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Brighton Community to Set Priorities for Action on November 3rd

All members of the Brighton Community are invited to participate in the second phase of the Vermont Council on Rural Developmentā€™s (VCRD) Community Visit to the Town of Brighton. The meeting, to be held on Thursday, November 3rd 5:30-9pm at the Brighton Elementary School, will follow up on the initial session held in October, which drew over 120 community members. The session will include a pizza and chili dinner provided by the Town of Brighton and the Brighton Elementary School. Childcare activities for ages 3+ will be provided by the NorthWoods Stewardship Center.

During the day of forums on October 4th, residents met in focus groups to share their thoughts on topics of relevance in Brighton including: Transportation & Infrastructure; Growing Our Economy; Revitalizing Downtown; Addressing Sustance Abuse & Mental Health; Recreation & Natural Resources; and The Future of Our School. A Visiting Team of 17 representatives from state, federal, private, non-profit, and philanthropic agencies heard their ideas, and will remain as resources as the town moves forward on priorities that emerge through this process.

The November 3rd meeting will center on reviewing a list of ideas generated at the first visit day in October. VCRD will facilitate a discussion of those ideas, where members of the Brighton community will advocate for causes of particular interest, and finally vote for issues they want to move forward in the coming year. The issues that are selected will become the focus of task forces in the future. In December, VCRD will return with a resource team of state, federal, and non-profit leaders for a final visit to help the new task forces build action plans and resource connections to advance the priority projects.

All residents, whether they participated in the first session or not, are encouraged to come on November 3rd to vote for issues that will become the focus of working groups in the coming year. Mark your calendars and come play an active role in shaping Brighton's future.

The Vermont Council on Rural Development is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing rural Vermont communities. For more information, contact Jenna at 802-225-6091 or or, for more information on the process go to:

Brighton Community Meeting
Thursday, November 3rd, 5:30-8pm
Brighton Elementary School

(Includes a pizza and chili dinner. Childcare provided for ages 3+.)