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April 12, 2016

Public Forum on State’s Economic Future in Chester on 5/13

Filed under: SRDC — admin @ 10:20 am

Springfield Regional Development Corporation, the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Vermont Futures Project are sponsoring a public discussion about the Vermont economy on Friday, May 13th, from 8 – 10 am at the Newsbank Conference Center on 352 Main Street in Chester. The event is for businesses and residents of Southern Windsor County.

The state’s economy is one of our most crucial and the least understood systems. The Vermont Futures Project was founded to conduct research and provide knowledge about the Vermont economy aimed at enhancing and sustaining a robust and growing economy. The Futures Project believes that Vermonters need a shared vision about the economy we want—one that is as strong as the vision we share for our environment.

To help build this vision, the Vermont Futures Project is holding a series of discussions around the state.  The Chester event will build off the economic indicators in the Vermont Futures Project website, focusing in three broad areas: economic performance, workforce, and quality of place. The unique Vermont challenge is balancing the commitment to environmental responsibility, fairness to residents, and growth of opportunity.

The Vermont Futures Project, created by the Vermont Chamber Foundation, has already published a website of economic indicators at www.vtfuturesproject.org based on research funded by the Foundation and performed by the UMass Center for Economic Development. The indicators provide a profile of the economy, which the Foundation is committed to update annually for at least the next ten years.

The Foundation believes that achieving a shared vision, developing strategies, and accomplishing change in our economic future will take a decade or more—as the challenges facing the state in workforce, demographics, productivity, industrial mix, and infrastructure will take time to address. The indicators and vision are the first two portions of a three-phase project. The third area concerns economic development learning, strategy and policy development, and continual attention to the shared economy of Vermont.

This event is sponsored by Springfield Regional Development Corporation, the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce and will be facilitated by Jeffrey Lewis and Jennifer Stromsten, of the Vermont Future Project.  While attendance is free, for planning purposes, please rsvp at the SRDC office by calling 802-885-3061 or emailing bobf@springfielddevelopment.org