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BCRC VISTAs, Staff Settle Into New Office

The BCRC Office Expansion is complete, and the nearly 1,000 square feet of renovated space adjacent to the BCRC office is open for business, complete with five office stations, a storage closet, a small meeting area, and a refrigerator, microwave, and coffee machine.

The project was undertaken over the last few months to accommodate our expanding staff, including: Pete Domine, Assistant Planner for the Solid Waste Management and Transportation Programs; Kiah Morris, Director of the Alliance for Community Transformations (ACT); Mickey McGlasson, Region Planner and Community Projects Coordinator (and as of September 1st, AmeriCorps VISTA alumnus); and our two new VISTAs, Katie Emerson and Liz Thompson.

Katie will help to make Bennington a healthier place to live by advancing ACT programming, focusing specifically on: tobacco use prevention, youth engagement, and walkability initiatives.

Liz, meanwhile, will be creating sustainable development in our community by advancing: home energy work and weatherization programs in partnership with NeighborWorks of Western VT, local food system planning with the Bennington Farm to Plate Council, and various healthy community design projects.

Katie and Liz will also work very closely with Salem Carricker, VISTA at Southwestern Vermont Health Care in Bennington. The three VISTAs are pictured here in the new office space. (From left: Salem, Katie, Liz.)