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Vermont Digital Economy Project

A small team, led by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) and its great project partners, has made a tremendous difference in Vermont communities, in hundreds of organizations (including both nonprofits and small businesses), and, most importantly, in the lives of individual Vermonters.

VCRD had just 18 months to leverage a $1.8M federal disaster relief grant from the Economic Development Administration. The Vermont Digital Economy Project had an aggressive work plan to deliver eight different grant services in dozens of Vermont communities impacted by 2011 flooding. It was a unique project in that it bolstered virtual infrastructure, and not roads and bridges.

In those 18 months, the project delivered Front Porch Forum to every town in Vermont, created 26 free Wi-Fi zones/hotspots and 25 new municipal websites, and advised over 120 nonprofits and 260 small businesses. It also placed 24 internet interns in libraries across the state to help teach digital literacy.

Stories from the Vermont Digital Economy Project

Planning and Implementing a Wi-Fi zone for your Town
Click Here to Dowload a PDF version of this document Through both the Vermont Digital Economy Project (VDEP) and its predecessor, e-Vermont, we have worked to implement free Wi-Fi zones and hotspots in 33 Vermont towns. The guide below, created by... read more
Creating and Managing a Municipal Website
Click Here to Download a PDF Version of This Guide This article was written with insight from Tess Gauthier, Project Coordinator from the Snelling Center for Government and based on a presentation given at the Vermont Connected Summit. One of the... read more
6 Steps to Evaluate and Optimize Your Organization's Use of Digital Tools
Click Here to Download a PDF Version of This Guide Digital tools have the potential to revolutionize the operation of any organization, while at the same time befuddling even the most tech-savvy people. As the Nonprofit Adviser for the Vermont... read more
How Organizations Can Use Online Tools To Collaborate
Almost all of the digital tools that we have discussed in previous articles have focused on how to reach to reach a wider audience. But it is also important to consider two-way communication methods, so that people collaborating on a project, or... read more
The Right Training for the Right Job
This article was written by Tanja Hinterstoisser (Champlain College) and Daniel Connolly (University of Denver), who presented on this topic at our Vermont Connected Summit. Technology is one of the greatest drivers of societal change—impacting... read more