Value Chain Facilitation
We provide value chain facilitation services in order to help businesses take advantage of new market opportunities for products and services.
The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund builds teams of private sector stakeholders, along with service and capital providers, to address bottlenecks in existing supply chains and/or to take advantage of emerging market opportunities for specific products and/or services.
Our work facilitates multi-enterprise collaboration and shared market intelligence along product and service supply chains in agriculture and food systems, forest products, waste management, renewable energy, and environmental technology sectors in order to build new market opportunities and infrastructure for Vermont businesses. This approach creates value at every step of a local or regional supply chain—representing a competitive advantage for all of the businesses involved in the production and distribution of these goods and/or services.
Our approach to value chain facilitation is to assess pinch points in a particular supply chain through an initial phase of research, followed by the development of technical assistance services and tools, improved relationships amongst value chain partners and targeted, actionable product or market development initiatives.
We are currently providing value chain facilitation services in the following economic sectors:
Vermont Forest Products Sector
The Vermont Forest Products Program is currently facilitating three Value Chain Action Teams in order to advance the development of specific products including: mass timber, wood heat, and locally sourced wood products.Read More +
Agriculture and Food System Sector
From 2011 to 2013, the Farm to Plate Network successfully facilitated information sharing and collaboration between livestock producer and meat processing facility owners which resulted in more coordinated technical assistance and public investment in Vermont’s meat industry.Read More +
The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund is currently integrating its value chain facilitation expertise with two Farm to Plate Network projects: improving the market for grass-fed beef in the Northeast region; and delivering trainings to independent retail grocers in order to increase local food availability in these markets.