The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (WLEI), a joint initiative between the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, recently released its 2014 Annual Report.
The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative began in 2012 to grow the economies, cultures, and communities of Vermont's working landscape by making essential, catalytic investments in critical leverage points of the Vermont farm and forest economy, from individual enterprises to industry sectors. To date, the Working Lands Enterprise Board has invested in 74 agriculture and forestry projects, distributing $2.1 million dollars in Working Lands funds, and leveraging an additional $3.1 million dollars in matching funds. All fourteen counties have been impacted by the program.
The Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) seeks proposals from interested, qualified persons familiar with and experienced in the agriculture, forestry, and forest products enterprise financing sector.Qualified contractors will possess a working knowledge of the financing of working lands businesses, to research and draft a blueprint for the financial tools outlined on the Vermont Department of Economic Development Business to Business Bid System: http
Today, The Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) announces the availability of $1 million in grant funds for essential, catalytic investments in Vermont’s farm and forest economy, from individual enterprises to service providers to supply chain partnerships. These grants will fund projects that enhance Vermont’s economy, culture, and communities. This year, funds for local food market development projects, previously solicited through a separate request for proposals (the Local Food Market Development Program) will be allocated through the WLEB grant process.
The Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB), in collaboration with the St. Albans-based Yellow Wood Associates (YWA), is pleased to announce the commencement of an in-depth analysis of the forestry and wood products industry in Vermont. With direction from the WLEB, YWA will engage stakeholders across all sectors of Vermont's forest and wood products economy to better understand the current state of the industry and identify opportunities for future strategic investment.