The following letter was included in the September 25, 2015 edition of the Rutland Herald.
On Saturday, Sept. 12, Rutland hosted the first ever Young Professionals Summit of Vermont. We were thrilled to bring over 125 young professionals from all around the state, as well as 25 distinguished guests (including Peter Welch, Phil Scott and Shap Smith), to downtown Rutland for the day.
In addition to generating important ideas about how to attract and retain more young people to/in our Vermont cities and towns, the summit also succeeded in exposing a statewide audience to the best of what our region’s hub, and community as a whole, has to offer.
The event’s tremendous success was attributable to the efforts of many — too many to name, but I would be remiss if I did not give special recognition to Lyle Jepson and Castleton University; Catherine Collins and VCET; and several of my cohorts in the Rutland Young Professionals, particularly Katye Munger, Lyz Tomsuden, Will Gormly and Sara Gilbert.
Additionally, the day could not have happened without the support of MKF Properties, GE, OMYA, Casella, RAFFL, Killington Resort, Paramount Theatre and our premier sponsor, Heritage Family Credit Union.
Clearly, the summit was yet another wonderful example of the Rutland region’s willingness to take initiative and then come together to provide overwhelming support. As an alderman and a young professional planning to start a family here, the event further reinforced the pride I have in our community and my optimism for our region’s future.