Brattleboro Hopes Colleges Find Downtown Home

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Plans are coming together to bring two colleges to a new home in downtown Brattleboro.

Officials are looking at two possible sites, including the historic Brooks House on Main Street, which was gutted by fire more than a year ago.

The push to establish a college in downtown Brattleboro came from Governor Peter Shumlin. The governor included the proposal in his budget address last January, surprising even political insiders in his native Windham County.

Tim Donovan is chancellor of the Vermont State College System, which includes Community College of Vermont. He says the governor approached him with the Brattleboro idea before the speech.

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