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Craftsbury Community to Set Priorities for Action on October 20th

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All members of the Craftsbury Community are invited to participate in the second phase of the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s (VCRD) Community Visit to the Town of Craftsbury. The meeting, to be held on Tuesday, October 20th 6:30 – 9:00pm at the United Church of Craftsbury, will follow up on the initial session held in September, which drew over 160 community members.

During the day of forums on September 22nd, residents met in focus groups to share their thoughts on topics of relevance in Craftsbury including: Transportation, Roads & Paths; Housing, Health & Safety; Economic Development & Infrastructure; Youth & Families; Working Landscape & the Environment; and Craftsbury Schools. A Visiting Team of 23 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 October 20th meeting will center on reviewing a list of ideas generated at the first visit day in September. VCRD will facilitate a discussion of those ideas, where members of the Craftsbury 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 November, 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.

According to Jenna Whitson, VCRD’s Community and Policy Senior Associate, “The community meeting on October 20th will be an excellent opportunity for Craftsbury residents to set direction on a number of issues for the future of the community. The forums held in September produced some great, actionable ideas. Now residents will come together to set priorities they want to move forward. Active participation from the community is essential to meet the needs of Craftsbury going forward. Everyone is invited! And everyone who comes is equal in the process, even if they missed last month’s sessions.”

Craftsbury residents invited VCRD’s Community Visit Process to the town. Emily Maclure has agreed to act as the chairperson for the Craftsbury Community Visit to help coordinate progress with committees over the next year. Emily said, “I have been hearing such a buzz after our community visit day on September 22nd. Community members are really energized by this whole process. I hope we are busting out of the church doors with people for our October 20th meeting. I strongly encourage everyone to come out and case your vote on what you think should be a priority for the town. Even if you were unable to make it to the first visit day, your vote counts!”

All residents, whether they participated in the first session or not, are encouraged to come on October 20th 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 Craftsbury’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.

Craftsbury Community Meeting
Tuesday October 20th, 6:30-9pm
United Church of Craftsbury