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Workforce and Housing

Workforce and Housing

The Mahoosuc region is committed to maintaining a viable, high quality, year-round community. Housing options, living wage jobs, and a strong workforce are key ingredients to a sustainable destination community.

Creating unique tourism workforce and housing solutions that enhance local liveability

Our work is guided by these strategic principles:

  • Leveling out seasonal employment fluctuations will help address workforce instability.
  • Housing solutions require creative, short- and long-term approaches, involving public, private, and philanthropic partners.
  • Building skills and fostering interest in the hospitality and recreation, especially among young people, is vital to long-term success.

Example Projects::

  • Offering trainings to local front-line workers and developing pilot workforce development programs.
  • Convening local municipal leaders to discuss tools available to support housing solutions at the town level – including a local building code review and repair process.

Finding Our Way

Our work in 2021 - Immediate Strategic Actions:

Our work has identified immediate strategic actions, including:

  • Examine how to create affordable housing options for local tourism related workforce that include options for rentals and pathways to ownership.
  • Work with industry to create living-wage year-round jobs and enhance community liveability with concepts like multimodal transit, walkable communities and recreation for youth.

Our Operating Principles

  • We know the see-sawing of workforce in seasonal tourism destinations places significant stress on our local businesses and communities. Finding creative ways to level this pattern helps build our community sustainability over time.
  • We understand that finding creative solutions to workforce housing and building pathways to ownership is challenging. However, it is an issue well suited to innovative public – private – philanthropic solutions.