February 7, 2017 / Montpelier VT – The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (WLEI) supports innovative entrepreneurs at the forefront of Vermont’s Working Lands economy. Through technical and financial assistance, the Initiative helps growing agricultural and land-based businesses thrive. The program is made possible through the support of the state legislature, multiple state organizations and public/private donors. At the statehouse tomorrow, Vermont legislators and the public will have an opportunity to learn more about the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, how it works, and the impact it has on Vermont’s working lands entrepreneurs and economy.
Ø Thursday, February 8, 2017 / 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Ø Room 10 - Vermont Statehouse
Ø Montpelier, VT
Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets Deputy Secretary Alyson Eastman will be joined by Agency of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Mike Schirling and Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mike Snyder, as well as grant recipients who will relate their personal stories.
Some facts about WLEI:
Since its legislative inception in 2012, the Working Lands Enterprise Board has invested over $4.5 million dollars in 149 projects affecting every county of the state, leveraging over $7.5 million in additional funds.
Between calendar years 2016 and 2017, grant recipients:
- Increased payroll by $2.09 million.
- Increased full-time employees by 57.
- Totaled $8.35 million in gross sales.
The WLEI grant program continues to support the creation of jobs and the increase of production, income, and acreage in working lands production and improves quality of life for our working lands businesses here in Vermont. The demand and need going into the FY 2018 funding cycle remains strong.
For more information about the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, please visit: http://workinglands.vermont.gov/
To watch a video about the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, click here.
Attached photo is courtesy of Farmers to You, LLC.
For questions please contact:
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
About the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets: VAAFM facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment. www.Agriculture.Vermont.Gov