Economic Development

Vermont is a special place to start or expand a business, and our economy is diverse.  Well-known companies like Burton, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, King Arthur Flour and Orvis all hail from the Green Mountain State.  Established firms like GE Aviation in Rutland and United Technologies Aerospace Systems in Vergennes all have facilities in Vermont.  And many innovative small businesses – like Revision Eyewear, Chroma Technologies and Darn Tough Socks – also call Vermont home.  In fact, over 95 percent of all businesses in Vermont employ fewer than 50 employees.  

Senator Leahy believes that a strong partnership between Vermont’s institutions of higher education and its businesses is a cornerstone to creating jobs.  In 2005, he helped secure federal funding for the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, which partners with universities and colleges throughout the state to offer business support services to technology startups in Vermont.

If you are interested in starting or expanding a business in the Vermont, information available on these pages may be helpful: