(From Commerce Connections Issue: March 2017)
The Vermont Futures Project outlined a set of targets to build a future with opportunity for all Vermonters and communities, and where quality of life is better than ever. The future will feature economic success for every region, in addition to a thriving Burlington area. The future will be built on economic diversification and healthy growth, and a state that has the means to invest in itself and its people.
by Jennifer Stromsten
The Vermont Futures Project outlined a set of targets to build a future with opportunity for all Vermonters and communities, and where quality of life is better than ever. Reaching those targets will involve many steps, small and large. Some key elements to realize these targets include:
Vermont’s future success will include every region. The Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan region accounts for 40% of the state’s jobs. Vermont cannot move forward without widespread success and job growth in other regions of the state.
Vermont’s future economy will be built on economic diversity within and across sectors. Key sectors like tourism will continue to diversify through agri-tourism, cycling, and private resorts, for example. Tech-based businesses and tech-enabled work environments are increasing our ability to attract entrepreneurs and workers anywhere there’s connectivity.
In the future, Vermont will attract people and investment by doubling down on its natural and cultural assets, and making it affordable for working people to live here. Investing in skills training, creating affordable housing, expanding childcare options, and helping companies grow today will provide benefits long into the future.