Ahern joins Vermont Futures Project

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Mon, 01/08/2018 - 1:38pm -- Denise Sortor

The Vermont Futures Project has selected Chad T Ahern to join the organization in January to further its educational, outreach, and research efforts. Ahern comes with a wealth of experience in program development, organizational outreach, and fundraising from his work in higher education. Most recently, Ahern spent the last seven years redefining Saint Michael’s College’s donor relations program, coordinating efforts to thank and recognize donors and volunteers for their unique contributions.

The Vermont Futures Project is a data-driven initiative to secure Vermont’s economic future and Ahern will work to expand the data on the Economic Dashboard and create recommendations to effect change to meet the six growth targets set by the Vermont Futures Project. The next data update will occur at the Vermont Economic Conference on January 5, 2018.

Ahern remarked upon accepting this new role, “I’m excited to join the Vermont Futures Project efforts to develop a plan and make progress toward providing opportunity for current and future generations. I look forward to helping develop policies that assist organizations in attracting, developing, and retaining a robust workforce, drive innovation and economic activity, while also respecting Vermont’s commitment to the environment and sustainable communities.”

Bill Shouldice, CEO of the Vermont Teddy Bear Company and Chair of the Vermont Futures Project Board of Directors stated, “Adding Chad Ahern to the Vermont Futures Project will allow us to build on our success in creating relevant and current economic data while collaborating with other organizations to create a robust economy for the future.”

About Chad T Ahern

Ahern seeks to provide others with opportunities to develop into their best selves. His professional experience in higher-education includes work at colleges in Pennsylvania, New York and most recently Vermont. Ahern is also a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, a designation he earned to better assist individuals and organizations utilize their innate abilities to succeed at work and in life. Ahern holds a BA in History and MS in Administration from Saint Michael’s College. He resides in Colchester, VT with his wife and two sons.

About the Vermont Futures Project

The Vermont Futures Project promotes the long-term economic health of Vermont. Through leadership, research and education. The Vermont Futures Project seeks to inform the conversation about Vermont’s economic future and demonstrate how a healthy economy contributes to Vermont’s vibrant communities and unique quality of life. To that end, the Vermont Futures Project has created an economic data dashboard to provide leaders important metrics to understand and measure progress in securing Vermont’s economic future.