Our Mission

The mission of Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation is to foster and develop economic vitality and prosperity consistent with the goals of the communities we serve.

State’s Mission

To lead and coordinate statewide efforts to foster the growth of higher quality jobs and a strong diversified economy.  To promote and foster Vermont businesses in order to broaden capital growth, deepen employee participation, retain jobs, increase living standards for working families, and stabilize communities.

Economic Development Planning

Along with our Regional Planning Commission partners, GMEDC can assist with the sorting out of development problems, goals and initiatives.  This may include brownfields remediation, new sewer or water requirements, downtown or village designation, etc. and other assistance as needed.

GMEDC is always ready to discuss development issues with planning commissions, Selectboards and others.  Often we can provide some insight, advice and referral to other agencies.

Erika Hoffman-Kiess

Executive Director

Erika lives in Thetford, Vermont, returning to her childhood home after three decades spent living and working elsewhere in the United States and overseas. She is a graduate of Thetford Academy and holds a BA in Political Science from Goucher College and an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director at GMEDC Erika was an independent workforce and economic development consultant in the international aid sector, working in Cambodia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and central and north Africa before returning to her home state. Here in Vermont Erika worked with the Regional Development Corporations of Vermont to design and implement the 2019 statewide program of Workforce Summits, provided pro-bono consulting services for Empower Success Corps, and workforce expertise for Vital Communities. Early in the pandemic she joined Vital Communities to support the locally economy program and later provided support to GMEDC as Navigator for the ReStart Vermont Technical Assistance program.

While living and working in Vermont, Erika continues to be involved in international community and economic development programs. She serves as President of the Board for Tabitha USA, raising funds and support for families seeking a way out of poverty in Cambodia, and Friends of Pakistan USA, promoting women’s empowerment through education and leadership development for young women in Pakistan.

Bob Haynes

Special Projects

In April 2021 Bob stepped down from the role of Executive Director in which he had served for 5 years. He continues with GMEDC on a part-time basis managing a few Special Projects. Bob lives in Norwich and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.  Before he came to GMEDC, he was the director of business development at DEW Construction Corp. / MacMillan Construction.  Prior to that, he was president / principal broker at R.E. Haynes Co., Inc. in Hanover, NH.  He has worked for many years in the real estate brokerage, construction and real estate development sectors, and he is well known to many business owners, bankers, brokers, attorneys, town managers, planning commissioners and legislators throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.

Bob has been actively involved with numerous civic organizations in the Upper Valley including the Hanover Rotary Club, the Dartmouth Club of the Upper Valley, the Dartmouth Alumni Council, Upper Valley Rowing Foundation, Hanover Hockey Association, Norwich Lions Club, Community College of Vermont President’s Council and the Town of Washington, VT School Board.


Board of Directors

Joe Boyd, Chair

Monique Priestley, Vice-Chair

Ed Childs – Secretary

Russell North -Treasurer


Ken Cadow

Damian DiNicola

Lisa Henderson

Jim Masland

Pat Moulton

Joshua Powers

Steve Reid

Cathy Tempesta

Jay Zanleoni