Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has announced two staff promotions in its agricultural lending program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC). “We are delighted that two of our very talented staff members have agreed to take on more responsibilities in the important work of providing loans to Vermont farmers and agricultural businesses,” said Jo Bradley, VEDA’s Chief Executive Officer.
Sarah Isham has been promoted to Director of Agricultural Lending. Sarah had been VACC’s Senior Agricultural Loan Officer since 2000, having started her tenure with VACC as an Agricultural Loan Officer in 1994. Sarah previously had a 14-year career with USDA as an Assistant County Supervisor at Farmers Home Administration, where she originated farm and housing loans. Sarah graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Animal Science. In promoting the equine industry, Sarah competes her horse out of Maranatha Training Stables in Brookfield, collects horse drawn vehicles and encourages young riders. She is a Board member of Randolph Area Community Development Corporation and active in community organizations.
Jamison Kimberly has been promoted to Senior VACC Loan Officer. Jamison has been a VACC Loan Officer since 2012, after having worked for several years as a Program Technician for the Farm Service Agency in Middlebury. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 2009 with a degree in Business Administration concentrating in Finance and Marketing. Jamison gained prior experience by working for his family’s beef cattle, logging and nursery businesses in Middlebury. In March, 2015, Jamison was named one of Vermont’s Rising Stars by Vermont Business Magazine, an annual award celebrating Vermont’s most accomplished young leaders for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities. A resident of Middlebury, Jamison currently serves as Treasurer for the Middlebury Community House, Inc.
The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) is Vermont’s economic development finance lender, providing financing for Vermont businesses and farms. VEDA was created by the General Assembly in 1974 with a mission “to contribute to the creation and retention of quality jobs in Vermont by providing loans and other financial support to eligible and qualified Vermont industrial, commercial and agricultural enterprises.”
Over the years, VEDA has grown and adapted its financing programs to keep pace with an ever-changing economy. VEDA offers a wide range of low-cost lending options for Vermont businesses and farms of all sizes, and the Authority’s lending solutions are customized to each borrower’s individual needs. Whether in the form of direct loans, tax-exempt bond issuance or loan guarantee support, VEDA’s innovative financing programs help ensure that Vermont businesses and farms have the capital they need to grow and succeed. VEDA most often lends in conjunction with banks and other financing partners, helping to stimulate economic development activity in Vermont.
Since 1974, VEDA has provided over $2.16 billion in financing assistance to thousands of eligible Vermont entrepreneurs, manufacturers, small businesses, family farms, and agricultural enterprises, helping them to realize their business growth goals, create jobs, and enhance the vitality of Vermont’s economy. For more information about VEDA, visit www.veda.org or call 802-828-JOBS.