Two New Board Members - Press Release

Apr 05, 2016


Newport City Renaissance Corporation

Fills Two Open Board Seats


March 31, 2016 (Jay, VT)- The Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC) welcomed two new board members to fill open seats on Friday, February 26, 2016. Joining the Board are Claudio Fort, CEO of North Country Hospital and Laura Dolgin, City Manager for Newport City, Vermont.

 Before joining the board, Claudio had been an active member of the “Positive by Nature” sub-committee, of the Economic Development Committee. Claudio has a BA Economics & History, from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. He has worked in healthcare administration since 1989. He has been the president and CEO of North Country Hospital since 2008. Claudio lives in Newport with wife Brenda, an elementary school teacher.  They have a daughter who is a freshman in college and their son is a Junior at North Country Union High School. Claudio brings with him another perspective on the needs of Newport City’s Downtown and the City as a whole.

 “Newport is in the middle of an exciting transformation.  The mission of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation is more relevant than ever at this critical juncture.  I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors and contribute to furthering economic and community development in Newport.”

Laura Dolgin, the new City Manager for the City of Newport Vermont, brings a new perspective on behalf of the city.  Laura joined the City in the spring of 2015. Laura is delighted to be invited to become a productive member of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation and sees this Board as a driver for Newport City’s economy and jobs growth. 

Laura has a keen interest in the area stemming from her deep appreciation of the NEK and her role as Newport City’s Manager. Laura is a lifelong resident of the Northeast Kingdom, moving to Newport from St. Johnsbury in 1987.  She earned her Organization and Management graduate degree from Antioch New England Graduate School in 2003, and is an alumnus of the Snelling Center for Government Class of 2000 Vermont Leadership Institute.  Her previous work as the Clerk of the Superior and Family Court in Newport, a Deputy Director within the Judiciary, and a ten-year elected member of the Derby Select Board has served her well in preparing for this role. 

“We look forward to the insights, perspectives and energies that Laura and Claudio bring to the Board of the NCR. We are pleased to have them join the efforts to guide the NCRC into the future.” Rob Hodgkins, NCRC Board Chair.

About NCRC :

       The mission of Newport City Renaissance Corporation, a private nonprofit volunteer organization consisting of business owners, municipal leaders, community organization leaders, and residents, is to serve as a catalyst for economic and community development in Newport’s designated downtown district and the greater Newport City area by:

  1. Advancing and enhancing the economic environment,
  2. Developing a cohesive and welcoming City design, and
  3. Promoting the City as tourism and investment destination.

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