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No Place Like Home - Housing in Windham Cty 10/7/20

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The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) presents “No Place Like Home: Housing in Windham County,” a panel discussion with local housing experts, on Wednesday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m. This free online event is offered in conjunction with two exhibits related to homelessness currently on view at BMAC. Attendees will be invited to donate to Groundworks Collaborative. Details are at Josh Davis, Executive Director of Groundworks Collaborative, will moderate the panel discussion via Zoom and Facebook Live. Panelists Elizabeth Bridgewater, Adam Grinold, Bill Murray, and Dan Yates will discuss local housing challenges and opportunities from the perspectives of affordability, the relationship of housing to the workforce, and the current state of the housing market in southern Vermont. Elizabeth Bridgewater is the executive director of Windham & Windsor Housing Trust (WWHT). WWHT provides housing opportunities for residents in Windham and Windsor Counties through its housing development work, rental apartments, shared equity homes, and homeownership counseling and education program. Adam Grinold is the executive director of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC), Vermont’s largest Regional Economic Development Corporation. He has a background as a real estate agent, owner, and developer as well as a business owner. Prior to joining the BDCC, he was a founding member and executive director of Wilmington Works. Bill Murray has been a full-time real estate agent with Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country since 1981. In 2004, his colleagues on the Southern Vermont Board of Realtors named him Realtor of the Year. A former teacher, Murray has been active in the Brattleboro community as a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Brattleboro Food Coop and as a former trustee of BMAC. Dan Yates is the president and CEO of Brattleboro Savings & Loan, a position he has held since 2007. Before returning to Brattleboro in 2005, he was executive vice president of Ledyard National Bank. He is a past president and current chair of the government relations committee of the Vermont Bankers Association, and he has served on the Taxation and Regulation subcommittee of Governor Scott’s Marijuana Commission. Two exhibits related to homelessness are on view at BMAC through October 12. “Steven Kinder: 552,830” features large-scale canvas portraits of people experiencing homelessness. Brattleboro photographer Liz Lavorgna’s “Coffee & Conversation: Stories of Homelessness,” created in collaboration with filmmaker Wyatt Andrews and with support from Groundworks Collaborative, consists of photographs and video of conversations between people with stable housing and those without.

Production Date: 
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 09:45

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