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

Project Goals
  1. Strengthen relationships
  2. Increase communication and access to economic & workforce development information, programs, services, technical assistance and best practices training and funding initiatives; and
  3. Grow a well-balanced system of economic & workforce development services in Windham and Bennington Counties.


Regional Economic Development Timeline
  • Broadband working group in Windham Co


  • Working group partnered with Vital Economies to do regional asset mapping, Southeastern VT Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) formed, developed 5 year goals and strategy framework


  • Windham Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) completed and approved with guidance through SeVEDS & BDCC. Windham Regional CEDS is effective until 2019


  • VT Legislature established Zone Committee and Zone designation. The committee wrote a report which recommended a southern VT CEDS and Southern Vermont Marketing Strategy.
  • BDCC applies for USDA RCDI grant


July 2016
  • BDCC awarded USDA RCDI Grant
  • State of VT awards $50K to BCRC FY17


Sept 2016
  • BCRC Hires Jonathan Cooper as Community and Economic Development Specialist to work on Regional Development in the SoVT Zone
  • BDCC Hires Sunny Leporati for USDA RCDI as SoVT Economy Project Manager


Oct 2016
  • Grant work begins with partner meetings, research and development of project.