In rural areas people looking for work are faced with a dearth of choices, while in competitive urban markets jobs go unfilled.
Wait. Here's a mismatch we can solve.
Let's connect the customer support rep jobs for companies based in San Francisco with telecommuters in Orleans or Rutland or Bennington Counties. Let’s provide career advancement and vocational training to turn those support reps into managers and supervisors, or programmers and coders.
States like Maine, Utah, West Virginia, and Kentucky are embracing this strategy to revitalize their shrinking, aging, and recovering small cities and towns.
Vermont’s successful Agriculture and Tourism sectors are not sufficient to provide high quality employment opportunities in rural communities for the 21st century. The celebrated Vermont Brand working so well for these sectors also applies to our burgeoning tech economy, that equally takes advantage of Vermont’s traditions of entrepreneurship, hard work, and a great lifestyle.
All of them capable of being executed effectively outside of a traditional office by both men and women, offering a career development trajectory for people oftentimes disenfranchised from the job market.
What're we waiting for? We need smart people working on this. We need technology solutions to bridge the digital divide. We need local job training approachable for anyone with the desire to learn. We need the physical space and technical infrastructure to make the magic happen and create an inclusive economy here in Vermont.