On Thursday September 13th, 2012 SeVEDS held its first Public Annual Meeting at the Bellows Falls Opera House. Presentations from that meeting are listed below.
This award is presented annually in recognition of sustained and effective efforts to mobilize leadership in the development of programs and projects, planning and designing of new and creative economic development activities and deep commitment as a leader and advocate for economic development in Southern Vermont.
Every year SeVEDS looks specifically for an individual or organization who has demonstrated consistent, exemplary performance in the economic development of our region, leading the execution of projects that have significant impact on revitalizing communities, and playing a major role in generating long-term growth and prosperity, improving the regions quality of life and sustaining its quality of place.
This year’s recipient was chosen for the fearlessness and sense of urgency with which they approached a number of significant economic development tasks in 2011 and 12.
Bob Stevens agreed to lead SeVEDS effort through its initial legal organization period; drove the board to start working quickly on actions it could take, and kept the board focused on moving forward after what was the most significant natural disaster our region faced.
In addition, with Craig Miskovich, Drew and Pete Richards and Ben Taggert, Bob is part of a consortium dedicated to bringing back the Brooks House in Brattleboro better than ever, helping to fill a deep economic wound in their downtown.
For these reasons, SeVEDS awarded Bob the 2012 SoVermont Leadership Award for Excellence in Economic Development
Vermont Speaker of the House Shap Smith met with the Windham Region Young Professionals during the networking reception at Popolos Restaurant.