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Towns encouraged to share economic recovery ideas

Jun 24 2020, 11:30 AM

A state task force has launched a website for communities to share their recovery strategies for bouncing back from the economic effects of the pandemic.

The Local Support and Community Action Team was convened in mid-April as part of Gov. Phil Scott’s Economic Mitigation and Recovery Task Force, and was charged with helping coordinate recovery efforts for communities across the state, and identifying gaps in those efforts to ensure equitable distribution of resources, especially for rural areas and underserved populations. 

The new site aims to share information between regions of the state about efforts that are being implemented. These efforts include a “Downtown Dollars” program in St. Albans to boost local business spending, “Handy Stations” in Brattleboro that combine local art and hand-washing, initiatives to boost Wi-Fi access in Westford and Greensboro, and a number of other strategies from across Vermont.

The team is asking Vermonters to share their stories and strategies on the site in the hopes of helping Vermonters in all corners of the state.

“A great program in Bennington may have incredible relevance in St Johnsbury, but those places may not have a chance to share,” said Sarah Waring, vice president of the Vermont Community Foundation. “This is a call to action to share through this site, for the benefit of all Vermont.”

— Ellie French