- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Business owners in Vermont’s capital say Montpelier needs to grow in order to keep up with other cities in the state.

The Times Argus reports (https://bit.ly/1F5bNEz ) that more than 20 business owners presented a letter to city council asking officials to take steps to attract, support and promote businesses in the city to add population. The letter hopes to establish communication with the larger business community, not just downtown retailers.

They compare Montpelier to Barre and Waterbury and say Montpelier has been left behind in terms of renovation and economic development.

Mayor John Hollar says he appreciates the letter and knows more can be done. Hollar says grant money from the Greening America’s Capitals program will provide more investments for downtown over time.

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Information from: The Times Argus, https://www.timesargus.com/


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