Emergency Shelter Generators

Grants are available for the purchase of emergency shelter generators through VEM. See the following information.

Applications and other forms for this year’s Emergency Shelter Generator Grant program are now on the VEM web site at http://www.dps.state.vt.us/vem/generator2009/index.html. Or you can go to www.vemvt.com and click on the link on the top right of the page.
Questions should be referred to Karen Smith at 800-347-0488 or smithk@dps.state.vt.us.

Regional Food Discussion

“Building Resilience and Recovery through Regional Foods” on Transition Vermont

Time: January 7, 2010 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Vermont College of Fine Arts, Chapel, Montpelier, upstairs from the Wood Art Gallery
Organized By: Annie McCleary

Event Description:
Ken Meter will discuss how local food networks thrive, how local officials can help strengthen economies, and how regionally-grown food can help reduce public health costs. His recent study of the Minnesota food economy, “Mapping the Minnesota Food Industry,” found that community-based food businesses build a more resilient future by forming strong relationships of trust. These community connections allow firms to focus on the triple bottom line. Ken consults with food initiatives in 45 regions in 20 states, and also manages the national review panels for USDA’s Community Food Projects grants.

Ken Meter is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the United States. His work integrates market analysis, business development, systems thinking, and social concerns. As president of Crossroads Resource Center, Meter has 39 years of experience in inner-city and rural community capacity building.

See more details and RSVP on Transition Vermont:

Chapter 117 2011 Amendments – Workshop


The 2011 Provisions of Chapter 117: What Do They Mean to Your Town?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
5:30 -7:00 PM
(A light meal will be provided.)
CVRPC Offices, 29 Main Street Montpelier, VT

Did you know that the 2004 legislative amendments to the Vermont Municipal and Regional Planning and Development Act (aka Chapter 117) contained many provisions that do not take effect until 2011? Do you know what they are and how to respond to them? Do you know which are mandatory and which are optional? If not, please join us for a workshop to explore this important topic. CVRPC staff will present a power point presentation covering:

• An overview of Chapter 117
• The intent of the 2004 changes (Act 115)
• A review of those sections of law that took effect in 2005
• A detailed look at the 2011 provisions

We will also have time for questions, discussion, and sharing local experiences regarding responding to the law’s various mandates and enabling clauses. This workshop is geared for town officials, review boards, zoning administrators and anyone interested in how Vermont’s planning statute works. (Note: Zoning Administrators should be aware that this will be a similar, albeit more “leisurely,” presentation to the one given at the ZA Roundtable meeting in June 2009.)

There is no fee for this workshop; however, pre-registration is requested as space is limited to approximately 20 people. Please contact Chris Walsh at 229-0389 or walsh@cvregion.com for more information or to reserve a spot. CVRPC’s offices are located adjacent to Montpelier City Hall on the second floor of the Rite–Aid Pharmacy building.