Local Support and Community Action Team launches county recovery forums

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Local Support and Community Action Team launches county recovery forums

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 3:57pm -- tim

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Vermont Business Magazine On July 9th, the Local Support and Community Action Team of the Governor’s Economic Recovery Task Force will launch a series of virtual COVID-19 Recovery Visits to be held in each county across the state over the next several months.

The Action Team was convened in mid-April as part of the Economic Mitigation and Recovery Task Force and charged by Governor Scott with identifying and replicating regional and community recovery initiatives and uncovering gaps in recovery efforts to ensure equitable distribution of resources, especially in rural areas and underserved populations.

Virtual forums will bring together community members and business and organizational leaders from across the region to discuss challenges and share ideas for community response and equitable economic recovery, and connect to others working to respond and recover. The forums will encourage and support local and regional efforts, share promising practices and models between counties, promote equitable access to financial, social and structural recovery, and aid communities in accessing the tools and resources to support their recovery work.

Participants will join a brief opening session and then breakout into their choice of discussion topics chosen by a steering committee from each region. Topics for discussion could include Telecommunications, Business Support and Recovery, Education and Childcare, Building Community Unity, Addressing Racial Inequities, Developing Buy Local Campaigns, Housing, Food Access, and more. Recovery Visiting Teams of federal, state, regional, non-profit, and business leaders and experts will attend each forum to share recovery strategies from across the state and ideas for resources and support.

Recovery Visit Forum Schedule:

  • Franklin County - July 9th 6:30-8:30pm

  • Orange County – July 21st 6:30-8:30pm

  • Windham County – July 23rd 6:30-8:30pm

  • Chittenden County – July 30th 6:30-8:30pm

  • Caledonia County – August 6th 6:30-8:30pm

  • Bennington County – August 13th 6:30-8:30pm

  • Essex County – August 20th 6:30-8:30pm

  • Rutland County – August 27th 6:30-8:30pm

  • Orleans County – September 3rd 6:30-8:30pm

  • Washington County – September 10th 6:30-8:30pm

  • Addison County – September 17th 6:30-8:30pm

  • Lamoille County – September 24th 6:30-8:30pm

  • Grand Isle County – October 1st 6:30-8:30pm

  • Windsor County – October 8th 6:30-8:30pm

The Recovery Visit Forums are being coordinated and facilitated by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), in partnership with local and regional partners. 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 75 communities throughout Vermont to bring residents together through their facilitated and structured process to share ideas and move toward common solutions.

Paul Costello, Executive Director of VCRD and Action Team Leader says, “We all have a part and a responsibility in answering the pandemic and working toward economic recovery, and we know that creative solutions are being developed by local leaders throughout the state. The county forums are a starting point to share best practices, consider further needs, connect to resources, and gather ideas from each region to ensure that we are moving forward together…together we are VT strong.

All are welcome and encouraged to join the forums. To learn more and to register in your county visit www.vtrural.org/recovery or contact info@vtrural.org or 802-223-6091 with questions or for registration assistance. Registration will become available within 2 weeks of the forum date in each county.

Local Support and Community Action Team Roster
Action Team Lead: Paul Costello, Executive Director, Vermont Council on Rural Development
State Liaison: Josh Hanford, Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development
Maura Collins, Executive Director, Vermont Housing Finance Agency

Xusana Davis, Executive Director, Vermont Office of Racial Equity

Catherine Dimitruk, Executive Director, Northwest Vermont Regional Planning Commission

Paul Dragon, Executive Director, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity

Oliver Olsen, Director, Workday, Londonderry

Nick Richardson, President, Vermont Land Trust

Dr. Jude Smith Rachele, CEO, Abundant Sun

Lisa Sullivan, Owner, Bartleby’s Bookstore, Wilmington

Ed Vilandrie, Founder, Altman Vilandrie & Company, Co-Owner Kingdom Taproom, Peacham

Sarah Waring, Vice President, Vermont Community Foundation

State Agency and Vermont Council of Rural Development Implementation Partners

Richard Amore, ACCD Planning and Outreach Manager

Dennise Casey, EMR Executive Team, President, Casey, Inc.

Chris Cochran, ACCD Community Planning and Revitalization Director

Jacob Hemmerick, ACCD Planning and Policy Manager

Gary Holloway, ACCD VT Downtown Program Manager
Jenna Koloski, VCRD Community and Policy Manager

Jenni Lavoie, ACCD Administration