The 2019 Southern Vermont Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy has been submitted for acceptance by the EDA.

As referenced in our application for funding to conduct the work and create this new CEDS, the 2019 plan created by Windham and Bennington County stakeholders is a long term strategy to grow the Southern Vermont Economy Zone – a region facing significant economic challenges established by the Vermont State Legislature in 2015. The 2019 Zone CEDS is intended to replace the 2014 Windham Region S.M.A.R.T. CEDS.

The 2018 Southern Vermont Economy Summit at Mount Snow in May served as a kick off for the overall project. Following this event a series of fifteen public input sessions through Bennington and Windham.

The project was undertaken from November of 2017 through May of 2019 and a draft document was published for 30 day comment on January 7, 2019 after a public presentation in Wilmington, VT. BDCC received comment from Michael Walker from the Town of Pownal.

All process and focus group materials related to the 2019 Zone CEDS are hosted digitally at www.SoVermontSummit.com and included here.

Report – Economic Profile June 2018

Regional Background Interview Report July 2018

Focus Group Notes: June, September, November 2018

Bennington Manchester Wilmington Brattleboro Bellows Falls

Bennington Manchester Wilmington Brattleboro Bellows Falls

Brattleboro

Diversity Summit Report December 2018

2019 Southern Vermont CEDS VITAL Projects – ALPHA listing April 2019

The following organizations have taken action to authorize, endorse or approve of the 2019 Southern Vermont Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy:

  • Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation Board of Directors endorsed CEDS (3/12/19)
  • Windham Regional Commission accepted  (5/3/2019)
  • Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies as half of the CEDS steering committee, approved (2/21/2019)
  • Bennington County Industrial Corporation Board of Directors endorsed CEDS at April 2019 meeting (4/12/19)
  • Bennington County Regional Commission Executive Committee endorsed CEDS at April 2019 meeting (4/26/19)
  • Bennington Regional Economic Development Group, as half of the CEDS steering committee, endorsed CEDS at joint meeting in Wilmington (11/9/18)