May 27, 2021

'The Summit on the Future of Vermont' examines concerns set forth by Vermonters

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Thousands of Vermonters and state leaders are meeting virtually for day two of the Summit on the Future of Vermont.

The discussion continues today with a focus on solidifying proposals to a set of propositions outlined by about 3,000 Vermonters.

The summit on the future of Vermont focuses on examining possible steps to take in the next few years in order to have a thriving and sustainable Vermont over the next 30.

State leaders, policy councils and COVID-19 recovery teams will discuss nine propositions with Vermonters for a second day through a series of breakout rooms.

The topics include:

  • Broadband accessibility
  • Combating racism
  • Climate change
  • Economic disparities
  • Child care accessibility
  • Local entrepreneurship
  • State planning accessibility
  • Land conservation
  • Renewing civic engagement

The Vermont Council on Rural Development has been hosting the conference for over 20 years. This one is the first to be held virtually.

“This is a moment where Vermonters need to work together as neighbors across political lines, to think a little bit bigger about where we want to be and what success looks like for our future,” said Paul Costello, the executive director of the Council on Rural Development.

The Council on Rural Development worked with the governor’s office to interview Vermonters about these issues prior to the summit.

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