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The NEK Collaborative and VCRD invite NEK Residents to set Directions for the Future of the Region

Northeast Kingdom leaders, organizations and citizens are invited to share their ideas for action that can boost opportunities, support the economy and advance the quality of life in the Kingdom. Three “Ideas for the Future Sessions” will be held in Newport, Canaan, and Hardwick to collect a list of action ideas for a prosperous and sustainable future. On August 6th, residents are invited to Lyndonville for a “Decision Session” to review action ideas and contribute key priorities for the future work of the NEK Collaborative Partners.

The following is the schedule for the Collective Action for the Future of the Northeast Kingdom: 

Share your ideas at 3 public "Action Ideas for the Future Sessions"

  • June 18th 6:30-8:00pm - Goodrich Library, Newport 
  • June 30th 6:30-8:00pm - Canaan High School, Canaan 
  • July 15th 6:30-8:00pm - Hardwick Town House, Hardwick

Then, set priorities at the "Decision Session"

  • August 6th 6:30-8:00pm Lyndon State College, Lyndonville

The Northeast Kingdom is federally recognized as a “Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) Zone which gives the region priority consideration for federal funding. REAP designation requires creation of a comprehensive, long term economic and community development plan. Since 2000, the NEK Collaborative has been committed to developing and implementing an action plan. Partners include regional development organizations, educators, social service and employment agencies, local government officials, business people, nonprofit organizations, health care providers, and conservation organizations. Today, the Collaborative invites residents to gather ideas and set directions for the work ahead to advance the prosperity and vitality of NEK communities.

Through a USDA Rural Business Opportunities Grant (RBOG), VCRD is offering their facilitative services to the NEK Collaborative and residents of the Northeast Kingdom to provide a neutral and facilitated structure to discuss action ideas for the future of the Kingdom. 

Come share your ideas and lead for the best future of the kingdom. For more information, contact Jenna Whitson at 802-225-6091 or