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Two new agents join Masiello Group

BRATTLEBORO >> Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group recently announced the addition of two real estate agents to the team in Brattleboro.

Jamie Watson, a licensed Realtor in both Vermont and New Hampshire, previously with Keller Williams in Keene, N.H., is very familiar with the Connecticut River Valley Region. Williams loves real estate and is looking forward to helping people with all their real estate needs here in the valley. Originally from Walpole, N.H., she now lives in Gilsum, N.H., with her husband, two boys, three dogs and two cats. Jamie can be reached at 802-275- 3713.

Sally Fegley, newly licensed in Vermont, has had a long career in corporate real estate in New York City, human resources and business management. Sally and her husband ran Tom and Sally's Handmade Chocolates in Brattleboro for over 20 years. She lives in Brookline with her husband where she enjoys gardening, and together with friends they enjoy Friday night movies at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro. Fegley says she looks forward to helping people find their dream home. She can be contacted at 802-275- 3711.

For more information, visit the office at 218 Main St., or call 802-257-1111.

BDCC receives workforce education grant

BRATTLEBORO >> The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation recently a received $15,000 grant from the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation for the 2016-2017 school year to help further the BDCC's work establishing a Windham Region Workforce Center of Excellence.

The Windham Region Workforce Center of Excellence is a collaborative workforce development and education model, designed and led by the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, working to increase the size and quality of the Southern Vermont workforce. This project comes directly from the Windham Region's 2014 federally recognized Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, which was created in collaboration with hundreds of businesses and citizens by the Southeastern Vermont Economic Develop Strategies effort. Through actively engaging employers, educators, and Windham County students in a variety of new and existing workforce programs, the initiative works to ensure every student in Windham County has access to career pathways that lead to success.

Project partners include the Six College Collaborative, all four Windham County public high schools, the Windham Regional Career Center, Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center, and the Vermont Department of Labor. Collectively, the Center of Excellence includes the Six College Collaborative Internship Program, BDCC Fast Tracks to Success Program, the Business Cluster Roundtable Initiative, and the Southern Vermont Young Professionals. In addition to supporting the aforementioned programs, McClure Foundation funding will be leveraged to increase the awareness of and engagement with other relevant education programming of partner organizations.

The J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation envisions a Vermont where all people have abundant opportunities for career education and advancement, and where no promising job goes unfilled for lack of a qualified applicant. It believes that as philanthropists, educators, and legislators communicate and collaborate to improve educational opportunities within the state, Vermont's most important resource-its people-become more fully empowered. The McClure Foundation is a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation and has granted more than $3 million since 2008 in support of its vision.

Hinsdale, N.H., receives assistance grant

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. >> The town of Hinsdale was one of four New Hampshire towns to receive a grant from Plan NH's Municipal Technical Assistance Grant Program. The three other towns are Boscawen, Franconia and Peterborough.

Hinsdale's grant will be used to remove regulatory barriers to provide more options for its residents for places to live, employment opportunities and transportation choices.

"Choices in places to live are increasingly important," said Robin LeBlanc, Executive Director of Plan NH. "As we get older, most of us want to stay in our towns but in a smaller place. Young people, for the most part, do not have the means or even sometimes the desire to own a traditional house. And in just a few years, here in New Hampshire, 30 percent of us will be over age 60. Seventy-five to 80 percent of households across the country will have no children. All that, coupled with rising cognitive, visual and mobility challenges of older adults, financial challenges across the board, and a huge shift to all ages wanting to live in neighborhoods where they can walk to just about anywhere they want or need, means thinking differently about what is and is not allowed in our communities, and how we can proactively accommodate the changing needs of the people who want their town to always be home."

LeBlanc noted these efforts are not just about building "affordable housing' or "senior housing" developments," and include thinking about location, size and style, and how many people can live in each unit.

"There is often a disconnect between what is needed or wanted, and what is available and/or allowed by regulations. Providing choices would have a huge impact on the health and vitality of any town or neighborhood.

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