Free Webinar on Local Broadband Planning

November 19th BDCC Knowledge Bites Focused on CUDs


Southern Vermont – On November 19th at noon a free webinar on the subject of Communications Union District (CUD) formation will be sponsored by the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC). The webinar will provide an overview and answer questions about new Vermont legislation enabling CUDs to advance local broadband planning and implementation. Featured speaker is Paul Giuliani, an attorney specializing in municipal law and CUD formation.


Connection information for November 19th at noon:

Dial-in number (US): (712) 770-3893

Access code: 682926#

Online meeting ID: svep

Join the online meeting:


This webinar marks a new round of “Knowledge Bites” trainings, as part of the Southern Vermont Economy Project serving communities across Bennington and Windham counties. SVEP trainings, conferences and technical assistance will continue in 2020 thanks to a new round of funding from USDA Rural Community Development Initiative. For more information on how to access this and future SVEP events visit the BDCC web site or contact Sarah Lang at 802-257-7731 x222 or

The CUD webinar is being held in response both to the new CUD law, and to community interest in Act 79 (H.513) of 2019 which provides grants up to $60,000 for local broadband planning. The webinar goal is to ensure local officials and leaders in the Southern Vermont Economic Zone have ample access to expert technical assistance. In some communities rapid action may be desired where an item relating to broadband must be placed in the town meeting warning.



Adam Grinold, Executive Director

Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation

(802) 257-7731


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, Winhall 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. 
This BDCC activity was made possible in part by a grant from the State of Vermont through the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. 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 understand and create long term strategies needed 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 received federal approval for the Windham Region’s federally recognized S.M.A.R.T. Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). SeVEDS partnered with Bennington’s Regional Economic Development Group in 2018 to develop the 2019 Southern Vermont Zone CEDS. For more information visit:

The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation’s Southern Vermont Economy Project (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. Our partners are 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. For more information please visit: