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

06 April 2017

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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

(Barre, VT) 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 featuring Robert Friedman, Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman and State Treasurer Beth Pearce.

Robert Friedman is Founder, Chair of the Board and General Counsel for Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED). A recognized pioneer in the asset-building and economic development movement, he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Microenterprise Development from President Bill Clinton in 1999. He helped create the U.S. microenterprise, savings and asset-building fields and the international economic development and child savings fields. Currently, 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 in Vermont.

“We are honored to have Robert Friedman in Vermont for this public discussion.” stated Dan Hoxworth, Executive Director of Capstone Community Action. “His expertise on economic opportunities comes at a critical time for all Vermonters, especially community action agencies who exemplify the profound impact of microbusiness development programs, individual development accounts and financial capability work. It’s important to know that these programs help grow and support our communities so Vermonters can thrive even in the most challenging of circumstances.”


Jan Demers, Executive Director of Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity stated, “I can’t think of a better place to address financial capability work than in the Vermont State Capital. It is with gratitude that we set this time apart with our state leaders to work for a healthy, engaged financial future for all Vermonters.”


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. 


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.




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Lamoille County

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(802) 888-7993

Orange County East

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Mad River Valley

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