On Monday, November 14, all members of the Putney Community are invited to join their neighbors for a free community dinner, live music, and the opportunity to be an active participant in developing new ideas for the future of Putney.

This event is the first of a three-part series of facilitated discussions coordinated by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) to engage members of the community, brainstorm ideas for the future, and identify top priorities for Putney.

Community members in attendance will participate in a series of forums to discuss assets, challenges, and opportunities for action. The forum topics have been chosen by a steering committee with diverse backgrounds and experiences that represent the full Putney community. All community members are encouraged to attend on November 14 to kick-off the forums and join the process in shaping the future of Putney. Community members will be joined by a Visiting Team of State, Regional, Federal, and Non-Profit leaders who are there to listen in, share reflections, and sign on as a resource to support the community as they begin this work.

Participants are encouraged to attend each of the forums that they are most interested in. Forum topic includes:

4:30-6:00 pm – Youth, Families, and Aging
4:30-6:00 pm – Housing
6:00-7:00 pm – Free community dinner with live music
7:00-8:30 pm – Community Connection
7:00-8:30 pm – Economic Development & Business Vitality

The Vermont Council on Rural Development was invited to the community by the Putney Selectboard. VCRD is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the advancement of Vermont communities. In the past 20 years, VCRD has worked with over 85 communities throughout Vermont to bring residents together through their facilitated and structured process to share ideas and move toward common solutions.

“The community meeting on November 14th will be an excellent opportunity for Putney residents to share ideas for the future of their community,” said VCRD Executive Director Brian Lowe. “All are invited, and we look forward to hearing from the community.”

Masks will be optional. For anyone unable to attend in-person, a separate virtual forum option will be available. More details on the event and the virtual option can be found at bit.ly/FuturePutney. Childcare will also be made available.

Parts two and three of the three-part discussion on the future of Putney will take place on Monday, December 12 and Tuesday, January 17 when all residents will be invited to champion action ideas, set priorities, and have the option to sign up for task forces to take on each priority of initiative. A team of technical and financial resource providers will join the community in the final step to help support the work of the new task forces as they create action plans to move their priorities forward.

Our Future Putney is funded with support from the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Northern Borders Regional Commission, the Vermont Community Foundation, and VCRD supporters and donors.

For more information, visit bit.ly/FuturePutney contact VCRD at 802-223-6091, or email Hannah Carpino at [email protected].