ST. ALBANS — Northwestern Vermont just got a striking opportunity to develop its workforce.
The Working Communities Challenge selected a team of northwestern Vermont organizations as one of
eight grant award winners.
That means our area now has professional assistance in concretely planning how to develop our local
workforce, as well as $15,000 to fund the six-month planning process.
The Northwest Regional Planning Commission led this area’s application process, with aid from the
Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation, United Way of Northwestern Vermont, Franklin, Grand Isle Restorative Justice, RiseVT and Northwestern Medical Center, following on those organizations’ October 2018 discussions of the so-called “Formidable Four” — four issues hurting our local economy: affordable housing, child care, transportation and substance use disorders.