(HOST) Commentator Cheryl Hanna is a professor at Vermont Law School and a member of the Council for the Future of Vermont. She's been thinking about Vermont's potential to be a leader in these turbulent times.
(HANNA) I know that for many Vermonters these are dark days. With the deepening recession and other challenges, many are worried about their own futures, as well as the future of the state. Yet I remain optimistic. Over the last eighteen months, the Council for the Future of Vermont has gathered input from thousands of Vermonters. For me, as a member of the Council, it's been an amazing and unprecedented process. We recently presented our findings to leaders in Montpelier, and we'll soon be hosting a state-wide summit, as well as returning to local communities to share what we learned.