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