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Reports From Consultations and Facilitations

Vermont’s Forest Economy: Advancing Creativity and Entrepreneurship in Value-Added Forest Products
Report of the 35th Grafton Conference. Produced by the Windham Foundation and facilitated by VCRD. On August 14 and 15, 2013, a few dozen leaders in the forest products sector of Vermont gathered at the Grafton Inn for a Windham Foundation Conference entitled Vermont’s Forest Economy: Advancing Creativity and Entrepreneurship in Value-Added Forest Products. The participants of this conference brought together leadership and experience in public policy, state government, and key sectors of the forest products economy to frame ideas that advance opportunities and prosperity for the future of the industry. The report includes key ideas and opportunities that were identified as well as priority action steps.
Job Creation and Retention Platform - 2009
Vermont Economic Development Partners worked together to identify doable, cost-effective and measured ways to advance economic activity that will create jobs and that can be initiated in the short term. This diverse group identified key recommendations for Vermont leaders to consider this year. Read the report.
Values, Vision and Unification in Addison Northwest Supervisory Union - 2009
This report synthesizes the discussion from public forums in the Addison NW Supervisory Union on the Renewal of Public Education for the 21st Century. The inputs were presented to the ANWSU Board, the School Boards of the Supervisory Union, and the people of the five communities that make up the union: Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes, and Waltham as they prepare for a vote on whether to unify their school boards. Read the report.
Moving Vermont Agriculture Forward - 2007
At the beginning of 2008, the VT Agency of Agriculture and John Merck Fund asked VCRD to manage a strategic planning process designed to advance farm businesses and agricultural enterprises in the state. “Moving Vermont Agriculture Forward,” began with two working task forces: Branding and Marketing and Business Development. The task forces were designed to look for key opportunities to support long-term business profitability in agriculture and value-added ventures, dairy and non-dairy, and to identify signature projects that could advance agricultural development to the next level. The Branding and Marketing Task Force developed a platform with three key ideas: Expanding cross agency support for agritourism; Building a “Vermont Farm and Food Festival,” to showcase VT agriculture; and Establishing an on-line center for agritourism and Vermont product sales. The Business Development Task Force evaluated the potential for the creation of a Vermont Agriculture Development... read more