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Write a letter to your local paper in support of WLEF funding for FY 2017

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Write a letter to your local newspaper. (A list of papers with their email addresses is below.)

  1. Send your letter by email, and only send it to one paper at a time. Do not cc (or bcc) multiple newspapers.  
  2. In your 3‐paragraph letter:  
    • Say you support funding the Working Lands Enterprise Fund at $1 million for FY 2017 and you hope legislators will, too.
    • In the second paragraph, say why you think the Working Lands Enterprise Fund is a good investment (see below for some ideas)
    • In the last paragraph, send readers to for more information.   
  3. Keep your entire letter to no more than 400 words – 3 short paragraphs.  
  4. Be sure to include your: a) Full name b) Town c) Phone Number and Email Address. 
  5. If your letter gets published, please send us a copy – you can mail it to VWLP c/o PO Box 551, Montpelier VT 05601 or email if you have a link to the letter online.  

Reasons the WLEF is a good investment - pick one or two, or use your own reasons!

The Working Lands Enterprise Fund:

  • Creates jobs in working lands enterprises
  • Keeps young entrepreneurs in Vermont
  • Builds new markets for value-added products
  • Increases capacity for in-state production
  • Leverages more investment for growing enterprises

FY13 & FY14 grants – reporting above from about half of the grants - results:

  • Leveraged $4.9 million in matching funds
  • 106 new (FTE) jobs created

For the 49 completed projects: for every $10,000 invested, gross income increases 10x and 1 new job is created!


Daily Papers, Location, LTE contact
Bennington Banner, Bennington,
Brattleboro Reformer, Brattleboro,
Burlington Free Press, Burlington,
Caledonian Record St., Johnsbury,
Eagle Times (NH), Claremont, NH,
Newport Daily Express, Newport,
Rutland Herald, Rutland,
St. Albans Messenger, St. Albans,
Times Argus, Barre-Montpelier,
Valley News, Upper Valley,

Weekly Papers, Location, LTE contact
Addison Independent, Middlebury,
Barton Chronicle, Barton,
Brandon Reporter, Brandon,
Charlotte News, Charlotte,
Colchester Sun, Colchester,
County Courier, Enosburg Falls,
Deerfield Valley News, West Dover,
Essex Reporter, Colchester,
Hardwick Gazette, Hardwick,
Manchester Journal, Manchester Center,
Milton Independent, Milton,
Montpelier Bridge, Montpelier,
News & Citizen, Morrisville,
Northfield News, Northfield,
Randolph Herald, Randolph,
Shelburne News, Shelburne,
Stowe Reporter, Stowe,
The Islander, South Hero,
The Journal Opinion, Bradford,
The Message, Chester,
The Observer, Jamaica,
The World, Barre,
Town Crier, Bellows Falls/Brattleboro-Wilmington,
Transcript, Morrisville,
Vermont News Guide, Manchester Center,
Vermont Standard, Woodstock,
Waitsfield Valley Reporter, Waitsfield,
Waterbury Record, Waterbury,
Williston Observer, Williston,