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Burke Community to Set Priorities for Action on August 15

All members of the Burke Community are invited to participate in the second phase of the One Burke Community Visit. The meeting, to be held on Tuesday, August 15 6:30-9pm at the Burke Town School, will follow up on the initial session held in July, which drew over 130 community members.

During the day of forums on July 11th, residents met in focus groups to share their thoughts on topics of relevance in Burke including: Advancing Tourism; Roads, Trails, Walkways, and Safety; Economic Development and the Future of our Downtowns; The Future of Education; Communications and Town Unity; Enhancing Opportunities for Youth and Families. A Visiting Team of 21 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 August 15th meeting will center on reviewing a list of ideas generated at the first visit day in July. VCRD will facilitate a discussion of those ideas, where members of the Burke 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. Then in September, 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 community members, whether they participated in the first session or not, are encouraged to come on August 15th 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 Burke's future.

The One Burke Community Visit process is produced by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) in partnership with the Vermont Community Foundation. The Community Visit program is a way for towns to engage and bring together their residents, set common goals and directions in a neutral and facilitated structure, and access resources that will help them take action on those goals. VCRD is a non-profit organization supporting the locally-defined progress of Vermont's rural communities. Learn more at programs/Community-Visits or contact Jenna at 802-225-6091 or

One Burke Community Meeting
Tuesday, August 15th, 6:30-9pm
Burke Town School