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Vermont Business Magazine Over 175 community and business leaders joined Rutland Economic Development Corporation (REDC) for their 81st Annual Meeting to celebrate the successes of the organization and community over the last year. The celebration took place on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at College of St Joseph’s Tuttle Theatre.
In addition to electing officers and directors to the board and presenting on the state of the organization, the annual event is an opportunity for REDC to celebrate the region’s businesses and entrepreneurs. Awesome Graphics and Casella Construction were recognized as 2018 Business Members of the Year. Both businesses were given this award to recognize their robust growth, active community leadership, and dedication to their employees.
“Each year REDC honors two companies in our region that exemplify ambition and the investment and commitment to a thriving community that REDC works for every day,” said REDC President John Russell. “Dedication to creating meaningful careers for employees while growing their businesses, dedication to investing in the region’s present and future strength and vitality, and deep community involvement and support are a few examples of what made Awesome Graphics and Casella Construction stand out for this award.”
As part of the awards ceremony, two students from Stafford Technical Center were presented with the Young Innovators of the Year award. Noah Logan and Johnathan Urbani received the recognition in honor of their achievement winning silver medals at the national SkillsUSA Championship for designing and manufacturing an adaptive device for the disabled. REDC contributed $1,000 to Stafford Technical Center as part of this presentation.
“Supporting the next generation of leaders is a point of focus for REDC,” Russell said. “The REDC board of directors wanted to not only recognize Noah and Johnathan for their achievement, but to recognize Stafford Technical Center for the work they’re doing cultivating our future innovators.”
Ted Brady, Deputy Secretary for the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), presented the keynote address. An update was given to the attendees on REDC’s activities of the preceding year, new and continuing programs and collaborations, and plans for the year ahead.
“This annual event is meant to highlight the business community’s accomplishments over the past year, with an emphasis on our partnerships,” said REDC Executive Director Tyler Richardson. “Our many regional partners, our statewide partners like Ted Brady and the rest of the team at ACCD, together we’ve helped further REDC’s strategies centered on strengthening the support structure for new and existing businesses in Rutland County. It’s a team effort and there’s a lot to celebrate.”
About Rutland Economic Development Corporation
For over 80 years, REDC has worked to attract and support businesses and industry of all sizes and from all sectors to ensure Rutland County is a prosperous and welcoming place. REDC works closely with regional partners to create new opportunities and tools to support entrepreneurs, young professionals, and businesses looking for talented employees. REDC believes that building strong relationships, fostering trust, providing friendly and efficient access to resources, and encouraging hopeful and ambitious goal-setting will provide the conditions for sustainable economic growth.
Source: RUTLAND, VT – REDC 11.6.2018