Moving to a new place can be a scary thought, especially if you don’t anyone in that community.
That isn’t the case in and around the City of Rutland, Vermont.
Steve Costello is a board member for the Rutland Regional Chamber of Commerce, and he welcomes you to move to Rutland County.
According to the U.S. Census, between April of 2010 & July 2017, Rutland County saw a 4.2% population decline.
As part of the ‘Real Rutland’ campaign, those looking to resettle in the county are able to take advantage of some free services.
Assistance in finding work, housing, and getting a local’s perspective on the community.
Shy of two-years-ago, Tom Fagan, and his wife Darian were driving north on Route 7 in Rutland, exploring for a future ‘home town’.
The couple spent much of their lives in central New Jersey.
By chance, they drove by Rutland Winterfest and met Steve Costello.
The conversation started”Are you thinking about moving here? Well, we can show you guys around, introduce you to some people,” said Darian Fagan. “Also, they did!”
Soon after, Darian found a job as an occupational therapist, and her husband landed a job at a nearby ski resort.
The Fagan’s are thrilled about living in Vermont. They told us, that if they had not met Costello, they may have overlooked Rutland and Vermont as the location of their new home.
“It changed our lives, and it’s really the truth,” said Tom Fagan.
Costello still maintains a relationship with the Fagan’s, using their story on how successful this experience can be.
He explains there are still many open “well paying” jobs in the county, and not enough people to fill those spots. “We really have a shortage of workers because the population is aging, people are retiring.”