Invitation to a virtual workshop for the West Central VT CEDS

Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) and Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation (CVEDC) cordially invite you to join us to help shape future economic development efforts in Central Vermont and across the State!

On June 24 at 6 PM, Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission and Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation will host a workshop for local business leaders, regional stakeholders, municipal representatives and residents. The intent of the workshop is two-fold:

  1. CVRPC and CVEDC seek to inform local leaders of our collaboration with partner regional planning commissions and regional development corporations in Addison, Chittenden, and Rutland Counties to develop a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for West Central Vermont.


  1. CVRPC and CVEDC seek to gather information from the regional stakeholders, local business leaders, municipalities and residents about regional economic strengths, opportunities, aspirations, and, most importantly, desired results (SOAR).  This information will be used to help guide the development of a CEDS over the next year.

The workshop on June 24th will be held from 6-7 PM via zoom.

Join the workshop online here:

Or call in with this number: (646) 876-9923, Meeting code: 825 2682 7041, Passcode: 938944

Help us understand who will be attending the event with an RSVP by completing this form:

Please contact Bonnie Waninger, CVRPC at with any questions

Physical Location:  29 Main Street, Suite 4, Montpelier

(Facial coverings required for in-person participation)

What is a CEDS?

A CEDS is strategy-driven plan for regional economic development.  Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation, and our partners seek to develop a CEDS that meets the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) requirements.

Why develop a CEDS? 

Adopting a CEDS can help our region set a strategic course for economic development efforts.  An adopted CEDS can also open opportunities for additional Federal funding to support local economic development efforts (including funding from EDA).

Three regional CEDS have been adopted in Vermont to date (Northern Vermont Economic Development DistrictEast Central Vermont Economic Development District, and Southern Vermont Economy Zone). Each these CEDS has allowed its regions to become an EDD, and access EDA funds to support projects and programs that further local economic development goals.

Is this my only opportunity to provide guidance and feedback?

No!  A similar workshop focused on specific economic sectors (e.g. manufacturing, tourism, working lands, etc.) will be held in the region in late summer/early fall 2021.  Additional engagement opportunities will also be available once a draft CEDS is released for public comment in the winter/spring of 2022.

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