On March 22, 2018, Governor Phil Scott announced the statewide program Stay to Stay at his weekly press conference. The Stay to Stay Weekend program is an initiative developed by the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM) aimed at out-of-state visitors interested in moving to Vermont. The 3-day weekends will connect guests to employers, entrepreneurs, and potential neighbors in local communities, and begin to provide a road map for how visitors can relocate to Vermont. Guests will receive a warm welcome on Friday evening at a reception hosted by a local chamber or young professional’s networks, where they’ll meet others interested in moving to Vermont, as well as community leaders, businesses owners, young professionals, and state and local officials. Guests will spend the next two days exploring Vermont’s many attractions. On Monday, they have the option to meet with employers that are hiring, take a driving/walking tour with a realtor, or visit an incubator/co-maker space to meet with entrepreneurs and professionals.
Adam Grinold, Executive Director of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation spoke at governor’s press conference. “It’s all about connecting people with opportunities here. This is why we are so excited to partner with the state as this administration has increased focus and investment on our need to attract and retain people. We have great jobs at great organizations that allow people to have a promising future here in Vermont. But we need to connect people directly to those opportunities, and to tell that story. That’s what Think Vermont and Stay to Stay are all about.”
The weekends will be quarterly throughout the year: April 6-9, June 1-4, August 10-13, and October 19-22. The Brattleboro area is one of three pilot locations, including Rutland and the Shires of Bennington. Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation is working in partnership with the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce to welcome the Stay to Stay guests.