Minutes SeVEDS Board Meeting
December 18th, 2012 – 2PM
Hannah Cosman Room Brattleboro
In attendance: Lisa Sullivan, Julia Sorensen, Bill Colvin, Tim Cullenen, Jenna Pugliese, Martin Langeveld, Bo Stevens, Drew Richards, David Alstadt, Susan McMahon, Jeff Lewis, Barb Sondag, Dan Yates, Colby Dix, Jill James
Absent: Scott Murphy, Stephan Morse
Lisa called the meeting to order at 2:01 and introduced Jill James from Chroma who was invited to considered board membership.
From 2-3 pm the SeVEDS Board met with Speaker of the House Shap Smith to discuss the benefits and challenges of regional economic development strategy development.
Dan motioned to accept the Minutes from 11/15, seconded by Dave Vote: unanimous
Jenna made a motion to approve the financials ending November 30, 2012, seconded by Bill Vote: unanimous
Workforce Committee: Jeff announced the hire of Pat Moulton Powden at BDCC. She will start in February as the Director of Workforce Development and will assume the position of Executive director at BDCC when Jeff retires at the end of FY 13.
There was a brief discussion about SeVEDS partnership with the state colleges on several leadership seminars that are ongoing. Employer participation has been good.
BDCC Update – Jeff provided a written update from BDCC to the SeVEDS Board
EDA/CDBG-DR – updates – Both the EDA Disaster grant and the CDBG-DR grant recently came in. Laura provided the board with an outline of the three grants SeVEDS and BDCC are involved with.
ViTAL Economy will be with the SeVEDS board on January 17th for a 6 hour meeting. Laura is to ask Pat to attend as well as colleges, Chris Campany, workforce, and other possible sector gaps.
Municipal Fundraising – updates from Jenna, Stephan, Laura – total of 15 visits. We need town meeting representation at Guilford, Dummerston and Halifax
Get on Board Update- Seth Proctor, Jesse Woosley are our two board fellows and will be officially joining us in February. They will be invited to attend the January meeting.
Bill made a motion to approve up to $500 for interpreter expenses for the Get on Board Program, seconded by Julia Vote: Unanimous
Board and Bylaws recommendation group – Lisa told the board that the executive committee would be coming back with some recommendations on changing the bylaws.
Petition and TM plan – Board members signed up to represent the SeVEDS effort at various town meetings, Laura will bring list to next board meeting.