Below is a letter to the editor that REDC recently submitted to the Rutland Herald in recognition of National Economic Development Week.
To the Editor:
The International Economic Development Council has designated May 4-9, 2020, as National Economic Development Week. Created in 2016, the goal of Economic Development Week is to increase awareness and recognition for local programs that create jobs, advance career opportunities, and increase the quality of life in communities across the world.
Rutland Economic Development Corporation (REDC) has served the greater Rutland Region for more than 80 years, using collaboration and creativity to recruit talent and businesses of all kinds, grow and retain employers, and promote a healthy and vibrant commercial and residential real estate market. Today, we are proud to support individuals, businesses, and organizations across Rutland County’s 27 cities and towns, and to help make these communities great places to work, live, learn, and play. We accomplish this in a number of ways, including business planning and consulting, our revolving loan fund, business site selection, workforce training and education, weighing in on public policy and legislation, and much more.
We pride ourselves on our collaborative approach to creative community building. If we’ve learned anything from the COVID pandemic, it’s that we can accomplish more together than we ever could separately. Our work would not be possible without the support of our more than 80 member organizations, our dedicated board of directors and committee members, and our many community and statewide partners. We are grateful to be able to work together to achieve our vision of the greater Rutland region being recognized as the most collaborative, innovative, and friendly place in Vermont to live, work, play, and grow a business.
Tyler Richardson, Executive Director
Kim Rupe, Assistant Director
Elicia Mailhiot, Communications Specialist