Addison County Economic Development Corporation works in cooperation with dozens of agencies, businesses, industry groups, and local and regional associations. 

ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development

ACCD - Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development

ACCD helps Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities.

Collaboration is central to carrying out this mission and we work with other state Agencies as well as businesses of all sizes, communities, educators, non-profits, students, recreational venues and many others. We at ACCD “set the table” for opportunity. So whether you are a business owner seeking to relocate here, a developer interested in building a new project, an individual hoping to restore an historic gem or a community hoping to increase the livability of your town, you have come to the right place.

ACCD Key Contacts:

Michael Schirling, Secretary

Ted Brady, Deputy Secretary

Joan Goldstein, Commissioner of Economic Development  802-272-2399

Kitty Sweet, Executive Assistant 802-828-3080

Full staff contacts list 

Agency Departments 

The Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development (DEHCD)

At DEHCD, we work to grow our economy, help businesses create jobs, and support vibrant and resilient communities. Our staff provides training, technical and financial assistance designed to enhance local community and economic development programs and practices.

Our economic development staff can help you learn more about our strong workforce, walk you through the permitting process, connect you with local networks and share more about our programs, and capital and investment opportunities. The Vermont Economic Progress Council is an arm of the department.

Our housing program focuses on developing housing policy and overseeing the Mobile Home Park Program. The Vermont Community Development Program helps municipalities provide housing, jobs, public services and facilities to their residents. Promoting and preserving our historic resources are the focus of our historic preservation program and our state-owned historic sites.

We are the state’s central office for local and regional land use, including our smart growth designations, designed to enhance our unique landscape of compact centers surrounded by working landscapes. DEHCD also funds and supports regional development efforts through the Regional Planning Commissions, Regional Development Corporations and through other partners. The State of Vermont also maintains a statewide available Commercial/Industrial Site Locator to help new or growing businesses find a suitable property. 

The Department of Tourism and Marketing (DT&M)

The Vermont Brand is associated with environmental quality, “green values,” local, strong community centers, an active agricultural economy and world class, four-season recreation. Our tourism staff promotes Vermont as a travel destination for Vermonters and visitors alike which in turn supports a diverse and vital part of the state’s economy. We work with our partners to develop and implement a comprehensive marketing plan that integrates television, radio, newspaper and magazine print. 

Chief Marketing Officer

The Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) is responsible for ensuring coordination and consistency of statewide marketing activity. This is accomplished by providing direct support to state government organizations and offering marketing specific resources and tools to enable state programs to successfully meet their marketing and outreach objectives. State marketing activity is also guided by marketing policies, standards, and guidelines developed by the CMO that support the goals of efficiency and consistency.

Think Vermont Ambassador Program 

The State of Vermont has a new digital marketing program, Think VT Ambassadors, designed to spread the word via social media about Vermont’s assets as a place to live, work and do business.
Through their social networks, Think VT Ambassadors can share national rankings and news coverage of Vermont's thriving industries, game-changing entrepreneurs, socially responsible companies, vibrant communities, world-class outdoor recreation opportunities, education, culture and so much more. Click HERE to learn more and participate.

Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (VT PTAC):

PTAC exists to help Vermont businesses succeed in obtaining government contracts. The center offers free counseling services to Vermont businesses and provides assistance on how to bid on government contracts at the federal, state and local levels. The VT Bid Board is a free way for buyers and sellers to connect for products & services needed by the state:

One National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05602-3377

(802) 828-5237

Addison County Chamber of Commerce

Addison County Chamber of Commerce

The Addison County Chamber of Commerce unites more than 650 members whose shared goal is to build a better community through a strong economic base. We’re blessed with a robust economy that is not dependent on a single industry. Manufacturers, service organizations, agribusiness, retailers, educational and financial institutions, restaurants, lodging properties and small, locally-owned businesses all contribute to the region’s economic vitality.

The Chamber’s mission is to promote both individual businesses and the region as a whole—to current and prospective residents, business owners, as well as tourists visiting our area from neighboring states, the rest of the U.S and beyond. We do that by offering business resources, educational programs, a referral network, services, products, information and opportunities to promote enhance and strengthen your brand and attract customers.


