The Council on the Future of Vermont was a unique project for VCRD. At once a statewide public dialogue and a critical look at the state’s past and present, the Council on the Future of Vermont (CFV) project took two years to complete (2007-2009). VCRD looked back at a history of statewide dialogues in the state and determined that this time in our history was an important time to re-engage Vermonters in thoughtful discussions about what will come next and what we want to keep. From the study by the Commission on Country Life in 1929 to the Commission on Vermont’s Future in 1988, these studies have engaged and united Vermonters, inspired leaders, and initiated practical gubernatorial and legislative initiatives. Such studies have often resulted in major findings about who we are as a people and the evolving assumptions and goals we share. They also have led us, as a state, to articulate a set of values that are embedded now in our special Vermont sense of place, dedication to community, and brand identity. For more information on the Council on the Future of Vermont’s history: CFV Summary Statement.
The Council on the Future of Vermont project has been completed, but its historic significance is clear. The purpose of the project was to learn from Vermonters about their hopes, aspirations, and visions for the future of the state and to report the findings and conclusions back to the people of Vermont, providing a historical marker for Vermont in the 21st century and a platform of common values and priorities from which we can all work into the future.
VCRD efforts, including the recent Council on the Future of Vermont process, are contributions to the policy dialogue in Vermont. While we hope the ideas generated can be useful to this dialog, VCRD is a neutral and actively non-partisan organization that does not endorse any political party or candidates.