Community Recovery Partnership Initiative

To all our partners in the Community Recovery Partnership initiative,

I want to thank you for your commitment and dedication to your community and the state and for your time participating and following up on one or more of the 12 Community Recovery Partnership conversations held throughout the state.

We just released the report that summarizes many of the thoughts and recommendations of the over 500 citizens who helped us document and better understand the ways in which Vermont’s resilience and vulnerability were showcased after Irene.

This report documents the lessons learned and how state agencies are responding to what we heard at those meetings.

The insight and lessons learned from this initiative demonstrate the benefit in cooperation and coordination between local, regional and state agencies and public and private entities. I’ve heard from many of you that these sessions enable us to learn from and support each other while providing a powerful tool for public engagement, participation and action in rebuilding efforts around the state.

While it will take years to fully recover from the impacts of the 2011 floods and there are aspects of everyday life in Vermont which have fundamentally changed — we trust that you will continue to engage in this conversation as we work together to rebuild, adapt and make Vermont stronger. Projects like the CRP where we all come together to focus our skills and energy, and work towards a common goals give me confidence that when Vermont looks back ten years from now, we will be pleased with our collective work.

Noelle MacKay, Commissioner
Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development
Phone: (802) 828-5216