Vermont Economic Stimulus and Recovery Blog

Vermont Chief Technology Officer Tom Evslin is retiring from state government, again.

The 67-year-old Evslin was lured out or retirement by Gov. Jim Douglas in March 2009 to become the state's chief recovery officer and oversee Vermont's use of stimulus grants and applications for competitive stimulus grants.

Recovery Board Corrects Congressional District Errors Identified by OMB

Recovery.gov went live with initial section 1512 reporting on October 30.  Section 1512 of the Act requires jobs accountability reporting on a quarterly basis. 

Vermont, Challenged and Stimulated

Now, when recovery from the worldwide recession is beginning, Vermont has an opportunity to emerge with a stronger economy, a cleaner environment, a broader tax base, and better jobs than we had before the downturn.

Smart Grid Award

The nearly $69 million dollar stimulus award Vermont utilities received from the federal Department of Energy (DoE) this week will have a much greater and long lasting effect on the Green Mountain State than hundreds of millions of dollars in stimulus band aids that we are also receiving.

How Many Jobs Were Stimulated – The Sequel

The official numbers for stimulus-created jobs in Vermont, which will be posted on recovery.gov October 30, will not be the same as the preliminary number of 1990 I reported to the legislature and the Vermont public on October 15.

Vermont’s Broadband Recommendations

 Which broadband grant applicants does Vermont like or not like? That’s the question the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which is the part of the US Commerce Department and is charged with distributing some of the stimulus funding for broadband, asked the Economic Stimulus and Recovery (ESR) office, which has the responsibility for answering such questions in Vermont.

How Many Jobs Were Stimulated?

There’s going to be a lot of controversy and confusion nationwide on October 30 when stimulus reports from states are made public on recovery.gov.

ARRA Reporting Information for Direct Recipients of Awards

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has created opportunities for significant investment in Vermont for business development; support of educational programs; expansion of housing, nutrition and other public services; construction of transportation , water and wastewater infrastructure; and substantial opportunity to retain and increase jobs.

Electricity Isn’t an Energy Source

Unless you’re tapping lightning bolts, electricity isn’t a source of energy – it’s a way of transporting energy from where it’s generated to where it’s used.

Broadband Stimulus in Vermont

Grants.gov kept crashing on August 14, the deadline for submitting applications for broadband stimulus funding; not to worry, the feds extended the deadline by six days – and even then had to allow submission of attachments to the application on CD by mail since their systems weren’t yet stable by the new deadline.