The 2019 Southern Vermont Zone CEDS development is underway!
This federally recognized Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Project is well underway. The 2019 plan created by Windham and Bennington County stakeholders is a long term strategy to grow the Southern Vermont Economy Zone – a region facing significant economic challenges recognized by the Vermont State Legislature in 2015. Once completed, the 2019 one CEDS will replace the 2014 Windham Region CEDS.
The 2018 Southern Vermont Economy Summit at Mount Snow in May served as a kick off for the overall project. Following this event a series of five public input sessions through Bennington and Windham County took in information on assets, challenges and projects needed.
In July and August of 2018 a series of focus group discussions are taking place with stakeholders in sectors identified as having significant challenges or opportunities. Notes from those sessions will be posted at the bottom of this page.
Please plan to join us at any or all of the upcoming Public Input Sessions in September and November. We will be reporting out on what we have heard, what the data is telling us and what 5 year goals the SeVEDS and Bennington Regional Economic Development (RED) Committee are recommending economic and community development strategies be crafted for. All presentations and previous input sessions can be seen here.
September Public Input Dates and Places
Monday September 24th Manchester Kilburn Meeting Room 8-10 am
Monday September 24th Wilmington Old School 2-4 pm
Monday September 24th Brattleboro Selectboard Meeting room 6-8 pm
Wednesday September 26th Bennington location TBA 6-8 pm
Friday September 28th Lower Theater Bellows Falls 8-10 am
November Public Input Dates and Places
Wednesday November 14th Brattleboro Retreat Education Conference Room 8-10 am
Wednesday November 14th Lower Theater Bellows Falls 6-8 pm
Thursday November 15th Old School Wilmington 8-10 am
Thursday November 15th Masonic Lodge Bennington location 2-4 pm
Thursday November 15th Manchester Kilburn Meeting Room 6-8 pm