February 9, 2022– Nominations have opened for the sixth annual Southern Vermont Emerging Leaders nominations. This award recognizes young professionals who are leading the way in their communities and workplaces.. Each year, community members are asked to identify individuals who are making a difference in Southern Vermont.
Nominations can be submitted until March 15th. using a brief online form at www.sovermontzone.com/emerging-leaders. The simple eligibility criteria are as follows:
• Nominees must be between 21 and 45 years old.
• Nominees must live or work in Southern Vermont (which includes Bennington and Windham Counties, and the Town of Weston).
• Previously recognized Emerging Leaders will not be honored again. (Past recipients are shown at www.sovermontzone.com/emerging-leaders.)
Emerging Leaders is a way to honor Young Professionals who are leaders and change-makers in Southern Vermont. Honorees are traditionally featured at the annual Southern Vermont Economy Summit, scheduled to be held in person once again this May. Southern Vermont Young Professionals Steering Committee and Shires Young Professionals Steering Committee co-sponsor Emerging Leaders and select honorees. Each year, every eligible Emerging Leaders is also be nominated for the annual Vermont Business Magazine (VBM) Rising Stars which has resulted in 19 Southern Vermont winners since 2017.
For more information, visit www.sovermontzone.com/emerging-leaders or email Sarah Lang at [email protected]
About the Southern Vermont Economy Summit
The Southern Vermont Economy Summit is an initiative of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation’s Southern Vermont Economy Project. SVEP works to stabilize, improve and expand the rural economic and workforce development network in Southern Vermont. Its goal is to increase capacity and collaboration among partnering organizations and communities. SVEP is funded by the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative, as a program of BDCC & SeVEDS. For more information on the summit, please visit www.SoVermontZone.com/summit.
About Southern Vermont Young Professionals
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 brattleborodevelopment.com/southern-vermont-young-professionals/.
About Shires Young Professionals
The mission of the Shires Young Professional group is to help young professionals and families create deep roots in our community that encourage them to stay and build a prosperous life in the Shires of Vermont. The SYP looks to engage, emerge, and empower young professionals throughout the region. Our young professional’s events, programs and gatherings are open to all people, but we do focus on the 21 to 40-year old age range. More information at www.ShiresYP.com.
About BDCC and SeVEDS
The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) is a private, nonprofit economic development organization that serves as a catalyst for industrial and commercial growth throughout Southeastern Vermont, including Windham County and the towns of Readsboro, Searsburg, Winhall and Weston. BDCC serves as the State of Vermont’s certified Regional Development Corporation (RDC) for the greater Windham County area. BDCC is one of 12 RDCs throughout Vermont. This BDCC activity was made possible in part by a grant from the State of Vermont through the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. For more information visit https://brattleborodevelopment.com/.
Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) is an affiliate of BDCC that grew from a 2008 grassroots effort, initiated by BDCC, to understand and create long term strategies needed to reverse the economic decline of the Windham Region and plan for the economic impacts from the closure of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. In 2014, after multiple years of regional input, education, and data gathering, SeVEDS received federal approval for the Windham Region’s federally recognized S.M.A.R.T. Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). SeVEDS partnered with Bennington’s Regional Economic Development Group in 2018 to develop the 2019 Southern Vermont Zone CEDS. For more information visit www.seveds.com.
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