The Vermont Digital Economy Project was created by the Vermont Council on Rural Development to address vulnerabilities of Vermont business and communities that are not fully utilizing online tools. The project offered free support that sped-up flood recovery, spurred economic development and job growth, and improved community resilience to disasters. The project worked directly with approximately 50 Vermont communities that were affected by flooding to help businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities expand their innovative use of online tools.

The project was funded by a disaster recovery grant from the Economic Development Administration and from the donations and expertise of its partners: IBM, the Snelling Center for Government, the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Vermont Small Business Development Center, Microsoft, and the Vermont State Colleges, to provide project services.

Active in Vermont communities from March 2013 through September 2014, the project team made a significant impact in the lives of hundreds of Vermonters. We invite you to take a tour through the stories of the people we served.

Click on one of the three maps below, to explore the story of the Vermont Digital Economy Project:

Creating Resilient Communities

Resilient Communities

Building Effective Organizations

Effective Organizations

Bridging the
Digital Divide

Digital Divide