WHY BARRE?

As a result of recent public and private investment, central location, affordable housing, recreation and cultural attractions, the Barre Area, comprised of the City of Barre and the surrounding Town of Barre, is recognized as an upcoming micropolitan area. It’s a wonderful place to start or expand your business, and we’d love for you to join us.

WE’RE INVESTING IN OUR FUTURE

  • Barre is located in central Vermont with convenient access to I-89 and is within a day’s drive by car or truck of a U.S market population of 58,000,000.  Barre is 180 miles from Boston, 315 miles for New York City, 400 miles from Philadelphia, 170 miles from Portsmouth, NH, 160 miles from Portland Maine and 145 miles from Montreal. Burlington International Airport is 45 miles away via Interstate and an Amtrak Station is in Montpelier, VT, 9 miles away.
  • During the past 10 years there has been more than $110,000,000 of capital investment in the Barre Area.
    • Private investment includes more than $32,000,000 in Barre City including City Place, a  new 80,0000 sq. ft. office building; the historic Blanchard Block (completed in 1905) , 40,000 sq. ft. of office and commercial space; the Miles Block (1898), storefronts, apartments and office space, the Aldrich Building (1910), offices, apartments and restaurant, and the Barre Fire Station (1904), former city firehouse renovated into a restaurant, lounge and overnight accommodation.Vermont Creamery makes world-renowned cheese at the Wilson Industrial Park in Barre, VT.
    • The total investment has stimulated a revitalized downtown and resulted in many other buildings being renovated and restaurants established. In Barre Town, investments totaled $38,000,000 including building acquisition, construction and fit-ups in the Wilson Industrial Park that include the $23,000,000 expansion of Vermont Creamery; new housing development and other projects.
    • Over $28,000,000 in Public investments in Barre City and Barre Town include new public infrastructure in downtown Barre including streetlights, parking, pedestrian amenities as well as investments in storm water control, water and wastewater improvements and recreation.
    • Another $15,000,000 in building investments by non-profit institutions to serve the Barre Area Community.
  • Second largest labor market in the State of Vermont.
  • Workforce Development Programs and Technical Assistance available
  • Financing  options available for businesses of all sizes.
  • Affordable commercial and industrial Real Estate for sale or lease
  • Affordable residential real estate for sale.
  • Barre City is an Opportunity Zone.
  • Affordable residential real estate for sale
  • Excellent schools, healthcare and lifestyle
Bird's eye view of City Park in Barre, VT