The Network supports members with online workshops on community development initiatives, skills training, and the sharing of best practices and inspiring success stories. See below for upcoming opportunities for connection, peer networking, and workshops on critical topics. If there are other topics or convening opportunities you would like to see added to this list, please reach out to [email protected] to share your ideas.
Community Trusts and Your Town
March 15 | 10-11:30 AM | Virtual
A community trust is a 501c3 organization with a locally-based mission to revitalize and sustain resilient and vibrant rural communities. On March 15 from 10-11:30 we will share best practices and strategies for the formation of community trusts, examples of successful projects led by existing trusts, and the details of a new initiative to support and fund the formation of community trusts to lead brick and mortar projects in Vermont’s village centers. We look forward to hearing from the following speakers: Nicole Gratton with the Preservation Trust of Vermont; Trevor Braun with the Elmore Community Trust; Debra Fuller with the Rupert Village Trust; and Anne Rider with the Friends of Algiers Village.
Reflections on Flood Resilience and Recovery
May 1 | 10-11:30 AM | Virtual
After 10 months of recovery: how are our communities doing, what resources are serving us well, what opportunities are opening up? A panel of local, state, and federal leaders dealing with the daily ins and outs of Flood Recovery in Vermont will help us reflect on what we’ve been able to accomplish, what best practices and resources we can draw on at this point, and what the next phase of recovery and rebuilding may look like.
June 25th | 10-11:30 AM | Virtual
Each year, decisions made in the Statehouse have impacts on and create opportunities for our communities. From flood recovery and infrastructure to housing, zoning, boosting community capacity, energy, recreation, funding, and more – it can be difficult to follow these decisions and what they might mean for your work and your community. This workshop will bring together voices from the Administration, legislature, advocacy groups, and others to share key highlights from the 2024 session and how your community can connect to potential opportunities that may emerge in the year ahead.