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e-Vermont Gets IT Umph to 12 More Small Towns

The E-Vermont Community Broadband Project was the only applicant East of the Mississippi to be awarded federal stimulus money for rural broadband. This week the project announced both advances of 2010 and the names of 12 rural communities chosen for next year. E-Vermont doesn’t lay fiber cable; instead, it offers small communities expert help in making the most of existing Internet technology. The 2010 projects included, for 5th graders in Bristol, VT, new computers, training in making podcasts, and better integration of technology into the school curriculum.

e-Vermont Selects 2011 Communities

MONTPELIER, VT – The e-Vermont Community Broadband Project will bring digital tools and in-depth internet training to 12 additional rural communities in 2011. The twelve, announced today, will benefit from the expertise and resources of e-Vermont’s statewide partners as the local groups develop ways to take full advantage of the Internet for creating jobs and innovative schools, providing social services, and increasing community connection. These towns join the first 12 pilot e-communities, selected in spring 2010.

A netbook for every student

BRISTOL — For the students in Hannah Estey and Rebecca Zavadil’s fifth-grade classes, Christmas came a bit early this year. On Thursday, the Bristol Elementary School fifth-graders all received new Dell netbooks to use at school and at home through the end of the school year as part of the education portion of the “e-Vermont” grant awarded to the town earlier this year.

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Plan seeks to preserve Vt.'s open landscape

MONTPELIER — At a summit in Montpelier this past Friday, members of the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s Working Landscape Partnership laid out a plan that they hope will preserve and bolster the state’s agricultural and forestry economy.

The more than 300 people gathered at the Future of Vermont’s Working Landscape summit included planners, legislators and governor-elect Peter Shumlin. Among the faces were many from Addison County who are interested in sustaining the area’s agricultural way of life and the culture surrounding it.

Report recommends “action steps” for working landscape

By Anne Galloway, vtdigger.org ~ On the face of it, the 300 or so Vermonters who gathered at the Statehouse on Friday didn’t have much in common. They represented disparate interests — state and local land trusts, environmental groups, cheese manufacturers, dairy farms, organic vegetable farms, the tourism industry, timber companies, foundations, the ski industry, state agencies and state lawmakers – but they shared one abiding interest: protecting Vermont’s natural beauty.

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Key Findings of the Summit on the Future of Vermont’s Working Landscape - 2010

Participants at the Summit on the Future of Vermont’s Working Landscape shared their commitment to advancing the enterprise that serve as the foundation for the future vitality of rural lands and rural communities. Five afternoon breakout sessions reviewed the five point Vermont Working Landscape Partnership Action Plan and offered their advice to improve it and initiate a campaign to implement it. This Summit report attempts to categorically summarize the key ideas expressed. It will be used by the Vermont Working Landscape Partnership Council as a starting point for the improvement of the plan and a guide to advance its implementation. Read the Report (pdf).

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