Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Rise and Fall of Vermont's First "Tech Hub"

Factory workers at Jones & Lamson during World War I
The city of Burlington is doing everything in its power to become Vermont's tech hub. Yet, in their quest for a brighter future, Chittenden County's connectors could learn a thing or two from the past — specifically from the town of Springfield, which was arguably Vermont's first tech hub.


  1. Notice the lack of cell phones and smart phones. No face book, they talked face to face back then. Life was good. Nice dinner around the table, no yuck micky dees. Games were played with marbles, sticks and stones not some stupid computer blood and guts video. The sticks and stones provided that! Ah life was better back then.

    1. Those kids that truly learned about their computers while playing those games went on to make a good living with hi tech. The whole point of the article was the failure to keep the creativity alive.

  2. Please don't learn from the likes of excello, textron or goldman. Learn from the engineers that made these companies not some money mongering accountant(s) that somehow took over the controls of the business.
    PS. These companies did have the finest computer and software developers of the time, but the Japanese had Fanuc, a huge machine computer company. While the usa companies (what ever the product) were competing cut throat style, the foreign company's were supporting each other. Yes there are many factors. .....


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Animation of the Vt. State Song, "These Green Mountains," by Gallery at the VAULT Summer Art Camp, Springfield, VT, 2016.

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