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Poultney, West Rutland in pilot computer program

Poultney and West Rutland will get new computers and other services as part of a pilot program run by the Vermont Council on Rural Development.

The Council announced earlier this month that the towns were two of the 12 chosen to participate in the "e-Vermont Community Broadband Project," a pilot program aimed at helping Vermont towns make better use of the Internet.

The two-year program, which will bring in 12 more towns next year, has $3.7 million in funding.

Cambridge an e-Community

As a culmination of a process which started more than a year ago, last week, the town of Cambridge was notified they will be one of 12 communities around the state accepted into a program designed to improve their online presence and capabilities.

Members of the Cambridge community worked with the Cambridge Planning Commission and helped to apply for the eVermont program. Together they wrote a proposal and solicited letters of support from various community organizations and businesses.

Farmers' Market approved for Adams Park

MANCHESTER - The Select Board unanimously approved the relocation of the Farmer's Market from the parks and recreation department to Adam's Park - the triangular park along Route 7A - on Tuesday.

"I was pleasantly surprised," said manager of the Farmer's Market Nicole Henry following the board's decision. "It was not a sure thing [going] into it."

The approval marks the culmination of approximately year long discussions between Manchester Town Manager John O'Keefe, planning director and zoning administrator Lee Krohn and Henry.

Grand Isle awarded e-Vermont grant

NORTH HERO — Residents of the Champlain Is lands, traditionally isolated from the mainland,
this month opted for e-connectivity upgrades.

Grand Isle County is one of 12 relatively isolated areas that received grants to improve Internet applications in schools, municipal and civic networks and in commerce. The money is not used to bring broadbrand to the community, rather it teaches residents to make better use of the Internet.

It holds the promise of a great leap forward, said Ruth Wallman, executive director of the Lake Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce.

12 communities selected to pilot e-Vermont project

A dozen rural communities across the state will receive digital tools and in-depth training as the initial participants in the new e-Vermont Community Broadband Project. The twelve will benefit from the expertise and resources of e-Vermont’s statewide partners as the local groups develop ways to take full advantage of the Internet for job creation, school innovation, providing social services, and increasing civic involvement.

Marlboro prioritizes its future

MARLBORO -- Building a community center and improving walkability in town were the topics of choice for Marlboro residents at the Vermont Council on Rural Development Community Visit meeting.

Held at the Marlboro Elementary School and attended by more than 70 members of the community, the meeting’s goal was to narrow the number of potential projects the town could tackle in the near future.

Strengthening food system in Vermont

Last year, the Legislature established the Farm to Plate (F2P) Initiative, which asked the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) to do a comprehensive inventory of the food-related assets and resources in the state including producers, processors, distribution systems, waste management, suppliers,
sales and support systems.

The question they were asked to answer is, "how can Vermont strengthen its local food system and s timulate development in the farm and food sector?"

Marlboro in second phase of discussions of future

MARLBORO -- Entering the second phase of its Community Visit Program in Marlboro, the Council on Rural Development’s community team will meet again with residents and begin to take some first steps toward action on April 29.

The community visit is designed to help the town consider the challenges before it, prioritize needs, build teams and action plans to address them, set strategies to get needed resources and gain connections with the advice of state, federal and non-profit leaders.

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