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Strategies for Community Creative Economy Projects - Leaders' Summit, 2006

On Friday, November 17th, 2006, the Creative Communities Program coordinated with Bellows Falls’ creative economy organizers Richard Ewald and Robert McBride to host a conference addressing “Strategies for Community Creative Economy Projects”. This conference targeted creative economy leaders from around Vermont who wanted to build greater statewide connections and form new ideas about next steps for projects. It brought an enthusiastic, capacity crowd to Boccelli’s on the Canal café shortly after the opening of their newly renovated auction hall space.

Read the Report Here.

Find Out More about the Creative Communities Program Here.

Vermont By Design - 2006

VT Council on Planning Final ReportBased on the inputs and on the knowledge and experience of Council members, the Vermont Rural Energy Council crafted a set of recommendations for actions that would advance rural energy generation, fuel development and efficiency in Vermont. These recommendations include:

  • Systematically Advancing a Vermont Renewable Energy Program
  • Expanding Net Metering
  • Adopting Clean Energy Policies
  • Constructing an All Fuels Efficiency Program
  • Improving Transportation Efficiency
  • Targeting Economic Development Assistance
  • Building a Green Investment Strategy
  • Adopting Time of Use Rates for Electricity
  • Beginning a Vermont Carbon Plan
  • Expanding Property Tax Incentives for Renewable Development


Read more about the Vermont Council on Planning here.

Download the full report here.


The Structure of Planning – 2004

On August 11, 2004, we held a Summit on Planning designed to evaluate the challenges before the planning system in Vermont and to propose potential solutions. This Summit report documents the analysis and recommendations of 180 attendees representing members of the public, leaders in the Douglas Administration, Vermont planners, and customers of the planning system. Participants built recommendations toward addressing these challenges in these categories:

  1. The Planning Structure in Statute
  2. Vermont Goals and Vision for the Planning System
  3. Not in My Backyard! Public Engagement and Commitment to Plans
  4. Municipal Planning
  5. Regional Planning
  6. State Cross Agency Planning
  7. State, Regional, and Municipal Development and Infrastructure Planning
  8. The Implementation of Plans

Their transcribed testimony, brainstormed solutions, and priority recommendations make up the bulk of this report and will serve as starting points for the deliberations of the Vermont Council on Planning. Read the Report (pdf).

Advancing Vermont's Creative Economy - 2004

Read the Report: Advancing Vermont's Creative EconomyThe creative economy is critical to the future competitiveness of Vermont in the global marketplace. Vermont's heritage, arts and culture are integral strengths. They are an economic sector in Vermont today; they also provide a foundation to the sense of place and creative workforce critical to innovation in other sectors, add value to the Vermont brand, and magnify the attractive power of Vermont as a location to do business. The creative economy is a hidden economic driver; one that deserves understanding, recognition, and investment.

The Vermont Council on culture and Innovation (VCCI) was convened in May 2003 by the Vermont Council on Rural Development. VCCI's charge was to evaluate the role of and challenges to the creative economy in the state and to build a practical and strategic plan for its advancement. This Action Plan is the product of that work.

This report makes specific recommendations for how to grow the State's creative economy as a vital and complementary part of the state's economy as a whole. These recommendations encourage collaboration among Vermont's private sector, cultural organizations, and local, state, and federal government to use Vermont's cultural resources to spark and leverage community and economic development. It documents seventeen recommendations in the four areas listed in the report that the Governor's administration, Legislature, and public and private partners are encouraged to undertake to expand innovation, enhance community life, attract and encourage entrepreneurs, build Vermont's market identity, and stimulate job growth.

Read the Final Report Here.

Read more about the Creative Economy Here.

Vermont Agriculture Viability Council Final Report - 2003

In November 2001, the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) established the Vermont Agriculture Viability Council (VAVC). VCRD’s goal was to develop a “strategic plan” that would further the continuing evolution of Vermont’s vital dairy industry and foster the continuing growth of Vermont’s “diversified” agricultural enterprises.

Find Out More about the Vermont Agriculture Viability Council here.

Read the Final Report here.


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