The Southern Vermont Economy Project 2.0 provides webinars, small conferences, mini-summits, technical assistance and training to help advance local economic and community development projects that are critical to creating prosperity in rural Southern Vermont.
SVEP began in 2016 when the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation was awarded $230,000 through the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative. SVEP focused on building capacity around economic literacy in our region. For a complete overview of 2016-2019 programming click here.
Thanks to a new award from USDA RCDI in 2019, SVEP 2.0 continues the successful work to help communities and non profits increase their capacity.
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The Southern Vermont Economy Project 2.0’s three program goals are designed to “stack” upon one another to move the region forward to leverage federal investments being made in this region and to advance projects in areas that are under-resourced:
By executing dozens of training activities SVEP 2.0 will deliver technical assistance and funding to project pre-development. Dedicated support is applied to places with greatest need. Project partners will be helped directly to advance local projects, and enhance their communities’ own capacity.
Southern Vermont does not lack great ideas. SVEP 2.0, through the provided programming, will help recipient organizations turn those great ideas into effective projects with sustainable funding and successful implementation and management. Sometimes all it takes is one successful project in a community to spark change. SVEP aids recipient organizations in identifying projects that fill a demand in their community and in the region.
The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies document provides a regional framework, an opportunity to be guided by shared data-driven, long-term goals in a two-county effort to create a thriving economy. But improving local capacity is key to implementation of projects that advance the region towards economic and community development goals.
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