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Vermont expands long weekends for potential new residents

June 29, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is expanding a program that hopes to help tourists who enjoy visiting Vermont move to the state full time.

It’s part of an effort to reverse the declining workforce and boost state revenue.

Since the “Stay-to-Stay Weekends” were launched last year, more than a dozen people have moved to the state.

The weekends include a reception hosted by a local chamber of commerce or young professional’s network, and opportunities to explore the region. The governor’s office says guests also meet with employers who are hiring, tour the area with a real estate agent or visit an incubator or co-working space to meet with entrepreneurs.

This year new communities offering the long weekends include Newport at the end of July and in December and St. Johnsbury in September and October.

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