Rutland summit aims to attract youth to Green Mountains

Published: Aug. 7, 2017 at 3:43 PM EDT
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Keeping and attracting young professionals in the Green Mountains is a challenge.

That's why this group held a press conference to announce the 3rd Annual Young Professional Summit in Rutland in September. They held it at Fiddlehead Brewing in Shelburne, saying the success of the craft beer industry has attracted many young people to the area.

But outside Chittenden County the Vermont population is stagnant, or in decline. It also has one of the oldest populations in the country.

"We're looking to engage and support young professionals and also provide feedback to business and political leaders on how to best foster workplaces and an economic landscape that will help support young professionals and future generations," said Laura Pierce with Rutland Young Professionals.

"What I have consistently heard is some of the barriers to attracting more families -- young professionals -- is decent affordable housing," said Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont.

The summit is part brain storming, part networking. They hope to give political and business leaders suggestions on how to retain young people.

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