Factors Affecting Vermont's Economy

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Vermont used to be a state whose main source of economic value was in the land; Although Vermont’s economy does still largely depend on agriculture and farming, other industries such as manufacturing and the service industry have taken the lead.

According to the 1960 Census report, Vermonters main fields of employment included manufacturing, service jobs (yes, tourism), health care, grocery stores, educational institutions, and government jobs. And analyzing more recent statistics only points in favor of this conclusion. Jobs that were once considered to be popular in Vermont, such as agriculture and logging, now only account for 3.4 percent of the labor force.

This, however, does not mean that Vermont is doomed to be uprooted from its identity, which boasts “its ‘green image’ and the “Made in Vermont’” labels. In fact, in many ways this comes as good news: Vermont’s economy no longer needs to be completely dependent upon “the exploitation of the state’s relatively poor soil and few mineral sources.” Another positive result that has come out of all of this are the laws that have been put in place in order to preserve the Vermont’s individuality and
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SPRAWL refers to the development of huge, consumer-driven companies such as Wallmart, Target, etc. Sprawl isn’t only restricted to business though. Buildings such as union schools, government offices, or even town halls can be considered part of SPRAWL if they are located outside of downtown and obstruct the landscape in any way. In my opinion, I don’t think that Vermont will suffer too horribly from SPRAWL. I believe that just as the highway that was supposed to run through the peaks of the tallest Vermont mountains was passionately protested against by Vermonters, so will anything else that compromises the aesthetic appeal of our beautiful little
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