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Summit Postponed: How to Stay Informed

We are going to postpone the 4th Annual Southern Vermont Economy Summit which was originally scheduled for late May. This makes us sad because we had such a stellar program set up including two awesome keynote speakers. We will continue to look at options to hold the summit in 2020, as the situation with COVID19 evolves.

In the meantime, don’t forget to keep learning and expanding your understanding of economic and community development in Southern Vermont! Keep an eye out for a special series of  April webinars and new online resources to support local economic and community development through the Southern Vermont Economy Project.

Even as the current crisis unfolds, we are already thinking about what it’s going to take to rebuild our economy and regain momentum. If you were at last year’s Summit, you had a chance to hear Joseph Minicozzi from Urban3. He and Strong Towns have partnered to provide some terrific new webinars in April (see below). We recommend these to help stay inspired and look to the future.

Sarah Lang
Summit Coordinator
Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation

  • Remember Joe Minicozzi of Urban3, our keynote from the 2019 Summit? Urban3 is offering two new ways to virtually engage with them!
    • Urban3 LAB: Joe Minicozzi will present on various topics using examples from Urban3’s case studies of over 150 communities worldwide. We will announce the topic the week of the event, and also take requests! The Lab will be informative, short, and simple.  Mark your calendar for April 30 at 1pm EST for the first Lab. Register Here!
    • Urban3 WEBCAST: Bring Joe to your community virtually! The Webcasts are virtual community lectures. He will take a deep dive into city economics, community growth, and urban design for audiences of your choosing. Every presentation will be customized to your place, and shared as an accessible and entertaining story. Schedule A Webcast Here!
  • Strong Towns: an international movement that’s dedicated to making communities across the United States and Canada financially strong and resilient.
    • Free Online Course: Strong Towns 101– You recognize the economic challenge your community is facing, and you want to do something about it. Attend this free online course to help you understand the insolvency crisis that is quietly bankrupting cities and towns everywhere. You’ll learn how we got to this point, why you’re not to blame, and a simple yet radical approach to fix it. Enroll Now!
    • The Economics of Development 202: Few communities consider the important role that local tax systems play in planning, zoning, placemaking, and capital improvement planning. In this free webinar, Joe Minicozzi will change the way you think about the cost of development, sprawl, and the value of land. Mark your calendar for April 14th, 1pm EST. Register Now
Southern Vermont Economy Project
Resources for Local Economic & Community Development
SVEP is hosting weekly Zoom meetings to offer resources for
municipalities and provide opportunities for peer learning around
responding to COVID-19.

Topics will include:

  • Live webinar on “How to Zoom” – hosting virtual meetings
  • Short & long term impacts of COVID-19 on Towns
  • Lessons from Municipalities on Disaster Recovery from Tropical Storm Irene
Does your town need help setting up Zoom?

Do you have questions on how to use Zoom in order to conduct routine town business? SVEP is providing one-on-one technical support on setting up and running online meetings. Get instructions, links to Zoom tutorials and instructional videos at

The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation’s Southern Vermont Economy Project provides training and technical assistance to increase local capacity, skills, and resources in order to advance local projects critical to Southern Vermont achieving community, economic, and workforce development goals. In its second round of funding by the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative, For more information please visit: