Campaign for Vermont to host public forum Feb. 19 in Middlebury

February 8, 2013

Shawn Shouldice
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Public Discussion & Expert Panel of Local Service Providers & Job Creators

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Campaign for Vermont (CFV) founder Bruce Lisman is hosting a 90-minute public forum about creating job security and inclusive prosperity for all Vermonters from 6:30 – 8 pm on February 19 at Ilsley Public Library at 75 Main Street. The Middlebury forum is the second in a statewide series moderated by Lisman.

“We’re hosting these forums primarily to listen to Vermonters who want to share their point of view, the challenges they face and their aspirations for the future of our state,” Lisman said. “We also want to take the opportunity to learn from the panel of local social service providers, employers and other experts.”

Panel members will include Andrew Mayer, executive director of Addison County Chamber of Commerce; Paul Kervick, founding member of Living Well Residential Care Home in Bristol; and Bob Foster of Foster Brothers Farm in Middlebury.

The forums will highlight the economic and social indicators used to measure the effectiveness of current policy, as well as the need to support local organizations working to meet the increasing needs of the most vulnerable, Lisman said.

“My ultimate goal for these forums is to lead a discussion about advancing non-partisan policies that will help us build an economy where no one is left behind and everyone can prosper,” Lisman added. “We think it’s important to engage as many Vermonters as possible in this discussion because achieving real results will require real reform.”

The free 90-minute forum will include short presentations by panelists describing their work, the challenges they face and suggestions for moving forward, followed by at least one full hour of open public discussion. Coffee and soft drinks will be provided.

“This inclusive statewide dialogue is another step toward building a larger, more diverse and independent grassroots coalition to advance much-needed, non-partisan reforms to build an economy where poverty steadily declines, wages steadily rise, and everyone has the opportunity to prosper,” Lisman said.

Campaign for Vermont was founded by Lisman in November, 2011. For more information, go to

WHAT: Community Forum

WHEN: February 19, 6:30 – 8 pm

WHERE: Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St., Middlebury, VT

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