History of VCRD's Summits
From 1996 to 2003, VCRD Rural Summits were private retreats for state and federal officiates to elaborate common ‘action steps’ that would unite their efforts around topics as diverse as Youth Services, Water and Sewer Infrastructure, and Housing. These early Summits were designed as internal decision-making sessions around practical implementation of common goals.
After 2003, VCRD broadened the invitation to Summits and emphasized their role as “Roundtables”—meetings of equals from across governmental levels, non-profits, the private sector and communities—where facilitated sessions would develop key ideas for responding to issues, build recommendations for action, and serve as a policy review of an area that VCRD defined as of critical importance to the community and economic development of towns, regions, or sectors in the state. In some cases, like “Local Power” and the analysis of the Planning Structure in Vermont, summits have served as key input sessions at the foundation of major policy development convenings by VCRD. In others, the Summit serves as the culmination of an effort (like the Creative Economy Summit) that brings together local leaders, shares best practices and models, and allows all participants to contribute and learn from each other. Results of these sessions are reported to the Governor, Legislature and key stakeholders and often serve as the foundations for next areas of VCRD initiative.
In addition to the menu to the left, VCRD has produced these Summits:
- Partners in Rural America Conference: State Rural Policy Leadership, An Innovative Roundable - 2013
- Bridging the Divide: Conflict and Paths to Community Success – 2005
- Strengthening Rural Communities – 2003
- Collaborative Work Planning – 1998
- Rural Development Resources – 1997
- Housing, Community and Economic Development Programs – 1996