Southern VT economic summit to return in May
DOVER - Registration is now open for the Southern Vermont Economic Summit. The daylong event will be held on Thursday, May 12, at the Grand Summit Resort at Mount Snow.
This year’s theme is “Cultivate change.” The 2022 summit will feature a wide range of topics that are top of mind for southern Vermonters. Workshops and speakers will dive deep into development, refugees, housing, ARPA, and business succession and acceleration.
The summit will feature two guests who bring a different take on revitalizing rural towns. Daniel Herriges will provide two workshops on housing and redevelopment. Herriges serves as senior editor and founding member at Strong Towns, an outstanding organization dedicated to revitalizing small and rural communities. Chet Clem, the lunchtime keynote speaker, is president of Lyme Properties. This New Hampshire-based company focuses on master planning, permitting, and transformative real estate projects, grounded in a philosophy of community-conscious development. A contributing member of Proud Places and third generation leader of the “Damn It, Do It” movement, Clem was formerly the editorial manager at The Onion.
Other highlights will include speakers from Brattleboro’s new refugee resettlement office, the Multicultural Community Center, which is leading regional efforts to welcome people displaced from Afghanistan. With the topic of municipal ARPA funding on everyone’s mind, the summit will also feature a workshop with Katie Buckley, of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, geared to help local towns formulate successful project ideas.
Registration and program details can be found at www.sovermontzone.com/summit. Program details are being continuously updated.