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By Ted Brady, as seen in the Bennington Banner: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/pownals-opportunity-to-lead,514507
Rural economies across America are struggling to recover from the Great Recession, with economic progress stalling, populations declining, and families questioning whether their children have a future in their communities. I for one believe rural Vermont can serve as a model - where leaders, entrepreneurs, and families band together to define their communities.
As seen in the Bennington Banner: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/pownal-program-not-something-to-...
Some Pownal residents are highly suspicious of the intent of the Vermont Council on Rural Development's Climate Economy Model Communities Program, which launched here in May as the first such initiative in the state.
As seen in vtdigger.org: https://vtdigger.org/2017/07/21/object-pownal-initiative-call-town-vote/
POWNAL — Vermont’s southwestern-most town in April became the first selected by a statewide program aimed at helping communities address the challenges of climate change.
But the designation of Pownal by the Vermont Council on Rural Development isn’t being welcomed by everyone in town, with some calling for a vote by local residents on whether to participate.
Country Stores, a New England Institution, Are Going Dark: Across New England, classic rural general stores are on the decline amid new competition, but some are finding ways to fight back
By Jennifer Levitz, as seen in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/article_email/country-stores-a-new-england-instituti...
For 203 years, the Francestown Village Store served its tiny New Hampshire town, selling everything from fresh-baked bread and live fishing bait to winter hats and groceries while offering a place where residents could gather and gossip.
By Alan Keays, as seen vtdigger.org: https://vtdigger.org/2017/07/12/community-looks-unite-around-one-burke/
BURKE — Uniting east and west, as well as the mountain resort and the village below, was a common theme as residents, business owners and other community members spent Tuesday working on ways to become “One Burke.”
As seen in the Caledonian Record: http://www.caledonianrecord.com/news/local/lyndonville-working-on-downto...
LYNDONVILLE — A new committee is at work on trying to rejuvenate the downtown.
The group was borne from the recent Community Visit process townspeople and local and state officials took part in with the Vermont Council on Rural Development.
On Tuesday, July 25, all members of the Pownal community are invited to participate in the 2nd step of the Empower Pownal process. The session will be held from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the American Legion on Route 7. At this meeting, participants will review the ideas that came out of the discussions at the Kick-Off event on June 24, prioritize some key directions through a dot-voting exercise, and take first steps toward action. This is a great chance to have your voice heard in setting some goals for Pownal’s future. Everyone in the community is invited and encouraged to come.