Community Partnerships & Collaborations

Expanding and creating partnerships and strategic alliances to provide technical assistance for starting and growing small businesses is a core function of Chamber & Economic Development of the Rutland Region. Below is a sample of key collaborators that work cooperatively with us.

Downtown Rutland Partnership

Downtown Rutland Partnership‘s mission is to manage, market, and maintain the Downtown Rutland Special Benefits District and advance activities that help improve the vitality of the business community and enhance the cultural and physical climate of the district. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with the City of Rutland to organize events, marketing, business development, and streetscape initiatives for the designated downtown of Rutland, Vermont.

Contact: Steve Peters, Executive Director

Visit Downtown Rutland Partnership’s Website

Rutland Regional Planning Commission

The Rutland Regional Planning Commission promotes cooperation of local planning commissions and local legislative bodies and officials; encourages the coordinated development of the region; prepares and adopts comprehensive regional plans – including policies and strategies for the future of the Rutland Region; and performs other functions appropriate to fulfill the duties and obligations it has undertaken.

Contact: Ed Bove, Executive Director

Visit Rutland Regional Planning Commission’s Website

Rutland Redevelopment Authority

Formed by Charter in 1989 the Rutland Redevelopment Authority (RRA) has historically served as Rutland City’s economic development entity. Under the Charter, the RRA was established to reduce the property tax burden on residential homeowners, redevelop dilapidated and blighted structures, revitalize the commercial and industrial sectors of the economy, and promote economic opportunity for all citizens.

Contact: Brennan Duffy, Executive Director

Visit Rutland Redevelopment Authority’s Website

Rutland Young Professionals

Rutland Young Professionals was formed in 2013 to create opportunities for residents to engage with their community. The group focuses on creating social and professional networking opportunities and has an overall goal of making the Rutland area attractive to young professionals. RYP members receive special discounts, early-bird promotions, and other benefits.

Contact: Kimberley Rupe, President

Visit RYP’s Website

Vermont Small Business Development Center

The Vermont Small Business Development Center provides free technical assistance to starting and growing small businesses. VtSBDC offers in-depth counseling assistance at no cost to ensure more successful startups of new enterprises and to strengthen existing firms. With access to a comprehensive resource and information library, VtSBDC can provide business planning assistance, marketing help, referrals, and much more. In addition, VtSBDC periodically sponsors low-cost business training seminars on a variety of topics.

Contact: Nancy Shuttleworth, Area Business Advisor

Visit VtSBDC’s Website

Vermont Department of Economic Development

The Vermont Department of Economic Development strives to improve the economic well-being and quality of life of Vermonters while preserving our natural resources and community values.

Visit VT Department of Economic Development’s Website

Vermont Department of Labor

The Vermont Department of Labor’s mission is to promote Vermont’s economic strength by assisting employers with job creation, retention, and recruitment; coordinating the education and training of our workforce for Vermont’s current and future job opportunities; ensuring that Vermont workers have well-paying jobs in safe work environments; administering economic support and reemployment assistance to workers who suffer a job loss or workplace injury; and providing labor market information and analysis to enable effective planning and decision-making relating to economic, education, labor, and employment policies and direction.

Contact: Wendy Morse, Regional Manager for Rutland and Bennington Counties

Visit VT Department of Labor’s Website

Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center

VMEC is a not-for-profit center created to provide assistance to Vermont’s small and medium-sized manufacturers (under 500 employees). VMEC’s goal is to help your company improve its bottom line. VMEC provides one-on-one support and services. They help manufacturers solve problems, increase productivity, modernize processes, and improve competitiveness.

Contact: Robynn Albert, Marketing Manager

Visit VMEC’s Website

Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (VT PTAC) is where businesses, opportunities, and government connect. VT PTAC is part of a network of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers throughout the US that share one common goal: to provide business with an understanding of the requirements of government contracting and the know-how to obtain and successfully perform federal, state, and local contracts.

Contact: Elizabeth Adams, Procurement Counselor

Visit VT PTAC’s Website