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Statewide Study

The result of this project will be a comprehensive, research-­based action plan for moving Vermont’s creative economy forward. This statewide study builds on several years of research, partnership-building, and community inquiry, including national research and two regional studies of the creative economy—one of east central Vermont (completed in 2016) and another of the Northeast Kingdom (released in January 2019).


The aim is to cultivate economic growth across Vermont by developing a vibrant, resilient creative sector. The study will analyze the economic potential of Vermont’s creative sector, documenting workers employed in creative industries as well as creative occupations in other sectors; employment growth over time; and the convergence of creative businesses with other key sectors (such as health, agriculture and manufacturing).

Michael Kane presented findings from the Northeast Kingdom study at the 2019 Network Convening.


The consulting team for this project includes Mt. Auburn Associates, the lead contractor, and its partners Melissa Levy of Vermont-based Community Roots, and Stuart Rosenfeld. Mt. Auburn Associates and Stuart Rosenfeld have worked collaboratively for over a decade on creative economy plans for states and cities across the nation (including Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Berkshire County, MA).  Stuart Rosenfeld and Melissa Levy worked together on the creative economy plan recently completed for the NEK.


This project is supported by grants from

Jane’s Trust
Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
National Life Group Foundation