Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies, or SeVEDS, started in 2007 as a small group of people from across the region looking to improve broadband and cell service.
After many meetings it became painfully clear that the region’s problem wasn’t lack of broadband, it was lack of economic development.
Understanding we couldn’t go it alone, professional assistance was sought from Fairpoint Communication and their contractor Vital Economies.
Beginning in 2010, Vital Economies worked with us on beginning to uncover and understand our underlying regional economic and demographic data and helped us lead a regional asset mapping discussion. This work led to the development of our initial five year goals and a strategy framework to begin to achieve those goals.
The SeVEDS organization has also begun to develop. We are incorporated as a non-profit and legally affiliated with the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, a Vermont Regional Development Corporation serving the Windham Region.
SeVEDS exists to reverse the Windham Regions economic decline. We envision developing the Southern Vermont economy to generate long-term growth and prosperity, improve the regions quality of life and sustain its quality of place.
Current SeVEDS Board:
Jenna Pugliese (Stratton Mountain)
Drew Richards (Richards Group)
Julia Sorenson (Brattleboro Retreat)
Post VY Chair
Stephan Morse (Retired, Windham Foundation)
Lisa Sullivan (Bartleby’s Books)
Barb Sondag (Town of Brattleboro)
Jeff Lewis (Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation)
Susan McMahon (Windham Regional Planning Commission)
Bill Colvin (Bennington County Regional Planning Commission)
Patrick Moreland (Town of Brattleboro)
Dan Yates (Brattleboro Savings & Loan)
Bob Stevens (Stevens and Associates)
Tim Cullenen (Town of Rockingham)
Colby Dix (Vermont Geeks)
David Altstadt (Windham Workforce Investment Board)
Martin Langeveld (Strolling of the Heifers)
Jill James (Chroma Technology)
(Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development)
BDCC Staff for SeVEDS
Pat Moulton Powden