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Vermont Travel Recreation Council Trending Topic: Creating and Leveraging Partnerships

Vermont Travel Recreation Council Trending Topic: Creating and Leveraging Partnerships

MONTPELIER, Vt.  - The recent Vermont Travel Recreation Council (TRC) Trending Topics guest speaker Patricia Sears, CEO of Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC) delivered insights on building strategic partnerships as illustrated by the Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center and NCRC’s marketing and community development initiatives. 

Newport City: Construction Downtown Is Never Easy

Newport City: Construction Downtown Is Never Easy

Robin Smith
Staff Writer | Orleans County Record

Friday, March 28, 2014

NEWPORT CITY -- Lack of communication can really mess up a downtown construction project.

That's the consensus from downtown development officials in Barre, Montpelier and St. Albans, where major infrastructure work in the past few years has had a huge impact.

Newport City experienced a big road project when the downtown was paved and the Long Bridge was closed for a year and a half.

Newport City: Learn How To Land A Job At Next Month's Job Fair

Newport City: Learn How To Land A Job At Next Month's Job Fair

Robin Smith
Staff Writer | Orleans County Record

Thursday, March 27, 2014

NEWPORT CITY -- Job hunters need to demonstrate what are called "critical skills" to secure a job.

A collaborative of local agencies and businesses, focused on connecting businesses with job openings to potential employees, are hosting a job skills workshop on Friday.

Northeast Kingdom | More People At Work In Newport City Than St. J

Northeast Kingdom | More People At Work In Newport City Than St. J

Robin Smith
Staff Writer

Thursday, March 27, 2014

NORTHEAST KINGDOM -- The latest unemployment statistics once again give Newport City's labor market area the dubious honor of having the highest percentage of unemployment in Vermont.

But the numbers behind the Newport City unemployment rate in January of 7 percent reveal that a significant and positive trend is underway.

Newport City | Revision Employees Happy About New Military Contract

Newport City | Revision Employees Happy About New Military Contract

Robin Smith
Staff Writer Orleans County Record

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

NEWPORT CITY -- Employees of Revision Military's advanced combat helmet-making plant showed off their work on Tuesday afternoon, made possible by a new contract this year with the U.S. Army.

The $21 million contract came with the help of U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, who toured the Newport City plant Tuesday.

Newport City: Huge Turnout For REAP Zone Renewal

Newport City: Huge Turnout For REAP Zone Renewal

Robin Smith
Staff Writer | Orleans County Record

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

NEWPORT CITY -- More than 100 leaders from across the Northeast Kingdom crowded into the NEK Tasting Center Tuesday morning to celebrate the renewal of a program that has brought $68 million to the region.

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, who shepherded the Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) zone into law 14 years ago, signed re-authorization of the program for the next five years.

Newport City: AnC Bio Vermont Applies For City Permit

Newport City: AnC Bio Vermont Applies For City Permit

Robin Smith
Staff Writer | Orleans County Record

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NEWPORT CITY -- The permit application and designs for the proposed AnC Bio Vermont plant are now rolling in to the Newport City office in advance of hearings before the city's development review board.

A check of $8,753.40 to pay for application fees for the 80,000-square-foot bio-tech building on Bogner Drive makes the application official, Zoning Administrator Paul Dreher said Monday.

Newport City: Residents Hail Neighborhood Watch

Newport City: Residents Hail Neighborhood Watch

Robin Smith
Staff Writer | Orleans County Record

Saturday, March 15, 2014

NEWPORT CITY -- A neighborhood watch on streets around North Country Union High School has been very successful, both at deterring crime and in creating a pleasant place to live.

James Johnson, whose home is near the school, said all the neighbors know each other, have each others' phone numbers and call each other when there is suspicious activity.

NEWPORT AIRPORT EXPANSION PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED | 20 March

NEWPORT AIRPORT EXPANSION PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED

Hilary Niles | VTDigger
3 March 2014 

A draft environmental assessment for proposed development at the Newport State Airport was released in February. The Agency of Transportation will hold a public hearing on March 20 about the development and environmental impact mitigation plans.

In addition to the light plane manufacturing facility and possible flight school slated for the airport, key developments include:

NCSU Board Already Has 14 Applicants For Superintendent Position

NCSU Board Already Has 14 Applicants For Superintendent Position

Jennifer Hersey Cleveland
Staff Writer

Friday, March 7, 2014

Fourteen people have already applied for the superintendent position at North Country Supervisory Union, according to the NCSU board chairman.

Newport State Airport: VTrans Seeks Act 250 Permit For Expansion

Newport State Airport: VTrans Seeks Act 250 Permit For Expansion

Robin Smith
Staff Writer | Orleans County Record

Friday, March 7, 2014

COVENTRY -- The state of Vermont has applied for an Act 250 permit amendment for an $11.4 million expansion at Newport State Airport.

The long-awaited expansion, which includes a longer runway, would allow full use of the airport by private jets and small aircraft in all conditions, enhancing its location as the central hub of the Northeast Kingdom foreign trade zone.

VT officials plan forum on local product promotion

VT officials plan forum on local product promotion San Francisco Chronicle | SFGate | Sunday, March 2, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials say they will be hosting a forum on sourcing and featuring Vermont-made foods.

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Report highlights unique challenges, solutions for rural poverty

Mon Feb 24 2014

by Hilary Niles vtdigger.org A new Federal Reserve Bank of Boston survey shows that poor people living in rural Northern New England have a tougher time finding jobs and affordable housing.

The bank asked 160 organizations that serve low-income populations to respond to its annual Community Outlook Survey. The groups included the economic development, affordable housing, community action, human services and workforce development sectors in the six New England states.

Vermont Travel and Recreation Council launches Trending Topics, an open industry forum

Vermont Travel and Recreation Council launches Trending Topics, an open industry forum

On March 20, Newport City Renaissance Executive Director Patricia Sears will present on sourcing and featuring Vermont-made foods; she will highlight the development and marketing of the Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center.