The "21st century digital economy" is seeing many changes in how, and where, people live and work.
One trend on the rise is an increase in the number of "remote workers" -- people who live in one area but work elsewhere in the state, country, or the world. Tech companies often have distributed teams with developers, designers, and other staff working remotely. Increasingly, some companies are completely distributed with no central location and all staff working from locations of their choice. This trend isn't only for tech companies -- many employers in different sectors are much more open to staff working remotely in essential any role. Digital technology, from Skype to Slack, are facilitating high performing distributed teams.
Remote work is a particularly attractive trend for Burlington and Vermont. Many workers are attracted to our area for the high quality of life. For those living in rural areas, remote work opens up the global employment marketplace for our high skilled individuals.
Remote work can have challenges, however. Sometimes, individuals can feel disconnected. Also, it can be difficult to find valuable local resources, including co-work space, attractive meeting locations, etc.
To help with these challenges and support remote workers more generally, BTV Ignite has created the Burlington Remote Work Meetup Group (https://www.meetup.com/Burlington-Remote-Work-Meetup/). With almost 100 new members in the first month, this group will let remote workers, and employers and others interested in remote work, meet others in the community, share best practice, and generate ideas to help us better support the remote work community in Vermont.
The meetup group hosts meetings monthly. Just join the meetup group to see who is involved and stay up to date on future meetings.