Downtown Development Board

The Vermont Downtown Development Board is chartered by 24 V.S.A. § 2792 and it administers the Downtown Development Act. The Board supports the preservation and enhancement of Vermont’s distinctive landscape of compact centers surrounded by rural land with policies and programs including the state designation programs, rehabilitation tax credits and grants. The members of the Downtown Board represent a variety of state agencies, organizations and communities.

Board Members

  • Josh Hanford (Chair), designated by the Secretary of Commerce and Community Development
  • Michele Boomhower (vice-chair), designated by the Secretary of Transportation
  • Billy Coster, designated by the Secretary of Natural Resources
  • Michael Desrochers, designated by the Commissioner of Public Safety
  • Laura Trieschmann, State Historic Preservation Officer
  • Jaime Lee, appointed by the Governor, representing the Vermont Natural Resources Council and the Preservation Trust of Vermont
  • Cathy Davis, appointed by the Governor, representing the VT Association of Chamber Executives
  • Mayor David Allaire, designated by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Michael McDonough, appointed by the Governor, representing local government
  • Bruce Cheeseman, appointed by the Governor, representing local government
  • Chip Sawyer, designated by the Vermont Planners Association
  • Sabina Haskell, Chair of the Natural Resources Board
  • Tasha Wallis, designated by the Vermont Association of Planning and Development Agencies

Next Downtown Board Meeting 

Monday, June 27, 2022 @ 1:00 PM - Calvin Coolidge conference room, 1 National Life Drive, 6th Flr

Go To Meeting - Virtual Meeting (Click link to join)
1-786-535-3211, Access Code: 310-672-813

Agenda, including links to supporting materials
Meeting Minutes 
Directions to National Life 
Parking at National Life

Contact Us

Chris Cochran, Director
Community Planning and Revitalization

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

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