mike_webMichael Coppinger, 
Executive Director

Michael Coppinger was born in Rutland City and graduated Rutland High School in 1995. Michael went on to attend the College of St. Joseph where he graduated with a Bachelor Degree in History and Political Science.

Upon graduation Michael began his work in municipal recreation and parks working for first the town of Pittsford and later the town of Killington. Also in that time he was elected to city government as a member of the Rutland City Board of Aldermen. Michael served three consecutive two-year terms from 2001 to 2007.

In the spring of 2007, after an unsuccessful bid for Rutland City Mayor, Michael was hired as the Executive Director for the Downtown Rutland Partnership (DRP). To date Michael is the second longest serving Executive Director in the DRP’s history.

Michael is a proud lifelong resident of Rutland City. He is engaged in many ongoing activities throughout the City, coaching both high school and youth soccer for over 15 years. Also, serving on many boards and committees such as; the Rutland Creative Economy, PEG TV Board of Directors and the Rutland City Rotary Club to name a few.

During his professional career he has been honored with several awards. The College of St. Joseph inducted him into their Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. Vermont Business Magazine selected Michael as a “Rising Star” in 2011. Michael was also named Downtown Director of the Year by the State of Vermont in 2013.

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Bill Bronson, Seasonal Sidewalk Maintenance

Bill Bronson was born in Middlebury, Vermont. He started a contracting career with the Skyline Corporation in Fair Haven, Vermont.  Bill worked at Skyline for many years before continuing on to Luxury Homes in Bomoseen, VT.  Bill worked at Luxury Homes as a contractor for 29 years until his retirement. He has been married for 38 years and has two married children, Jennifer of Seattle, Washington and son Seth of Rutland, Vermont.  Bill has been with the DRP since 2010 filling our Streets Maintenance position.