The Vergennes Partnership was born in 1999 after Vergennes earned the coveted status of an official Vermont State Designated Downtown.  As one of 24 Designated Downtowns in the State, we benefit from tax credits, grants and programs that other Vermont communities are not eligible for.  As a direct result of our Downtown Designation, business owners and property developers in our downtown have been able to take advantage of over $400,000 in state tax credits to rehabilitate, upgrade and improve their properties.   Additionally, the City of Vergennes has received close to $150,000 in Downtown Transportation grants to make our streets and sidewalks more visually pleasing and accessible to residents and visitors. The tax credits have leveraged over 5 million dollars in additional private investments and the grants have resulted in over $300,000 in downtown streetscape projects.  The City of Vergennes has noticeably improved as a result of these investments.  The Vergennes Partnership must remain in existence in order for Vergennes to keep its Designated Downtown status.  With the continued success of the Vergennes Partnership and its supporters, the opportunities for our little city are endless.

Our Mission

To enhance the economic viability and preserve the beauty and character of downtown Vergennes.

Our Board of Directors

  • Renny Perry,  President
  • Shanon Atkins, Vice President
  • Jen Russell, Treasurer
  • Anna Charlebois-Ouellette
  • Julie Basol
  • Eliza Benton
  • Scott Gaines
  • Molly Goodyear
  • Connie Houston
  • Kathy Rossier
  • Jen Russell
  • Michelle Tisbert
  • Carolyn Thompson
  • Karen Wisell
  • Jen Wyman

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Recent Accomplishments of the Vergennes Partnership:

  • Designed new Vergennes banners which are displayed on Main Street
  • Installed equipment to provide free WiFi to boaters and visitors at the Otter Creek Basin
  • Purchased and installed two picnic tables which have made their home in City Park 
  • Coordinated the creation and installation of a new bike rack, located in City Park
  • Assisted in recruiting an anchor business for Kennedy Bros. commercial building
  • Coordinated a variety of promotions and events to draw shoppers and diners to Downtown Vergennes


Design: Capitalizes on Vergennes’ best assets; creates an inviting atmosphere that conveys a message about what Vergennes Downtown is and what it has to offer. Committee Chair:  Michelle Tisbert, 802-877-6811

Organization: Builds consensus and cooperation among groups that have an important stake in the downtown district.  Committee Chair:  Shanon Atkins 802-877-3111

Promotion: Promotes downtown Vergennes as the center of commerce, culture and community life for residents and visitors; Committee Chair:  Julie Basol, 802-598-7424

Economic Development: Finds new purpose for downtown’s enterprises; helps businesses expand and recruits new ones to downtown; converts unused space into productive property and sharpens the competitiveness of the business enterprises. Committee Chair:  Renny Perry

Ideas and Volunteers Needed

The goal of the Partnership is to help enable and guide projects born from the ideas and needs of residents and business owners in Vergennes.  We welcome input and suggestions that will help ensure that the Historic Downtown survives, thrives, and is recognized as one of the special places in Vermont, New England, and the nation.

We also need volunteers.  If you would like to help with just one task or one project or get more information about the Vergennes Partnership, contact us:

Vergennes Partnership, Inc.
PO Box 304
Vergennes, VT 05491