Statewide Community Leadership Summit Serves as a Platform for Vermont Leaders

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) invites Vermonters of all backgrounds who are working to improve the lives of their community to attend the 2022 Community Leadership Summit on Wednesday, August 10 at Vermont Technical College.

Registration is currently open at The program is based in part on feedback from thousands of Vermonters over the past two years about the future of our state and the need to strengthen civic engagement and address common challenges together. It will also provide opportunities to develop leadership skills, share success stories, and connect and learn from community leaders from all walks of life working to advance projects in Vermont cities.

The Summit will be an opportunity for renewal and rejuvenation as we reconnect with our fellow Vermonters, make new connections, celebrate community successes, discuss common challenges, and think proactively about the future.

VCRD convened a diverse planning committee of experts from across the state to design a broad and inclusive summit that would be helpful and accessible to Vermont leaders. The Summit agenda will include skills workshops, networking events, community project panels and discussion forums on topics critical to Vermont’s future. Speakers and attendees will represent the full diversity of Vermont community members and leaders, including youth, municipal leaders, community organizers and volunteers, people with lived experience of the critical challenges facing our communities, experts and technical assistance providers, regional leaders, etc.

“The success of our communities depends on volunteers and local leaders who volunteer to advance a project or strengthen ties in their city or region,” said VCRD Executive Director Brian Lowe. “This Summit will celebrate the great work that is being done at the grassroots level, honestly address the challenges and opportunities we share in communities across the state, and build connections and develop skills that will help move our shared work forward together. “

This will be the third VCRD Community Leadership Summit. In 2018 and 2019, more than 500 participants came together each year to explore ways to support local leadership and democracy in Vermont and to develop ideas for action to move these strategies forward. This summit reflects lessons learned from these past events, will build on the accomplishments and challenges of the past few years, and reflect on the next stage of work to support local leaders at this moment of transformation in our state. VCRD is pleased to once again offer this engagement opportunity to leaders across the state in person and explore next steps together.

Registration is $50 per person, with options available on the registration website for partial or no payment to register, if needed, using promo code “PARTIAL” (for $25) or “ FRIEND” (free of charge) at checkout. It is an event that wants to be accessible to all without financial barriers. The day includes a barbecue-style lunch and a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream party to close.

Generous event sponsors include Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, Cabot Creamery, Efficiency Vermont, Front Porch Forum, National Life Group Foundation, Northfield Savings Bank, Preservation Trust of Vermont, The Alchemist, The Alchemist Foundation, Tillotson Fund, UVM Office of Engagement, Union Mutual of Vermont, Vermont Community Foundation, Vermont Economic Development Authority, Vermont Electric Power Company, Vermont Humanities, Vermont Small Business Administration, Vermont State Employee Credit Union, and VT Digger.

To become a sponsor, contact Kim Rupe at [email protected]

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For questions or more information, please visit our website at or by contacting (802) 223-6091 or [email protected]

Vermont Council on Rural Development
The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the locally defined progress of Vermont’s rural communities. VCRD is a dynamic partnership of federal, state, local, nonprofit, and private partners. Actively non-partisan with an established reputation for community facilitation, VCRD is uniquely positioned to sponsor and coordinate collaborative efforts among government and organizational categories concerned with rural import policy issues. The organization has successfully completed 85 community visits, resulting in locally defined projects such as new child care centres, wastewater treatment infrastructure and downtown redevelopments.