Give a Subscription, Get One Free!

Receive a FREE subscription to Vermont Life when you give a subscription to a friend.

Posts Tagged ‘young vermonters’

Youth Exodus?

Written by Vermont Life on . Posted in Entrepreneurs, Way of (Vermont) Life

Young people, we’re told all the time, are leaving the state. It’s a good story, except for one thing.

By Melissa Pasanen and Bill Anderson

Photographed by Daria Bishop

avid parker (left) and sean Hurley (right) at the Burlington office of fast-growing Web business

When David Parker, the 30-year-old vice president of strategy development for Dealer. com, headed out of state in 2000 from his hometown of Williston, he was looking to spread his wings and explore beyond Vermont.“It’s natural,” he says,“to want to experience new places.”

Since middle school, Parker had shown a knack for computers — he was featured in a National Public Radio segment about how kids were surpassing their teachers in technology — and after graduating from Champlain Valley Union High School, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. By the fall of 2003, he was at a crossroads: take a high- tech job that was being offered in Hartford, Conn., or return to Vermont where he had the opportunity to help develop a nonprofit focused on building the tech sector in the state. Choosing home, he worked with Vermont HITEC, became an adjunct faculty member for the University of Vermont and several colleges, co-founded the Vermont Software Developers Alliance and, eventually, joined

     >>CLICK HERE for a limited-time offer. Pay just $12.97 for 2 YEARS of Vermont Life. That’s a savings of 73%!

At, Parker is part of a fast-growing business that provides digital marketing systems for the automotive industry, and he works in a setting, with about 750 other employees, that has all the toys and perks of Silicon Valley culture: brightly colored warrens of open cubicles, organic café with espresso, on-site gym, rooftop solarium with putting green and a renovated building that, it almost goes without saying, is a model of green design.

In short, is everybody’s idea of what Vermont needs to stop young people from leaving the state.

Continue Reading

Contact Us

Vermont Life Editorial and Business Offices: (802) 828-3241
(8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., EST, weekdays)

Subscriptions: Please note, the subscription offices are closed New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Offices close at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Address: One National Life Drive, 6th Floor, Montpelier, VT 05620

Letters to the Editor



Customer Service