Through the Community Visit process, Woodstock set community priorities for town/village merger, built an east end development corporation, expanded conservation, expanded walking trails, and developed a town trails map, and worked on building a Woodstock Vision. Read the Report and Action Plan
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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.
Based 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
Through the Community Visit process, Chelsea gained an ACCD Planning Grant to staff Community Visit Task Forces, building a community facilities and an infrastructure plan. Read the Report and Action Plan.
Through the Community Visit Process, Bristol inventoried potential space for a small industrial park, set key attributes of businesses to attract, worked on redeveloping Bartlett Falls area, and improved the storm water system. Read the Report and Action Plan
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:
- The Planning Structure in Statute
- Vermont Goals and Vision for the Planning System
- Not in My Backyard! Public Engagement and Commitment to Plans
- Municipal Planning
- Regional Planning
- State Cross Agency Planning
- State, Regional, and Municipal Development and Infrastructure Planning
- 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).
Through the Community Visit process, Johnson leveraged significant federal funds to replace three bridges, build a water system, and implement a redesign of its downtown. It also built a community calendar, and instituted a Winter Carnival and a summer concert series to unite and market the community. Read the Report and Action Plan.
Through the Community Visit process, Enosburg instituted a community‐wide literacy campaign and mentorship program, set up a Restorative Justice Board, created a new recreation park, built a town web page, and unified the town/village public works, financing, planning/zoning, and offices. Read the Report and Action Plan.
The 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.
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.