BDCC Staff Member Name: RT Brown
Position Title: Windham County Economic Development Program (WCEDP) Project Manager
Program(s): WCEDP, Instig8
Where were you born? Indianapolis, IN
Where do you currently live? Walpole, NH
What did you do before you came to the BDCC? I was the director of academic computing for an online university. I was responsible for the learning infrastructure and the support for that structure 24/7 for over 3,000 students.
What inspires you about your current work? The bottom line is that this work helps to improve the quality of life for the residents of this community.When I lived in Mississippi, I was doing the academic technology work and starting to look at graduate school. I wanted to go into something I truly wanted to study that was inspiring to me. I stumbled upon the Masters in Economic Development program at the University of Mississippi. After looking at the curriculum, it really appealed to me. I’ve lived in a lot of places and have always been fascinated with the tiny towns and not understanding why and how it is there. It seems impossible that it is surviving. I am fascinated and inspired by how local economies create their regions and not just survive, but also how they thrive.
Tell us about the hobby/activity from your photo, what do you love about it? I’m holding a fish that I caught several weeks ago in Long Island Sound. While fishing isn’t a passion, but it is an activity I do with my good friends. It is about the camaraderie and banter that we share. We usually catch nothing. The joke is that I’m usually the bad luck. But this time, I was the only one who actually caught a fish.
What is a unique fact about you that people might not know? I was a voice major in my undergraduate program. I didn’t complete that major, but I grew up doing theater and performing arts. 1930s and 1940s musicals are my favorite things to sing. I was also a professional boy-soprano in a men and boys choir when I was 10 up until I was 12 years old.