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For more information about the summit, a link to registration, and the complete agenda, visit www.SoVermontSummit.com, or contact Sarah Lang at slang@brattleborodevelopment.com.

DOVER—The second annual Southern Vermont Economic Development Summit will take place at the Grand Summit Resort at Mount Snow on May 30th.

The summit is hosted by the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC), Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS), Bennington County Industrial Corporation, and Bennington’s Regional Economic Development Group.

This daylong event will highlight projects with innovative and unique partnerships, strategies for growing the regional economy, and insight into how other regions are working to improve the economic outlook of their communities.

Featured speakers include Acting Director Tim Martin of the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, Region 1; Mayor Alex Morse of Holyoke, Mass., and Mariko Silver, President of Bennington College.

The summit is an annual event which grew out of the establishment of the Southern Vermont Economic Development Zone, a special geographic region authorized by the Vermont Legislature in May 2015.

A prioritization study commissioned at that same time called for the creation of a Comprehensive Economic Development Zone Strategy (CEDS) covering Bennington and Windham counties, plus the town of Weston.

Planning and development organizations in the zone have recently announced a federal partnership and commitment of local and regional resources to begin that effort.

In a news release, BDCC Executive Director Adam Grinold described the value of the counties working together.

“As small, rural counties in a small, rural state, Bennington and Windham counties face similar challenges in today’s dynamic economy. Success from past and future partnerships across the two counties has increased our understanding of how important it is to act regionally.”

The summit opens with the 2017-2018 Windham Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Vital Projects Announcement and features a public kick-off event for the new Southern Vermont CEDS under development.

“By bringing together municipal leaders, business owners, community leaders and economic development practitioners to learn about best practices and regional opportunities, new collaborations and initiatives are certain to arise,” said Bill Colvin, Executive Director of Bennington County Industrial Corporation.

Speakers and presenters include more than 25 representatives from the private sector, municipal initiatives, and regional organizations, as well as state and federal agencies. Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle and Director of Workforce Policy Sarah Buxton from the Vermont Department of Labor will speak to Governor Phil Scott’s recruitment priorities.

“This is a critical opportunity to ensure people understand the data, what strategies are working, and what else is needed as we begin developing the new CEDS five-year plan together,” said Laura Sibilia, BDCC’s Director of Regional Economic Development Strategies. “We need everyone who wants to be part of the discussion and contribute to the region’s future to participate in the Summit.”

The day concludes with a recognition event for Southern Vermont’s Emerging Leaders, highlighting young leaders in workplaces and communities, followed by a networking event.

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Nailed it - Thank you.

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The divisiveness brought on by this shamefully poor excuse for a president has been once again, borne out by this article, and the responses to it .. his most devoted followers are the most gullible and easily swayed sheeple since the \"Kool-Aid party in Jonestown\" ... those who stand up the most fervently to this dictator \"wanabe\", will , inthe end, see him and the fellow purveyors of his garbage rhetoric like FOX News, Alex Jones, Breitbart, etc., crumble and be dumped like stale crackers (pardon the pun) .. we must impeach this tyrant before too much damage is done, either from within or outside our borders.

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So it’s OK that access to outlets that simply recognize Trump as President is indeed being shut down? But isn’t that exactly what this editorial is against? Should outlets that cheered on Obama’s wars and love of Wall St have likewise been shut down? Only John Birch Society–inspired screeds against Trump indicate the “legitimate” press?

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TB Smith’s comment in apparent support of the us-vs-them tone of this editorial illustrates why so many people distrust so much of the press (although, again, it appears to be only pro-Trump and anti-imperialist outlets that are actually being shut down): They are promulgating hysterical claims about fascism, Russians, and “crackers” not in the interest of the people, but wholly on behalf of the neoliberal/neoconservative program of Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and Obama to deny Trump the Presidency and even remove him from office – not democratically, but by coup if necessary. That makes the press rather anti-democratic and, indeed, against the people.

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Amelia Stone (E Dummerston, Vermont, US) says...

Kudos to the Boston Globe for encouraging newspapers across the country to remind us all of the value of a free press, and to the Commons for hearing that call. The NYTimes article, A Free Press Needs You, concludes with the following: \"If you haven’t already, please subscribe to your local papers. Praise them when you think they’ve done a good job and criticize them when you think they could do better. We’re all in this together.\" Today I plan to subscribe.

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Thank you for your efforts to disseminate the news of the day and resist the hate-filled and deceitful rhetoric of this administration. I cannot believe, still, in this country that it is necessary for the press and regular citizens to defend themselves. Only one quarter or less of the citizens believe a word he says yet you are forced to defend yourselves because his speech is so incediary. The press is now officially our last line of defense.

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Janet (Venice, Florida, US) says...

You nailed it perfectly.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #460 (Wednesday, May 23, 2018). This story appeared on page D3.

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