Economic Health Committee Charge and Committee Members

Economic Health Committee Charge:

Using the work of the 2017 Economic Health Task Force as a starting point, recommend several economic development tools that the Town can use with limited resources and staff.

Facilitated by Fred Kenney, and using the Addison County Development Opportunity Profile and
current economic trends as a backdrop, the group will consider the following topics as it develops
recommendations to the Board:

- Retaining/Expanding Retail Opportunities;
- A basic analysis of the economic viability of Tax Increment Financing to support infrastructure
  improvements in the downtown;
- The most effective use of funds remaining in the Middlebury Business Development Fund,
  including, but not limited to providing revolving loan funds or other low- or no-cost economic
  development tools that have been successful in other Vermont communities;
- Use of Vermont Community Development Program Grant revolving loan funds to support
  economic development (activities must be VCDP eligible, not limited to use for revolving loan
  fund); and
- Effective use of a web site to promote economic health.

(Approved by Middlebury Selectboard, July 2018)

Regular Economic Health Committee Meetings:

  2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
Time:    12:00 p.m.
Where:  Room 116
             Town Offices
             77 Main Street

Committee Members:

  • Steve Boyce - Owner, American Flatbread
  • Ben Calvi - General Manager, Vermont Cider Company
  • Mary Cullinane - Partner, Community Barn Ventures
  • Becky Dayton - Owner, Vermont Bookshop
  • Karen Duguay - Executive Director, Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP)
  • Scott Gemignani - Owner, Tinker and Smithy Game Store
  • Fred Kenney - Committee Chair - Executive Director, Addison County Economic Development Corporation
  • Farhad Khan - Owner, One Dollar Market and Selectboard Member
  • John Freidin - Middlebury Resident
  • Mike Capra (Alternate) - Owner, Denecker Chevrolet
  • Jennifer Murray (Ex Officio) - Director, Middlebury Planning & Zoning