Category Projects


Green River Strategy Analysis and Recommendation Study Completed

Green River, LLC builds software for sustainability, environmental protection, school improvement and public health. Michael Knapp, CEO of Green River, has been actively involved on the leadership team of the Southern Vermont based Ecovation Hub. As a result of the strategic development work of the ViTAL Economy Alliance with the Ecovation Hub, Green River hired …


Rich Earth Institute Shares in $3 Million National Science Foundation Research Grant

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the Rich Earth Institute and its research partners a $3 million grant to support ongoing research to come up with economical and sustainable methods to turn human urine into fertilizer. Rich Earth Institute engages in research, education, and technological innovation to advance the use of human waste as …


Green Economy Innovation Hub Becomes Ecovation Hub™

Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC), sponsor of the Green Economy Innovation Hub, announced that this unique green economy initiative would now be known as the Ecovation Hub™. BDCC also launched a new web presence and video about the Ecovation Hub™, which can be viewed at The Ecovation Hub™ is building a national hub of sustainability …


Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation Receives Two NEDA Awards

Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) has received two Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA) awards that evidence BDCC’s continued successful implementation of their 2013 CEDS strategy, which was led by BDCC’s Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SEVEDS) team and facilitated by the ViTAL Economy Alliance (VE). The Windham Region Workforce Center of Excellence was named program …


Acadia of the Lands and Forest Core Leadership Team Makes Progress

Stan Halle, a member of the VE Alliance, recently interviewed Cyrill Simard, Mayor of Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada and Sheila Jans, President CultureWorth, Madawaska, Maine to get an update on the work of the Economic Development Core Leadership Team for Acadia of the Lands and Forest, which encompasses Northwestern New Brunswick, Témiscouata (Quebec) and Northern …


ViTAL Economy Alliance Marks its 25th Year of Service to Regional Economies 

Frank Knott, Chairman and Founder of the ViTAL Economy Alliance published a description of the guiding principle, “Being a Person for Others”  that continues to define how the VE Alliance services its client communities. As the ViTAL Economy Alliance begins its 25th year of providing service to underperforming regional economies across North America, Frank wanted to …


ViTAL Economy Alliance Completes Accelerator Feasibility Study

ViTAL Economy released the results of a feasibility study focused on development of an effective and sustainable business accelerator that creates a more robust regional innovation environment. Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) hired ViTAL Economy to conduct this feasibility study for development of a Southern Vermont Business Accelerator (Accelerator) based on VE’s history of development and management …


ViTAL Economy Alliance Joins The Tourism Lab

The Tourism Lab is a network of nationally acclaimed experts in destination marketing and economic development that engage communities and marketplaces in the design and activation of tourism master plans that unleash a destination’s full tourism potential. This team believes in the power of tourism to make communities better places to live, work and play. It includes destination marketers who …


Civic Analytics Selects ViTAL Economy Alliance to Collaborate on the Sonoma-Mendocino CEDS

ViTAL Economy will assist in development of a SMART CEDS Project Prioritization for the Sonoma-Mendocino CEDS. VE will provide project prioritization briefs including project submission specifications, establishing scoring criteria, weighting, scoring specifications and scoring sheet design. VE will conduct training sessions for the EDC, facilitate project prioritization meeting, review and provide feedback on Project Prioritization …


First Tourism Master Plan Delivered to Visit Indy

ViTAL Economy and its partners delivered to Visit Indy and Tourism Tomorrow a long-range roadmap for how the tourism experience will define the regional Indianapolis destination through 2025. This first Tourism Master Plan in the United States sets forth a vision for what the regional Indianapolis destination aspires to become by 2025 (America’s Gathering Place …

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