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Vernon Community to Set Priorities for Action on June 8th

All members of the Vernon Community are invited to participate in the second phase of the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s (VCRD) Community Visit to the Town of Vernon. The meeting, to be held on Wednesday, June 8th 6:30-9:00pm at the Vernon Elementary School at 381 Governor Hunt Road, will follow up on the initial session held in May, which drew over 120 community members.

During the day of forums on May 18th, residents met in focus groups to share their thoughts on topics of relevance in Vernon including: Community Events: Arts, Culture & Multi-Generational Activities; Village Center & Gathering Place; Recreation, Trails & The River; Economic Development; Youth; and Vernon’s New Identity. A Visiting Team of 23 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 June 8th meeting will center on reviewing a list of ideas generated at the first visit day in May. VCRD will facilitate a discussion of those ideas, where members of the Vernon 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 July, 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 June 8th 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 Vernon'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:

Vernon Community Meeting

Wednesday, June 8th, 6:30-9pm

Vernon Elementary School, 381 Governor Hunt Road, Vernon