Addison County Regional Planning Commission


ACRPC serves the 21 towns of the Addison Region and provides assistance on a range of community development activities and issues. ACRPC provides leadership and technical expertise to encourage cooperative planning within and among the region’s communities and area-wide interests.

What We Do

Along with ten other regional planning commissions around the state, ACRPC was established by the legislature to:

  • Promote economic development, increasing jobs and income
  • Preserve the natural beauty of Vermont
  • Obtain and maintain efficiency in government expenditure
  • Safeguard and extend local autonomy in planning and development decisions

ACRPC does this through commissioners who are appointed by town selectboards. This group of town delegates and alternates meets monthly and each commissioner serves on at least one committee.


The Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) consists of delegates and alternates appointed to the Commission by the legislative body of each of the region’s 21 municipalities. Larger municipalities may be represented by up to three delegates. Smaller municipalities appoint one delegate. Municipalities appoint delegates and alternates to the ACRPC shortly after town meeting for a one-year term beginning July 1st of each year. Alternates exist to act in the shoes of the delegate if an appointed delegate is unable to attend a meeting.

Both delegates and alternates participate in ACRPC’s committee structure and are encouraged to attend meetings and participate in work on and discussions concerning the Region’s business.

Del: Frank Galgano
Del: Andrea Ochs
Del: Ray Papandrea
Alt: David King
Alt: Clyde Park
Del: Andrew Manning
Del: Edward Payne
Alt: Mark Pumiglia
Alt: Paul Miller
Del: James Dayton
Alt: David Raphael
Del: Peter Grant
Del: William Sayre
Del: Garland “Chico” Martin
Alt: Chris Lathrop
Del: Jeremy Grip
Alt: Marty Kulczyk
Del: Jim Duclos
Del: Holly Noordsy
Alt: Colin Kriwox
Alt: Stan Grzyb
Del: Tom Scanlon
Del: Mary Anne Sullivan
Alt: Barrie Bailey
Del: Tim Davis
Del: Arabella Holzafel
Del: Robert Peisch
Del: Colin Davis
Del: Nick Causton
Del: Jim Pulver
Alt: Chad Chamberlain
Del: Richard Warren

Del: Diane Benware
Del: Ronald Fiske      


Del: Mel Hawley
Del: Bill Benton
Alt: Shannon Haggett
Del: Steve Revell
Del: Tommy Thompson
Del: Thomas Yager
Del: Ted Davis
Del: Karl Neuse
Del: David Hamilton
Alt: Kathleen Ramsey
Alt: Ross Conrad
Del: Ron Crawford
Del: Thea Gaudette
Del: Wendy Sue Harper
Alt: Charles Huizenga
Alt: Stephen Pilcher
Del: Ellen Kurrelmeyer
New Haven
Del: Harvey Smith
Del: Jim Walsh
Alt: Susan Smiley

Interest Group Representatives



Addison County Chamber of Commerce

Del: Sue Hoxie
Alt: Geoff Conrad

Addison County Economic Development Corporation 

Del: Harvey Smith

Addison County Farm Bureau

Del: Kent Wright
Alt: William Scott

Otter Creek Audubon Society

Del: Ron Payne
Alt: Marcia Parker

Otter Creek Natural Resource Conservation District

Del: Jonathan Chamberlain
Alt: Paul Wagner

ACRPC Committees

Delegates and alternates, aided by ACRPC staff, conduct much of the policy making and project implementation business of ACRPC within its committee structure.  Addison County Regional Planning Commission currently has six committees. A brief introduction of each committee and a link to their work is provided below:

Executive Committee: Minutes & Agendas
The Executive Board implements and supervises ACRPC policies and programs and it makes recommendations to the Full Commission.
Act 250 Committee:
The Act 250 Committee reviews all Act 250 applications for any Substantial Regional Impacts* as defined in the Regional Plan and supports municipalities in the Act 250 process.
Energy Committee:
The Energy Committee sets priorities for regional energy policies, projects and issues, co-sponsors monthly energy programs, and supports Town Energy Coordinators and their Committees.
Local Government Committee:
The Local Government Committee conducts reviews of municipal plans for communities requesting regional confirmation of their planning process and regional approval of their municipal plan.
Natural Resources Committee: Minutes & Agendas
The Natural Resources Committee recently completed a complete revision of the Natural Resource Section of the Regional Plan and shall work with staff and committees to review and create projects that implement the plan’s goals.
Transportation Advisory Committee: Minutes & Agendas
The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) focuses on transportation planning within the region. The TAC constitutes a special committee of the ACRPC because its members are appointed directly by each Selectboard and may or may not also be members of ACRPC’s Commission.

