Community Development

Shannon BarsottiCommunity Development


With approximately 16,000 residents, the Bennington community provides a diverse cross-section of the socio-economic make-up of the region. Likewise, diverse cultures and interests drive the community forward towards a sustainable vision.

Whether living, working or just visiting Bennington, this close-knit community is what keeps people coming back. Our safe and friendly environment encourages interaction and social debates that are on the forefront of the conversation across the nation.

four views of BenningtonThe Office of Community Development provides oversight of the municipality’s efforts related to the advancement of the Bennington community in the areas of public health, recreation, the arts, thriving schools, heathy homes, safe neighborhoods, and economic vitality.

The Community Development Director administers the Town’s Revolving Loan Programs, identifies grant opportunities, manages the Community Development Block Grant funding, and is the Town’s liaison to state and federal agencies related to community and economic development.