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Economy Summit Recordings and Reflections Now Available

Southern Vermont – Despite uncertain times, the 2021 Southern Vermont Economy Summit persisted, hosting relevant and timely content and conversations with 80 panelists and 168 participants over 3 days. All sessions were held by Zoom and recorded. They can be watched at Also, hear from Summit’s organizers on highlights from the Summit in an interview with GNAT’s Andrew McKeever.


GNAT Interview:


Summit organizers also asked some community leaders to share their reflections and learnings through blog posts:

A Balance Between Historic Preservation and Mothballing Our Future

By Keith Marks

This is Good for Us All

An interview with Mary Gannon

Change is Good, Right Up Until it Happens 

By Peter “Fish” Case

What About the Fence?

An Interview with Diana Wahle

Vermont Values: Fresh Perspectives on Economic Growth

By Cristy Carretero


You can learn more about the 2021 Southern Vermont Economy Summit at


A huge thank you to the USDA RCDI which makes the Summit possible, along with our sponsors:

Summit Sponsors: The Bank of Bennington and Brattleboro Savings and Loan.

Economic Keynote Sponsors: People’s United Bank and Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

Community Keynote Sponsor: MSK Engineering, Stevens & Associates, and M&S Development.

Lunch Session Sponsors: VELCO and Green Mountain Power.

Base Level Sponsors: The Richards Group, Vermont Community Loan Fund, AARP VT, VSAC, Vermont Futures Project, and Efficiency Vermont.

Community Sponsors: Front Porch Forum, Five Maples Development Communications, Peak Radio, New England Newspapers, Inc.



About the Southern Vermont Economy Summit

The Southern Vermont Economy Summit is an initiative of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation’s Southern Vermont Economy Project (SVEP). SVEP works to stabilize, improve and expand the rural economic and workforce development network in Southern Vermont. Its goal is to increase capacity and collaboration among partnering organizations and communities. SVEP is funded by the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative, as a program of BDCC & SeVEDS. For more information on the summit, please visit:

About BDCC and SeVEDS:
The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation is a private, nonprofit economic development organization that serves as a catalyst for industrial and commercial growth throughout Southeastern Vermont, including Windham County and the towns of Readsboro, Searsburg, and Weston. BDCC serves as the State of Vermont’s certified Regional Development Corporation (RDC) for the greater Windham County area. BDCC is one of 12 RDCs throughout Vermont.
For more information visit:

Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) is an affiliate of BDCC that grew from a 2008 grassroots effort, initiated by BDCC, to reverse the economic decline of the Windham Region and plan for the economic impacts from the closure of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. In 2014, after multiple years of regional input, education and data gathering, SeVEDS submitted the Windham Region’s federally recognized S.M.A.R.T. Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for federal approval. For more information visit: