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Gov. Peter Shumlin and legislative leaders want to devote up to $5 million to help the state attract and keep high tech jobs.
Shumlin says the money will add flexibility and speed to the state’s economic development effort.
Vermont already has programs to help businesses, but they are loan programs, like those administered by the Vermont Economic Development Authority, or the tax incentives offered through Vermont Economic Progress Council.
The nation’s largest discount retailer continued to expand in Vermont in 2013.
According to the company's latest annual report, Dollar General opened three new stores in Vermont last year. The Tennessee-based chain says it now has 20 Vermont stores. In 2007, the company had just one outlet in the state.
Southern Vermont has taken some major economic hits in recent years. The region suffered greatly from Tropical Storm Irene and it's now facing the blow that will come with the shutdown of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Regional planners say they need to attract businesses, as well as workers and visitors to Southern Vermont.