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2nd Annual VT Community Leadership Summit

Over 500 local leaders working to improve life in their communities came together at the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s 2nd Annual VT Community Leadership Summit to follow up on action and progress since the 2018 Summit, hear inspiring stories of community success, access skills to support community initiatives, engage in envisioning the future of Vermont leadership, and connect to leadership resources.

Here are links to a few Summit resources:

Video captured at the event:

1. Opening Welcome, Spark Stories, and Leadership Awards (RSM Distributors:

2. “Avoid the Pitchforks: Building Inclusion and Engagement” session with Presenter/Facilitator Susan Clark, author of Slow Democracy (RSM Distributors:

3. “Building Narrative: Telling Your Community’s Story” session with Presenter/Facilitator Allison Cleary, Vermont StoryLab (RSM Distributors:

4. "The Future of Economic Development in Vermont Communities” with Facilitator Tom Torti, Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce; Closing Session; and “Plenary Conclusions and Action” with remarks by Jon Copans, VCRD; Phil Scott, Governor of Vermont; and Paul Costello, VCRD (RSM Distributors:

5. "Advancing Vermont's Creative Economy" Session (ORCA Media:

Here Paul Costello and Jenna Koloski of VCRD discuss the Summit before the day: