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Summit: Reinvisioning a post-Vermont Yankee economy

by Maia Segura

Vermont Business Magazine 

Let’s face it. Most economic development conferences tend to be a bit of a snooze. The same players regurgitate the same content. Everyone goes away a little better networked, but not very inspired. Not so for the 2nd Annual Southern Vermont Economic Development Summit at Mount Snow’s Grand Lodge on May 30, where attendees were surprised by optimism.

“It was a forward-thinking and optimistic convening,” said Sara Coffey, Executive Director of Vermont Performance Lab and Windham-1 candidate for State House of Representatives. “It was very different from similar events that I’ve attended in the last couple of years. You’d never know that we are in a post-Vermont Yankee economy.”

Over 200 attendees from across Bennington and Windham County, including child care providers, nonprofits, arts organizations, small-business owners, and drivers of the creative economy, complemented the usual mix of officials and members of the traditional economy.

Read the full article here.