Panel Discussion on Creating Economic Opportunity for All Vermonters

Thank you to Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity for sharing this press release with us:




Media Advisory

For Immediate Release


Kate Larose, Director, Financial Futures Program or 802-860-1417 x112

Yvonne Lory, Advancement and Communications Manager, Capstone Community Action or (802) 479-1053


CVOEO and Capstone Community Action to Host Panel Discussion on Creating Economic Opportunity for all Vermonters featuring CFED founder Robert Friedman, Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman and State Treasurer Beth Pearce

WHAT: “Creating an Opportunity Economy in Which All Vermonters Thrive” Panel discussion for the
public on the creation and impact of economic opportunities for Vermonters featuring Robert Friedman, Founder of Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) joined by Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman, and State Treasurer Beth Pearce.


WHEN: Thursday, April 6, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: State House in Room 11, Montpelier, VT  


About “Creating an Opportunity Economy in Which All Vermonters Thrive”

More than 25% of Vermont households are one layoff or serious medial incident away from falling below the poverty line. Despite these startling numbers, creating a vibrant economy- an opportunity in which all Vermonters thrive – is within our reach. As part of April’s Financial Capabilities Month, CVOEO and Capstone Community Action are hosting a panel discussion for the public at the State House with Robert Friedman.  Robert is the founder of micro business, assets development and financial capabilities fields.  He is focused on economic development strategies that ensure an inclusive economy where all children and adults have a reasonable opportunity to save, go to college, start a business, buy a home and otherwise build an economic future for themselves, their families and the country as a whole.  These issues reflect current legislation being voted on in the coming weeks.


Capstone Community Action was founded in 1965 and works to alleviate the suffering caused by poverty and to create economic opportunity for people and communities. Capstone’s programs include emergency food, heat and utility assistance, housing counseling and homelessness intervention, transportation assistance, workforce development, home weatherization, and child and family development programs in Early Head Start/Head Start. We serve over 15,000 people through these programs each year.

CVOEO Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity was founded in 1965. CVOEO helps people when hardship strikes, providing housing, fuel and food assistance. In addition, staff members help folks to build stronger futures with financial wellness programs, early-childhood education, micro business development, weatherization, and tax preparation assistance. Programs also include housing advocacy (Vermont Tenants, Fair Housing, Mobile Home programs). CVOEO connects short-term and long-term solutions to poverty.

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