* In the context of the State of Vermont planning practice, a proposed development has a Substantial Regional Impact (SRI) if a policy of this Regional Plan that is relevant to the determination of an issue in an Act 250 or Section 248 proceeding makes recommendations that are more specific about one or more characteristics, features, standards, or conditions relating to the proposed development than the recommendations of the municipal plan. SRI is an impact of Land Development that triggers the requirements of 24 VSA 4345a (16), (17), and 4348 (h). An SRI is not automatically in conflict with a regional plan. An SRI is not always an Adverse Impact. 24 VSA 4345a (17) requires each RPC to define SRI as the term is to be used with respect to its region in its Regional Plan.

Addison County Workforce Development Task Force

The new Addison County Workforce Development Task Force (ACWDTF), of which the Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) is a member, was formed by regional agencies and organizations interested in tackling issues impacting workforce development in Addison County. To learn more about the Task Force, click here. To become a member of the Task Force, which meets monthly, email Fred Kenney at

The Task Force recently hosted the Addison County Workforce Development Stakeholder Summit at the Basin Harbor Resort in Vergennes. This Summit convened 75 workforce development partners including employers, industry groups, business organizations, secondary & post-secondary career & technical education providers, private & public training providers, secondary education leaders & guidance counselors, higher education representatives, economic development practitioners, municipal officials, and regional elected officials. 

A SWOT analysis was developed during a panel session and the participants identified solutions. View the SWOT and Rountable reports here.

Prior to the Summit, a survey of workforce stakeholders was also taken. Click here to see the findings.

Summit presenter Mat Barewicz, Economic & Labor Market Information Chief with the VT Department of Labor (DOL), spoke about Workforce Data. Click HERE for a link to his remarks. A great deal of data is also available on the Economic & Labor Market Information website at

This Summit was co-sponsored by these Task Force members: Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCOC), Community College of Vermont (CCV), Hannaford Career Center (HCC), Middlebury College, Northlands Job Corps, United Way of Addison County (UWAC), Vermont Adult Learning (VAL) and the State of Vermont (Department of Labor, Agency of Commerce & Community Development and Agency of Education).
The Summit was made possible by a grant from the VT Department of Labor.
Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

The mission of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship (CRE) is to help community leaders build a prosperous future by supporting & empowering business, social and civic entrepreneurs. With their roots and hearts in rural America, they help communities of all sizes and interests by bringing empowering research together with effective community engagement to advance community-driven strategies for prosperity. Their solutions empower community leaders to find their own answers to the economic development challenges and opportunities they face.

Don Macke from the Center spoke at the ACEDC 2017 Annual Meeting on “The Road Ahead for Rural Economic Development in Addison County”. Click here for a link to his presentation and here for the Addison County Development Opportunity Profile

Center for Women & Enterprise

Center for Women & Enterprise

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) opened a Women's Business Center in Vermont in 2016.  Funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), CWE works with the SBA in Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Eastern and Central Massachusetts to deliver quality services to current and prospective women entrepreneurs.  As New England's leading organization for women entrepreneurs, CWE works hard to ensure that all women, regardless of their economic status, are provided access to our programs and services.

CWE Vermont helps women in the state start and grow their own business. They also offer scholarships to disadvantaged clients while fostering influential relationships for successful business women. For more info about CWE VT please call 802-391-4870 or email them at

SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives)

  • 11 Lincoln Street, Rm 106
  • Essex Junction, VT
  • Website

Champlain Valley SCORE is an all-volunteer organization serving western Vermont. Their home office is in Chittenden County but they also have branches in Manchester, Rutland, Middlebury, and St. Albans. Counselors with extensive and wide-ranging business experience provide face-to-face and online counseling for new and existing businesses. They also offer workshops and seminars covering topics ranging from how to write a business plan to marketing to business valuations.


