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New Resource for Municipalities: VLCT Equity Toolkit

The Vermont League of Cities & Towns (VLCT) has announced a new VLCT Equity Toolkit to assist municipalities in their work toward justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The toolkit includes resources for internal use within your organization and for external use, ensuring our communities are welcoming places to all.

The Toolkit provides in-depth resources to assist municipalities with:

·      Forming municipal equity committees

·      Building Equity frameworks

·      Creating a strategic action plan

·      Conducting equity training

…And more!

This toolkit has been provided by VLCT’s Equity Committee, Board of Directors, and VLCT staff, funded by the Vermont Community Foundation.

Learn more at https://www.vlct.org/JDEIB-resources


2022 Vermont Community Leadership Summit

Leadership Summit! The event will take place on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vermont. 

In 2018 and 2019, hundreds of Vermonters joined together at  VCRD’s Community Leadership Summits to explore ways to support local leadership and democracy. We have seen tremendous challenges and change since our 2019 Summit, and VCRD has heard from thousands of Vermonters the need to come back together to renew, connect, and continue to lead positive change as we transition into a post-pandemic world. VCRD has convened a diverse planning committee of experts from across the state to bring a broad and inclusive event to present Vermont leaders with the 2022 Community Leadership Summit.

The Summit agenda will include skills workshops, networking opportunities, community project panels, and forum discussions. Leaders of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences will come together to:

  • Reflect on challenges, opportunities, and successes of the past two years;
  • Share highlights of local leadership, community initiatives, and civic engagement;
  • Network and connect with leaders across Vermont;
  • Learn critical community engagement and project development skills;
  • Identify strategies to support and advance a diversity of local leaders to renew civic engagement, trust, civility, and community connection.

This event will be an all-inclusive summit aiming to bring new and established voices together from across Vermont. Anyone who is serving on local commissions, taking the lead or taking a stand in their community, or who is engaged in advancing a positive future for their town, city, or state is encouraged to join the conversation. Speakers and participants will represent the full diversity of Vermont community members and leaders including youth, municipal leaders, community organizers and volunteers, people with lived experience with critical challenges facing our communities, experts and technical assistance providers, regional leaders, and more.

For more information on presenters, awards, and how to register, visit:

Clean Water Design & Implementation Block Grant Round 6
Request for Applications Starts May 26th

Mount Ascutney Regional Commission is pleased to announce the release of Round 6 Request for Applications for the Clean Water Design and Implementation Block Grant. Application deadline is July 7th. Please refer to our  webpage for more information and application documents.

Springfield Area Community Health Needs Assessment

Please take this brief survey and be part of the Springfield Area Community Health Needs Assessment!

Survey:   https://survey.jsi.com/s3/Springfield-Area-Health-Needs

Ten minutes can win you $25! Click on the link above to tell us what’s important to YOU when you think about a Healthy Springfield area. We’d love to learn about what you think makes a community healthy for you and your family! And FIVE chances to win a $25 gift card!

New Preferred Site Policy

A new policy to clarify how MARC will handle future requests for preferred site designations was adopted by the Board of Commissioners at our December 6, 2021 meeting. Developers ask town planning commissions and selectboards, and regional planning commissions for a preferred site letter for solar projects that are subject to Vermont’s net-metering rules [Public Utility Commission Rule 5.100]. The process to do so is not laid out in statute nor the rules. This new policy documents our process and criteria for reviewing such request to make it easier and clearer for all involved in or affected by the process.  Click here to read our Preferred Site Policy.

Regional Priority Project Process

The Mt. Ascutney Regional Commission (MARC) is partnering again with the Springfield Regional Development Corp. and our towns to develop a list of Priority Projects with an economic development nexus for state and federal fund eligibility. The Priority Project process is going on in each region in the state and the final product is provided to the Agency of Commerce & Community Development (ACCD), who will share with other funders for consideration in making decisions on grant programs. For more information, see an  overview, project form has been awarded $350,000 in supplemental funding from the EPA for clean-up of contaminated sites for redevelopment.

Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund

Our  Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund has been awarded $350,000 in supplemental funding from the EPA for clean-up of contaminated sites for redevelopment.

Keys to the Valley Publishes Assessment of Homes
and Toolbox of Solutions on Interactive Website

The findings and resources from the Keys to the Valley housing initiative are now publicly available on the new   Keys to the Valley website. We are glad to share these resources for your contemplation, conversation, and active use when considering the many challenges facing our region’s homes.

To learn more, visit  https://www.keystothevalley.com.

Essentials of Land Use Planning + Regulation: Meetings, Hearings and
Due Process Training Video

EPA showcases Goodyear Industrial Campus Success Story in Windsor

Mount Ascutney Regional Commission’s Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund provided environmental cleanup financing and technical assistance to initiate the redevelopment of this blighted site which now produces 500 kilowatts of solar energy for the region.

Related Pages & Links

GUV

Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District

SWWCSWMD

Southern Windsor Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District

Keys to the valley

Keys to the Valley (Housing Projects)

RIde windsor county

Ride Windsor County bicycle routes created by MARC