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Vermont Chamber’s Engagement in Caucuses
- Older Vermonters Caucus – The Vermont Chamber addressed the Older Vermonters Caucus, advocating for greater mature worker participation in the labor force, and presenting immediate actions to be taken in response to the rapid decline in employment by this demographic. Recruitment and retention of workers aged 55+ is crucial to addressing our demographic crisis and the resilience of the Vermont economy.
- Social Equity Caucus – Al Wakefield, a former businessman in the Rutland area, is leading a push to encourage towns across Vermont to adopt the Declaration of Inclusion. The Vermont Chamber is amplifying this message because building equitable and inclusive communities and telling our story beyond our borders is the best way to attract diversity and encourage new people to live and work in Vermont. If you would like to get your town to adopt the DOI, email Betsy Bishop for more information.
- Tourism Caucus – The Vermont Chamber provided an update to the Tourism Caucus regarding the workforce landscape in the tourism and hospitality industry. The Caucus was joined by industry representatives and the Vermont Department of Labor, and discussed challenges, opportunities, and the changing landscape for the industry’s workforce. Workforce recruitment and retention, a priority of the Vermont Chamber, will be critical as the industry works to emerge from the pandemic.
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