State Ponders New Worker Incentive Program – This Time for Businesses
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Posted by: Jeff Couture
Buoyed by the success of the state’s remote worker program, which garnered millions of social media impressions and drew some new residents to Vermont, the state Agency of Commerce and Community Development is now mulling over a plan to pay companies for recruiting workers to the Green Mountains.
Brett Long, deputy commissioner of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, said the department is contemplating incentives for companies to recruit workers, which will be one of the department’s legislative priorities in the coming year.
“It’s still in the development stage; it’s among the legislative priorities that we are contemplating,” he said. Long said the program would probably be tied in with the state’s VEGI, or Vermont Employment Growth Incentive, program. VEGI disburses grants to companies that demonstrate the money will help them to grow.
“We would propose to the Legislature that there be a pilot program to essentially do something similar to the worker incentive to businesses,” said Long. “The business could potentially get an incentive for recruiting workers to Vermont.”