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The support network for businesses in Barre is quite substantial. Organizations such as Barre Area Development and Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation partner with the State of Vermont, with the Vermont Economic Development Authority and commercial lenders, and technical assistance providers to provide the necessary support to existing businesses and new ones to insure that their capital, facility, workforce and permitting needs are met.
Barre Area Development, Inc. (BADC) is a non-profit development organization that promotes economic development in Barre Town and Barre City. It is governed by a 15-member board made up of business leaders in the two communities. The BADC coordinates many activities that help maintain and improve civic pride and the economic, social and cultural quality of life in Barre Town and Barre City. These activities support opportunities for economic development and employment, strengthening the tax base and increasing private and municipal investment.
BADC focuses primarily on industrial, commercial and retail development by providing information and support to potential new and existing businesses. BADC is funded annually by the City and Town equally and also works on behalf of each municipality to assist their municipal officials in developing public infrastructure that supports community and economic development.
BADC collaborates with the Barre Partnership, the City’s Downtown Main Street Program, and many other organizations in Barre. BADC has always depended solely on the efforts of its volunteer board members to be a successful economic development force for the Barre area. Since 2008, however, the BADC has bolstered its provision of services through the hiring of a full-time Executive Director to help bring additional focus to business assistance, recruitment and retention.