ACEDC Announces New Executive Director
The Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Fred Kenney as its new Executive Director. Fred replaces Robin Scheu, who is retiring after nine years leading economic development in Addison County.
Fred brings over 30 years of experience in business and government at the state and federal levels, including 20 years in economic development. After running an inn, restaurant and pub, and working in real estate and construction in the Sugarbush area for several years, Fred served on Senator Patrick Leahy’s staff for 15 years in his personal office. He worked on the Senate Appropriations Committee in Washington, D.C. and then provided constituent services in Burlington, followed by outreach in the areas of business, economic development, housing, and transportation from the Senator’s Montpelier office. In 2001, Fred was appointed as Executive Director of the Vermont Economic Progress Council, providing statewide economic development strategic planning and administering the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive Program, the Tax Increment Financing Program, and the Windham County Economic Development program. Fred has served on the Bolton School Board, including several years as Chair, and is President of With Love From Vermont, a Vermont non-profit.
The Board and Kenney believe that under Scheu’s leadership, the region successfully weathered the economic downturn and Addison County is well positioned to continue as a leader in economic development in Vermont. Kenney notes that, “Addison County, like Vermont, is filled with people who have talent, new ideas, and the energy and enthusiasm to make things happen. It is a region of opportunity from value-added agriculture and traditional manufacturing to exciting new emerging sectors.” Board President Chris Knapp said, “Addison County is business-friendly. We will continue to build on Robin’s great work and the region’s assets to find more and better ways to grow our rural economy. The Board believes that Fred’s experience with multiple constituencies around the state will help broaden economic development in Addison County in ways that will benefit us all.”
Kenney plans to be both visible and proactive in the community. Over the coming months he will be meeting with business owners, local and state officials, legislators, and other partners to hear from them about their hopes, needs, concerns, and opportunities for the future of business in Addison County. “My job is to listen, to be a facilitator, and to connect businesses with organizations, programs, and services to strengthen employment opportunities and help new and existing businesses succeed. Addison County is a great place to live, work, play, and do business and I look forward to assisting in every way I can.”