Blog Editor and Contributor: Leigh Cole.  I am a shareholder and director of Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, PC, a regional law firm in Burlington, VT.  My practice is at the intersection of business, education and the creative economy.  Most of my clients are businesses and educational institutions.  With a national immigration law practice, I advise clients on immigration for international professionals, students and scholars in the United States. Contact me, or visit the Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, PC, Website >

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Reflections on the Appeal of Vermont

The fact that Vermont offers a high quality of life seems to be undisputed.  I have lived here all my life with the exception of time spent away at school and building my career for a few years in Albany, New York until my husband and I found a way to transfer our family and our careers back to Vermont.  Since I was a little girl, I have been told that living in Vermont is a trade off, a choice of quality of life over economic maximization.  Growing up in southern Vermont, I was surrounded and nurtured by folks including my parents who chose to live in Vermont and find a creative way to make a living rather than live in an urban area where financial security was more easily achieved through traditional means.   This is my perspective on Vermont - an idyllic place to live and work if you are creative and hard-working and you don't want to live the corporate life.  I don't think much has changed in this regard in the past 40 years.