  • you have an idea or a new business you would like to explore, 
  • you are starting a new business and need guidance, or 
  • you have an existing business and are trying to weather the current economic climate,

SCORE can help you realize your dream.

Since 1973, Champlain Valley SCORE has assisted over 5,000 Vermonters to start, run, and grow businesses. Their services are free and confidential and they are ready to help you!

Vermont Agency of Agriculture

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture's mission is to facilitate, support and encourage the growth and viability of agriculture while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment.

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets (VAAFM)

VAAFM facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment.

The VAAFM is organized into four divisions:

  • The Division of Administration oversees and coordinates agency policy and promotes interests of consumers and producers.
  • The Division of Agricultural Development provides a role in developing local, regional, national and global markets for Vermont's agricultural products.
  • The Division of Agricultural Resource Management (ARM) regulates pesticides, feed, seed and fertilizers. The division administers Vermont's agricultural water quality programs and enforcement of environmental and safety laws.
  • The Division of Food Safety and Consumer Protection is organized into the following sections providing oversight in the areas of: livestock heath, consumer safety and protection, dairy inspection, and meat inspection.


Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies

Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies

VCET is a leading-edge technology incubator serving all of Vermont under a mandate to increase technology start-ups and accelerate next generation job creation for this generation of Vermonters.

VCET offers a targeted business incubator program designed to foster the success of high opportunity technology firms by providing firms with substantive business mentoring along with traditional incubator services such as low cost, flexible office space, shared resources, capital, networking, and training.

VCET is an independent 501 c (3) public benefit corporation in affiliation with the University of Vermont and partners with Norwich University, Middlebury College, Champlain College and the five Vermont State Colleges.

Contact David Bradbury at or 802-656-3880.

Vermont Economic Development Authority

Vermont Economic Development Authority

The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) is Vermont's economic development finance lender.   VEDA manages a wide range of low-cost lending programs for eligible Vermont businesses of all sizes, including manufacturing, research and development, information technology, travel and tourism, agricultural, and other enterprises as defined in statute.  VEDA’s lending solutions are customized to each client’s individual needs.  A comprehensive listing of VEDA programs and eligible borrowers can be found on VEDA’s website.  Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.3 billion. 

VACC – Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation

VACC, a program of VEDA, is a nonprofit corporation which provides credit to Vermont farmers, agricultural facilities, forestry and forest product-based businesses. Farm loans are available to strengthen existing farm operations, encourage diversification, support beginning farmers, and to encourage marketing and processing of Vermont agricultural and forestry products.  “Farm Operations” means the cultivation of land or other uses of land for the production of (among other things) food, orchard products, maple syrup or forest crops.  Also included is the raising, boarding and training of equines and the raising of livestock.

Vermont Employee Ownership Center

Vermont Employee Ownership Center

The Vermont Employee Ownership Center (VEOC) is a statewide non-profit whose mission is to promote and foster employee ownership in order to broaden capital ownership, deepen employee participation, retain jobs, increase living standards for working families, and stabilize communities.

They provide information and resources to owners interested in selling their business to their employees, employee groups interested in purchasing a business, and entrepreneurs who wish to start up a company with broadly shared ownership.

They are funded through government and foundation grants, and contributions from individuals and businesses. The VEOC is a tax-exempt non-profit educational organization. 

Vermont Futures Project

Vermont Futures Project

Creating a shared vision for a robust economic future

The Vermont Futures Project has been convening a statewide discussion series regarding the future of Vermont with a goal of enhancing and sustaining a robust and growing economy. The Vermont Futures Project believes that Vermonters need a shared vision about the economy—one that is as strong as the vision we share for our environment and for our social safety net. In balance, these three components create a strong foundation for Vermont’s future. To help build this vision the Vermont Futures Project has been holding forums led by the Vermont Futures Project research team of Jeff Lewis and Jennifer Stromsten who have been discussing key economic indicators on the recently launched economic dashboard focused at They are exploring Vermont’s unique challenge in balancing our commitment to environmental responsibility, fairness to our people, and growth of opportunity. 

