RANDOLPH - Vermont Council on Rural Development will launch the Climate Economy Model Communities Program in Randolph with a Kick-Off on April 10. The program, named R3 - RANDOLPH REGION RE-ENERGIZED by a local planning team, will begin with a series of forums and a free community dinner that afternoon and evening. Full details of the schedule are below. This event will launch 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.
“This kick-off will mark the launch of our work in the Randolph region,” noted VCRD’s Program Director, Jon Copans. “This is a community that already has so much going for it – strong organizations and institutions, bountiful natural resources, a diverse array of businesses and farms, and great people. This program will bring people together to build on those assets by brainstorming, prioritizing, and implementing community-driven initiatives.”
“This program represents a great opportunity for our town and surrounding communities to unify behind key priorities for the future,” noted Select Board Chair Trini Brassard. “I am looking forward to seeing what ideas our community comes up with through this process.”
“The combination of a town and region with active and engaged citizens, VCRD as a facilitator, and the many resources available from Efficiency Vermont, Green Mountain Power, and other partners represent great potential as we kick off this effort,” noted Gary Dir who led the application to participate in the Model Communities Program. “This program enables us to focus both on new community initiatives and on ways to reduce energy costs for homes and businesses in the region.”
“Being born and raised in Braintree/Randolph, I am more excited than ever to see this surging wave of energy from the area's younger generation,” noted area resident Zac Freeman. “We are passionate entrepreneurs, outdoor recreation enthusiasts and educators who see the importance of our community's vitality. My hope is that more of the area's younger generation step forth to help guide Randolph into the future. Randolph Region Re-Energized is a perfect opportunity; the time is NOW!”
The kick-off event will feature six forums on different topics that were developed by a planning committee made up of local residents. There will also be a free community dinner at 6pm (see flyer above for detailed schedule). Joining community members at the Kick-Off and dinner will be an invited Visiting Team of agriculture, energy, business, recreation, and economic and community development leaders from around Vermont who will come to listen and learn about what is happening in Randolph and to provide some reflection about what they have heard. In subsequent months, the community will gather again to choose from a list of possible action ideas brainstormed by local residents, and then will form task forces to implement the chosen initiatives.
ALL members of the Randolph region are invited to participate.
R3 - RANDOLPH REGION RE-ENERGIZED is a community-driven process with local leaders, the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont 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, the Sustainable Future Foundation of the Vermont Community Foundation, the Bay and Paul Foundations, the Oakland 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.