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Craftsbury Community Action Plan to Be Developed on Nov 17

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The Vermont Council on Rural Development will hold its last major session in the Craftsbury Community Visit process on November 17th; all residents of the town are welcome to help line up action plans to move priority projects forward.

On October 20th over 100 Craftsbury residents came together to set core priorities for future action in town. They reviewed 20 ideas that were gathered from focus forums in September with residents at the Craftsbury Community Visit Day and with students at the school forum, and chose priorities designed to boost the community and advance the town’s economy into the future. At the end of the session, over 40 people signed up as volunteers to advance these new initiatives.

On November 17st, these new task forces will meet in the Craftsbury Academy cafeteria to frame out action plans and work with a team of federal, state, business, and non-profit leaders to identify next steps and resources that can help them succeed.

The core priorities include:

  • A Craftsbury Land Protection task force will evaluate ways to protect, sustain, and enhance beloved community assets.
  • A task force of community, regional, state and federal partners will team up to consider how they can work together to Improve Cell Phone and Broadband Access.
  • Another task force will work to Build Partnership between Schools and the Community to better connect students with the community, Sterling College, and the Outdoor Center.

All members of the Craftsbury Community are invited to participate in this third phase of the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s (VCRD) Community Visit to the Town of Craftsbury. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 17st from 6:30 – 9:00pm at the Craftsbury Academy.

The Vermont Council on Rural Development is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing rural Vermont communities. For more information, contact Margaret at 802-223-6091 or info@vtrural.org or go to: http://vtrural.org/programs/Community-Visits.

Craftsbury Resource Meeting
November 17, 2015
6:30 - 9pm
Craftsbury Academy Cafeteria

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Here’s more about the three priorities identified for action:

Advance Craftsbury Land Protection 

Many residents are concerned about development pressures on Craftsbury’s open landscape and village character. A Task Force could be formed to evaluate ways to protect and enhance community assets including the potential for really well designed zoning to protect, sustain, and enhance beloved community assets.

Improve Cell Phone and Broadband Access

Craftsbury residents would like to have better access to cell coverage and broadband internet access. Craftsbury could convene a partnership of local residents to work with regional, state, and federal partners to bring improved cell and broadband coverage to the community.

Build Partnership between Schools and the Community 

Craftsbury Academy students and community members expressed a desire to better connect the Craftsbury Schools, the community, the Outdoor Center, and Sterling College. A group could come together to better connect students with the community, the college, and the outdoor center by developing community-wide activities and programs, building internship and service opportunities in local businesses or the Craftsbury Community Care Center for students in the town, or create collaborative programming and learning opportunities with the Outdoor Center and College. The group could look into opportunities to raise funds for these activities and to establish a foundation to help support these efforts.