On April 2nd, all members of the Mendon community are invited to kick off a process to set direction for a vibrant, prosperous, and dynamic future. This process will engage the entire community in reviewing challenges and opportunities facing the community, identifying top priorities for action, and developing concrete actions plans and connecting to resources for the future of the town.
This first step in the Mendon on the Move process will feature light refreshments/appetizers at 5:30pm followed by community forums to discuss assets, challenges, and opportunities for action. At 6:00, everyone is invited to share ideas in forums on 2 different topics, chosen by a steering committee of community representatives: The Vitality of Our Economy and Community Connection and Quality of Life.
Step 2 of Mendon on the Move will be a Community Meeting on May 14 when all residents will be invited to champion action ideas, set priorities, have the option to sign up for task forces and build action plans with a visiting team of resource leaders to help identify key action steps and technical and financial resources.
The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) was invited by the Town of Mendon to facilitate this process. VCRD is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the advancement of Vermont communities. In the past 20 years, they have worked with over 65 communities throughout Vermont to bring residents together through their facilitated and structured process to share ideas and move toward common solutions. The Mendon on the Move process is funded with support from the Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, and the Northern Borders Regional Commission.
Jenna Koloski, VCRD’s Community and Policy Manager, is excited to work in support of the Mendon community. She says, “No one from outside of Mendon knows what is best for the community – this is an opportunity to engage in a community discussion, as equals, and have a voice in deciding the best course of action for the future of the town. All are welcome to join in on forums to brainstorm ideas for the future.”
ALL members of the community are invited to participate.