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Poultney Community Visit Report - 2002

Through the Community Visit process, Poultney built new youth activities and mentorships, expanded collaborations with Green Mountain College, designed new town banners and a town marketing strategy, beautified Main Street and filled storefronts, developed a Community Video, started an Artist and Writers Guilds, opened the slate museum, and built a consensus Vision for the community. Read the Report and Action Plan.


Vermont Forest Products Council Blueprint for Action - 2002

This Blueprint for Action is the result of two years of study by the Vermont Forest Products Council (VFPC) of the challenges to the value-added wood products industry.

It is designed to serve as an action plan to promtoe value-added wood manufacturing in teh state of Vermont.

As such, it documents 24 action steps in four broad areas that hte Doublas Administration, Legislature, and the industry itself should undertake to support in-state wood processing, manufacture, and craftsmanship.

The success of the value-added forest products economy (nd ultimately, the conservation of Vermont's "working landscape") depends on progress in four areas outlined in this report: Marketing, Economic Development, Education and Training, and Wood Resources.

Read more about the Vermont Forest Products Council here.

Read the full report here.


Rural Economic Development – 2002

The 2002 Governor’s Summit on Rural Economic Development held at Basin Harbor on June 11th and 12th was particularly timely. With the difficulties facing the wood products sector, the dialogue about long-term agricultural viability, concerns about the regulatory climate and loss of IBM jobs, and the opportunity to integrate marketing across sectors to visitors to the state, Vermont’s rural economic agenda is at an historically significant juncture. The Summit was structured this year around the challenges to four sectors of the rural economy: Forest products, agriculture, high tech/new economy, and tourism. Participants at the Summit came up with Action Steps for practical work in the short term and as cross-agency recommendations for priority action by the next administration. Read the Report (pdf).

Housing Workplan Development - 2001

The 2001 Governor's Rural Summit on Housing focused on developing plans to respond to a single area of critical and immediate policy concern. With leadership of Governor Howard Dean and his policy staff, the Summit invited participants to take a long view of the housing crisis facing rural Vermont and to partner in the development of practical action steps to answer this challenge. Summit participants analyzed how the current housing crisis impacted the work of their agencies or organizations then worked together to build concrete plans and came up with 28 action steps which are outlined in the report. Read the Report (pdf).


Water/Wastewater Infrastructure, Youth Issues, Downtown Development – 1999

On October 14, 1999, over 40 federal, state and other rural leaders met for VCRD's 4th annual rural development summit. The summit focussed on water and sewer issues, youth issues, and downtown develoment. Participants identified 16 action steps which are outlined in the report. Read the Report (pdf)


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