In about a year, two new foreign companies expect to be
operating in Newport at the site of a former skiwear manufacturer. AnC
Bio, a Korean bio-tech firm, and Menck Windows, a German company, are the
centerpiece of a $600 million economic development initiative promising
to bring 10,000 jobs to the Northeast Kingdom.
The CEOs of the two foreign companies that promise to bring more than
600 new jobs to Newport visited the future site of their operations
Thursday in the lakefront building formerly occupied by Bogner ski
If there was ever a winter to
remind tourism officials that it’s dangerous to bank on
snow, this is it. At Jay Peak Resort, developer Bill Stenger has already
built a water park to give his visitors
something to do, no matter the weather. Now he plans to do the same at Burke Mountain.
A West Charleston woman wants to bring many local food products
together in one place. Leger’s idea took
a significant step forward recently when the limited liability corporation in
which she and her husband are investors, purchased a downtown Newport building that will
become the future site of the Northeast
Kingdom Tasting Center.
We examine how the $500 million in investments in the Northeast Kingdom
could affect the region, and we look back to the days when the region relied on fire towers on the mountaintops to spot forest blazes.
When the President and
co-owner of the Jay Peak Ski resort announced last week a new economic plan for
the Northeast Kingdom, what really drew attention was the number of jobs he
said will be created if the initiative goes ahead.
Vermont has nine scenic routes
called byways, and they’re designed to make travelers linger at local
attractions. One runs along the Connecticut River and reaches into the Northeast Kingdom. But the state’s scenic northeast corner otherwise hasn’t developed a byway of its own. And local tourism officials fear that’s putting the NEK at
There is the sense
in the Northeast Kingdom that the area is on the cusp of something that could bring in more high tech
jobs. But even now,
manufacturers in the region are struggling to find qualified workers.