The Vermont League of Cities and Towns will be offering a seminar on "Local Economic Development Strategies" on Wednesday, December 10, 2003.  The seminar will be held at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier, Vermont.  An agenda is below. 

To register online, go to and click on "December".  For more information or to register by phone,  contact Dominic Cloud at [log in to unmask] or call


Local Economic Development Strategies

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Capitol Plaza Hotel

Montpelier, VT


9:00    Welcome and Overview of the Day
        Dominic Cloud, Manager, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center

9:10    Creating the Conditions for Successful Economic Development Initiatives

        John Hall, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs

9:45    Property Tax Incentives for Local Businesses

Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC)

10:45   Break

11:00   How to Access Funds from the Economic Development Administration (EDA)

12:00   Lunch

1:00    Making it Work on the Local and Regional Level

        Jeremy Ingpen, Randolph Area Community Development Corporation
Lance Matteson, Executive Director, Bennington County Industrial Corporation
Bill Colvin, Development Director, Town of Bennington
2:30    Business Creation, Expansion, and Technical Assistance

Don Kelpinski, State Director, Vermont Small Business Development Center
Cathy Herlihy, Marketing and Training Director, VSBC

3:30    Conclusion and Safe Trip Home

Who Should Attend and Why

This workshop is designed for municipal managers and administrators, members of local legislative bodies, planning commission members, and their public and private sector partners.

Here is why local leaders continue to be concerned about economic development in their communities:

·       In 2000, 4 out 10 jobs in Vermont paid less than $10 per hour.
·       Low wages often creates an out-migration, especially of rural youth.
·       A high cost of living and lack of access to capital can hinder entrepreneurs trying to develop businesses in Vermont. 

Come learn what you can do to stimulate the economy in your town!