Better Bennington Corporation
 Board Meeting Minutes
February 9, 2017
Annual Meeting
Catamount Tap House  

The mission of the Better Bennington Corporation
 is to build, improve, and support a vital downtown that benefits our entire community

Present: President Eric Peterson, Shelley Colvin, Edie Sawitsky, Michael Keane, Kelly Clarke, Heather Maneely, Beth Wilwol, Matt Harrington* and Michael McDonough*.  Staff: John Shannahan and Diane Perry. *Ex-officio
Absent: Jeannie Jenkins, Keith Carey, Ted Bird.

Call to Order
            A quorum was confirmed by President Eric Peterson who then convened the meeting at 7:01PM.

            The January 2017 board minutes were reviewed. Action/Resolution- Motion to accept the January minutes was                   made by Edie Sawitsky, seconded by Michael Keane. All in favor. Motion carried. Minutes accepted as presented.

Financial Report
Shelley Colvin reported on the financials which were reviewed at the Organizational level. All is in order. Action/Resolution- a motion to approve was made by Beth Wilwol, seconded by Edie Sawitsky. Motion carried.

Director’s Annual Report
Discussion regarding report:

  • John Shannahan reviewed achievements and challenges. Action/Resolution – no discussion requiring action.

Park @ 336

  • Kelly Clarke gave an overview of the progress of design and fundraising for the park. Action/Resolution – all encouraged becoming involved.

2017 Marketing Campaign

  • Eric Peterson reported on the grant funding that Oldcastle Theatre has received. These resources are focused on generating positive economic development for the downtown area. The 2017 marketing campaign will be used to continue the benefits of that involvement. Action/Resolution – committee will continue its campaign efforts towards success.

Better Bennington Corporation Name Change

  • Our organization is in the process of changing its name to Bennington Downtown Alliance. This name reflects more clearly what we do, who we are, and the vision and mission of our organization.  Action/Resolution – continue name changing process.


     Eric Peterson called for the adjournment of the meeting at 7:30pm.  Action/Resolution - a motion was made to adjourn      by Edie Sawitsky seconded by Michael Keane. Motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,
Beth Wilwol, Secretary
Better Bennington Corporation
Bennington Downtown Alliance


Bennington Downtown Alliance
215 South Street
Beautiful Bennington, Vermont 05201

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