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NO. R-433.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the Bennington County Industrial Corporation on its 50th anniversary.


Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Botzow of Pownal, Corcoran of Bennington, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Livingston of Manchester, Miller of Shaftsbury and Mook of Bennington

Offered by:  Senator Sears of Bennington District

Whereas, the Bennington County Industrial Corporation (BCIC) was established in 1957, and it is one of 12 similarly organized, private nonprofit industrial development organizations in Vermont, and

Whereas, the mission of BCIC is “to provide innovation and leadership to economic development programming and to enhance and increase industry in Bennington County,” and

Whereas, this mission is encapsulated in the organization’s goal “to create jobs through expansion, relocation, and start-up of manufacturers,” and

Whereas, the first major BCIC project occurred in 1958 when it played a major role in the development of a 47-acre state-of-the-art industrial park in Bennington, and

Whereas, the first step was to construct an industrial shell building, and then both the building and larger industrial park were marketed to potentially interested businesses outside Bennington County, and

Whereas, in late 1958, the Vermont Container Corporation became the building’s first tenant, and today the park has become the center of industrial activity in Bennington County, and

Whereas, in 1978, BCIC purchased, and then renovated, a 213,000-square-foot vacant mill in North Bennington and used it to establish one of the first industrial incubators in the northeast, and

Whereas, in 1983, the progress of the incubator concept was demonstrated when the largest tenant, Chemical Fabrics Corporation, purchased 58,000 square feet of the mill’s space, executing one of the state’s earliest industrial condominium purchases, and

Whereas, in the late 1980s, in order to work more effectively in the community, BCIC helped form an informal group known as the Advance Team, and more commonly referred to as the A Team, for the purpose of launching new industrial and economic development projects in Bennington County in coordination with local organizations similarly focused on industrial development and job creation, and

Whereas, BCIC, through its innovative work, in partnership with other A Team member organizations, has help promote continued economic growth and job creation even during these challenging economic times, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates the Bennington County Industrial Corporation on its 50th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Bennington County Industrial Corporation.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont