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May 28, 2015

SRDC Receives $200K EPA Grant for Bryants Property

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Springfield Regional Development Corporation (SRDC) announced today that they have been selected for a $200,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.  The funding will be used for environmental cleanup work at the former Bryant Grinder facility on Clinton Street in Springfield.

SRDC was selected as one of 243 recipients nationwide of funds to assist with the remediation and redevelopment of brownfield properties.   The EPA announced grants totaling $54.3 million for projects in 147 communities across the country.

Bob Flint, Executive Director of SRDC, said that the timing for the grant was very fortuitous.  “We’re already moving forward with the development of a Corrective Action Plan for the north and south ends of the existing building and this will allow us to move directly into cleanup work later this year”, Flint said. He added that SRDC hopes to have those portions of the site available for occupancy within the next 12 – 14 months.

“Slowly, but surely, we’re making progress with these large, complicated, brownfield projects. We are very grateful for this grant and this will be a big part of moving Bryants forward”, Flint added. He also expressed his thanks to Dan Potter of the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission who assisted in preparing the application to EPA for this grant.

May 27, 2015

START YOUR OWN BUSINESS WORKSHOP TO BE HELD IN SPRINGFIELD

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The Vermont Small Business Development Center (VStBDC) is offering a  four hour workshop on how to start your own business and write a business plan.  Debra Boudrieau, a business advisor  for the VtSBDC will run the course. The course will be offered on Thursday, June 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Springfield Regional Development Corporation, 14 Clinton Street in the 1st floor conference room.  Space is limited.  To register, sign up online at www.vtsbdc.org (click on the training tab).  Any questions please email Heather Gonyaw at hgonyaw@vtsbdc.org. or contact Debra at dboudrieau@vtsbdc.org.  The registration fee is $99.00.  Your payment includes a start-up workbook in hardcopy and pdf format.

May 6, 2015

SRDC Awarded Two Grants to Support Local Economic Projects

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Springfield Regional Development Corporation announced today that they are the recipient of two $15,000 grants to support a pair of economic development projects in the region.  The awards were part of the Regional Economic Development Grant Program, administered by the Department of Buildings and General Services. The goal of the program is promote stimulation or retention economic opportunities in the state.

The grants that SRDC received will support two business projects in the region.  The first is to assist with the Vermont Beer Shapers space at One Hundred River Street.  A local group has purchased the business assets of the former Trout River Brewery and is constructing a local brewing operation.  The other grant will help Drew’s LLC in Chester install a membrane bioreactor filtration system for the wastewater needs at their facility.

SRDC Executive Director Bob Flint said that the grants would be an important part of projects for job creation and retention.  “We appreciate the support from the state for these projects. In one instance, it’s a key part of setting up a new business.  The other grant will help to solve a long-standing challenge for an important company in our region”, Flint said.

SRDC serves the ten towns in Southern Windsor County. To learn more about Springfield Regional Development Corporation and how it can help existing companies as well as those looking to start a business, call 802-885-3061 or email bobf@springfielddevelopment.org.

May 3, 2015

Financing Forum Coming Up on May 19th in Springfield

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Members from the private and government sector are hosting a public forum about financing for local small businesses owners from 9 to 10:30 a.m. May 19th at Springfield Town Hall.

“If you are looking to start or grow a business, this is a rare opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn about a wide variety of financing options from subject matter experts,” said Vallerie Morse, Small Business Administration. “Topics will include government guarantees, refinancing, revolving lines of credit, microloans and more.”

Speakers will include representatives from U.S. Small Business Administration, USDA Rural Development, Community Capital of Vermont, Vermont Community Loan Fund, Vermont Economic Development Authority and Vermont Small Business Development Center. The panel members will explain how they have assisted small businesses in the region and how their respective loan programs work.

Attendees can meet with representatives one-on-one following the meeting.

The financing forum is cosponsored by Springfield On The Move, Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce and Springfield Regional Development Corporation, with assistance from the SBA.  The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.  It will be held in the Selectmens’ meeting room at Springfield Town Hall at 96 Main Street in Springfield.

To register, contact Springfield On The Move at 802-885-1527 or som@vermontel.net