Southern Vermont Economic Development Summit
The inaugural Southern Vermont Economic Development Summit took place on May 24th at Stratton Mountain. Over 130 people attended this event which was co-hosted by BCRC, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC), Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) and Bennington County Industrial Corporation (BCIC).
The daylong event focused on the key projects and perspectives affecting economic development throughout the Southern Vermont region. Attendees heard from experts on economic and workforce patterns affecting Vermont in general and Southern Vermont in particular; reviewed innovative responses to emerging issues in community and regional development; and examined the ongoing partnership between planning and development groups in Bennington and Windham counties.
Speakers included the Honorable Phil Scott, Governor, State of Vermont, Dr. Robert Triest, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Secretary Michael Schirling, VT Agency of Commerce and Community Development, and Kevin Stapleton, Vermont Department of Labor. The day closed with a reception co-hosted by the Young Professionals groups active in Southern Vermont, which will celebrate notable achievements by some of Southern Vermont's up-and-coming community and business leaders.
This event was the culminating effort in BCRC’s year-long project to build economic development capacity in the Bennington region in order to partner with Windham County on a joint comprehensive economic development planning effort beginning later this year.