Bennington County Senators, Lt. Governor Applaud BCIC, BCRC Partnership (Source: Office of the Lt. Governor)

Bennington County Senator Dick Sears and Senator Brian Campion, and Lt. Governor Phil Scott, are applauding a new partnership between the Bennington County Regional Commission and the Bennington County Industrial Corporation. Starting on February 1, the two organizations will begin working under one roof with the goal of promoting economic development in southwestern Vermont.

This new partnership is a positive development for the region, and will make processes more efficient, in addition to saving money on operating costs. “Beginning on February 1, there will be a single, streamlined staff fully focused on fostering Bennington’s business community,” said Sen. Sears. “I have great respect for the teams at BCIC and BCRC, and look forward to seeing what they can accomplish together.”

“Our economy is changing and we have to change with it,” said Sen. Campion. “The future of Bennington County depends on the continued success of the businesses we have, and those businesses will be targeted under this partnership.”

Senator Sears, Senator Campion and Lt. Gov. Scott also expressed their gratitude to longtime BCIC Executive Director Peter Odierna for his efforts and impact on the Bennington County community.

According to The Bennington Banner, Bennington County joins the Northeast Kingdom Development Association in merging its regional development corporation and regional planning commission.

“Joining forces in order to streamline operations and prevent duplication of efforts gives each and every member of the team more freedom to focus on new projects and initiatives,” said Lt. Gov. Scott. “I’m encouraged by Bennington County’s commitment to creating an environment that fosters economic development in the region.”