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Vermont Connected: Envisioning the Future of Vermont's Economy

Vermont Connected: Envisioning the Future of the Vermont Digital Economy Summit at State House Sept. 23

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2014-08-21

Vermont Connected: Envisioning the Future of the Vermont Digital Economy a summit convening produced by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) will be held at the Vermont State House on Tuesday, September 23. The event will highlight the effective use of digital tools to further community development and advance the Vermont economy. The summit will also look forward and consider the role the internet and other advances in technology can play in the future of Vermont's economy.

“For the past five years, first through the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project and now through the Vermont Digital Economy Project, VCRD has fostered resilience and economic development through the innovative use of online tools,” explains VCRD Executive Director Paul Costello.

“As the Vermont Digital Economy Project winds to a close, we hope it’s just the beginning of an ongoing conversation around technology, digital literacy, and the tremendous power of online tools,” said Costello. “The Vermont Connected Summit at the State House on September 23 will further this important discussion, focusing specifically on the areas of education, organizational effectiveness, community resilience, and the creative economy.”

At the summit, more than fifty leaders from state government, local communities, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, tech firms, and other experts will share critical insights about the effective use of digital tools in diverse areas, including K-12 education, nonprofit and business organizational effectiveness, community engagement and resilience, and government transparency and effectiveness. The summit will also highlight how critical it is for Vermont to improve digital literacy, attract technology companies, and foster a more creative economy.

The Vermont Connected Summit will be limited to 300 total participants. Anyone interested in taking part in this important event should register without delay. To learn more and to register, visit vtdigitaleconomy/conference or contact VCRD at 802-223-6091 or by email at info@vtrural.org.