The Deeper Dig: A ‘new ruralism’ for Vermont

Rockingham Bridge, I-91
Interstate 91 in Rockingham. File photo by Kristopher Radder/Brattleboro Reformer

Jon Margolis has written columns for VTDigger since 2010. This week, his piece on a national survey showing the relative economic strength of metropolitan areas compared to rural ones raised broad questions about the future of Vermont’s economy.

“Metropolitan areas grow organically,” Margolis says. Vermont is unlikely to build new ones from scratch. So how can a predominantly rural state chart a long-term path?

On this week’s podcast, Margolis discusses suggestions he’s heard from economists, state officials and VTDigger readers about improving the state’s economic outlook.

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