Public and Non-Profit Sector: These projects are carried out by or substantially under the direction of our region's municipalities and organizations that advance collective, public, or social benefit. Local buy-in is a key component for rural economic development in New England, and this category exists to celebrate those investments. Please note: some non-profits will have projects that are a better fit for the "private sector" category, and those organizations should feel free to classify their project as they wish.
Workforce Development and Education: These projects address the pipeline issues that help our employers draw on local talent to fill essential, meaningful positions. Projects will target one or more sections of our demographics and industries: youth, young adults, English language learners, new Vermonters, former offenders, single parents, mid-career transitions, and many others.
Private Sector: These projects are initiatives of Southern Vermont's business community, from major employers to sole proprietors. Most projects in this category relate to capital expenditures for investments in space, equipment, or expanded operations, and projects undertaken in partnership with state, regional, or local resources are most welcome.
Infrastructure and Transportation: These projects focus on the many forms of connectivity that are essential to our region: public transit, access and circulation, multimodal transportation, water, wastewater, internet, accessibility, and more. An intentionally broad category, projects here will strengthen, develop, or expand the systems that sustain existing patterns and enable positive growth consistent with our local and regional plans.