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Re: “Our Towns: Can Rural Vermont Communities Survive in the Age of Amazon and Act 46?

Thank you for this strong series. Any update on how much the remote worker incentive has benefitted Vermont companies? No doubt getting subsidy to move to Vermont and wire ones home once you get here is a boon. How much of the subsidy circulates locally, and is there any evidence of measurable economic development impact?

Posted by PabloX on 12/28/2019 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Rob Hitzig's Bumper Stickers Aim to Open Minds

I put a sticker on my truck, proudly next to one for the Northeast Wilderness Trust. It has crossed the country twice and is now tooling around southern California in my brother's possession. It is fun to think about serendipity and art. Thank you Rob!

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Posted by PabloX on 12/04/2019 at 5:14 PM

Re: “State Auditor Hoffer Slams Vermont Remote Worker Program

An N of one but instructive: Ive had a single remote worker signed up under the program to the coworking space that I operate. The individual was reimbursed for cost by the State, and left Vermont six months later.

I would be interested to know whether the State of Vermont is collecting and sharing data about the kinds of expenses being reimbursed. Do they have a multiplier effect (coworking spaces do) or are these sunk costs that leave the state?

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Posted by PabloX on 11/12/2019 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Field Guide: Christy Mitchell

Go Christy!

Posted by PabloX on 09/11/2019 at 11:12 PM

Re: “Vermonters Rattle the Virtual Tin Can to Kickstart Creativity

To push back gently on the idea that Kickstarter has under-delivered in its promise to support new artistic voices without big recognition, high level stats are:

Across all categories on Kickstarter, 16 million people have backed a project on the site, making 52 million pledges. Of the 16 million who have backed a project, 5.2 million have donated to more than one campaign. Overall, Kickstarter backers have pledged 3.7 billion ($4.15bn) in funding for over successful 160,000 creative projects.

By far most successful projects are funded in the $1,000-$10,000 range; the average donation being $25-50. The projects being funded are not predominantly "big name" creatives either; they are folks who hustle for every dollar, many failing the first time and dedicating better resources (time and talent) to working social media channels and audience engagement to achieve success. While most Kickstarters still fail, their 37 percent success rate are good ones to beat.

In a recent talk at a games conference, a senior Kickstarter spokesperson noted that there had been 16,700 successful game projects alone, which in total had received 3.2 million backers.

The lesson? Kickstarter is also where you go to *build* your audience, not just harvest from them.

Games data:…
Kickstarter data:

Posted by PabloX on 04/08/2019 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Artist Susan Calza Opens a New Montpelier Gallery With a Bang

Congrats Susan!

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Posted by PabloX on 01/10/2019 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Stuck in Vermont: Photographer Matthew Thorsen Gets the Last Word

A lovely, honest piece. Thank you Eva, Seven Days and team.

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Posted by PabloX on 01/03/2019 at 12:14 AM

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