The Green Mountain State has a proud tradition of inventing things. For hundreds of years, Vermonters have been finding ways to do things better – from Thaddeus Fairbanks, whose platform scale revolutionized weights and measures, to Mark Bonfigli, who helped change the way cars are bought and sold when he and his friends founded Burlington-based Dealer.com, a company that proivdes marketing and web solutions to auto dealers.
But car dealers aren't the only ones benefiting from Vermont innovations; there are numerous other examples of the ways in which Vermont-made and Vermont-supported technology is improving Vermonters' lives.
In this edition of "Tapping Tech," we'll introduce you to some of the people who are using tehcnological tools developed and maintained right here in Vermont. We'll show you how these innovations are driving job growth, economic prosperity, and improvements to our quality of life.
We'll also show you how you can help these innovators survive and thrive in our beautiful state and also how you can join them.
“Tapping Tech 2.0” is brought to you by the Vermont Technology Alliance and the Vermont Technology Council. The vtTA is a trade group, formerly known as the Vermont Software Developers’ Alliance. It was founded in 2004 — by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs — to support and promote Vermont’s thriving software and technical community. Its members share ideas, expertise and strategies for success. The Technology Council was founded in 1994 to support technology-enabled economic development, and it serves as the statewide board for the National Science Foundation- sponsored VT EPSCoR program. The VTC also creates the state Science and Technology Plan, and has helped found organizations such as the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering and Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center. VTC and vtTA created this publication to tell the story of the state’s growing tech sector, which is one of Vermont’s best-kept secrets.
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