Regional Spotlight: Get to Know the Real Rutland

September 30, 2021
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Rutland County, Vermont is the perfect place to put down roots for young and seasoned professionals alike. Throughout the region, countless professional career opportunities are filling job boards, amazing year-round outdoor recreation activities are just steps from our backyards, and the ability to get involved in the community is seamless. With these opportunities present across the region, the Regional Marketing Initiative – known as Real Rutland – was born to attract and recruit both individuals and families to consider a move to the Green Mountains that we get to call home.

Real Rutland lives under Chamber & Economic Development of the Rutland Region (CEDRR). Funding for the initiative comes from a diverse population of municipalities, businesses, and individuals who feel increasing the Rutland County population is a priority. The staff at CEDRR, along with various partners, work diligently to highlight the amazing lifestyle available throughout Vermont.

As part of Real Rutland, our region offers a complimentary Concierge Program. The Concierge Program is comprised of over thirty very active volunteers who are passionate about Rutland County and always love meeting new people. These volunteers are young professionals, families, small business owners, life-long Vermonters, and new residents. They are available to provide insights and perspectives of what life in Rutland County looks like first-hand. In addition to these perspectives, our volunteers are more than willing to answer questions, make additional introductions both personally and professionally, and go out of their way to make Vermont feel like home. We have heard from many of our new residents who participated in the Concierge Program that one of the most beneficial parts of the program was to build a network of friends before they even arrived.

Jenna from Chittenden, Vermont has been active in our community for many years, including volunteering with our Concierge Program.

“Even though Chittenden is the largest town in the state of Vermont by area, it still has a small-town feel. We love the town because of its small tight-knit community, the access to untouched National Forest, and the water of the Chittenden Reservoir. Barstow, located in town, is a great K – 8 school and the center of a lot of the town’s charm. Whether cross-country skiing in the winter or putting the kayaks on the pristine water in the summer, Chittenden is a gateway to living a vibrant outdoor lifestyle.”


One resident who has moved here in the last few years was eager to share his appreciation for how quickly he became part of our community.

“We found everything we wanted here: good jobs, spectacular scenery and recreation, affordable land and housing, and a sense of community we’d only dreamed about. We can’t wait to help welcome more people to this great region.”

– Tom

Most recently, Real Rutland launched a new Relocation Incentive Package to attract new potential residents to the area. The incentive program was made available for 30 families on a first-come-first-served basis and is valued at over $2,000 per package. The application process is currently available through December 1, 2021, or while prizes and incentives last. To be eligible, you must relocate to Rutland County, Vermont within 6-months of entering the program.

The Real Rutland Relocation Incentive Package consists of a variety of offerings that were generously donated by local businesses. These incentives will allow new residents to participate in some of the attractions favored by our locals. This is Vermont’s outdoor lifestyle at its finest.


  • 2 lift tickets to Killington Resort ($330 value.)
  • 2 round trip tickets from Rutland to Boston via Cape Air ($179 value.)
  • 3 months free at the MINT Makerspace ($150 value.)
  • 3 months free rent if the person signs a year-long lease on a co-working/office space ($1,200 value.)
  • Gift certificate to a CEDRR member restaurant ($100 value.)
  • 2 tickets to the Paramount Theatre ($95 value.)
  • Waived initiation fee on membership and a free Personal Training Session or Tennis Lesson at Vermont Sport & Fitness ($100 value.)
  • One free month Membership with the purchase of One Month Membership, includes in-person classes and all online classes, at the Gymnasium ($58 value.)

Anyone looking to learn more or enter the Real Rutland Relocation Incentive Package should visit

Our Real Rutland website offers a wide variety of resources to individuals and families considering a move to our region and we encourage those interested to visit our website to learn more at






Kim Rupe is the Communications and Community Engagement Director for Chamber & Economic Development of the Rutland Region and lives in Poultney.


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