Town and Village

Community members set priorities, seek volunteers ahead of final Our Future Putney meeting

PUTNEY — Members of the Putney community came together Dec. 12 for the second step of the Our Future Putney community visit process and set three concrete and actionable priorities for the future of the town.

All area residents are encouraged to sign up for these task forces online at

As part of the Community Visit process, community members discussed and voted on more than 20 action items that were identified in the first phase of the process on Nov. 14, developing ideas around building community events, addressing childcare and housing, engaging youth, developing a community center, supporting the downtown, and more.

Through the voting process to identified top priorities and voted to create three task forces: (1)1) to revitalize Putney’s downtown, 2) to develop a Community Center, and 3) to develop solutions to the housing crisis.

Community members then signed up for task forces to help move each item forward.

The third and final phase of the Community Visit process will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Next Stage Arts. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for light snacks and refreshments, with programming starting promptly at 6:30 p.m.

This will be the first opportunity for task forces to come together to build action plans and identify resources to move this work forward. All members of the Putney community are encouraged to attend.

The process is facilitated by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), who was invited to the community by the Putney Selectboard.

VCRD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the advancement of Vermont communities. In the past 20 years, VCRD has worked with over 80 communities throughout Vermont to bring residents together through their facilitated and structured process to share ideas and move toward common solutions.

For more information about VCRD, contact phone 802-223-6091 or email Hannah Carpino, community and policy manager, at [email protected].

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