Nominations sought for Emerging Leaders

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SOUTHERN VERMONT — Nominations for Emerging Leaders of Southern Vermont are being sought before the third annual Southern Vermont Economy Summit in May.

The purpose of the Emerging Leaders nomination is highlight and honor young professionals in their roles as leaders and change makers in the southern Vermont economy. Nominees will be notified and asked to supply the selection committee with more detailed information about themselves. Honorees will be chosen by the Southern Vermont Young Professionals and the Shires Young Professionals selection committee who co-sponsor the Emerging Leaders Event.

During last year's second annual Southern Vermont Economy Summit, 24 emerging leaders of southern Vermont were recognized in a ceremony with guest speakers Vermont Department of Labor Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle and Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Schirling.

This year organizers will carry on this new tradition of highlighting young professionals in Bennington County and the Windham Region so they can be recognized both regionally, and supported at a state level: The young professionals nominated and recognized at this event will also be nominated for the VBM Vermont Rising Star award by the two Young Professional groups hosting this recognition. Last year 4 Emerging Leaders became Rising Stars.

Nominations are due March 15.

Tips for nominations: Previously recognized Emerging Leaders will not be honored again; nominee must be between age 20-something and 40-something; nominee must work in Vermont; and you may submit as many nominations as you'd like. The link to the nomination form can be found at www.SoVermontSummit.com

The Southern Vermont Economy Summit is a daylong learning and networking event for municipal, community and business leaders that focuses on the longterm development of Southern Vermont's economy. This year's theme is Investing in Southern Vermont's Future - strategies for planning, focus, and developing the economy. The day will highlight entrepreneurial projects and strategies that are currently being employed in Southern Vermont with an eye toward learning and collaborating on future planning focus' and development support efforts.

The Summit is a joint effort of Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC), Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategy (SeVEDS), Bennington County Industrial Corporation (BCIC) and the Bennington Regional Economic Development Group (RED Group).

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