For Immediate Release: October 19, 2017
Contact: Lyle Jepson – 802-770-7061
RUTLAND, VT – Rutland Economic Development Corporation (REDC) has announced the agenda for its 80th annual meeting, set for Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. in the Casella Theater at Castleton University. Governor Phil Scott will provide the keynote address.
“Through collaboration with many partners, our efforts this year have furthered the major strategic shift established for REDC in 2016,” REDC board president Mark Foley, Jr. said. “We are looking forward to celebrating not only REDC’s successes but the successes of the entire region.”
GE Aviation and Castleton University are the signature sponsors of the event, which is also supported by Carris Reels, Casella, Green Mountain Power, Heritage Family Credit Union, MKF Properties, NBT Bank, OMYA, People’s United Bank, Rutland Regional Medical Center, and VELCO.
Representatives from REDC’s membership, business leaders, legislative leaders, and community members from around the state will gather for a networking session accompanied by appetizers, a cash bar, and live music by the Castleton University Jazz Ensemble from 5-6 p.m.
The business meeting starts at 6 p.m., and will include the election of officers and board members, a multimedia presentation celebrating achievements of the past year, and presentation of the businesses of the year and entrepreneurs of the year awards. Governor Phil Scott will be recognized as an honorary member of the year and will provide the keynote address.
“We are thrilled to honor Governor Scott this year,” Foley said. “Governor Scott has made statewide economic growth a focus of his administration, and we are thankful for his support. It comes at a crucial time as we build on the momentum in our region.”
“The backbone of REDC’s strategic shift has been all about collaboration,” REDC Executive Director Lyle Jepson said. “Everything you’re going to hear about at this meeting is the result of people in the Rutland region working together towards common goals. A natural commitment to deep, dynamic teamwork is one of the things that makes our region special.”
REDC is expected to highlight successes and ongoing initiatives that focus on population growth, leveraging the presence of colleges and universities as economic drivers, and supporting the growth of current businesses and industries in Rutland County.
“We’re going to talk about the regional marketing initiative and our work with the Rutland Young Professionals as a way to grow our population, addressing the workforce challenges of our area,” Jepson said. “We’re going to talk about resources used to grow our businesses. We’re going to talk about our ongoing partnership with Castleton University and connecting students to career opportunities. We’re going to talk about the successes while looking ahead to the work yet to be done.”
The public is invited. People interested in attending can register for $20 per person at www.rutlandeconomy.com.
“We want to emphasize that everyone is welcome,” Jepson said. “The theater holds over 300 people. This work touches us all. Together, we have all achieved a lot over the last year and we have a lot to celebrate.”