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Green Economy Innovation Hub Releases First Regional Economy Data Analysis

ViTAL Economy released the first 4-county tri-state regional economic analysis produced in support of the Green Economy Innovation Hub initiative. This region represents $9.8 Billion in annual Gross Domestic Product. The Green Goods and Services (GGS) sector of the regional economy currently supports 2,200 jobs and produces $238 million in annual economic impact across the …


WKVT Radio Interview with Frank Knott, ViTAL Economy Alliance and Alex Wilson, Building Green, Inc.

Chris Lenois, host of Green Mountain mornings, interviewed Frank Knott and Alex Wilson about the launch of the Green Economy Innovation Hub (GEIH) initiative based in Southern Vermont. Alex Wilson and Frank Knott described the GEIH leadership team, who represent a number of the national green economy thought leaders and practitioners based in the four …


Green Economy Innovation Hub launched in Tri-State Region 

Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategy (SEVEDS) launched the first of four milestone events to develop an industry cluster centered around the green economy assets based in Windham and Bennington County VT, Cheshire County NH and Franklin County MA. ViTAL Economy was chosen to facilitate this new industry cluster and to develop a four county multi-state …


Mobilize Maine Receives NADO Innovation Awards

Mobilize Northern Maine received two national innovation awards from the National Association of Development Organization at its October 2015 Annual Training Conference in New Orleans, LA.  The first NADO innovation award was for successful implementation of ViTAL Economy’s Workforce Center of Excellence process, which accelerates the development of certified high value career professions that meet …


Greater Peoria EDC Announces $3.9 Million Federal Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor

Greater Peoria Economic Development Council announced their CICESS Apprenticeship Program, as part of the Illinois Advanced Apprenticeship Consortium (IAAC). It has been awarded a federal grant from the United States Department of Labor. The grant application was submitted by the Illinois Manufacturers Association (IMA) Education Foundation on behalf of the IAAC this past spring.  In …


Startup Peoria Joins Greater Peoria EDC  

Jake Hamman of One Fire Media developed his vision for Start-Up Peoria during the Focus Forward CI planning process in 2013. ViTAL Economy provided coaching support on an ongoing basis to Jake Hamman and his team as they boot strapped the launch of Start-Up Peoria. Jake adopted Start-Up America and Kaufman Entrepreneurship Strategies to develop …


Greater Peoria Economic Development Council Announces Focus Forward CI Joins GP EDC

Focus Forward Central Illinois, the regional strategy board that crafted the first regional community economic development strategy for the Greater Peoria Region has now been merged into GP EDC,which has been reorganized and staffed with a new dynamic leadership team. The five-year Focus Forward CI measurable strategy will now be overseen and managed by the …

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