Sponsors

Summit Sponsors

Since our beginning in 1912, Brattleboro Savings & Loan has become a staple of the Brattleboro area by creating and providing competitive financial services and solutions to help the surrounding communities flourish. We are an independent, full-service, community-focused financial institution focused on providing exceptional personal service and community involvement.

The Bank of Bennington is proud to be a full-service mutual community bank headquartered in Bennington with branches in Manchester, Bennington, Arlington and Rutland Vermont. We are known for our customer service, financial strength, and community involvement. Bauer Financial, an independent bank-rating service, has awarded The Bank of Bennington their 5-star “superior” rating for more than twenty consecutive years. The bank employs nearly 60 individuals across four offices. The average employee has been with the bank for more than ten years.

We provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management.

We have a vision to provide economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve our Nation's natural resources through conservation, restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands. Our strategic goals serve as a road map for the Department to help ensure we achieve our mission and implement our vision.

Event Sponsors

CEDS Vital Projects Announcement Sponsor

Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont with cost-effective and reliable electricity that is 90 percent carbon-free. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. In 2018, Fast Company named GMP #1 among the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies for Energy. Connect with GMP on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GreenMtnPower.

Emerging Leaders of Southern Vermont Sponsors

Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm's 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients.

Edward Jones, which ranked No. 10 on FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For 2016," is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones Web site is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting Web site is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

The purpose of the Heritage Family Credit Union is to provide friendly, personable, high quality services for the entire family. The credit union will strive to offer convenient, cost effective services while maintaining financial stability.

Heritage Family Credit Union’s vision is families prospering through cooperation.

We exist for SERVICE to our MEMBERS, EMPLOYEES, and COMMUNITIES through INTEGRITY, COMPASSION and EDUCATION.

Award Sponsors

Bennington Potters began with a mission. David Gil, founder and owner operator from 1948 through 2002, was determined to design and bring to market beautiful, well-made ceramics in a production context. His artistry, his technical creativity, his commitment and his tenacity were the driving forces behind his vision and built the remarkable company that survives and thrives to this day. Inspired both by David, and his legacy — a sacred cargo now in their hands — those who worked with him continue along this path.

Bennington Potters carries on the mission to make beautiful pieces offered at the lowest possible prices for everyday pleasure. This small company thrives by keeping the old, taking on the new, responding to changing times and practical circumstances, learning by doing.

Keynote Sponsors

Founded in 2000 as the nation’s first energy efficiency utility, we are Vermont’s objective advisor on saving energy through efficiency, which is the most affordable, local fuel source. In every county, we provide Vermonters with technical services and financial support to improve their homes, businesses, and communities. We also train and partner with local providers of efficient goods and services so all Vermonters can easily find the efficiency resources they need.

The Richards Group is a family-owned independent insurance, employee benefits, and financial services firm founded in 1867. While we have certainly grown since then, our commitment to exceptional service and creative protection solutions remains the cornerstone of our business model. Our team of roughly 120 insurance professionals now serves more than 20,000 clients located throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

Base Sponsors

Peckham Industries, Inc., through its various subsidiary companies, delivers high-quality customized solutions to thousands of road construction and highway maintenance customers. We’ve been a family-run business for over 90 years. Dedicated craftspeople with high levels of technical expertise produce products that meet, and often surpass the most stringent specifications of local, state and federal authorities. Peckham’s extensive network includes hot mix asphalt plants, stone quarries, bulk asphalt terminals, ready mix concrete plants and liquid and emulsion terminals throughout the Northeast. Every facility is equipped with a full quality assurance laboratory. Peckham’s dedicated team embodies a commitment to building strong customer relationships and continued customer satisfaction. It is this dedication to excellence and unmatched experience that has made Peckham is one of the largest road construction and maintenance material suppliers in the Northeastern United States.

At Abacus Automation, assembly, test runs and customer acceptance tests are conducted at our single custom built, 30,000 square foot building located in Bennington, Vermont with an assembly floor, offices, and small machine shop. Our assembly area has level and clean tile floor, bright lighting, a controlled climate, and power drops throughout the area to ensure the best possible facilities for building precision equipment.

Abacus currently employees more than 40 talented individuals who will handle your project from concept through installation and startup. We employ a full staff of engineers, drafters, assembly technicians, electrical technicians, programmers and service personnel.

WW Building Supply is a small hometown lumber yard with over 40 years of experience. We offer a wide variety of products to help you start and finish your projects. Our two locations cover southern and central Vermont, southern New Hampshire, and north-western Massachusetts, with stores located on Route 30 in Newfane and Route 100 in Wilmington.

Marlboro College cultivates a close-knit, intentionally small learning community where independent thinkers can explore their deepest interests, collaborate with faculty as colleagues, and set the course for their own intellectual and professional pursuits. Located in southeastern Vermont, Marlboro undergraduate and graduate programs are based on a scenic campus in the town of Marlboro. Combined enrollment for undergraduate and graduate programs is less than 500 students.

Located on a mountainside campus overlooking the Green Mountains, Southern Vermont College aspires to be a model of an enlightened educational community: diverse, supportive, environmentally respectful and socially responsible.

Southern Vermont College affirms a deep belief in the potential of every individual. We embrace diversity in all its forms, fostering excellence and personal responsibility in each member of our community. Grounded in the liberal arts, our programs prepare students to look beyond boundaries, to engage their communities, and to excel in their professional endeavors.

Media Sponsors

The New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA) is the professional trade organization for newspapers in the six New England states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island.

NENPA is the principal advocate for newspapers in our region, helping them to successfully fulfill their mission to engage and inform the public while navigating and ultimately thriving in today’s evolving media landscape. More than 450 publications are members of NENPA, and they benefit from our wide range of important services.

Venue Sponsor

Mount Snow is Vermont's closest major resort to the Northeast's bustling metro areas making for a short drive to real, big mountain skiing. Founded in 1954 by National Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame member, Walter Schoenknecht, Mount Snow quickly became one of the most recognizable ski resorts in the world. Today, Mount Snow is owned by Peak Resorts which has invested more than $25 million in capital enhancements since the spring of 2007. The fun doesn't stop when the snow melts- summer activities include the Mount Snow Golf Club, Family Camp, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Scenic Chairlift Rides, Outdoor Exploration Camp, and Naturespa. Mount Snow's premier lodging property is the Grand Summit Resort Hotel and Conference Center. The hotel houses 197 guest rooms of varying size and is loaded with amenities including a spa, health club, outdoor heated pool, outdoor jacuzzi, dining, retail, complimentary valet and more.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this organization is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, and familial status.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).  

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