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Vermont Connected: Envisioning the Future of Vermont's Economy

Vermont Connected: Envisioning the Future of Vermont’s Digital Economy

Find the day's social media conversation (with some really great insights from the day) here, and download the summit program here. You can also find slides from each workshop here.

Vermont Connected was the culmination of the work of the Vermont Digital Economy Project. At this day-long summit, we reflected on our past work and the lessons we learned from helping small businesses, nonprofits and towns in Vermont to effectively use digital tools to further community, engagement, and the overall economy. This summit also looked forward, asking questions about the role the internet and other advances in technology can play on the future of Vermont's economy. The final ideas for action that came out of the summit's afternoon discussions can be found below, and downloaded here.

Over the course of the day, there were four main conference track, each with a sub-track. They were as follows:

  • Educating for a Digital World
    • K-12 and Beyond
    • Bridging the Digital Divide
  • Building Effective Organizations
    • For Nonprofits
    • For Small Businesses
  • Creating Resilient Communities
    • Open Data in Government and Beyond
    • Resilience through Engagement
  • Steering Vermont’s Digital Future
    • Vermont's Technology Industry
    • The Creative Economy 



Latest News from the Summit

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...
Connected Nonprofits
This article was written by Kate Jellema, Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies, who facilitated a discussion at our Vermont Connected Summit on how nonprofits can keep pace with...
Vermontivate! On Line For The Real World
This article was written by Kathryn Blume, Co-Founder of "Vermontivate!" and a panelist on our morning session called "Nonprofit Problem Solvers." The big question that started the whole thing off...
6 Steps to Evaluate and Optimize Your Nonprofit's Use of Digital Tools
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...
Internet Intern Program Highlights Growing Need for Digital Skills Education
The following article was submitted by Martha Reid, Vermont State Librarian. Marty will be moderating the morning panel on “Digital Literacy for a Thriving Economy” in the “Digital Divide” track of...
Using The Internet To Connect With Vermont Neighbors
One of the many ways that the Vermont Digital Economy Project has worked to foster resilience and create community engagement in the past 18 months was by enabling Front Porch Forum to expand to each...
How One Vermont Teacher Educates Girls (and Boys) for a Digital World
  Betsy Calhoun, a business applications teacher at Lake Region Union High School in Orleans, Vermont, will take part in our “K-12 Goes Digital” panel at the Vermont Connected Summit. It was tough...
The Value of Human Centered Design in Vermont
Participants at the Vermont Food Systems Hackathon used concepts from Human Centered Design to develop their ideas. One of the things that makes our summit unique is that by organizing our sessions...
Meet Our Keynote Speaker: Julie Lenzer Kirk
We are extremely pleased that our Keynote Speaker is Julie Lenzer Kirk. At our summit, she’ll speak to us about “Infusing Innovation & an Entrepreneurial Mindset to Fuel Economic Growth.” “At...
How One Vermont Supervisory Union is Integrating Digital Tools
  The Vermont Digital Economy Project has been very active in promoting digital skills-building through its Internet Intern program at 24 Vermont libraries and by making digital workforce training...
Announcing the Summit, "Vermont Connected: Envisioning the Future of Vermont’s Digital Economy"
Find the Most Up To Date Information on the Summit by Clicking Here. As the Vermont Digital Economy Project winds to a close, we are happy to announce that its end will only be the beginning of...