Population Puzzle: Vermont Plan Would Pump $3.2M into Program to Keep Workers


Vermont officials are looking at new initiatives to alleviate the chronic labor shortage caused by an aging stagnant population.

The man behind this effort, Michael Schirling, of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, is officially calling it the "Think Vermont Move" initiative.

The program will help train people to fill good paying jobs and encourage those who have left the workforce to come back to it. The other focus will be on tourists and keeping out-of-state college students in the state after they graduate.

The goal is to gain about 2,200 new workers a year.

The price tag for the program is $3.2 million, which would pay for the technology used to target and identify those who would be most likely to move to the Green Mountain State.

Schirling said that if Vermont could have the success that South Dakota had with a similar program of bringing in one new person a day for the first year to 18 months, he would consider the program a preliminary success.

Material from The Associated Press contributed to this story.