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    Default Hello from Washington DC. Thinking of moving to VT

    Hi Everyone,
    I'm a contractor living in DC for now. I hate it, and I want to move on after my contract is up.

    Hoping to learn about VT and the area. I hear it is great for hunting AND for tech sector jobs. Anyone have anything to share about it?

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    Hello,
    Welcome to the forum, I don't know too much about Vermont in either hunting or Tech but I wanted to say welcome to Hunting Chat! I am going to school right now and am pursuing a computer science degree myself! Hope you find what you are looking for!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuartHunts View Post
    Hi Everyone,
    I'm a contractor living in DC for now. I hate it, and I want to move on after my contract is up.

    Hoping to learn about VT and the area. I hear it is great for hunting AND for tech sector jobs. Anyone have anything to share about it?
    Vermont is great for many things, but I wouldn't call it great for Tech sector at all. Can you be more specific in what type of tech you're interested in?

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    Thanks for the warm welcome Lion! Computer Science is definitely the way to go these days! Best of luck in your studies :)

    Sneaky_Pete
    Interesting you say that . I've read a lot of articles that suggest Vermont is experiencing a tech boom. Check it out here too. I work in IT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuartHunts View Post
    Thanks for the warm welcome Lion! Computer Science is definitely the way to go these days! Best of luck in your studies :)

    Sneaky_Pete
    Interesting you say that . I've read a lot of articles that suggest Vermont is experiencing a tech boom. Check it out here too. I work in IT.
    I work in/around IT myself and there are some great companies to work for in your industry here, just not a lot of them. In the long run, we're doing a great job of attracting the alternative energy companies. However, keep in mind, one of the things that makes Vermont great, is that we don't have a lot of big business. It makes for high taxes and only a few high paying IT jobs, but it also means its still a rural state with a lot of open land. However, we have plenty of broadband access now. I work for a NH company, and all my customers are in Ohio, while I sit in my Vermont basement all day.

    There will be more jobs, lower taxes, and higher salaries in NH, MA and CT, but those benefits come with a price. Its a compromise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sneaky_pete000 View Post
    I work in/around IT myself and there are some great companies to work for in your industry here, just not a lot of them. In the long run, we're doing a great job of attracting the alternative energy companies. However, keep in mind, one of the things that makes Vermont great, is that we don't have a lot of big business. It makes for high taxes and only a few high paying IT jobs, but it also means its still a rural state with a lot of open land. However, we have plenty of broadband access now. I work for a NH company, and all my customers are in Ohio, while I sit in my Vermont basement all day.

    There will be more jobs, lower taxes, and higher salaries in NH, MA and CT, but those benefits come with a price. Its a compromise.
    Hm. Would you say that your income is above or below the VT average? Right now I am pulling in around 55k per year which includes overtime. (Somehow I managed to get an hourly job lol)

    Do you work for an MSP or something? I should probably look at prices of houses or something in the area to get an idea of how much I should need to make.

    Maybe I am not being real with myself though..I have expensive tastes. I want a house with geothermal HVAC and Solar panels. I'm getting a Tesla Model 3. I want a bigass workshop. Hmm.

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    What is giving you a Vermont focus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneshott View Post
    What is giving you a Vermont focus?
    Well for one it would still be within a reasonable drive to my parents. The growing tech sector. Nature! And good natured people. I think it is beautiful there too.

    Here's what I am not sure about though: The cold (maybe? It does concern me a bit.) I have also heard that food is expensive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuartHunts View Post
    Well for one it would still be within a reasonable drive to my parents. The growing tech sector. Nature! And good natured people. I think it is beautiful there too.

    Here's what I am not sure about though: The cold (maybe? It does concern me a bit.) I have also heard that food is expensive?
    Where are your parents at? Yes, December through March are quite cold.

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    If your in the computer science field and you want to be in the northeast. I would suggest being within an hour of Boston or New York city. New York would have the larger more dense deer and probably turkey populations.

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