New marketing campaign launched for Brattleboro region

first_imgThe Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce today unveiled a first-ever collaborative marketing campaign that might be thought of as “I Love New York!” on a Vermont scale.The campaign’s theme is “The One and Only Brattleboro”—building on the fact that there is only one Brattleboro on earth and on the many unique and original aspects of the history, culture and resources of the Brattleboro area.Chamber executive director Jerry Goldberg announced the campaign at a community briefing at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, where he also previewed a month-long festival called “Brattleboro’s September Swing into Fall” and the special Labor Day weekend event that will kick off the fall 2010 promotion.While the campaign is intended to bolster and promote the uniqueness of the area, to attract visitors and encourage area residents to sample its many offerings, its timing is also intended as a response to Route 5 construction planned for Brattleboro this summer, and to the lingering effects of the sluggish economy.“The One and Only Brattleboro” will have seasonal taglines, beginning with “Cool & Hot” for the summer season and morphing into “Swing into Fall” in September, with a holiday season tagline in the works. The Chamber will spearhead the campaign with the collaboration of other business groups including Building a Better Brattleboro, the North End Business Association and the West Brattleboro Business Association.The One and Only Brattleboro theme will be featured immediately in media advertisements in such publications as the Boston Globe’s Summer Travel magazine, in Southern Vermont Arts & Living, in the fall issue of Vermont Life, as the cover of the Chamber’s summer/fall guidebook to the area, a banner to be suspended from the façade of the River Garden, on the Chamber’s website, on posters, maps, banners, visitor center displays, a brand-new Facebook page and even a Twitter account.“With our enhanced Web capability, with other social media, and with smart press and advertising—and you have my promise that we will be smart about this! —the Greater Brattleboro name will be out there,” Goldberg said.Throughout the summer, Goldberg said, the principal aim of the campaign will be to attract online inquiries from visitors as well as local people looking for information about area events and attractions. Inquiries will be channeled to the Chamber website, where new content related to the “One and Only” theme has been added.“We want the Chamber site to become a first-stop destination where people can find out what’s going on, what they can do and, especially, to realize how unique and interesting the Brattleboro area really is,” Goldberg said. The website will also direct visitors to other sites for more local information. “This is about catching eyes and ears and about touching hearts.”In September, the “Swing into Fall” theme will kick off with a Labor Day concert at the Latchis Theatre featuring the The Beantown Swing Orchestra (September 4 at 7:30 p.m.) The “big band era” group, heard in Brattleboro last spring at the Brattleboro Retreat’s 175th Anniversary celebration, has been on Goldberg’s mind ever since.“I’d already thought of the September Swing idea and when I heard The Beantown Swing I knew they had to be part of it. I’m delighted they can come back to Brattleboro to perform for us live at the Latchis. And, yes, there will be dancing! Tickets will go on sale later on this summer. Stay tuned.”For the rest of September, Brattleboro will swing into a month-long festival of the arts and culture, with the full array of events and special business promotions included under the big One and Only umbrella.“The Swing campaign will allow us to talk Brattleboro up by promoting events, special business offerings and any and all exciting things going on,” Goldberg said. “September is a great target for some extra marketing, especially to attract visitors, since it’s normally a little slower than the busy summer and fall foliage seasons. We want to change that.”The Chamber has engaged a team of marketing professionals to help coordinate the campaign, including Lynn Barrett of Primetime Concepts Inc., Martin Langeveld of Vernon Marketing Services, Meg McCarthy as graphic designer, and Vermont Technology Partners for website design.