Governor Phil Scott and Vermont Tourism Commissioner Wendy Knight announced the Stay-to-Stay initiative, which aims to convert tourists who already enjoy visiting Vermont into full-time residents. The new package will give tourists the opportunity to relax and also to network with business leaders and tour Vermont communities with real-estate experts to learn more about relocating to Vermont. The Stay-to-Stay promotion will be held during the months of April, June, August, and October in different areas of the state.
Vermont’s low unemployment rate and aging population point to a need for an influx of new residents. According to Adam Grinold, executive director of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, “The one thing we need more of in Vermont is people. We need more visitors, we need more employees, we need more business owners. We need more people.” The new Stay-to-Stay initiative is designed to encourage people who are already enjoying Vermont on an occasional basis to consider calling it home.