Help Chart Vermont’s Economic Future: 1st Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Being Developed with Community Input

ACEDC & ACRPC to host community workshop October 23rd in Middlebury to help build the state’s first Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

MIDDLEBURY, VT – October 16, 2013 – What will Vermont’s economy look like in 2015 or 2025?  How can the state increase the economic well-being of all Vermonters? These are some of the questions Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) and state officials will raise during a community workshop on Wednesday, October 23rd hosted at the Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) office, 14 Seminary Street, Middlebury from 8:00am – 11:00am.

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 help from local communities, officials can refine the vision of Vermont’s economic future.

This month, the Department of Economic Development (DED) invites citizens from around the state to participate in a series of workshops as part of the CEDS process. All citizens are invited to attend these free events.

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. 

Organized by the DED and regional development and planning groups, the sessions will be 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) will be 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 (click on “strategic planning”).

The department invites those unable to attend but who would like their voices heard to send thoughts and comments to Lisa Gosselin, Commissioner at the Department of Economic Development,