“Where else could you enjoy a wide variety of music and performances—from The Beantown Swing Orchestra to acrobatic and juggling workshops, art walks, kids events and puppetry festivals all in a matter of four weeks?” Goldberg asked.Among the September events already or soon to be on the calendar are, in addition to The Beantown Swing concert: Gallery Walk, the River Valley Kids’ Fair, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital’s Touch a Truck event for kids as well its annual Health Fair, the first-ever West B Arts Studio Tour, the Realtors Youth Benefit September golf tournament and its brand new and unique public art promotion featuring mannequins painted by local artists, performances by the Center for Circus Arts, the New England Youth Theatre, Sandglass Theatre’s International Puppetry Festival and end-of-summer performances by the Actors Theater Playhouse. Goldberg said he expected many more items to be added by various venues—including packages from the local hospitality community — before September arrives.Forming part of the Chamber’s presentation was a list of Brattleboro area superlatives — “first” and “only” facts about the area designed to pique the interest of visitors. The list, which will be posted at the Chamber’s website, includes the world’s first and only parade featuring farm animals (Strolling of the Heifers), the world’s largest dairy breed organization (the Holstein Association), and the first gummed postage stamp in America (issued by Brattleboro’s postmaster in 1847).Also listed are Brattleboro’s spots on various lists of superlative places, including the “Top Ten Small Arts Towns in America,” Mother Earth News’s list of “Eight Great Places You’ve Never Heard Of,” and American Style magazine’s Top 25 Cities for Art.Did You Know?Only in the One and Only BrattleboroWhat distinguishes Greater Brattleboro among Vermont communities has to be its singularly unique singularity. Indeed, it’s a town “…you just can’t make up!”Why? Maybe it’s because Brattleboro is home to:… a 1938 combo movie palace and hotel complex (not too many of those around!) that’s done in classic Art Deco style… the first U.S. health facility to provide humane treatment for patients with mental illness by recognizing such as a disease rather than a character flaw… a strain of rodent first found here that is used in labs all over the world because of its unique inability to produce the anti-diurretic hormone vasopressin… an exemplary community-based center for music performance and education… a world-renowned institute that promotes international understanding in over 100 countries worldwide… a Main Street stroll by heifers and other farm animals – our homegrown version of Pamplona’s “running of the bulls”… an organization that has registered every Holstein-Friesian cow in the U.S. for over 125 years… a shingle-style house just north of the town built by the novelist who wrote The Jungle Book in its rooms… echoes of “hippie” communes that dotted the hidden hills back in the 1960s and still influence the town’s character and values… a monthly open gallery experience that’s as much a community happening as art walk… a bunch of plaques that proclaim our prowess as a top arts town, top tourist destination and a town that has to be seen before one dies (it takes all kinds)… no big box stores, unless you count our two supermarkets… the only newspaper in the U.S. founded in 1876 as a campaign paper supporting Samuel J. Tilden in his presidential race against Rutherford B. Hayes)… the largest organ manufacturer in the world whose assembly-line operation inspired Henry Ford when he visited in 1915 to order an organ… a center for circus arts that attracts students from around the world… books, books, books – from the first Bible to be printed in Vermont (in 1812) to the first U.S.-printed copy of the Harry Potter series (in 1997)… the first gummed postage stamp produced and sold in the U.S. (in 1847)… three-count’em-three interstate highway exits and entrances – the smallest town in the U.S. to have that many and the only one with the numbers one, two and three!… a representative town meeting, the only town in Vermont to have one… a theater company that provides professional training in all the theater arts specifically to young people…a world-class ski jump, Olympics-quality… women’s film and literary festivals that are models for others to follow… a local novelist whose crime books document the Greater Brattleboro area’s many fascinating nooks and crannies… one of the first natural foods restaurants in New England… our own coffee roaster, beer brewery, chocolate maker… … … …Source: BACC. 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Judge rules against proposed Brookville Lake-area CAFO

first_imgBrookville, In. — A Fayette County Superior Court Judge has ruled against a confined animal feeding operation near Brookville Lake. Thirteen landowners filed the lawsuit against the Franklin County Board of Zoning Appeals.At least three members of the board had to vote in favor of the conditional use permit for the CAFO to continue operation. One of the “yes” vote came from Jeff Batcheler, the judge ruled that vote invalid because Batchler does not own property in Franklin County.The Citizens Input Committee ruled previously that board members must also be Franklin County landowners.The CAFO project was proposed by Scott and Susan Cooper from Liberty.last_img read more