Formed in 1950, at the same meeting where U.S. Senator George D. Aiken coined the term "Northeast Kingdom" to describe Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties, the Northeastern Vermont Development Association has served the people, municipalities and businesses of this region as both the Regional Planning Commission and Regional Development Corporation.
As the Regional Planning Commission, NVDA assists municipalities, organizations, committees and individuals with a wide variety of planning and technical services. From assisting municipalities with regulatory options, to administering grants, creating maps, and implementingtransportation and natural resource plans, NVDA is actively working with land use issues in the region.
As the Regional Development Corporation, NVDA works on infrastructure improvements, assists companiesrelocating to the area, helps existing businesses to grow, and administers revolving loan funds. NVDA also fosters key partnerships with the Small Business Development Center, the Northeast Kingdom Collaborative, theNortheast Kingdom Travel and Tourism Association, and the various Chambers of Commerce in the region.
"The purpose of the Association shall be to develop and promote through study, planning and publicity, the recreational, agricultural, industrial, natural and human resources of the region and to work for the economic and social betterment of the region."