The Vermont Council on Rural Development will hold an action plan building session in the Randolph Region Re-Energized process on June 11th; all community members are welcome to help line up action plans to move priority projects forward.
On May 7th over 100 Randolph Region community members came together to set core priorities for future action in town. They reviewed 12 ideas that were gathered from focus forums in April with residents at the R3 Randolph Region Re-Energized Kick-Off, and chose priorities designed to boost the community and advance the town’s climate economy into the future. At the end of the session, participants signed up as volunteers to advance these new initiatives.
On June 11th, these new task forces will meet in the Chandler Center for the Arts to frame out action plans and work with a resource team of federal, state, business, and non-profit leaders to identify next steps and resources that can help them succeed. The new task force groups will work to:
- Reduce Municipal and School Costs through Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects
- Attract and Support Climate Economy Businesses and Entrepreneurs and Strengthen Downtown Randolph
- Attract More Visitors to the Randolph Region
- Energy Savings Opportunities for Homes and Businesses
All community members of the Randolph Region are invited to participate:
June 11th from 6:30 – 9:00pm
Chandler Center for the Arts
71 South Main Street in Randolph.
The Vermont Council on Rural Development is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing rural Vermont communities. For more information, contact Jon at 802-225-6393 or firstname.lastname@example.org or go to: https://www.vtrural.org/model-communities.
Here’s more about the four priorities identified for action:
Reduce Municipal and School Costs through Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects
Energy costs, for lighting, heating and cooling buildings, transportation, and wastewater treatment represent significant annual expenditures for the schools and municipalities in the Randolph region. These costs are paid by local property taxes. A task force could come together to consider ways that towns and schools could generate more of their own power, to evaluate municipal and school energy usage and to implement creative projects to reduce that usage and associated costs. An added impact of this work is the educational benefits, particularly for school-related projects.
Attract and Support Climate Economy Businesses and Entrepreneurs and Strengthen Downtown Randolph
Like many communities, the Randolph region is a place that strives to attract and keep young people and to retain and grow great businesses and employment opportunities. A vibrant downtown in Randolph is central to these efforts. A new task force could unify and provide focus to economic development activities in Randolph and surrounding towns and work to revitalize Randolph’s downtown. Economic development activities might include business recruitment, development of new co-working, incubator or maker spaces, infrastructure to support new businesses in town, and other actions that make the region more enticing to entrepreneurs and small business people. For downtown, the task force could join together with RACDC (that leads the Designated Downtown Program) and other partners to develop a unified game plan. The group could deploy multiple strategies including beautification, improving downtown infrastructure, creating events, marketing the community, and working with building owners and potential tenants, all with the goal of cultivating a thriving core to the region.
Attract More Visitors to the Randolph Region
The Randolph region has a long list of assets to capitalize on for enticing visitors including a great arts scene, awesome outdoor recreation opportunities, Amtrak, a multitude of small farms and food producers, and a picturesque landscape. At the same time, there are gaps that limit visits including very limited lodging and the lack of a cohesive brand or marketing effort. A new task force could focus on realizing the economic potential of environmentally sensitive tourism while branding the area as a climate economy destination.
Energy Savings Opportunities for Homes and Businesses
With partners like Efficiency Vermont and Green Mountain Power, the R3 program provides a great opportunity to increase awareness and participation in energy efficiency, energy transformation and renewable energy generation opportunities for homes and businesses. This task force will work with utilities and other partners to plan and implement targeted program for homes and businesses in the community.