Responding to rapidly growing demand for their aged goat cheese, Vermont Creamery completed a significant expansion to their aged cheese facility in Barre Town adding 14,000 square feet and more than quadrupling cheese making capacity. The $4 million expansion is the largest investment made by the Creamery in more than 30 years of business and will allow them to meet projected demand for their signature aged goat cheeses—Bonne Bouche, Cremont, Coupole, and Bijou—into the next decade. CVRPC assisted in Vermont Creamery’s previous increase in product line by administering a Community Development Block Grant for the Town that was then loaned to Vermont Creamery.
The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider the approval of the municipal plan for the City of Montpelier and confirmation of the City’s planning process under 24 VSA Section 4350. The hearing will be held Tuesday, September 8, 2015 beginning at 7:15 p.m. at the conference room of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Paine Turnpike, Berlin.
Copies of the Plan can be reviewed at the City Clerk’s office or at the offices of Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, 29 Main Street, Suite 4, Montpelier, during normal business hours.
The Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District has been awarded an $89,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program that will enable it to increase educational outreach in its most rural communities.
The newly awarded grant will finance a year-long series of presentations, workshops and webinars that will help residents and businesses located outside the greater Barre-Montpelier area learn to recycle, compost and understand the state’s new Universal Recycling Law.
The educational programming will provide residents in targeted towns with the knowledge they’ll need to comply with the provisions of Vermont’s Composting and Recycling Initiative, also known as Act 148 or the Universal Recycling Law. Starting in October and running through September 2016, outreach efforts will increase in the towns of Bradford, Chelsea, Fairlee, Hardwick, Orange, Plainfield, Tunbridge, Walden and Woodbury.
The timing of the outreach grant coincides with discussion and decision making on a new waste facility location that could be a full-blown materials recovery facility and a district-run composting operation or a more modest facility that would handle household hazardous waste or construction and demolition debris.
The USDA grant will assist with enabling the district to step up its outreach efforts and create posters, handouts, and videos to distribute on social media and through its website, cvswmd.org.
Cassandra Hemenway, the district’s “Zero Waste” outreach coordinator, will be the point person for the effort offering workshops, talks, training and much more on what to know about the Vermont Recycling and Composting Initiative.
Businesses or community groups interested in hosting one of Hemenway’s presentations are invited to call her at 229-9383, or 800-730-9475, (extension 102), or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
George Malek, Executive Vice President of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce has announced his retirement from the Chamber effective March 2016. We at CVRPC would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for George and his three decades of service to the region. Below is a note from George.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce for more than three decades. Nothing could have been more rewarding than helping area business succeed and prosper while growing employment opportunities for your children and mine.
However, all good things come to an end, and I have asked the Chamber Board of Directors to begin the search for my successor as soon as possible. I want to be able to assist in the transition, to be available as a resource for your new President, and to still have more time for my family and leisure by next spring. My target is to step down from full time employment in March.
The Chamber has terrific volunteer leaders on the Board of Directors and very talented staff. It is well positioned to embark on a new era of economic influence and community leadership in the years ahead. However, taking full advantage of these opportunities will require more energy and a longer commitment than I am prepared to make.
I urge you to give the Board your full support as this change unfolds and to find the time to share your knowledge, insights and talents with this great organization in the months and years ahead.
Please accept my sincerest thanks for all you have already done. You have been a wonderful partner in the success of the Chamber and the Central Vermont community.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, there is much to be done between now and then.
Vermont Forest Pest First Detector Training
September 12, 2015
Enjoy spending time outdoors? Concerned about the health of Vermont’s forests? Then we need YOUR help!
First Detector volunteers are our front-line defense against invasive tree pest infestations. The Vermont Forest Pest First Detector Program is hosting a FREE volunteer training session on Saturday, September 12th, 2015 from 9:30am-4:15pm in Manchester, Vermont.
We are training volunteers to:
(1) inform the public about the tangible threat Vermont’s primary pests (namely the Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, and hemlock woolly adelgid) pose;
(2) prepare their communities for a response in the event of an infestation; and
(3) screen potential pest sightings.
Early detection of invasive pests mitigates the economic and ecological impact to forests and prevents pest populations from becoming established in the state. YOU can help protect Vermont’s forests!
Questions or to register, contact Gwen Kozlowski at email@example.com or 802-656-6646 by September 9th. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Gwen by August 21, so we may assist you.
For more information visit: www.vtinvasives.org/first-detectors
Soils: Digging Deeper
Monday October 19, 2015
Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, Vermont
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The US Department of Agriculture Vermont (USDA), Windham County Conservation District and the Vermont Association of Conservation Districts (VACD) invite you to attend the Vermont Soils Conference on Monday October 19th from 9AM to 4PM at the Vermont Technical College.
This is a one day conference that will focus on soil information resources, recent data changes and how to use the data available through the USDA’s Soil Survey. The conference will include both classroom presentations and field workshops and has been approved for 4 soils and 2 non-soils credits for Licensed Designers by the VT ANR’s Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division.
Natural resource management and environmental protection professionals; land use planners; farmers and other land owners and managers should all attend!