Input sought on Southern Vermont economy

This article originally appeared June 7 in the Bennington Banner.

BENNINGTON — Bennington County and Windham County are coming together to develop a first-ever joint strategy to guide the Southern Vermont region’s economic future.

The outcome of this process will be an action plan with specific projects and programs intended to spur economic and community development throughout the region to create job opportunities, improve quality of life, and address major issues facing residents and businesses.

Initiatives identified during this process will be eligible for federal, state, and other funding and will benefit from public recognition and opportunities for partnerships and collaboration.

For Bill Colvin, acting director of the Bennington County Industrial Corp., the beginning of this process marks an important milestone.

“We are delighted to be moving forward with a Southern Vermont Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy in conjunction with our partners in Windham County. We have worked hard in the Bennington region to build capacity and understanding of how to do regional economic development over the past three years, and we sincerely appreciate Brattleboro Development Credit Corp and SeVEDS for including Bennington County in the next iteration of its already successful Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy planning and implementation efforts.”

The first set of public meetings will be in both Bennington and Windham. Residents and business owners are invited to attend any sessions that are convenient for them.

The meetings in Bennington County will held be June 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bennington Firehouse, and on June 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Manchester Town Hall.

Read full article at the Bennington Banner.

(Fair use with written permission from the New England Newspapers Inc.)

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