Southern Vermont Emerging Leaders recognized at Economic Development Summit

Mount Snow, Vermont -- Edward Jones, Heritage Family Credit Union, and Bennington Potters sponsored the Emerging Leaders recognition event at the 2nd Annual Southern Vermont Economic Development Summit. The Summit took place at the Grand Summit Resort at Mount Snow in Dover on May 30th, 2018.

The Emerging Leaders Recognition event is held to better recognize and engage Young Professionals in their roles as leaders and change makers in Southern Vermont, especially as it relates to the Southern Vermont Economic Development Zone. Southern Vermonters qualify to be nominated based on their contributions to economic and community development in their town/region, for championing notable economic development initiatives, assuming leadership roles within their place of work, and outstanding commitment to serving their community. Nominees were recognized by receiving a custom Bennington Potters mug. Deputy Secretary Ted Brady offered opening remarks during the reception, while Vermont Department of Labor Commissioner Lindsey Kurrle and Agency of Commerce Secretary Michael Schirling handed out the awards and greeted each Young Professional with a handshake and photo op.   


The two overall summit recipients of the 2018 Southern Vermont Emerging Leader Award were Michelle Marrocco of Bennington County Industrial Corporation and Katherine Partington of Mondo Mediaworks.  Other emerging leaders award recipients included Forest Weyen of the Bennington Rescue Squad, Taylor Knoop of United Way of Windham County, Betsy Dunham of Southern Vermont College, Silvia Cassano of the Bennington Area Trails  System, Bridget Struthers of Brattleboro School of Dance, Gregory Boshart of Maple Valley Design Build, Josh Roberts of Edward Jones, Kayla Becker of United Way of Vermont, Bennington County, Ken Lorenz of Spirits of Old Bennington, Laura Kamyk of Big Picture Farm, Michelle Demers of Vermont Department of Labor, Phoebe Connolly of Leland and Gray Union High School, Ricky Davidson of the Boys and Girls Club- Brattleboro, Sarah Lang of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, Serenity Wolf, P.E. of Stevens and Associates, Stacey Woods of Meadowbrook Gypsies LLC, Kayla Davis of Battenkill Valley Health Center, James Salerno of Hale Mountain Research, Jason Dolmetsch of MSK Engineering and Design, Rob Terry of Merck Forest, Michael Root of the United States Post Office, and Duncan Hilton of the Community College of Vermont and St. Michael's Episcopal Church.

This event is coordinated by the Southern Vermont Young Professionals and the Shires Young Professionals. These groups are a part of the SeVEDS and RED efforts, which are focused on developing long-term strategies to grow the economy and the work force.

The Southern Vermont Young Professionals is a workforce initiative of Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) and the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC). Our mission is to attract, retain and support Young Professionals in Southern Vermont by providing engaging opportunities and networking through social and educational events, and volunteer opportunities. The YP initiative is increasingly important to Southern Vermont’s businesses and communities as a strategic approach to growing the region’s workforce and increasing the number of younger households. For more information please visit:

The newly formed Shires Young Professionals (formerly Bennington Young Professionals) mission is to engage and empower young professionals in their community, helping them to emerge in their professions.  The group recently came under the regional Chamber of Commerce to better grow and enhance the young professional experience in the Shires of Vermont.  The group’s goals are to produce four quarterly networking events/programs geared to the Young Professional culture, recruit and communicate with as many young professionals in the region as possible, create a modern and fresh brand for the group and to continually work with the Bennington Area Chamber to communicate needs and ideas for further development of the region. For more information visit: 

The Summit is hosted by the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies, Bennington County Industrial Corporation, and Bennington’s Regional Economic Development Group. Event Sponsors also include Mount Snow and Green Mountain Power, The Richards Group, Efficiency Vermont, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Brattleboro Savings and Loan, and Bank of Bennington. Additional support for the Summit comes from Peckham Industries, Inc., Abacus Automation, Inc., WW Building Supply, Southern Vermont College and Marlboro College. Media sponsors are the Bennington Banner and Brattleboro Reformer. For more information about the summit visit