The adjacent towns of Newport and Derby are located on the Canadian border and have a combined population of 9,100. The area is anticipating an industrial boom over the next few years, making it a strategic place for church planting in the region of Vermont known as the Northeast Kingdom. This region is the least-churched in Vermont, so the urgency for planting here is as great as the opportunity. There are already contacts on the ground that desire to see a church planted and are waiting for a planter to come to help them get established in the community.