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Study: Bright future for Vermont

In 20 years, Vermont will be more affordable, more energy self-sufficient, have better public transportation and will offer more economic opportunity.

At least that's the vision set out in a new report on the state's future. After 18 months of gathering input from nearly 4,000 Vermonters, the Council on the Future of Vermont presented its findings Monday, marking the "midway point" of the study.

Leaders develop priorities for Vermont’s future

(Host) More than 500 Vermont leaders met at the University of Vermont on Monday to develop priorities for the future of the state.

The conference was the final part of a two-year study looking at whether Vermonters' values are reflected in state policies.

The Vermont Council on Rural Development asked leaders from business, nonprofit groups, education and government to consider questions raised during the study. They developed a series of recommendations in areas ranging from education to agriculture and forestry to economic development.

Summit starts search for state's future

BURLINGTON – Vermont, said Paul Bruhn of the state's Preservation Trust, "is a great place for the most part — and for the moment. But will we increasingly become Anywhere, USA?" Gather 500 leaders for a Summit on the Future of Vermont and you might expect to get some answers. On Monday, Bruhn and a wide spectrum of experts instead planted more questions: Can we balance the environment and the economy? Spending for schools and seniors? The needs of natives and newcomers?

The ‘Future of Vermont’ could be history

A Summit on the Future of Vermont is scheduled for May 11 at the University of Vermont. The summit is the final step in a nearly two year long effort by the Vermont Council on Rural Development to take the temperature of today’s Vermont and plan for tomorrow’s Vermont. VCRD created the Council on the Future of Vermont to accomplish this task. I was one of the members and truly enjoyed the opportunity to listen to Vermonters talk about Vermont. The Council heard from some 4,000 Vermonters in one form or another.

‘Imagining Vermont’ Can state’s future bring freedom and unity?

By KEVIN O’CONNOR Staff Writer
Surveying residents from northernmost Alburgh to southernmost Vernon, the Council on the Future of Vermont found on-the-spot agreement: Everyone loves the state. They just differ on same-sex marriage. And issues of the environment vs. the economy. And school spending vs. the needs of seniors. And the value of natives vs. newcomers.

Grant to boost Middlebury waterfalls plan

A PLAN TO improve pedestrian access to, and enjoyment of, the Otter Creek Falls in downtown Middlebury received a major boost on Thursday with the receipt of a $240,000 federal grant.

...The project was one of the priorities identified in the Creative Communities program that engaged Middlebury-area residents in discussion about how new ideas could generate economic and community activity...

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The Vermont identity

Vermonters have reverence for the state's rural landscape, and they hope for economic development that will provide jobs and housing for the future.

They cherish their small communities and value their ability to participate, and they cherish the freedom and privacy afforded each individual.

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