Vermont Regional

Workforce Summits

Brought to you by the Vermont Regional Development Corporations

The Regional Development Corporations (RDC’s) of Vermont, in partnership with Vermont Department of Labor and the Vermont State Workforce Development Board will be hosting 12 Regional Workforce Summits this fall and early winter. Intended to build upon collaborations that have taken place of the past year, these Summits provide actionable solutions for employers and better coordination and collaboration among the regional and statewide service providers.

These events will advance stronger solutions and smoother operations for each county's regional workforce system. Employers - the beneficiaries of an efficient workforce system - and the wide range of providers and trainers who locate, motivate, and ready workers to be successful will participate.  

The State of Vermont recognizes that a robust, well trained workforce large enough to supply the
increasing needs of employers in our strong economy is critical to the state’s ability to meet its
obligations and provide a desirable quality of life for all Vermonters.

Output from these event will be used in each region to make our own systems stronger and by the State Workforce Development Board as it prepares its 2020 Workforce Strategy.


Dates and Locations

Oct 3, 2019

Windham Region Workforce Summit

Location: Brattleboro, VT

Oct 7, 2019

Northeast Kingdom Workforce Summit- Newport

Location: Newport, VT

Oct 15, 2019

Chittenden County Workforce Summit 

Location: Burlington, VT

Oct 18, 2019

Northeast Kingdom Workforce Summit- Lyndonville

Location: Lyndonville, VT

Oct 22, 2019

Franklin County Workforce Summit

Location: St. Albans, VT

Oct 24, 2019

Bennington County Workforce Summit

Location: Bennington, VT

Nov 6, 2019

GMEDC Workforce Conference 

Location: White River Junction, VT


Nov 6, 2019

Central Vermont Workforce Summit

Location: Sugarbush Resort, VT

Nov 13, 2019

Addison County Workforce Summit

Location: Middlebury, VT

Nov 14, 2019

Lamoille County Workforce Summit

Location: Hyde Park, VT

Nov. 19, 2019

Upper Valley Region Workforce Summit

Location: Randolph, VT

Nov 20, 2019

Windsor County Workforce Summit

Location: Springfield, VT

Nov 21, 2019

Rutland County Workforce Summit

Location: Castleton, VT

Background & 


Ongoing demographic challenges have produced a consistent decline in the number of Vermonters in our workforce. As a result, Governor Scott and his administration have made workforce development a priority. 

The Vermont Department of Labor has initiated a series of twelve Regional Workforce Summits talking place this fall. These summits will be implemented by the statewide network of Regional Development Corporations of Vermont, and content is based on 2018 Vermont Department of Labor funded workforce activities. 

Vermont Department of Labor has set three goals to guide their work on the governor's priorities:

1. Increase the Labor Participation Rate

2. Recruit and relocate more workers to Vermont

3. Assist Employers in accessing and retaining qualified workers



Jeffrey Lewis, formerly with the Vermont Futures Project
Erika Hoffman-Kiess, back in Vermont from years of international economic development work.

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For any questions, please contact your Regional Development Corporation