected from dog licensing fees for three years, according to an audit of town finances by Montpelier-based accounting firm Mudgett Jennett & Krogh-Wisner PC. According to the audit for the town's fiscal year ending in June 2014, approved at the...

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Selectboard to Windham Solid Waste: lower costs

Walking into the Jan. 7 Selectboard meeting, Michelle Cherrier, the town's representative on the Windham Solid Waste Management District board of supervisors, was prepared to support the draft budget for the solid waste and recycling organization's next fiscal year. The WSWMD budget was ultimately approved the next day, with representatives of three towns dissenting - including Cherrier. The budget for the 19-town district - which, much like a public school supervisory union, is a municipal entity charted by state law...

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