Vermont Business Magazine The Bennington County Regional Commission (BCRC) today announced that Bill Colvin, currently Deputy Organizing Director and Coordinator of Community and Economic Development Programs, will take the reins as Executive Director in the coming weeks. Jim Sullivan, the current Executive Director, is retiring after more than 30 years at BCRC – 12 years as Executive Director.

Colvin was offered the position following an extensive search process conducted by the BCRC Executive Committee. Colvin has worked for the BCRC for more than ten years, having been hired by the current Executive Director, Jim Sullivan, to launch an economic development initiative serving the region’s seventeen communities. Under Colvin’s leadership, this effort has grown and diversified, leading to partnerships with local and southern Vermont economic development interests. Colvin has been involved in community, economic and real estate development work in Vermont since 1999.

The BCRC is one of eleven regional planning commissions in Vermont and one of only two to also serve as a regional development corporation. The Commission is led by appointed representatives from each member city and town, as well as commissioners representing interest groups such as economic development, public health, energy, housing and transportation. In addition to its historic role of providing comprehensive planning technical assistance to municipalities, the BCRC maintains staffed work programs in the areas of transportation, energy, public health, community and economic development. , water quality, brownfield redevelopment, and solid waste planning and management.

Outgoing executive director Sullivan expressed confidence in Colvin’s ability to lead the BCRC in the future. “Bill has helped shape the BCRC as a key resource for local governments, businesses and area residents. Bill’s in-depth knowledge of the region and the relationships he has developed over his years of community service make him the ideal person to work with our outstanding staff, commissioners and community leaders to advance a common goal. improve the region’s economy and quality of life. for all residents. »

Colvin will assume the role of executive director by November, with Sullivan remaining with the BCRC in an advisory capacity through the end of the year.

About BCRC:
The Bennington County Regional Commission (BCRC) was established, pursuant to Section 24 VSA 4341, by the seventeen towns and villages it serves and works with and on behalf of these municipalities to build strong, resilient communities and sustainable, to foster economic prosperity, and to promote a high quality of life for area residents.

This mission is accomplished through direct community planning and development assistance to city and town governments, through the preparation and implementation of regional plans and studies, and through synergistic working relationships with local organizations. and regional. The BCRC works cooperatively with local governments to establish and advance regional cohesion, actively advocate compliance with adopted regional policies, and facilitate effective communication between the local, state, and federal levels of government.