MANCHESTER - All members of the Manchester Community are invited to participate in the second phase of the Vermont Council on Rural Development's (VCRD) Community Visit to the Town of Manchester. The meeting - on Thursday, April 11, from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. at the Burr and Burton Academy Cafeteria - will follow up on the initial session held in March, which drew over 220 community members.

VCRD will begin the April 11 session by gathering ideas from residents, which could be included in a draft vision statement for the future of Manchester. Ideas contributed this month will be organized and brought back to the community in May for decisions.

The April 11 meeting will center on reviewing a list of ideas generated at the first visit day. VCRD will facilitate a discussion of those ideas, where members of the Manchester 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 May, 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.

According to Paul Costello, VCRD Executive Director, "Manchester residents have an excellent opportunity to help aim Manchester in the right direction on a number of issues by attending the Community Meeting.


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Everyone who comes is equal in the process, even if they missed last month's meeting."

All residents, whether they participated in the first session or not, are encouraged to come out on April 11 to vote for issues that will become the focus of working groups in the coming year.

The Vermont Council on Rural Development is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing rural Vermont communities. For more information, contact Margaret at (802) 223-6091 or info@vtrural.org.