GBIC offers direct contact and support to aid employers in developing and understanding the importance and value of relationships with the following list of key business assistance resources.


Regional Project Prioritization List
Regional Project Prioritization (RPP) lists are developed by Regional Development Corporations (RDCs) to identify projects of priority and importance in the region using input from Regional Planning Commissions, municipalities, partners, and communities. The regional lists express the highest priority projects for each region and the top ten projects from each region will be included in a consolidated statewide list submitted to the Agency of Commerce, who will share it with other funders, to be used by state and federal funders when making funding decisions.

Click here to learn more and submit an application for consideration.

To meet the different needs of Vermont’s diverse economy, GBIC partners with a number of organizations and agents of Economic Development and works with businesses to find their best fit in resources and support.

  • Vermont Department of Economic Development: Vermont’s Government department dedicated to growing businesses in our state.
  • Vermont Small Business Development Center: VtSBDC provides low-cost training programs and no-cost mentoring to help strengthen existing businesses and grow start-ups.
  • Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center: With a home office located on the Vermont Technical College campus in Randolph Center, Vermont, VMEC operates throughout the state assisting small and medium sized manufacturers with increasing productivity, reducing costs and providing assistance with utilizing and incorporating new technologies and services.
  • Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development: The Agency of Commerce works to enhance the Vermont business climate, marketing Vermont to tourists and others, and strengthening Vermont communities in a wide variety of ways.
  • Vermont Information Technology Center: Helps small businesses implement and effectively apply Information Technologies in their operations while also supporting the statewide education infrastructure necessary to see future IT development.
  • Vermont Global Trade Partnership: For those businesses looking to enter or expand sales into foreign markets, the Global Trade Partnership can be a powerful tool for facilitating opportunities and providing expertise in realizing international trade partnerships.


From the smallest to the largest, every business needs quality and reliable infrastructure. The Greater Burlington region plays host to a number of telecommunication providers, physical utility and energy providers, as well as an international airport just ten minutes from downtown Burlington. With the lowest cost energy in New England and with one of the cleanest energy portfolios in the country, growing your business in Vermont is a way of saving green.

As part of our State’s commitment towards delivering 21st Century infrastructure, an effort has been undertaken to ensure that there is statewide broadband coverage.  To see how this plan is taking shape, check out the Vermont Telecommunications Authority website.





The Chittenden County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) document is a community-based undertaking coordinated by GBIC in an effort to inventory economic development activities taking place within the county. Composed of individually reported projects and research submitted by Citizen Work Groups, the Chittenden County CEDS document is a yearly update to better understand the ways in which our county is growing and where it may be headed.

In 2010 GBIC partnered with the Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) to successfully secure a Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities grant. The grant included funding for a new Regional Plan, Metropolitan Transportation Plan, and a new CEDS for Chittenden County.

The new plan can be found in its entirety here.


Colleges, Universities, & Educational Funding

Part of what makes Vermont such a dynamic location is the value given to higher education.  Boasting more colleges per capita than anywhere else in the United States and a pedigree that includes two campuses started in the 1700s, the Vermont college experience is diverse enough to satisfy any and all interests – in a uniquely Vermont way.

Resources for Educational Funding

Area Colleges & Universities