August 7, 2016

WE'LL TAKE ALL WE CAN GET:

Small US Towns Look to Syrian Refugees for an Economic Boost (Michael Ollove, 8/07/16, Stateline)

RUTLAND, Vermont -- Mayor Christopher Louras sees trouble ahead for this small city of about 16,000 at the foot of the Green Mountains.

"It's a strong, vibrant community but unless we do something to stem the population decline, we're going to be in big, big trouble," Louras said. "And it's not just Rutland. Rutland is a microcosm of the state and small towns around the country."

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But the mayor sees a quick fix. He's asked Vermont's resettlement agency to send refugees to Rutland, and says they would help fill vacant housing and entry-level jobs to keep the economy moving.

It's an approach small towns from Montana to Georgia are increasingly considering as they grapple with shrinking and aging populations. 

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