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NECCA podcast, SoVermont CEDS, Succession Planning
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04/18/2017
CEDS spotlight

Podcast with 2016 Vital Project NECCA

Vermont Center for Emerging Technology’s latest podcast with Elsie Smith & Serenity Smith-Fortune/New England Center for Circus Arts located in Brattleboro, VT.  VCET is an independent 501 (c) 3 public benefit corporation serving all of Vermont. listen here
Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy II
2019 rewrite may be two county effort

From the Bennington Banner: Bennington County’s Regional Economic Development Working Group has unanimously endorsed establishing a comprehensive two-county strategy to enhance development efforts and the promotion of the entire 44-town Southern Vermont region. The group was formed earlier this year and is composed of officials, representatives of businesses and institutions and others from around the county. read more

Looking for an Intern?

The Six Colleges Collaborative Internship Program works with local businesses, post-secondary student(s) and colleges both in and outside of Vermont. The program works to partner college students and recent graduates with local companies to contribute to Vermont’s economic development, while introducing students to the opportunities that exist here in Vermont. It attracts students from across Windham County, the State, and the Country to start their careers in Southern Vermont, providing work-based learning experiences to students and qualified labor to Windham County’s growing businesses and nonprofits. If you are interested in hosting an intern or would like more information about the program, please visit, http://brattleborodevelopment.com/bdcc-six-college-collaborative-businesses-organizations/ or contact Kristin Mehalick, BDCC Internship Coordinator at kmehalick@brattleborodevelopment.com or (802) 257-7731 ext. 226.
Featured News and Blogs
  • Grace Cottage Hospital Ranks in Top 20 Nationally read more
  • OPED: Southern Vermont needs to diversify it’s portfolio read more
  • Group to clear neglected ski trails of Vermont’s Dutch Hill read more
  • PSB approves sale of Vermont dams read more
  • Stratton sold to Aspen in $1.5B deal read more
  • Perrin credits staff for his award read more

Client Success Story

Who: Boomerang
What: New/Used & Vintage Clothing
Where: Brattleboro

Loretta and Matt took a road trip to Vermont from California in the 90’s and fell in love. With Vermont, its people, and its life style. They are fond of saying that they didn’t pick Vermont…Vermont picked them. In 1999 they moved to Brattleboro (after looking all over Vermont) and opened Boomerang to sell used and vintage clothing. read more

For Rent
24,000 Foot Facility in exit 1 Industrial Park.
Please contact Adam for details and to arrange for a tour. agrinold@brattleborodevelopment.com 802-257-7731 ext 224

What’s Next For the Ecovation Hub?

The Ecovation Hub has completed Phase 1. Originally envisioned to help recover from the closure of Vermont Yankee, the Hub has successfully expanded its vision. In the coming years the Hub will continue to assist the Green Economy of Southern Vermont with an expanded leadership team and a sustainable business model designed to have the greatest possible positive impact on the community.  To get involved and be connected to this work going forward, please contact  lsibilia@brattleborodevelopment.com
See All Ecovation Hub Updates

Thank you for supporting southern Vermont.

Adam Grinold
Adam Grinold
Executive Director 
Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation 
Connect on LinkedIn — call me: 802 257-7731 ext 224  —  email me

Regional Events & Resources

Southern Vermont Young Professionals Monthly Event Series

On May 26th, economic, community, and workforce development organizations from across Windham and Bennington Counties will convene at Stratton Mountain for the first annual Southern Vermont Economy Summit.

The Southern Vermont Young Professionals and Bennington Young Professionals are currently seeking nominations to be recognized at the summit for outstanding dedication to their communities and economies. Selected nominees will be featured at the reception immediately following the Summit.

Any Windham or Bennington County community resident between the ages of 22-45 is eligible to be nominated; nominations can be submitted using this link, or by emailing their name, email, and a short bio to abeck@brattleborodevelopment.com. Nominees will be briefly interviewed and selected by the Summit Planning Committee, and will be notified by May 5th.

Southern Vermont Economy Project

Save the DATE!

“What We Currently Know”- Federal Delegation Forum

When: May 3rd, 10 am in Putney, VT and 2 pm in Bennington, VT
Where: Student Center Atrium, Landmark College, Putney, VT
Oldcastle Theatre, Bennington, VT
What: With new leadership at federal level, we are anticipating changes to laws, policies, and procedures. Who better to hear from about these potential changes that effect economic development, community development, and workforce development in Vermont than staffers of our federal leadership. Present staffers will talk on expected relevant changes and audience will have time to ask specific questions. Speakers include Chris Saunders (Sen. Leahy), Kathryn Becker Van Haste (Sen. Sanders), and George Twigg (Rep. Welch).

RSVP:
Putney- https://goo.gl/U6qEVa
Bennington- https://goo.gl/t4w6f8

Southern Vermont Economic Development Summit

When: Wednesday, May 24 at 10:00 AM.
Where: Stratton Mountain Base Lodge, Stratton VT.
What: The Southern Vermont Economic Development Summit is a daylong event that will focus on the key projects and perspectives affecting economic development throughout the Southern Vermont region. Attendees will be able to examine innovative responses to emerging issues in community and regional development, and share perspectives on the ongoing partnership between planning and development groups in Bennington and Windham counties. The day will close 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.

Who: The Summit is a joint effort of the Bennington County Regional Commission (BCRC) and the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC). For more information, please contact Jonathan Cooper, Community & Economic Development Specialist at BCRC, at jcooper@bcrcvt.org or 802.442.0713 ext. 312.

OTHER:

INSTIG8:

The 2017 Calendar is evolving and available on the BDCC website. Upcoming events include:

If you’d like to be added to the INSTIG8 newsletter, please send R.T. Brown, rbrown@brattleborodevelopment.com, a message.

Founder Focus

Founder Focus celebrates the brave and creative entrepreneurs in our region whose passions are the products and services their companies provide.

Send me a recommendation for a founder on which to focus, rbrown@brattleborodeveloment.com.

There are two key criteria in order to be considered for inclusion:

  1. you and your partner(s) must be the founder of the business, and
  2. your business is your full-time endeavor.

Windham County Economic Development Program (WCEDP)

Are you expanding? Need new equipment? Working capital?

The Windham County Economic Development Program (WCEDP) is off and running. This program leverages the funds provided by Entergy to promote economic development in Windham County. Its aim is to provide funds to stimulate job creation through business startup, expansion, or relocation, and WCEDP is now accepting applications from Windham County businesses.
Learn More about Applying

Grants, Loans and Trainings

Center for Women and Enterprise
Ownership Succession Seminar
An ownership succession seminar is from 2 to 5 p.m. April 18 at the Center for Women and Enterprise located at 431 Pine Street, Suite 101, in Burlington, Vt. The class will examine how to sell a business to an outsider, a family member, manager or group of employees.  Attendance is free, but registration is required. For more information, contact Larissa Rayher at lrayher@cweonline.org or 802-391-4872.

Clean Energy Development Fund
Renewable Heating Opportunities
Clean Energy Development Fund has expanded incentive offerings for local, renewable heating opportunities with efficient wood heat systems. Commercial/industrial buildings in Vermont are now eligible for up to $70,000 ($1.25 per heated sq. ft.) in incentives to install central wood-pellet or wood-chip heating systems. For detailed information on the various incentives, please see: http://www.rerc-vt.org/

U.S Small Business Administration
Loans for drought impacted Windham County organizations
Deadline
– May 22, 2017
Click here for eligibility information or apply now ›

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