Vermont Comprehensive Economy Development Strategy (CEDS) now available

Ken Jones, an Economic Research ppbuttonkenjonesAnalyst for the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), gave a PowerPoint presentation at CVRPC’s July 8 Commission meeting, sharing a summary of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) that was recently completed and released to the public.

The idea for CEDS sparked during the aftermath of 2011’s Tropical Storm Irene as a way to rebuild the state’s economy and ensure its resilience in the future. Developed with funding from the US Economic Development Administration (EDA), the CEDS plan outlines strategies that will help Vermont meet specific benchmarks by 2020. It is intended to be a working document that can be updated and added to over the next five years, as goals shift and change based on local, regional, and state priorities.

The mission statement of the CEDS is to “improve the economic well being and quality of life of all Vermonters while preserving our natural resources and community values,” with four main components: accessing financing and capital, having a skilled workforce, having sound infrastructure, and having a competitive business environment.

To view Ken Jones’s CEDS summary presentation from the Commission meeting, click here.

To view the full CEDS, click here.

To view the Economy page on the Plan Central Vermont website, click here.

New online resource to help Vermont communities avoid flood damage now available

New Online Resource to Help Vermont Communities Avoid Flood Damage

(Montpelier, VT)  Vermont leaders have a new online tool to help their communities become more flood resilient: Flood Ready Vermont at  Flood Ready Vermont compiles maps, information, and learning from around the state.  This website will help community leaders in their work to avoid damage from flooding and to become more flood resilient.

You will find information on post-disaster funding and how well communities are prepared.  Is your community planning to avoid flood damage?  Visit the new Flood Ready Vermont website to find out.

Flood Ready Vermont has tools and data your community needs to:

The Flood Ready Atlas can help you identify what is working to keep your community flood resilient and where structures are at risk. Community Reports compile data for municipal and hazard mitigation plans.

For disasters after October 23, communities that have taken four mitigation actions will qualify for more assistance from the Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund (ERAF).  Flood Ready Vermont compiles the best available information about what communities have done to qualify and what the next steps may be.

Municipal and regional plan updates now include a section on flood resilience.  Flood Ready Vermont provides key information and data to help planners. On other pages you will find useful contacts and links to funding opportunities to help your community actively reduce risk, losses and misery.

Already communities around the state are working to address known flood risks, and to avoid increasing their exposure to damage from floods.  Flood Ready Vermont features stories from communities making it happen.  The website news posts and listserve invite communication across the state among select board members, planning commissioners and other community leaders working toward flood resilience.

website_button_2_smallThe website was designed with the guidance of municipal, regional, non-governmental and state agency participants including the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Vermont League of Cities and Towns, the Connecticut River Watershed Council, the Conservation Law Foundation, Vermont Natural Resources Council, regional planning commissions and community organizations from across the state. The planning of the site was facilitated by Tamarack Media Cooperative and WebSkillet Cooperative.


Contact:         Sarah McKearnan, Special Assistant to the Secretary on Climate Change

Phone:           802.490.6237


High Water Mark Photo Scavenger Hunt winners announced

Congratulations to Nick and Anne, our High Water Mark Photo Scavenger Hunt winners! Nick won a season’s pass to Wrightsville Beach, while Anne will be enjoying a $50 gift certificate to the Central Vermont restaurant of her choice.

We also want to give a big thank you to everyone else who submitted photos, they will be very helpful as we inventory high water marks in the Region. To view the submissions, visit the Community Input map and click Flood Resilience under the Mapped Comments heading.