BENNINGTON -- The Bennington County Democratic Committee¹s 3rd forum of the year, 'Economic Development and You," will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, June 2, at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 108 School St., in Bennington. Economic development is on everyone¹s mind as Vermont works to keep jobs, create new ones, and grow its economy. The Forum offers discussion of current initiatives in our state and region, by key people involved. Speakers will include either Lucy Leriche, Assistant Secretary, or Lisa Gosselin, Commissioner, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, to describe its Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.Bill Botzow (Pownal), Chair of the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development, will speak about his committee¹s initiatives. Bill Colvin, Director, Sustainable Community Development Program, Bennington County Regional Commission, will discuss initiatives in southern Vermont.

Michael Harrington, Economic and Community Development Director, Town of Bennington, on economic initiatives and prospects for the Bennington area.

There will be ample time for questions and discussion. The forum welcomes everyone. For more information, contact Michael Keane at or Chuck Sweetman at