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October 9, 2013

East Central CEDS Region & VT Dep’t of Economic Development Sponsoring Statewide Economic Planning Workshop on October 21st in White River Junction

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What will Vermont’s economy look like in 2015 or 2025?  How do we increase the economic well-being of all Vermonters?

Building wages and creating good jobs is a top priority of Governor Shumlin’s 2012-2015 Strategic Plan for Vermont and the goal or the state’s first state-wide Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). With your help, we can refine the vision of Vermont’s economic future.

The Department of Economic Development (DED) is inviting citizens from around the state to participate in a series of workshops as part of the CEDS process. The goal: solicit strategies and tactics for helping Vermont’s economy grow in a manner that improves wages and job opportunities, builds business, enhances our quality of life and preserves Vermont’s brand, values and natural resources.

The East Central Vermont CEDS Region is partnering with the Department of Economic Development to sponsor a workshop for our area.

DATE – Monday, October 21st

TIME – 4:30 – 7:30 pm

LOCATION – Tupelo Music Hall, 188 S. Main Street, in White River Junction.

The session is open to the public and will include a wide variety of stakeholders representing the interests of business, non-profits, the community and citizens.

In addition to the regional meetings, a CEDS Committee (representatives of the business, non-profits, education and communities) is meeting regularly and will help determine and put together the final plan for the Governor’s review. The final plan will be released in the summer of 2014.

Background on the process, FAQs, a full schedule of meetings and examples of regional CEDS plans that have already been developed are available at ThinkVermont.com (click on “strategic planning”). The East Central Vermont CEDS plan is being utilized as part of the state process and the CEDS work in this region is continuing to move forward.

If you are not able to attend but would like to be heard, the department invites you to send your thoughts and comments to Lisa Gosselin, Commissioner at the Department of Economic Development, accd.ceds@state.vt.us