The Vermont Futures Project was launched by the Vermont Chamber Foundation to build a shared vision for the economy in collaboration with partner organizations, academic institutions and thought leaders. They are setting a course toward a vibrant economic future through research, policy development and long-term strategies in order to realize that vision. The Vermont Futures Project is committed to addressing the challenges facing Vermont in workforce, demographics, productivity, industrial mix, and infrastructure.

Area partnering organizations of the Addison County Forum include the Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCoC) and Middlebury College. To view the video from this event, click here. To see a summary of the Addison County presentation, click here.  

Vermont Futures Project: A data-driven initiative to secure Vermont’s economic future and to provide opportunity for Vermonters. For more info, go to

Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center

Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center

Their primary mission - "To strengthen & empower Vermont manufacturers”

The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) has operated statewide as a not-for-profit Center since 1995, collaborating with public and private partners in business, government and education to bring world-class assistance and resources to Vermont manufacturers and other enterprises of all sizes, helping them overcome ever-changing challenges, become more competitive and grow their profitability. A valuable local Resource and Trusted Advisor, VMEC holds a 20+ years track record of achieving measured results and quantified impact for its clients, with a high average Return on Investment (ROI) reported by clients as a direct result of VMEC assistance. The VMEC Team brings expertise in consulting, coaching, hands-on implementation, continuing support, and training and education for leaders and workers – helping them to innovate, plan, perform and accelerate profitable growth in ways that drive increasing enterprise value. The VMEC Team provides proven systems and solutions focused on Strategies, Processes, Products, Technologies and People. VMEC is the official Vermont representative and part of the nationwide MEP National Network (Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership) within the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce

While the physical address of VMEC is at the VT Tech Enterprise Center in Randolph, their mailing address is:  P.O. Box 12, Randolph Center, VT 05061. For more info, email them at
Vermont Small Business Development Center

Vermont Small Business Development Center

Housed at the 12 Regional Development Corporations (RDCs), the VT Small Business Development Centers (VtSBDCs) provide free technical assistance to starting and growing small businesses. Operated through the Vermont State College System, VtSBDC links businesses with higher education, state and federal programs, as well as other businesses. The VT Small Business Development Centers offer in depth counseling assistance at no cost to ensure more successful start ups of new enterprises and to strengthen existing firms. Contact Linda Rossi at or 802-349-5546.

With access to a comprehensive resource and information library, the VtSBDCs can also provide business planning assistance, marketing help, referrals, and much more. They also produce many publications of interest to business, such as their Disaster Recovery Guide for Business.

VtSBDC periodically sponsors low cost seminars on a variety of topics. Click here to see their calendar of training workshops. They also offer FREE certificates for students to attend their periodic "Starting Your Own Business" Workshops. Click here for a certificate.  

VtSBDC consultants work with entrepreneurs to help them develop, market, and grow their businesses throughout Vermont. Our Small Business Advisor for Addison County is Brian DeClue. Click here for his contact info. For the statewide Agricultural Advisor, contact Steve Paddock here.

Click here for a copy of their annual report.

Exploring business ownership:

Twice-monthly free webinar for people exploring the opportunity (offered by SBA)

Learn the basics of starting a small business from anywhere during a free Exploring Business Ownership webinar on the 1st Wednesday each month from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (EST) and the 3rd Wednesday each month from 1:30 to 2:20 p.m. (EST).

To join the webinar, log onto and use the meeting number 888-294-8505 and the code 3426809.

To access the conference call, dial toll free 1-888-294-8505, when prompted enter the access code of 3426809.

For more information, email at the Vermont office of SBA.

Additional Info:

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, located in Montpelier, Vermont, was created by the Vermont Legislature in 1995 to accelerate the development of Vermont’s green economy. They provide early stage grant funding, technical assistance, and loans to entrepreneurs, businesses, farmers, networks and others interested in developing jobs and markets in the green economy.

Contact Ellen Kahler at or 802-828-1260.