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Action Alert: ANR is seeking input on best use of the $18M VW settlement comes coming to Vermont

You may have heard in the news last year that Volkwagen (VW) violated the Clean Air Act with sales of vehicles that were equipped with devices designed to defeat emission controls. In order to remedy this violation, VW has come to a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice to compensate individuals and governments and support emissions reductions. Under this settlement, Vermont is poised to receive approximately $18 million in an Environmental Mitigation Fund for air quality and emission mitigation.

It's More Than a Job

Danielle Bombardier, has found an opportunity for employment and growth in the expansion of renewable energy projects in Vermont. Originally drawn to the work by the potential for advancement, training, and access to benefits for her family, she is now excited about the chance to put her skills to use into the clean energy sector.

VTrans and ACCD award economic development grants to Brighton, St Albans and Windsor

As seen in the Vermont Business Magazine: http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/march/vtrans-and-accd-award-economic-deve...

Note that VCRD wrapped up our Brighton Community Visit process in January 2017 where the community chose to prioritize work to "Revitalize and Beautify the Downtown." We are thrilled to see Brighton receive this $75K grant -- a huge boost toward helping them meet their goal!

Bennington to contract with Berkshire YMCA

By Jim Therrien, as seen in the Berkshire Eagle: http://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/vermont-town-to-contract-with-berk...

Jacobs and Hurd said the impetus for the effort dates to the 2012 Vermont Council on Rural Development Community Conversation on future initiatives to improve the town, which involved a series of public meetings with council staff and state officials and later a report on the possibilities and priorities identified.

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