The Rutland Regional Planning Commission (RRPC) has been informed that Executive Director Ed Bove will be stepping down from his position in the coming year. Bove has been with the commission for 14 years and has served as executive director for the last eight. Under his steady leadership the RRPC has received membership contributions from all 27 Rutland Region municipalities for the first time in decades, doubled the annual budget to over $1.5 million, doubled staff size to 12, worked with the Vermont Legislature to receive additional millions for all Regional Planning Commissions across the state, brought in over $2 million in brownfields assessment funding for the Rutland Region, and led the modernization of administrative functions of the office.
In addition, Bove’s leadership led to growth in the RRPC program areas of municipal and regional planning, emergency management, municipal grant administration, transportation, water quality, energy, and mapping. Bove has also been instrumental in expanding the RRPC’s programs to include agricultural planning, broadband deployment, healthy community design planning, municipal project management, and municipal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) assistance. He has expanded the commission’s economic development initiatives to include administration of the Workforce Investment Board and planning for the Western Vermont Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.
“The Rutland Region has benefited greatly from Bove’s leadership and owes him a debt of gratitude as he plans to return to his roots in community planning and design,” according to a news release from RRPC.