Harrington Named Chair of TRC
The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing announced that Matt Harrington, executive director of the Bennington Regional Chamber of Commerce, has been selected as the new chair of the Vermont Travel and Recreation Council (TRC). “Matt brings fresh energy and sharp marketing insights to the Travel and Recreation Council,” said Wendy Knight, commissioner of Vermont’s Department of Tourism and Marketing. “He’s been an essential partner in our marketing and workforce recruitment efforts, and we are excited for his leadership.”
The TRC is responsible for advising the Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development on matters relating to state travel and recreation policy, state travel and recreation promotion programs, and other programs overseen by the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. Harrington replaces Vicky Tebbetts, who has served as chair of the TRC since 2017.
Under Harrington’s leadership, the Bennington Regional Chamber of Commerce expanded its marketing and business services to represent all Bennington County communities, boosting its membership by 40 percent, increasing its annual budget by 20 percent, and emphasizing the region’s economic development. Bennington Regional Chamber of Commerce is one of the four original partners in Vermont’s new ‘Stay to Stay Weekend’ program encouraging tourists to become full-time residents; it was a featured destination in a segment on NBC’s Nightly News.
“I’m honored to be named Chair of the TRC and look forward to bringing my experience in marketing and young professional development to the TRC,” said Harrington. “The State of Vermont and its tourism sector are at a pivotal time between a proud past and a vibrant, modern future. I’m excited to be one of many stakeholders leading the charge.”