MONTPELIER -- Vermont Connected: Envisioning the Future of the Vermont Digital Economy, a summit produced by the Vermont Council on Rural Development, will be held at the Vermont Statehouse on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The event will highlight the effective use of digital tools to further community, engagement, and the overall economy. The summit will also look forward and consider the role the internet and other advances in technology can play in the future of Vermont's economy.

"For the past five years, first through the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project and now through the Vermont Digital Economy Project, VCRD has fostered resilience and economic development through the innovative use of online tools," said VCRD Executive Director Paul Costello.

As the Vermont Digital Economy Project winds to a close, noted Costello, he hopes it's just the beginning of an ongoing conversation around technology, digital literacy, and the power of online tools.

"The Vermont Connected Summit at the State House on September 23 will further this important discussion, focusing specifically in the areas of education, organizational effectiveness, community resilience, and the creative economy."

At the summit, more than 50 leaders from state government, local communities, non-profit organizations, small businesses, tech firms, and other important experts will share critical insights about the effective use of digital tools in diverse areas, including K-12 education, nonprofit and business organizational effectiveness, community engagement and resilience, and government transparency.


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The summit will also highlight how critical it is for Vermont to improve digital literacy, attract technology companies, and foster a more creative economy.

The Vermont Connected Summit will be limited to just 300 total participants. Anyone interested in taking part in this important event should register without delay. To learn more and to register, visit vtdigitaleconomy/conference or contact VCRD at 802-223-6091 or by email at info@vtrural.org.