At its 2016 annual dinner on May 12th, the Lake Champlain Islands Economic Development Corporation awarded the Bullis Family Farm the Business of the Year award and David C. Carter the 2016 Community Service award. The event was held at Shore Acres Inn & Restaurant in North Hero.
The Bullis Family Farm is a 4th generation dairy farm in Grand Isle also known as, Savage View Farm. The farm operation began in 1927 and has grown to be one of the Champlain Islands’ largest businesses. The farm produces 21 million pounds of milk each year from 800 milking cows and over 1,600 acres of cropland. Dwight Bullis currently manages the farm along with his wife, Monica and their three sons. Sixty three percent of all milk produced in New England comes from Vermont, and dairy represents 70 percent of all agricultural sales in the state. The Bullis Family Farm is a major contributor to this vital economic driver of the Grand Isle County and Vermont economy.
David C. Carter of South Hero is a 7th generation attorney originally from Buffalo, New York. After a long and notable legal career, David plans to retire after 38 years of practicing law in Vermont. He has had a lifelong commitment to Community Service, most often benefiting the Champlain Islands. David has been a Rotarian since 1982, is a life-long Ski Patroller, and has served in a leadership role on a number of local social service agency boards including; the Champlain Islands Parent Child Center, United Way of Franklin – Grand Isle County, Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce, and the Vermont Bar Association. He was the Chair of the Grand Isle Child Protection Team for over 13 years. In issuing this award, David’s legacy of giving back to his community was celebrated by fellow business and community leaders.
The Honorable Jim Douglas was the keynote speaker at the event. He offered signed copies for sale of his memoir, The Vermont Way: A Republican Governor Leads America’s Most Liberal State at the event.
The Lake Champlain Islands Economic Development Corporation is the regional development corporation for the Lake Champlain Islands region. The corporation’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for Grand Isle County.