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Seeking Nominations for Emerging Leaders of Southern Vermont


Windham Region:
Sarah Lang, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation
(802) 257-7731 x222

Bennington County:
Matt Harrington, Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce
(802) 447-3311


At the 3rd Annual Southern Vermont Economy Summit in May, the 2019 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.

Last year at the second annual Southern Vermont Economy Summit 24 young men and women were recognized in a special ceremony with guest speakers Vermont Department of Labor Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle and Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Schirling. In 2019 we will carry on this new tradition so that young professionals in Bennington and Windham Counties can both be recognized regionally, and at the state level: The young professionals recognized at this event will also be nominated for the VBM Vermont Rising Star award by the two Young Professional groups. Last year, four southern Vermont Emerging Leaders became Vermont Rising Stars.


Please use the brief online form provided at the link below, and share widely.

You may submit multiple nominations. Nominations are due March 15th.

​​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 Economic Summit:

The Southern Vermont Economy Summit is a daylong learning and networking event for municipal, community and business leaders that focuses on the long term development of Southern Vermont’s economy. ​This year’s theme is Investing in Southern Vermont’s Future – strategies for planning, focus, and developing the economy. The day will highlight entrepreneurial projects and strategies that are currently being employed in Southern Vermont with an eye toward learning and collaborating on future planning focus’ and development support efforts.

The Summit is a joint effort of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC), Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategy (SeVEDS), Bennington County Regional Commission (BCRC), Bennington County Industrial Corporation (BCIC) and the Bennington Regional Economic Development Group (RED Group).


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 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: