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Village Revitalization & BizUp

Thanks to those who came out to MamaSezz on Wed. the 19th.  We had a great crowd,
delicious food, rich presentations and lots of creative connections.  Thanks to Meg and Lisa
for hosting and telling the story of MamaSezz.  Thanks to Jim Verzino and Michael Bosworth
for their talks on the Windham Grows initiative and the West Brattleboro Commercial Spaces
initiative respectively.

Stay tuned for our next BizUp event spotlighting businesses and spaces in West B!

BizUp West B
"BizUp" is a quarterly networking event taking place at various businesses in
West Brattleboro.  Thus far these evening gatherings have happened at 55 Marlboro Road,
C.X. Silver Gallery, Sunnyside Solar and the Vermont Country Deli Market.

Any business or community member is welcome to attend.

The next BizUp will take place at the new MamaSezz business, 121 Marlboro Road,
on Wednesday, April 19th at 6 pm.

If you are interested in hosting a BizUp at your business, please contact Erin Maile O'Keefe
at erin@circusyoga.com.

Available Commercial Spaces
With the help of the Windham Regional Commission and real estate agents and real
estate owners, the West Brattleboro Association has developed a map of the commercial
spaces along Western Avenue and Marlboro Road in West Brattleboro.  See the document
at the bottom of this page:  WBCS_commbldg

The "BizUp" subcommittee of the WBA is also in the process of developing a
marketing package, including a slide presentation describing the community and
business environment in West Brattleboro.  A draft version is at the bottom of
this page:  WBCS_initiative

Village Revitalization:
Windham Regional Commission and Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation received
a federal grant to help villages throughout the region come up with ideas for revitalization. 
A report for West Brattleboro, created with input from the West Brattleboro Association and
the informal West Brattleboro Partners, was published in June of 2014.

The revitalization report focuses on four key strategies:
- Support Community Development
- Enhance the Streetscape
- Improve Pedestrian and Bicycle Connectivity
- Support Economic Development

Potential short-term (under 1 year), mid-term (1-5 years) and long-term (5-10 years) actions
are listed for each of the 4 strategies.

West Brattleboro Master Plan:
The Town of Brattleboro received a municipal planning grant from the Vermont
Department of Housing and Community Affairs to complete a Master Plan for
West Brattleboro. In February, 2006 the Town retained Crane Associates, LLC
of Burlington, Vermont to complete the plan. On March 1st 2006 the initial kick-off
meeting was held with members of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA).

The Asset-based Community Development methodology employed in West Brattleboro
involved approximately 200 citizens engaged in public workshops, personal interviews,
focus groups, and activities.

The study area was divided into two sections, east and west of Edward Heights.
Due to historical land uses and current zoning the two areas required different

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