News Releases

September 09, 2015

Statewide Young Professionals Summit to Include Several Distinguished Guests

Representatives from Rutland Young Professionals (RYP), Castleton Downtown and the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) have finalized the schedule for the first-ever Young Professionals Summit of Vermont and announced the list of expected guests.

The Summit will be hosted at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland on Saturday, September 12 from 10:00am to 4:30pm. Any Vermonter in their 20s, 30s or 40s, regardless of their job, is invited to attend the event.

UVM's Coordinator of Design Initiatives, Eugene Korsunskiy, will lead a morning workshop to identify Vermont's unique advantages and disadvantages and brainstorm ideas to support the growth of young professionals within the state. Several distinguished guests are expected to participate in the morning session, including U.S. Representative Peter Welch, Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott, Speaker of the House Shap Smith, Google's Matt Dunne and Joan Goldstein, the commissioner of Vermont's Department of Economic Development.

"The Department of Economic Development is looking forward to our participation in the Summit," said Goldstein. "We are very interested in hearing from young people and events like this one provide an opportunity to better understand how the state can attract and retain young professionals."

During the afternoon, attendees will choose from five separate "tracks" to explore a path in which each can potentially contribute to the future of Vermont. The tracks offered will focus on the areas of entrepreneurship, community leadership, the farm & food industry, professional development, and renewable energy/socially responsible business.

The Summit's chair, Matt Bloomer, is excited about the guests that are planning to participate and the number of young professionals that have already signed up.

"The high level of interest among important policymakers, business leaders, media members and young professionals has been very encouraging," Bloomer said. "We have such a close-knit state and so many Vermonters are dedicated to making this a great place to live and work."

The registration fee for the event is $20 and includes coffee and snacks in the morning, lunch by Roots the Restaurant, and appetizers during the post-Summit social at the Hop'n Moose brewery.

Those planning to attend are strongly encouraged to register online ahead of time. For more information about the event and registration, visit

The Vermont Technology Council has generously provided $20 scholarships, which can be selected and redeemed during the online registration process.

Additionally, major contributions have been made by the Summit's premier sponsor, Heritage Family Credit Union, as well as track sponsors Casella, General Electric, OMYA, Inc., Rutland Area Food and Farm Link (RAFFL) and The Loft and City Center, Rutland's co-working spaces.


About Rutland Young Professionals

Rutland Young Professionals is a 501(c)3 organization who brings together young professionals in the Rutland area to connect, grow and help build Rutland's future by creating social and professional networking opportunities, engaging with the community and building a Rutland area that attracts and retains young professionals. Visit for more information.

About Castleton Downtown

The mission of Castleton Downtown is to serve as a significant player in support of economic growth and maturity in the Rutland Region and to further enable Castleton College to meet its central mission of "supporting and improving the region's communities, schools, organizations, businesses, and environment." What makes Castleton College's role distinctive is the synergy that is created between entrepreneurial initiatives that promote economic development and new and meaningful student engagement with the community. This can be defined as "action oriented entrepreneurship," powered by active student engagement and the intellectual resources of the college.

About Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies

Formed by U.S. Senator Patrick J. Leahy, the University of Vermont's Dr. John Evans and the Vermont Technology Council, VCET is a nonprofit that advances Vermont based startups and entrepreneurs with spaces, expert advice and investment capital. Since 2008, VCET has served over 1,000 startups, now operates three coworking facilities, curates a network of expert mentors and manages a revolving seed capital fund. Follow on Twitter @VCET or visit

Contact: Matt Bloomer, Summit Chair and Board Member of Rutland Young Professionals,,

Source: Department of Economic Development
Last Updated at: September 09, 2015 12:32:23