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Dorset Tomorrow will kick-off on July 24th with forums and a community meal

2019-07-05

DORSET - Vermont Council on Rural Development will launch the Climate Economy Model Communities Program in Dorset with a Kick-Off on July 24. The program, named Dorset Tomorrow by a local planning team, will begin with a series of forums and a free community dinner at the Dorset School that evening. This event launches a process for residents to identify and advance priorities that improve economic opportunity and affordability and strengthen the community in the face of climate change. After the July kick-off the community will gather again in the following months to choose from a list of possible action ideas brainstormed by local residents, and then will form task forces to implement the chosen initiatives.

“This program capitalizes on the creativity and neighborliness of participating citizens as they come together to make their community more vibrant, affordable, and sustainable,” noted VCRD’s Model Communities Program Director, Jon Copans. “As a place that attracts visitors from far and wide, Dorset is well-positioned to serve as a model of rural vitality for other towns in Vermont and across the country.”

In a competitive process, a team in Dorset came together with support from the Selectboard to successfully apply. The applicant team was led by longtime energy committee members Jim Salsgiver and Ellen Maloney.  Jim also now serves as a member of Dorset’s Selectboard.

“Our selection to participate in this program provides a great opportunity to come together as we consider the future of our town,” noted Jim Salsgiver “I’m looking forward to hearing the ideas of fellow citizens and to connecting with key partners who will help turn those ideas into reality.”

“Dorset has so much going for it, from our passionate residents, rich natural resources, and picturesque landscape” said Ellen Maloney. “This process will help us consider how we build on these assets to make this place even better to live and to visit.”

Joining community members at the kick-off and dinner will be an invited Visiting Team of agriculture, energy, transportation, business, recreation, and economic and community development leaders from around Vermont who will come to listen and learn about what is happening in Dorset and to provide some reflection about what they have heard.

This event takes place entirely at the Dorset School. The kick-off schedule is as follows:

For more information, visit https://www.vtrural.org/model-communities/communities/dorset or contact VCRD at 802-225-6393 or jon@vtrural.org or visit the event Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/398351437449485/

Dorset Tomorrow is a community-driven process with local leaders, the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), Efficiency Vermont, and Green Mountain Power coming together to cultivate economic development, innovation and affordability in the face of climate change. The Climate Economy Model Communities Program is made possible thanks to financial support from VLITE, the High Meadows Fund, Jane’s Trust Foundation, and VCRD’s members. VCRD is a non-profit organization supporting the locally-defined progress of Vermont’s rural communities. To learn more, visit us at http://vtrural.org.