Why Vermont Is Tackling Its Aging Population Problem One Grant Award At A Time
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Thought it's less than a month old, Vermont’s plan to attract new workers to the state appears to be working, according to state officials.
The Remote Worker Grant Program, signed by Republican Gov. Phil Scott on May 30, has piqued the interest of about 1,000 people who have sent inquiries to see how the program works and whether they qualify. It's a number that has both excited and overwhelmed those implementing the grants.
“Just judging from the response so far, there are clearly people interested in it,” said Joan Goldstein, commissioner of Vermont’s Department of Economic Development. “It’s really had a very good knock-on effect with everything else that we’re trying to do to make Vermont a vibrant place to live and work.”
As the baby boomer generation enters retirement, New England states are grappling with slowing population growth and an aging workforce. Since 2010, the population growth rate has decreased in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, according to a 2017 summary report from the UMass Donahue Institute on data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Only Massachusetts and Rhode Island have seen an increase in their population growth rates as of the 2017 study, though all New England states fall below the national average.
June 28, 2018