RUTLAND—Rutland Economic Development Corporation (REDC) has announced the agenda for its 80th annual meeting, set for Thursday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Casella Theater at Castleton University. Governor Phil Scott will provide the keynote address.
“Through collaboration with many partners, our efforts this year have furthered the major strategic shift established for REDC in 2016,” REDC board president Mark Foley Jr. said. “We are looking forward to celebrating not only REDC’s successes but the successes of the entire region.”
Representatives from REDC’s membership, business leaders, legislative leaders, and community members from around the state will gather for a networking session accompanied by appetizers, a cash bar, and live music by the Castleton University Jazz Ensemble from 5 to 6 p.m.
The business meeting starts at 6 p.m. and will include the election of officers and board members, a multimedia presentation celebrating achievements of the past year, and presentation of the businesses of the year and entrepreneurs of the year awards. Governor Phil Scott will be recognized as an honorary member of the year and will provide the keynote address.
REDC is expected to highlight successes and ongoing initiatives that focus on population growth, leveraging the presence of colleges and universities as economic drivers, and supporting the growth of current businesses and industries in Rutland County.
“We’re going to talk about the regional marketing initiative and our work with the Rutland Young Professionals as a way to grow our population, addressing the workforce challenges of our area,” REDC Executive Director Lyle Jepson said. “We’re going to talk about resources used to grow our businesses. We’re going to talk about our ongoing partnership with Castleton University and connecting students to career opportunities. We’re going to talk about the successes while looking ahead to the work yet to be done.”