Summer 2015 On August 31 $265,000 in Economic Development Administration funding was announced at Brooks House in Brattleboro Vermont to support cooperative efforts to recover from Vermont Yankee’s closure and the loss of hundreds of high-paying jobs. The funding matches funds accessed through Vermont’s Windham County Economic Development Program, funded with $10,000,000 secured through an MOU between the state and Entergy, VY’s owner. These new resources are being used to launch an “accelerator” designed to assist entrepreneurs; a study to boost the region’s “green building” industry; and a regional planning effort linking officials in Windham County with their neighbors in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy with INHC’s Jeff Lewis, Jen Stromsten and Jonathan Cooper. INHC has been working with southern VT’s Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation to plan and fund economic recovery efforts.
SPRING 2015 In May Jonathan Cooper and Jennifer Stromsten presented the “Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Study: A Socioeconomic Analysis and Closure Transition Guide Book” to a local audience in Plymouth, MA and the Town Selectboard, and to the annual meeting of the Old Colony Planning Commission. More coverage can be found here, and the full report is available online.
JANUARY 2015 As Vermont Yankee prepared to close there was celebration for some, and also growing awareness of big changes for people and communities. Seven Days journalist captured stories and insights from southern Vermont.
SPRING 2014 In April 2014 INHC held a conference around the social and economic impacts of the coming Vermont Yankee closure. Over fifty stakeholders representing local, regional and state government, nuclear industry and activists, academics and legislators, as well as local and national leaders in economic development.