Governor Douglas and Vermont’s Congressional Delegation kickoff $70 Million Passenger Rail Improvement

November 10, 2010

Governor Jim Douglas, Senator Bernie Sanders, Congressman Peter Welch and a host of national and local rail officials and advocates today drove a golden spike along the tracks outside of the St. Albans Amtrak Station to signify the beginning of a two-year, $70 million construction project that will significantly improve track speeds along the Vermonter Passenger Rail line between St. Albans and New York City, with continuing service to Washington D.C.

Over 120 Recovery Act Broadband Projects to Bring Jobs, Economic Opportunity to Rural Communities


WASHINGTON, August 4, 2010- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the funding of 126 new Recovery Act broadband infrastructure projects that will create jobs and provide rural residents in 38 states and Native American tribal areas access to improved service. Broadband access plays a critical role in expanding economic, health care, educational and public safety services in underserved rural communities. Today's announcement is part of the second round of USDA broadband funding through the Recovery Act.

Be Aware of Potential Recovery Scams


     Earlier this year, a company with the impressive sounding name of Mouch & Thompson, PLLC, sent a letter to low-income residents in the Charleston, West Virginia, area with an offer that was hard to refuse. The first 50 recipients of the letter to show up at Mouch & Thompson’s offices in downtown Charleston on February 15 would be guaranteed a rental assistance grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Or so wrote Wesley Mouch, the firm’s president.


Posted April 21, 2010

Homeless Shelter to expand facilities and increase energy efficiency
Brattleboro, VT, April 16, 2010 —  Morningside House, Inc., the only homeless shelter in Southern Vermont, was recently selected for a $43,750 USDA Rural Development grant. The funds will be used to expand the number of beds available in the shelter by 32%, move laundry and food pantry facilities and increase the energy efficiency of the building.


Posted: March 31,2010

 Montpelier, Vermont– The Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund Board announced today that the Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) will award $5.8 million for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the state.

Springfield Lands $110,000 Brownfields Clean-up Grant

March 24, 2010

Funds Will Help Re-develop Contaminated 100 River Street Location 
MONTPELIER, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas has announced that $110,000 will be granted to the Precision Valley Development Corporation to continue clean-up activities at the former Fellows Gear Shaper property in Springfield.   

Montpelier Wins $8 Million for Renewable Energy Project

Posted: Janauary 29, 2010
Revamped Site Will Make It Easier To Use for Businesses, Entrepreneurs
MONTPELIER, Vt. — U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced on January 21, 2010 that the City of Montpelier was one of five communities to share in $20.5 million in federal stimulus funds for local renewable energy projects, netting $8 million for a wood-chip fired combined heat and power system.

Governor Douglas Announces Stimulus Grants to Improve Passenger Rail Service

Posted January 28, 2010

Vermont to receive more than $50 million to upgrade lines and create jobs 

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas today announced that the state will receive a $51million federal economic stimulus grant to improve passenger rail speeds between St. Albans and Springfield, Massachusetts, as well as a $500,000 rail planning grant to extend passenger rail service along Vermont’s western rail corridor.

Vermont Company Rhino Foods to Receive Over $1.2 Million in Loan Assistance Through Recovery Act Funds

Posted: January 15, 2010

Guaranteed loans help local businesses and support
‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food’ Initiative

Vermont receives $497,000 to study, control invasive species & fund ‘park interpreter’ program

Posted: December 4, 2009

WATERBURY – Governor Jim Douglas today announced that the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation was awarded nearly a half-million dollars of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds from the U.S. Forest Service to control invasive insects and plants and provide conservation education programs in state parks and recreation areas within the Green Mountain National Forest.