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Young Professionals’ Opportunity Gap Living in Vermont

During the Young Professional (YP) Focus Groups, the attendees were asked about their vision for their own “economic future” living in Vermont. Many YP’s were less than optimistic for they addressed what others call the Young Professional Opportunity Gap. This term refers to the financial reality and emotional toll felt by many YPs that limits […]

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship Pillar Recommendations

In October, the Vermont Futures Project announced recommendations to grow and sustain Vermont businesses to enhance Vermont’s current innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. To secure our economic future, we must scale and grow Vermont’s mid-sized businesses, defined as having 20 to 499 employees. These companies are the mainstay of Vermont’s employment base which provide stable jobs, good pay, and career […]

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Completion of Economic Plan in 2020

The Vermont Futures Project has identified six pillars , each one with a long-term target. After completing our Innovation and Entrepreneurship Pillar last month, we turn our attention to the Quality of Place Pillar focusing on the goal to build or retrofit 5,000 housing units annually. We are creating an advisory committee to address Vermont’s housing supply to […]

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Introducing the Vermont Business Ecosystem

The Vermont Futures Project created the new Vermont Business Ecosystem platform for Vermont leaders and business owners to think broadly to attract, retain, and build their workforces for tomorrow. Current challenges have led many businesses to create and seek new ways to build an environment (ecosystem) where both employees and employers succeed. Connections, collaboration, and creativity are […]

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Addressing Public Policy with Innovation and Entrepreneurship Recommendations

Since the release of our public policy recommendations for innovation and entrepreneurship , we have been working with the Vermont Chamber lobbying team to move forward with potential legislative initiatives. We are working on legislation to offer a competitive grant program to provide professional assistance to help entrepreneurs developing SBIR grants, patenting, and commercialization. We are also working to […]

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Statewide Young Professional Focus Groups

The Vermont Futures Project, in partnership with statewide Young Professionals (YP) groups, facilitated 13 YP focus groups around Vermont this fall. As the Vermont Futures Project works to create an actionable statewide plan for sustainable economic growth, we want to hear from young professionals as we believe that Vermont’s future depends on their voice. One […]

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The Vermont Futures Project Recommends Strengthening the Innovation Ecosystem

Contact: Lori Smith, Executive Director 802-363-9309 Montpelier, VT (October 24, 2019) The Vermont Futures Project announces recommendations to grow and sustain Vermont businesses with further development and additional support to enhance Vermont’s current innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. To secure our economic future, the Vermont Futures Project has identified the need to scale and grow […]

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Paul W. Carroccio of Manchester and Wendy Knight of Addison County Join the Vermont Futures Project Board of Directors

Contact:  Bill Shouldice, 802-282-2683 Berlin, VT – The Vermont Futures Project is pleased to announce that Paul W. Carroccio and Wendy Knight have joined its Board of Directors. Paul is the CEO of TPW Real Estate based in Manchester. TPW was founded in 1987 and is family-owned boutique real estate sales, rentals and property management […]

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