On September 13, 2023, the Vermont Futures Project will be visiting Windsor County as part a statewide tour to inform the development of a statewide economic action plan. The public forum will be held at the Black River Innovation Campus auditorium in Springfield, VT from 3:30 – 5:00 PM. Parking and entry will be via the back parking lot located 60 Park St.
The Vermont Futures Project, an independent non-partisan organization led by Executive Director Kevin Chu, is convening community conversations, and making strategic stakeholder visits in all fourteen counties. Aggregate input gathered at these events and online will inform the recommendations made in the economic action plan and provide an opportunity for diverse, statewide, participation from Vermonters.
With the support of key partners, Chu has been leading efforts to define updated economic development goals and data indicators. Central to this work is the goal of increasing Vermont’s population to 802,000 by 2035 and increasing housing inventory to 350,000 non-seasonal units by 2035. Key data indicators being evaluated are net migration, racial composition, rental vacancy, homeownership rates, building permits, cost burden, and more.
“It’s essential that we invest in strategies and remove barriers to strengthen our economy, scale up Vermont’s impact on sustainability, and make progress on social equity,” stated Kevin Chu, Executive Director of the Vermont Futures Project. “Vermont needs more people, and more people need Vermont.”
The 2024 Economic Plan is slated to be released in June 2024.
About the Vermont Futures Project
The Vermont Futures Project is an independent non-partisan organization pursuing answers to their mission question: How can we use data to support the evolution of Vermont’s economy towards a thriving future full of opportunity for all?
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