Vermont is getting creative to address the labor shortage felt by states across the country—and its efforts are getting a lot of buzz in the national media. The Washington Post recently reported on “Stay to Stay Weekends,” the initiative launched by state officials to persuade thousands of Vermont’s annual tourists to move to the Green Mountain State to live and work.
The 3-day weekends in Bennington/Manchester, Rutland, or Brattleboro will connect guests to community leaders, business owners, potential neighbors, and state officials who can be instrumental in helping guests ultimately relocate to Vermont. In addition to some fun, the weekends include a networking reception, company visits, connections with entrepreneurs, and walking tours with realtors. “Between winery stops and maple syrup tastings, guides will inform visitors about cheaper housing than in New York and Boston and smaller class sizes in public schools,” reports the Post.
The state successfully held its first Stay to Stay Weekend earlier this month. The remaining programs will take place June 1–4, August 10–13, and October 19–22.