Created in 1987 as a nonprofit, public interest organization, the Vermont Business Roundtable’s membership is comprised of 100 CEOs of Vermont’s most active and committed businesses and employers. During the 34 years since its inception, the Roundtable has dedicated itself to thoughtful, deliberative, and well-documented analyses of significant public policy issues affecting all Vermonters, ranging from education, economic health, environmental quality, health care policy, and technology.

From our first report in 1988 entitled, “Population and Employment Forecast” to the 2006 report entitled, “Having the Courage to Change,” the Roundtable has engaged in research and analysis, collaboration, and communication and advocacy to bring a uniquely balanced, non-partisan, and long-range perspective to policy-making in Vermont.

The Vermont Business Roundtable has also played a leadership role in the development and launch of significant projects that have enhanced the economic vitality and social fabric of Vermont. Chief among them have been the Medallion School Awards program, the Born to Read Initiative, the Peer to Peer Collaborative, and the Young Writers Project.

The success of this organization is attributed to the personal involvement of the principal officers of our member businesses. Their essential leadership on key public policy issues has been the foundation of our ability to make a difference.

Of this tradition we are very proud.

To view and download the Roundtable’s body of work, visit our Library.

Early Childhood Campaigns

The Vermont Business Roundtable believes that Education = Opportunity.

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Born to Read

On November 30, 1999, the Vermont Business Roundtable publicly announced its Born to Read 2000 initiative. This $500,000 program was the first privately funded, early literacy effort in the nation to reach every newborn in a state. Through the Born to Read 2000 initiative, the Vermont Business Roundtable provided every family in Vermont that had…

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Medallion Awards program

The Public School Medallion was established by the Vermont Business Roundtable in 1993 to encourage excellence in education in Vermont. It continued through 2005. Starting in 1999, the Vermont Business Roundtable linked the criteria and selection process for its annual medallion school award to school assessment. Consistent with a long-standing commitment to supporting high academic…

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Peer To Peer Collaborative

The Vermont Business Roundtable assisted with the funding of the Peer to Peer Collaborative from October, 2003 through November, 2005. The Peer to Peer Collaborative assists founder CEOs in identifying, focusing on and addressing the critical issues and strategic direction choices that inevitably arise as a company grows within the $1 million to $15 million…

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Pulse of Vermont

The “Pulse of Vermont” is a quality of life study, that was conducted once every five years between the years of 1990 and 2010. Each of the studies was conducted by the Center for Social Science Research at Saint Michael’s College under the sponsorship of the Vermont Business Roundtable. Since the first study was conducted…

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VT Institute on Government Effectiveness

In 2003 Governor Douglas convened a group of private citizens to conduct an independent review and evaluation of the operational and administrative functions of Vermont state government. The Vermont Institute on Government Effectiveness (the Institute) adopted the mission “To provide independent findings and support to improve government’s effectiveness for the benefit of all Vermonters.” It…

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Young Writers Project

The vision of the Young Writers Project (YWP) is “To operate a safe, respectful online community where young writers share ideas, comment on each other’s work, learn from mentors and professionals, and connect with the world.” Its mission is “To engage students to write, help them improve, and publish their best work.” The YWP helps…

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