Dorset Tomorrow ready for second meeting

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More than 100 area residents and 20 visiting team members gathered at the Dorset School on July 24 to launch Dorset Tomorrow, a process for residents to identify and advance priorities that improve economic opportunity and affordability and strengthen the community in the face of climate change.

Through a series of forums and over a locally grown "climate-smart" community dinner, people gathered to discuss Dorset's assets, challenges, and opportunities for the future.

Step 2 of the process will convene at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Long Trail School when community members will gather to choose from a list of brainstormed action ideas across the categories of energy utilization and generation, transportation transformation, and community revitalization and working lands initiatives.

At the end of the evening, interested community members will sign up for task forces to implement the chosen initiatives.

"The combination of an energized crowd, in-depth conversations, and a delicious dinner made for an enlivening start to the Dorset Tomorrow process," said Jon Copans, Vermont Council on Rural Development's Model Communities Program Director. "The next gathering on Aug. 15th is a key step. We are excited to see what directions emerge as a result of this next meeting."

Ellen Maloney and Jim Salsgiver, co-chairs of the Dorset Energy Committee, said it was encouraging to hear from so many different people who care deeply about Dorset.

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The pair said that great ideas were discussed and now it is time to start making decisions about how to capitalize on Dorset's assets to make the town an even better place to live and visit. Maloney and Salsgiver encouraged anyone interested in the future of Dorset to lend their voice to the conversation.

For more information, log on to www.vtrural.org/model-communities and click on "Dorset" in the column on the left side. Or contact VCRD at 802-225-6393 or jon@vtrural.org.

Dorset Tomorrow is a community-driven process with local leaders, the Vermont Council on Rural Development, Efficiency Vermont, and Green Mountain Power coming together to cultivate economic development, innovation and affordability in the face of climate change.

It is part of the Climate Economy Model Communities Program and is made possible thanks to financial support from VLITE, the High Meadows Fund, Jane's Trust Foundation, and VCRD's members.

VCRD is a non-profit organization supporting the locally-defined progress of Vermont's rural communities.

To learn more, visit us at http://vtrural.org.


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