We would like to congratulate the governor on his excellent choice for Secretary of the Agency of Commerce. It should come as no surprise that we view the governor’s announcement with mixed feelings. Though Pat Powden has only been with Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation for just over a year and served as executive director for three months, her decades of experience in economic development and state government have been exceptionally helpful in guiding the development of some new functions in BDCC’s organization. These include continuing long-term CDBG-DR disaster recovery funding work, as well as the development of the Windham Higher Education Cooperative and the Cooperative’s Internship Program. We will miss having Pat here on a daily basis, but we look forward to continuing to work closely with her and her agency on developing the regional and state economy.
Our two organizations have undergone significant growth in mission, projects, and staff in the past few years. In addition to the just under 500,000 square feet of industrial space managed by BDCC, we have grown to respond to business recovery needs post-Irene and worked closely to successfully engage businesses, municipalities, and residents in creating a comprehensive long-term action plan for growing the regional economy. Both boards look forward to continued collaboration as we and our very capable staff keep projects and priorities moving forward.
Laura Sibilia, BDCC director, economic development