Fed, state, locals convene southern Vermont connectivity summit

Vermont Connectivity Division, Southern Vermont organizers to present in Dover on November 1st

BRATTLEBORO—The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation’s Southern Vermont Economy Project will host a November 1st working meeting to focus on the current state of connectivity in Southern Vermont. The afternoon session will feature Clay Purvis, the Director of the Telecommunications and Connectivity Division for the Vermont Public Service Department and highlight current case studies from Southern Vermont such as EC Fiber, Southern Vermont Broadband Cooperative, Town of Dover, and Town of Readsboro.  USDA Rural Development will emphasize programs and funding around connectivity and Congressman Welch’s office will be present to discuss what is happening at the federal level around rural connectivity. Southern Vermont telecommunications providers have been invited to be present for networking during and after the event but will not be presenting.

The Connectivity Summit is aimed at attendees from Southern Vermont towns who may have formed a municipal or volunteer committee on connectivity, who may be interested in addressing this challenge in their town, or who are looking for advice on getting organized and next steps to help move the needle.

The event is from 1-4pm at the Dover Town Hall in Dover, VT. Please RSVP here. Contact Sarah Lang at BDCC for any questions, slang@brattleborodevelopment.com.


Telecommunications plan hearing

Additionally, the Vermont Department of Public Service will be hosting a public meeting after the summit to gather input for the forthcoming 10 year Vermont telecommunication plan. This public hearing will be held in the Dover Town Hall, Dover, VT from 6:30-7:30 pm. Contact Clay Purvis for more information on the public meeting: Clay.Purvis@vermont.gov


ABOUT the Southern Vermont Economy Project

The Southern Vermont Economy Project (SVEP) will stabilize, improve and expand the rural economic and workforce development network in Southern Vermont’s Windham and Bennington Counties.  SVEP is funded by the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative and the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation.  Partners include Bellows Falls Area Development Corporation, Rockingham Arts and Museum Project, Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce, Windham Regional Commission, Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategy, Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce, Strolling of the Heifers, Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment Inc., Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce, Bennington County Regional Commission, Bennington County Industrial Corporation, Town of Bennington, and the Bennington Downtown Alliance.  Sarah Lang is the SVEP Manager and can be reached at slang@brattleborodevelopment.com or 802-257-7731 ext. 222

This organization is an equal opportunity provider, and employer.
For more info contact:
Sarah Lang, Southern Vermont Economy Project Manager, BDCC
slang@brattleborodevelopment.com or 802-257-7731 ext 222