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Priorities Chosen for VT Rural Development Process in Lyndon


As seen in the Caledonian Record:

LYNDONVILLE — The community planning process initiated by Vermont Council on Rural Development continued this week with more than 70 townspeople picking priorities upon which to focus their town’s energy.

The second gathering of the Community Visit Process was at Lyndon Town School on Tuesday evening.

Jenna Koloski, the community and policy manager for the council, a nonprofit organization based in Montpelier, said the group considered the many ideas discussed during brainstorming sessions held in mid-February.

Four priorities identified this week involve supporting business growth and economic development; establishing a unified Lyndon recreation program, perhaps working to renovate an existing building or construct one for a rec/community center; establishing a formal school-college-community partnership to help foster mentoring and opportunities for students; and revitalizing the downtown business district in Lyndonville.

Steve Nichols, a director and past president of the Lyndon Area Chamber of Commerce, said on Wednesday,

“It’s clear that everyone understands that economic development is the number 1 priority.” He said the meeting also saw “a lot of buzz about what to do with the Kennametal building.”

Nichols said, “It was very positive, very focused and I think everyone left feeling optimistic.”

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