Statement from Vermont Chamber and Vermont Futures Project on Governor Scott’s Address

Montpelier, VT (January 5, 2022) –

Responding to the address, Vermont Chamber President Betsy Bishop said, “Governor Scott’s speech today focused on our workforce and demographics challenge, issues that continue to top the Vermont Chamber agenda. We support initiatives to fund our training programs, build more housing, and provide relocation incentives, all of which will benefit from federal ARPA funds. However, Vermont’s disappearing workforce does not have an easy fix that can be solved with one time money. We need to encourage every Vermonter to participate in the workforce. There are jobs available for all skill levels in every industry. We need to tell our story nationally, that Vermont is a welcoming place for diverse populations, climate refugees, gig workers, and people who want to know they are part of a community.”

“Five years ago, the Vermont Futures Project estimated that we need 10,000 more workers annually and since the pandemic, that number has certainly increased. The Governor’s message today resonated as we plan for a robust economic future. With the help of recent federal funds, Vermont can invest in better broadband, more housing, accessible childcare and climate change initiatives. Focusing on increasing our population to strengthen our workforce is equally important and will prepare us for a strong future,” said Kevin Chu, Executive Director of the Vermont Futures Project.