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Act 142: Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Investment Bill

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The Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Investment Bill turned the recommendations in the Vermont Working Landscape Partnership’s Action Plan into legislative language for consideration by Vermont lawmakers in the spring of 2012. The bill (S.246 and H.496) passed the House and the Senate, and was signed by Gov. Shumlin in May 2012 as Act 142.

Legislative Intent: The bill created the Working Landscape Enterprise Fund and the Working Lands Enterprise Board, which oversees the Fund (Working Lands Enterprise Initiative). The intent is to stimulate a concerted economic development effort on behalf of Vermont's agriculture and forest products sectors by systematically advancing entrepreneurism, business development, and job creation. In 2013 through the Fund, $1M was granted to farm and forest entrepreneurs and another $1M is available in 2014. To find out more about the Fund and to apply, visit workinglands.vermont.gov. Click the links to learn more about the Bill:

Initial Sponsors of the Working Lands Enterprise BillOriginal sponsors of H.496 –
Rep. Will Stevens (I-Shoreham),
Rep. Tess Taylor (D-Barre City),
Rep. Carolyn Branagan (R-Georgia),
Rep Mollie Burke (P-Brattleboro)

Photo credit: Mary Claire Carroll