Forum to be held on Vermont’s economic future

MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Futures Project is convening a statewide discussion series regarding the future of Vermont with a goal of enhancing and sustaining a robust and growing economy. The Vermont Futures Project believes that Vermonters need a shared vision about the economy we all want — one that is as strong as the vision we share for our environment and for our social safety net. In balance, these three components create a strong foundation for Vermont’s future.
To help build this vision the Vermont Futures Project is sponsoring, in collaboration with other regional entities, a series of discussions around the state. The forum in Addison County is scheduled for Thursday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kirk Alumni Center at Middlebury College. This event is free to attend and the public is invited; however, RSVPs would be appreciated at http://addisoncountyedc.org/register/856. Laurie Patton, president of Middlebury College, will provide an introduction to the event.
The forum will be led by the research team of Jeff Lewis and Jennifer Stromsten, who will discuss key economic indicators on the recently launched economic dashboard found at www.VTFuturesProject.org. They will explore Vermont’s unique challenge in balancing our commitment to environmental responsibility, fairness to our people, and growth of opportunity.
The Vermont Futures Project was launched by the Vermont Chamber Foundation to build a shared vision for the economy in collaboration with partner organizations, academic institutions and thought leaders. They are setting a course toward a vibrant economic future through research, policy development and long-term strategies in order to realize that vision. The Vermont Futures Project is committed to addressing the challenges facing Vermont in workforce, demographics, productivity, industrial mix and infrastructure.
Area partnering organizations for the Addison County forum include the Addison County Economic Development Corp.,Addison County Regional Planning Commission, Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCoC) and Middlebury College.
For more information, go to www.VTFuturesProject.org.

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