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Seeking Nominations for 4th Annual Emerging Leaders of Southern Vermont

Southern Vermont– At the 4th Annual Southern Vermont Economy Summit on May 28th, a new group of Emerging Leaders of Southern Vermont will be recognized. But we need your help! Your nominations help support and honor young professionals. The purpose of the Emerging Leaders nomination is to highlight and honor young professionals in their roles as leaders and change makers in the Southern Vermont economy. Nominees will be notified and asked to supply the selection committee with more detailed information about themselves. ​ Honorees will be chosen by the Southern Vermont Young Professionals and the Shires Young Professionals selection committee who co-sponsor the Emerging Leaders Event.


During last year’s third annual Southern Vermont Economy Summit, 24 emerging leaders of Southern Vermont were recognized. This year we will carry on this tradition of highlighting young professionals in Bennington County and the Windham Region so they can be recognized both regionally, and supported at a state level: The young professionals nominated and recognized at this event will also be nominated for the VBM Vermont Rising Star award by the two Young Professional groups hosting this recognition. Last year 7 Emerging Leaders from southern Vermont became Vermont Rising Stars.


“We give back and volunteer because we want to be a part of something more and to be involved for the betterment of our local community and state. Being recognized is an honor and humbling experience. We will need more people stepping up to help support our local economy for years to come. Let’s recognize those going above and beyond for their commitment to our community” says Josh Roberts, who was part of the Emerging Leaders Class of 2018 and Vermont Rising Stars Class of 2019.


Nominations are due March 1st. Please use the brief online form provided and share widely. You may submit multiple nominations. Helpful tips for nominations:


  • Previously recognized Emerging Leaders will not be honored again.
  • Nominee must be between 20 something and 40 something
  • Nominee must work in Vermont
  • You may submit as many nominations as you’d like


Thank you for your help and support! You can find the link to the nomination form at


About the Southern Vermont Economy Summit

The Southern Vermont Economy Summit (SVEP) is an initiative of 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. For more information on the summit, please visit:

About Southern Vermont Young Professionals

The Southern Vermont Young Professionals is a workforce initiative of Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) and the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC). Our mission is to attract, retain and support Young Professionals in Southern Vermont by providing engaging opportunities and networking through social and educational events, and volunteer opportunities. The YP initiative is increasingly important to Southern Vermont’s businesses and communities as a strategic approach to growing the region’s workforce and increasing the number of younger households. For more information please visit:

About Shires Young Professionals

The mission the Shires Young Professional group is to help young professionals and families create deep roots in our community that encourage them to stay and build a prosperous life in the Shires of Vermont. The SYP looks to engage, emerge, and empower young professionals throughout the region. Our young professional’s events, programs and gatherings are open to all people, but we do focus on the 21 to 40-year old age range. More information at


About BDCC and SeVEDS:

The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) 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: