Yearly Archives: 2015

Gov. Shumlin Signs Historic Education Reform Bill to Boost Quality & Address Rising Property...

Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law today an historic education reform bill to help ensure educational quality for all Vermont students while bending the cost curve on education spending to address Vermonters’ calls for property tax relief.

City of Burlington to Implement Public Outreach Phase of Integrated Water Quality Improvement Plan

The City of Burlington will implement the public outreach phase of a plan to improve water quality through a new, integrated planning approach for wastewater and stormwater management in Burlington. The City’s Water Resource Division will be seeking public input on its upcoming water quality efforts by attending Neighborhood Planning Assemblies (NPAs) and meeting with nonprofit organizations and other public agencies to learn how Burlingtonians would like to see their stormwater and wastewater utility fees spent in the fight for improved water quality.

2-year-old Vermonters Graduating from Innovative Home Visiting Program

Keeping a mortarboard on a 2-year-old graduate can be a challenge, but parents and their toddlers may give it a shot on June 2. Eleven children and their parents from Franklin and Caledonia counties who were among the first to benefit from two-year Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) program will graduate.

AIA/HUD Secretary Awards Recognize Two Outstanding Housing Projects

The Co-op Plaza has revitalized a key area of the city’s downtown and, through a public-private partnership between the co-op grocery store and a local nonprofit, provided 24 affordable apartments.


Smokey House Center recently committed nearly 250 acres to its impressive portfolio of protected lands. The conservation, agriculture, and education nonprofit in Danby, VT stewards approximately 5,000 acres of working forest and farmland while engaging area youth in hands-on education and supporting the regional food and farm economy

Leahy, Sanders, Welch: 6 Vermont Communities Net Brownfields Grants Totaling $2 M.

Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Thursday announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected six Vermont communities to receive a total of $2 million for grants under the Brownfield Grant Program that will help them assess and clean up contaminated properties to facilitate their redevelopment and reuse

The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative Announces over $1 Million in Grants to 36 Vermont...

Working Lands Enterprise Board announced this years 36 grant recipients 24 agriculture and 12 forestry projects for just over $1 million in both Working Lands and Local Food Market Development grant funding.

Annual Report Finds Vermont Rents Continue to Climb Out of Reach

In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment at the Fair Market Rent in Vermont, renters need to earn $20.68 per hour, or $43,017 a year.

The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative will Award over $1 Million in Grant Funding to...

Secretaries and Commissioners from the agencies of Agriculture, Commerce and Community Development, and Forests, Parks and Recreation will gather to announce the 2015 Working Lands grant recipients at Maple Wind Farm in Richmond, VT.

Secretary of State Jim Condos Thanks Legislature for Passage of Election Day Voter Registration

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos released the following response: At its core, this bill is about protecting one of the most fundamental rights in our democracy, the right to vote. The right to vote is granted and protected by both the Vermont and United States Constitutions.

Gov. Shumlin Announces Nearly $900,000 in Broadband Grants to Underserved Vermont Communities

Eight rural, underserved Vermont communities are getting help to boost broadband internet speeds. The towns of Norwich, Pittsfield, Randolph, Royalton, Jamaica, Rochester, Reading, and Bradford will receive nearly $900,000 for speed improvement upgrades, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today

Gov. Shumlin Announces $500,000 for Affordable Housing in Colchester

Standing in the heart of a Colchester neighborhood, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced a $500,000 Vermont Community Development Program grant to lock in the affordability of eighty homes and make them more energy efficient. The apartments are part of Winchester Place, a mixed-income development of 166 apartments owned in partnership by the Champlain Housing Trust and Housing Vermont. The long term affordability of the homes will secured through the purchase of the land which has been leased from St. Michael’s College

Vermont Community Development Association 2015 Spring Conference

Please join the Vermont Community Development Association (VCDA) for its Spring Conference on Thursday May 14, 2015, at The Lyons Den in Randolph, Vermont.

Vermont Rural Ventures’ Project Selected as Semi-Finalist for National Award

Vermont Rural Ventures’ innovative financing of the redevelopment of Brattleboro’s Brooks House has been chosen as a semi-finalist by the National Development Council (NDC) for its Academy 2015 Awards.

Champlain Housing Trust Event

On May 4th at 10am, Governor Shumlin will be joining Champlain Housing Trust and Housing Vermont to announce state and federal grant awards for their efforts to preserve the affordability and invest in energy efficiency at Winchester Place in Colchester.

Built in 1989, Winchester Place’s 166 apartments are a significant piece of Chittenden County’s affordable housing stock.


Gov. Peter Shumlin, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, and Green Up Day sponsors Green Mountain Power and Subaru of New England today joined to remind Vermonters to participate in the 45th Annual Green Up Day this Saturday and to highlight a unique, Green Up Day-inspired art project being constructed on the State House lawn.


At Blodgett Supply in Montpelier today, Rep. Peter Welch met with a broad cross-section of Vermont energy efficiency leaders to outline his efficiency priorities for the new Congress and learn about the latest energy efficiency innovations in Vermont. The roundtable discussion comes on the heels of House approval this week of Welch-authored energy efficiency legislation which President Obama will soon sign into law.

VHFA awards $2.98 million in affordable housing tax credits

On Monday, April 20, the VHFA Board of Commissioners committed $2.55 million in federal low-income housing tax credits and $432,500 in state housing tax credits to expand Vermont’s stock of affordable, energy-efficient housing.



MONTPELIER, VT - April 28, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — The recession hasn’t made finding affordable housing for average Vermonters any easier, according to a new report released today.