Metz: Workforce development drives the economy


Editor’s Note: Michael Metz is a retired materials scientist, entrepreneur, and business owner. He has a history of board leadership with profit and nonprofit organizations and currently serves in that role for the Maker Space Generator and The Vermont Community Foundation. This commentary is from a 10-part series in which the authors respond to the pressing topics identified in a draft “Proposition for the Future of Vermont” developed by the non-partisan Vermont Council on Rural Development. Learn more about its May 26-27 virtual Summit at

PART 7 – Vermont must strengthen business vitality advancing entrepreneurship, investment, workforce and rural innovation

by Michael Metz There is ample evidence to illustrate why workforce development is essential.

Vermont’s rate of job growth lags behind the national average. Colleges have closed with more likely to fail. Employment has shrunk and not entirely due to COVID. Vermont is…

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