Vt. biz expert to replace Lewis at BDCC

Wednesday December 19, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation has hired a Montpelier insider to lead its workforce development efforts in southeastern Vermont.

Patricia Moulton Powden, a Londonderry resident and current Vermont Deputy Secretary for the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, will take over as Director of Workforce Development at BDCC.

The organization has also announced that Moulton Powden will become BDCC Executive Director when Jeff Lewis retires at the end of 2013.

The BDCC Board of Directors said Moulton Powden would go to work right away on implementing the workforce development efforts of the Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies Group, or SeVEDS, which has been working to increase and improve business opportunities in the region.

Moulton Powden is expected begin her work in Brattleboro in February.

"Our organization has been well served under Jeff's leadership and we're very pleased to be bringing on a person of Pat's caliber and experience," said BDCC President John Meyer. "We feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity presented to us."

Moulton Powden has been an ex-officio board member for SeVEDS and she said the progress the group has made encouraged her to leave her position in state government and move back down to work in Windham County.

"There is exciting work happening in Windham through SeVEDS," she said. "The region also faces a lot of challenges. I am excited to focus on the many opportunities in workforce development, innovation and much more. It is also a chance to pursue work I am passionate about on the regional level and in my home territory."

Gov. Peter Shumlin named Moulton Powden to the number two spot in the Agency of Commerce and Community Development when he was announcing key posts to his administration in early 2010.

On Wednesday he recognized Moulton Powden's long career in state government, and the work she did in his administration over the past two years.

"Pat started in economic development when she was a kid driving around with her father, the late, great Al Moulton," Shumlin said Tuesday. "She has been an important member of my economic development team, and she has been a statewide leader in workforce development, training, and education, which I believe are the most critical elements for longterm economic development. I hate to lose her from my administration, but I understand why she would want to get back to Windham County after 10 years of working in Montpelier. I am really glad she will continue to work on the broader economic development team helping to bring prosperity to Windham County and the rest of Vermont."

Moulton Powden had previously served under Gov. Jim Douglas as his Labor Commissioner.

She has spent more than 20 years working on economic development across the state in public and private organizations.

Moulton Powden, who was born in Rutland and is a graduate of University of Vermont, also served under Govs. Richard Snelling and Howard Dean.

Lewis will continue leading BDCC through 2013, and will help Moulton Powden make the eventual transition toward leading the business development organization.

"Pat's years of service in four Vermont's Governor's Administrations and at the helm of three regional development corporations have been exemplary," Lewis said. "We feel fortunate to be bale to bring that breadth of knowledge and experience to our economic development efforts and our region."

Howard Weiss-Tisman can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 279, or hwtisman@reformer.com.


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