Our economic development team is just a call or email away.
We’re here to assist your business and can direct you toward the many state incentives that help businesses thrive.
In addition, the Vermont Legislature and the office of Governor Phil Scott are some of the most easily accessed political bodies in the nation. State and local chambers of commerce as well as regional development centers are positioned around Vermont in an effort to assist business in any other problem that arises. Vermont is home to numerous trade, networking, and industry organizations.
OUR BUSINESS ASSISTANCE TEAM
Joan leads the way for a department dedicated to improving the economic well-being and quality of life of Vermonters. Well-respected in the business industry, Joan brings a wealth of experience to the job, having spent six years as executive director of a regional development corporation where she helped diversify services with real estate investments, flood-recovery grants and innovative workforce-development projects. Joan has also been a small-business advisor for the Vermont Small Businesses Development Corporation.
Before moving to Vermont from New York City 10 years ago, Joan spent 20-plus years in the financial services industry in a variety of international sales, marketing and management roles at J.P. Morgan and Credit Suisse. These days, she is particularly interested in real estate development, workforce management and relationship management. Like many others in Vermont, she believes the scale of the state allows her to really make a positive impact.
Outside of work, Joan likes to ski, cook and watch movies. She has been married to her husband, Mark, for 31 years; they have one grown son, Evan.
Brett Long is the Executive Director for International Trade and Business Support with the Vermont Department of Economic Development. He is responsible for communicating with the State’s larger businesses to ensure that they are availing themselves of the many programs that are available, including programs for workforce development, international trade and capital raising. In addition, Brett administers a Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund program, which makes funds available for the clean-up of sites to spur re-development.
Brett also manages a grant for the US Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment. This grant makes funds available to the State’s defense-related businesses to help them to develop new competencies that will help them to thrive in light of the recent slow-down in US defense spending.
Brett enjoys outdoor activities including skiing, cycling, hiking, waterskiing and windsurfing. After a career in financial services and small business ownership in the New York area he moved to Vermont, full-time, about three years ago to have more time to partake in these activities.
Fred helps Vermont companies — or those looking to join our thriving business community — navigate the world of incentives, financing and grants for new job creation. He has worked with world-class employers such as Dealer.com, Keurig Green Mountain, MyWebGrocer, Logic Supply and Vermont Smoke & Cure to expand and add new jobs for Vermonters.
Fred came to Vermont in 1980 to own and operate an inn and restaurant in the Mad River Valley. He has held jobs in real estate, construction and public service, and says he appreciates being able to raise a family in a clean and safe environment where neighbors help neighbors. He also loves that he can run into a U.S. senator in a store, and that senator will remember his name.
Pam has more than 30 years of leadership experience, with a strong track record developing and implementing strategic direction for public and private sector organizations. She is currently responsible for managing the implementation of the Economic Development Marketing Plan. In addition to developing strong working relationships with Vermont business leaders, state and local government leaders, this ongoing project includes outreach to the education community, and non-profits, to support with helping people (#ThinkVermont).
Pam enjoys volunteering. She serves on the Mercy Connections and Howard Center Boards, and has lead the Vermont Telecommunications Authority and Vermont Public Television Boards. She was born in Grand Junction, Colorado, one of four children raised in a military family that traveled all over the United States and finally settled in Northern California. She loves spending time with her family, and sharing the beauty and warmth of Vermont with anyone who comes her way!
Robin is dedicated to helping as many Vermont companies as possible secure local, state and federal contracts. She can provide assistance and know-how about how to market to government agencies as well as how to write a proposal. Whether it’s a $2,000 contract or $100,000 contract, Robin says she takes just as much pleasure receiving the call that says, “We got it!” On the weekends, you can often find Robin, a lifelong Vermonter, camping and enjoying the outdoors.
Kristie provides business support to companies in the advanced manufacturing, biotechnology, financial services, health care, education, software and IT sectors. She helps businesses raise capital, access workforce-development assistance, win government contracts and access other government programs that can help them thrive in Vermont.
Kristie is a lifelong Vermonter who owns property tended by two prior generations of her family. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, cooking and entertaining, and admiring her home’s mountain and sunset views.
Katie’s primary responsibility is to help businesses export their products — or learn how to export their products if they aren’t already doing so — and succeed in international markets.
Katie’s favorite thing to do is network and meet people from all different walks of life. She was born and raised in Vermont, attended college at Norwich University, and now raises her family in Orange County. She loves the people, friendliness and the community lifestyle of her home state.
Shelley is in charge of maintaining the economic development website, handling all of the department’s social media engagement and project managing other special assignments as they come up. Always eager to work with new people, both in and outside the state, Shelley loves the varied nature of her work; and as someone who has lived in Vermont her whole life, she has extensive knowledge of the Vermont business community. When not at work, Shelley loves running and spending time with her daughter.
Ian specializes in economic development policy, workforce development, and business recruitment and retention. A 2016 graduate of the University of Vermont Master of Public Administration (MPA) program and former Policy Fellow at the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Ian is passionate about making his home state the best place to do business and live life. In his spare time, Ian is an active member of the UVM alumni community and an avid skier, golfer and club soccer player.