Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC)

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 Program Grants Manager.  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  the Windam County Economic Development Program and the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District program.

John Davis, Vice Chair, South Burlington; Kimberly Baker, Program Grants Manager; Rachel Smith, St. Albans; Patricia Horn, Windsor; Stephan Morse, Chair, Newfane; Thaddeus Richardson, Lyndonville; Betsy Gentile, Brattleboro; Emma Marvin, Morrisville; Michael Keane, Bennington; and Fred Kenney, Executive Director
John Davis, Vice Chair, South Burlington; Kimberly Baker, Grants Management Specialist; Rachel Smith, St. Albans; Patricia Horn, Windsor; Stephan Morse, Chair, Newfane; Thaddeus Richardson, Lyndonville; Betsy Gentile, Brattleboro; Emma Marvin, Morrisville; Michael Keane, Bennington; and Fred Kenney, Executive Director.

Council Members

(Click Name for Biographical information) - Residence - Term Ends

Mr. John Davis - South Burlington - 3/31/20219
Mr. Stephan Morse, Chair - Newfane - 3/31/2019
Ms. Betsy Gentile - Brattleboro - 3/31/2021
Mr. Michael Keane - No. Bennington - 3/31/2021
Mr. Thaddeus Richardson - Lyndonville - 3/31/2019
Ms. Rachel Smith - St. Albans - 3/31/2021
Ms. Emma Marvin - Morrisville - 3/31/2019
Ms. Patricia Horn - Windsor - 03/31/2021
Mr. Mark Nicholson - Barre - 03/31/2021

General Assembly Appointees

Jean O'Sullivan - Burlington - House of Representatives Appointee
Vacant - Senate Appointee

Regional Representatives

Addison County 

Robin Scheu, Executive Director    - Addison County Development Corp.  Designated by: Addison County Development Corp

William Sayre, Board Member - Bristol Designated by: Addison County Regional Planning Commission

Bennington County 

William Colvin,    Program Director - Bennington County Regional Commission Designated by: Bennington County Regional Commission

Jim Sullivan, Executive Director-    Bennington County Regional Commission, Bennington County Regional Commission

Central Vermont 

Executive Director, Central Vermont Economic Development Corp. Designated by: Central Vermont Economic Development Corp.

Bonnie Waninger, Executive Director- Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission Designated by: Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission

Chittenden County 

Frank Cioffi, President- Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation Designated by: Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation

Charlie Baker, Executive Director- Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Designated by: Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission

Franklin/Grand Isle Counties

Tim Smith, Executive Director- Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation Designated by: Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation

Albin Voegele, Board Member- St. Albans Designated by: Northwest Regional Planning Commission

Lamoille County 

John Mandeville, Executive Director- Lamoille Economic Development Corp. Designated by: Lamoille Economic Development Corp.

Richard Bailey, Board Member - Lamoille County Planning Commission Designated by: Lamoille County  Planning Commission

Northeast Kingdom

Dave Snedeker, Executive Director- Northeastern Vermont Development Association Designated by: Northeastern Vermont Development Association

Vacant - Northeastern Vermont Development Association

Rutland County 

Lyle Jepson, Executive Director- Rutland Economic Development Corporation Designated by: Rutland Economic Development Corporation

Fred Nicholson, Commision Chair- Rutland Regional Planning Commision     Designated by: Rutland Regional Planning Commission

Southern Windsor County 

Bob Flint, Executive Director- Springfield Regional Development Corp. Designated by: Springfield Regional Development Corp.

Thomas Kennedy, Executive Director- Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission Designated by: Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission

Windham County 

Adam Grinold, Executive Director- Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation Designated by: Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation

Norm Wright, Westminster- Designated by: Windham Regional Commission

Windsor County/Upper Valley 

Bob Haynes, Executive Director- Green Mountain Economic Development Corp. Designated by: Green Mountain Economic Development Corp.

Peter Gregory, Executive Director - Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission Designated by: Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission

Contact Us

Fred Kenney, Executive Director,
Vermont Economic Progress Council
802-777-8192

Kimberly Baker,  Grant Programs Manager
802-828-3230

One National Life Drive
Deane C. Davis Building, 6th Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620-0501

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