Department of Economic Development

Vermont Economic Progress Council

The Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC) is an independent board of Vermont citizens, nine appointed by the Governor and two appointed by the General Assembly. Additionally, there are two non-voting representatives from each region, one designated by the regional development corporation and one by the regional planning commission. The regional representatives serve in an advisory and advocacy role. The Council is staffed by an Executive Director, appointed by the Governor and a Grants Management Specialist.  VEPC is attached to the Vermont Agency of Commerce for administrative support.

The Council serves as an approval and authorization body for the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive (VEGI) program and the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District program.

Members Appointed by the Governor
Council Member

(Click Name for Biographical information)

Residence
Term Ends
Mr. John Davis South Burlington 3/31/2019
Mr. Stephan Morse, Chair Newfane 3/31/2019
Ms. Betsy Gentile Brattleboro 3/31/2017
Mr. Shawn Straffin West Burke 3/31/2019
Mr. Michael Keane No. Bennington 3/31/2017
Mr. Tim Briglin Thetford 3/31/2017
Ms. Mary Lintermann Stowe 3/31/2017
Ms. Rachel Smith St. Albans 3/31/2017
Ms. Emma Marvin Morrisville 3/31/2019
General Assembly Appointees
Member

(Click Name for biographical Information)

Residence
Appointed By
Warren Kitzmiller Montpelier Speaker of the House
Kevin Mullin Rutland Senate Committee on Committees
 
Regional Representatives
 Representative
Title
Affiliation
Designated by
ADDISON COUNTY
Robin Scheu Executive Director Addison County Development Corp Addison County Development Corp
William Sayre Board
Member
Bristol Addison County Regional Planning Commission
BENNINGTON COUNTY
William Colvin Program Director Bennington County Regional Commission Bennington County Regional Commission
Jim Sullivan Executive Director Bennington County Regional Commission Bennington County Regional Commission
CENTRAL VERMONT
Sam Andersen Executive Director Central Vermont Economic Development Corp. Central Vermont Economic Development Corp.
Bonnie Waninger Executive Director Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission
CHITTENDEN COUNTY
Frank Cioffi President Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation
Charlie Baker Executive Director Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
FRANKLIN/GRAND ISLE COUNTIES
Tim Smith Executive Director Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation
Albin Voegele Board Member St. Albans Northwest Regional Planning Commission
LAMOILLE COUNTY
John Mandeville Executive Director Lamoille Economic Development Corp. Lamoille Economic Development Corp.
Richard Bailey

Board
Member

Lamoille County Planning Commission Lamoille County Planning Commission
NORTHEAST KINGDOM
Dave Snedeker

Executive
Director

Northeastern Vermont
Development Association
Northeastern Vermont Development Association
Vacant     Northeastern Vermont Development Association
RUTLAND COUNTY
Lyle Jepson Executive Director Rutland Economic Development Corporation Rutland Economic Development Corporation

 

Fred Nicholson

Commision
Chair
Rutland Regional Planning
Commision
Rutland Regional Planning Commission
SOUTHERN WINDSOR COUNTY
Bob Flint Executive Director Springfield Regional Development Corp. Springfield Regional Development Corp.
Thomas Kennedy Executive Director Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission
WINDHAM COUNTY
Adam Grinold Executive Director Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation
Norm Wright   Westminster Windham Regional Commission
WINDSOR COUNTY/UPPER VALLEY
Bob Haynes Executive Director Green Mountain Economic Development Corp. Green Mountain Economic Development Corp.
Peter Gregory Executive Director Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission

 

Fred Kenney, Executive Director, VEPC
Telephone: 802-777-8192
 

Kimberly Baker, Grants Management Specialist
Telephone: 802-828-3230