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Hardwick Community to Set Priorities for Action on February 15th

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All members of the Hardwick Community are invited to participate in the second phase of the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s (VCRD) Community Visit to the Town of Hardwick. The meeting, to be held on Monday, February 15th 6:30 – 9:00pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 206 Rt 14 South, will follow up on the initial session held in January, which drew over 130 community members.

During the day of forums on January 20th, residents met in focus groups to share their thoughts on topics of relevance in Hardwick including: Housing, Health & Safety; Youth; Transportation; Education, Schools & Young Families; The Next Stage of Hardwick's Food Economy; The Future of Downtown, Parking, Streetscape & Walkability; Substance Abuse; Growing Economic Development & Entrepreneurs; Recreation, Trails & The Arts. A Visiting Team of 30 representatives from state, federal, private, non-profit, and philanthropic agencies heard their ideas, and will remain as resources as the town moves forward on priorities that emerge through this process.

The February 15th meeting will center on reviewing a list of ideas generated at the first visit day in January. VCRD will facilitate a discussion of those ideas, where members of the Hardwick community will advocate for causes of particular interest, and finally vote for issues they want to move forward in the coming year. The issues that are selected will become the focus of task forces in the future. In March, VCRD will return with a resource team of state, federal, and non-profit leaders for a final visit to help the new task forces build action plans and resource connections to advance the priority projects.

All residents, whether they participated in the first session or not, are encouraged to come on February 15th to vote for issues that will become the focus of working groups in the coming year. Mark your calendars and come play an active role in shaping Hardwick's future.

The Vermont Council on Rural Development is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing rural Vermont communities. For more information, contact Jenna at 802-225-6091 or jenna@vtrural.org or, for more information on the process go to: http://vtrural.org/programs/Community-Visits.

Hardwick Community Meeting

Monday February 15th, 6:30-9pm

Knights of Columbus Hall, 206 Rt 14 South

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