BCIC featured at ACCD’s ThinkVermont luncheon

Montpelier, Vt – BCIC’s Bill Colvin and Jonathan Cooper were two of the featured panelists at a lunch and learn hosted by ThinkVermont. The event used examples from the Bennington region to demonstrate the ways businesses, municipalities, and residents leverage the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development‘s programs to strengthen their communities.

Bill was on hand with Zirwat Chowdhury, Director of the Town of Bennington’s Office of Community Development, to detail how the ACCD and other partners have played a role in the ongoing Putnam Block redevelopment project.

Jonathan joined representatives of Arlington’s Mack Molding to discuss how grants from the ACCD’s Vermont Training Program support workforce development and create new opportunities for prosperity. Matt Harrington, Executive Director of the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce, spoke to the travel and tourism initiatives that the Chamber has been able to dovetail with its own work bringing people to the Shires of Vermont.

ACCD Secretary Mike Schirling, Deputy Secretary Ted Brady, Economic Development Commissioner Joan Goldstein, and Tourism Commissioner Wendy Knight presented the Vermont Economic Advancement Award to former Senator Kevin Mullin and Pownal Representative Bill Botzow. The award recognized the gentlemen for their service in the Vermont legislature to advance economic development initiatives throughout the state.

Thanks to State Representative Laura Sibilia for the photo!

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