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Regional Economic Development Strategies Discussion. Bennington County Economic Development Efforts June 14, 2012. BCRC’s Goals for Tonight. 1. Foster regional relationships Create/Enhance Connections Overcome geo-political hurdles EDA-DR Grant – Windham/Bennington Submitted June 11

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Regional economic development strategies discussion

Regional Economic Development Strategies Discussion

Bennington County Economic Development Efforts

June 14, 2012


Bcrc s goals for tonight

BCRC’s Goals for Tonight

  • 1. Foster regional relationships

    • Create/Enhance Connections

      • Overcome geo-political hurdles

    • EDA-DR Grant – Windham/Bennington

      • Submitted June 11

      • Goals:

        • Build Capacity for Recovery (Business Resource Centers)

        • Enhance Southern VT Branding and Marketing

        • Support for Downtowns and Village Centers

    • Commercial Kitchen Example


Bcrc s goals for tonight1

BCRC’s Goals for Tonight

  • 2. Generate enthusiasm for development of a Bennington Regional Economic Development Strategy

    • Berkshire and Windham are great examples

    • Last Bennington County Plan - 2004


Current efforts discussions

Current Efforts/Discussions

  • Peru

    • Village Center Economic Development Plan

  • Bennington

    • Bennington Economic Development Strategy

    • BCRC & Mullin Associates


Bennington economic development strategy timeline

Bennington Economic Development Strategy Timeline


Bennington economic development task force

Bennington Economic Development Task Force

  • Communication and Coordination Group

  • Participants

    • Town, Chamber, Downtown Organization, RDC, RPC, WIB, Young Professionals, Local Legislators

  • Monthly Group Meeting + Sub-Committees

    • Marketing & Promotion

    • Tools & Resources

    • Legislative/Government

    • Special Initiatives

    • Workforce & Education

    • Housing

    • Employer Retention & Recruitment


Questions comments next steps

Questions, Comments, Next Steps

  • Where do we go from here?

    • Future Meeting Date?

    • Include Franklin County?

  • General Q&A


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