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Attendees at the First Annual Southern Vermont Economic Development Summit
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Southern Vermont Economy Summit Returns, Save the Date for May 28th, 2020 at Mount Snow

The Fourth Annual Southern Vermont Economy Summit will be held Thursday, May 28th at the…

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Meeting on Broadband Funding and Technical Assistance Draws High Attendance

On September 11th in Wilmington the Windham Legislative Delegation hosted an informational meeting for local…

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The Southern Vermont Economy Project (SVEP) is intended to stabilize, improve and expand the rural economic and workforce development network in Southern Vermont. The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) received a USDA RCDI grant to facilitate this two-year project to connect and expand economic and community development work in the Southern Vermont Economic Development Zone. This project was one on only 23 nationally to be awarded.

To grow a more resilient region, leaders in business, workforce & community development, are convening to advance the economy of Southern Vermont.

For more information, please contact the SVEP project manager, Sarah Lang slang@brattleborodevelopmemt.com, 802-257-7731 x222

Who: Economic development organizations, downtown alliances, chambers of commerce, development agencies, municipalities, workforce nonprofits, and any other organization, agency, or nonprofit that works on impacting economic development in Southern Vermont.

What: The mission of SVEP is to connect and include economic, community, and workforce development organizations in SoVT through shared technical assistance, resources, networking opportunities, and projects designed to increase capacity.

Where: SVEP’s focus area is Bennington and Windham counties, the two most southern counties of Vermont.

When: The grant period is July 2016-July 2018. The Steering Committee meets quarterly. Events/trainings/workshops are held at various times within the two-year grant period, preferably at least once a month.

Why: SVEP’s main goal is to highlight the opportunities for development organizations to increase capacity and effectiveness by connecting regionally. Southern Vermont’s demographics include decreasing workforce, aging population, and increasing poverty.  Now, more than ever, it is important for Southern Vermont to examine the opportunities to combat these trends as a regional economy, and more holistically benefit all involved.

Intended Benefits:
– Increased capacity through workshops and trainings
– Reduced redundancy through communication
– Increased efficiency through collaboration
– Stronger Economic Development network
– Increased ability to act regionally
  • Broadband working group in Windham Co


  • Working group partnered with Vital Economies to do regional asset mapping, Southeastern VT Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) formed, developed 5 year goals and strategy framework


  • Windham Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) completed and approved with guidance through SeVEDS & BDCC. Windham Regional CEDS is effective until 2019


  • VT Legislature established Zone Committee and Zone designation. The committee wrote a report which recommended a southern VT CEDS and Southern Vermont Marketing Strategy.
  • BDCC applies for USDA RCDI grant


July 2016
  • BDCC awarded USDA RCDI Grant
  • State of VT awards $50K to BCRC FY17


Sept 2016
  • BCRC Hires Jonathan Cooper as Community and Economic Development Specialist to work on Regional Development in the SoVT Zone
  • BDCC Hires Sunny Leporati for USDA RCDI as SoVT Economy Project Manager


Oct 2016
  • Grant work begins with partner meetings, research and development of project.


Project Goals
  1. Strengthen relationships
  2. Increase communication and access to economic & workforce development information, programs, services, technical assistance and best practices training and funding initiatives; and
  3. Grow a well-balanced system of economic & workforce development services in Windham and Bennington Counties.