The Southern Vermont Economy Project (SVEP) is intended to stabilize, improve and expand the rural economic and workforce development network in Southern Vermont. The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) received a USDA RCDI grant to facilitate this two-year project to connect and expand economic and community development work in the Southern Vermont Economic Development Zone. This project was one on only 23 nationally to be awarded.
To grow a more resilient region, leaders in business, workforce & community development, are convening to advance the economy of Southern Vermont.
For more information, please contact the SVEP project manager, Sarah Lang [email protected], 802-257-7731 x222
The 5Ws of SVEP:
Who: Economic development organizations, downtown alliances, chambers of commerce, development agencies, municipalities, workforce nonprofits, and any other organization, agency, or nonprofit that works on impacting economic development in Southern Vermont.
What: The mission of SVEP is to connect and include economic, community, and workforce development organizations in SoVT through shared technical assistance, resources, networking opportunities, and projects designed to increase capacity.
Where: SVEP’s focus area is Bennington and Windham counties, the two most southern counties of Vermont.
When: The grant period is July 2016-July 2018. The Steering Committee meets quarterly. Events/trainings/workshops are held at various times within the two-year grant period, preferably at least once a month.
Why: SVEP’s main goal is to highlight the opportunities for development organizations to increase capacity and effectiveness by connecting regionally. Southern Vermont’s demographics include decreasing workforce, aging population, and increasing poverty. Now, more than ever, it is important for Southern Vermont to examine the opportunities to combat these trends as a regional economy, and more holistically benefit all involved.
- Strengthen relationships
- Increase communication and access to economic & workforce development information, programs, services, technical assistance and best practices training and funding initiatives; and
- Grow a well-balanced system of economic & workforce development services in Windham and Bennington Counties.