As the certified non-profit economic development corporation serving Chittenden County, GBIC is dedicated to implementing our vision of a thriving Lake Champlain region.  This includes an economic environment providing meaningful employment consistent with an uncompromised natural environment, while enabling present and future generations of Vermonters to live, learn, work, and play in the Champlain Valley.

GBIC strives to attract, retain, and expand environmentally sensitive high-paying jobs in the Champlain Valley, and to initiate and support advocacy, education, and collaborative programs in promoting our Vision.

Frank Cioffi


Frank Cioffi is a graduate of the University of Vermont, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.

Frank has owned and managed several businesses in Vermont.  He served as Executive Director of the Franklin County Industrial Corporation.  Frank is a licensed Vermont Real Estate Broker and is a past President of the Vermont Association of REALTORS.  He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of REALTORS

From 1995 to 1998, Frank served in the Administration of Governor Howard Dean, M.D. as Commissioner of the State of Vermont Department of Economic Development.

In January of 1998, Frank accepted the position of President of The Greater Burlington Industrial Corp. (GBIC) & Cynosure, the Regional Economic Development Corporation serving Chittenden County, Vermont.  Frank participates in numerous organizations and civic activities in Vermont, and he currently serves as a member of the following Boards of Directors and organizations:

  • Member, University of Vermont Board of Trustees
  • Chair, Committee on Board Governance
  • Member, University of Vermont Alumni Council
  • Chairperson, Vermont Technology Council
  • Chairperson, Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies Board
  • Chairperson, Vermont EPSCoR
  • Member, Vermont Workforce Development Council
  • Member, Board of Directors, Peoples Trust Co.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Tarrant Foundation

Curt Carter

Senior Vice President

Curt Carter has been with GBIC since retiring from the State of Vermont in 2007. As GBIC’s Vice President, Curt focuses primarily on business expansion and retention working closely with more than 200 of the area’s value added, dollar importing, manufacturing and business service companies. Curt’s economic development experience comes from working in Vermont’s Department of Economic Development for nearly 30 years.

Notable accomplishments while at DED were founding the VT Business and Industry Expo and the Vermont Investors Forum along with providing environmental permitting assistance for many major projects. Curt has worked with Vermont’s Act 250 since its enactment, either as an administrator or advisor. He has served locally in numerous town positions and is currently President of the Jericho Community Development Corporation.

A UVM economics grad, Curt lives in Jericho and enjoys doing almost anything, as long as it is outside.

Seth Bowden

Vice President

As the Vice President for GBIC, Seth manages research and publication efforts, in addition to working with value-added businesses looking to receive State and Federal economic development grants and incentives.

While at GBIC, Seth has authored the State’s Higher Education Task Force report under the direction of then-Governor Jim Douglas, and is a co-author of the Vermont Science and Technology Plan for EPSCoR. He has served as the Chair of the Economic Subcommittee for ECOS and Co-Chair of Vermont’s Science and Technology Plan Committee.

Seth lives in Burlington, and prior to working with GBIC was an independent consultant, collaborating on projects with the Snelling Center for Government and GBIC.

He graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in Economics and English.

Board of Directors

2019 Officers


Paul Plunkett

Vice Chairman

Ethan Bechtel


Ernie Pomerleau


Steve Terry

Asst. Secretary

Frank Cioffi

2019 Board Members

Ethan Bechtel


Kristin Carlson

Green Mountain Power

Geoffrey Hesslink

Merchants Bank

Todd Keating

UVM Health Network

Jeremy Kent

Select Design

Kevin Owens

Select Design

Jon Pizzagalli

PC Construction

Mary Sprayregan


Steve Terry


Stephanie Wernhoff

People's United bank

Justin Worthley