Patrick Ripley is the new executive director of the Lamoille Economic Development Corporation.
John Mandeville will retire in June, having served in the position for 11 years.
A longtime resident of Jeffersonville, Ripley most recently has been the owner of Ripley Communications in Jeffersonville and has held positions with the Vermont Small Business Develop-ment Center, Hearst-Argyle Tele-vision and has been adjunct faculty at the Vermont Woodworking School and SUNY Plattsburgh.
His wife is Fauna Ripley.
The two-month transition period between Ripley’s start date and Mandeville’s departure will provide an adequate transition to allow a seamless change of leadership for the organization.
The Lamoille Economic Development Corporation is one of 12 regional development corporations in Vermont, all of which are sponsored by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and serve as the agency’s boots on the ground within the regions they serve. All are free-standing nonprofit corporations.
The group also receives support from corporate memberships and other entities that want to support economic development efforts in Lamoille County as well as annual allocations from every town in the county.