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January 31, 2012

Community Recovery Partnership Meeting for Communities of Barre City, Barre Town, Berlin, Plainfield, Marshfield, and Montpelier

(NOTE: Meeting for the Communities of Northfield and Roxbury is scheduled for 2/22)

1:00 – 4:00 pm, February 6, 2012. All are welcome.

ALUMNI HALL, BARRE

(Adjacent to the Barre Auditorium)

State officials will meet with residents and strategize plans to support local recovery initiatives

A town-meeting style discussion about how state officials can assist local communities recover from the floods in May and August of 2011, will be held February 6, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Barre Alumni Hall, adjacent to the Barre Auditorium.

One of a series of local meetings in areas that experienced flood damage during 2011, the Barre meeting will focus on Barre City, Barre Town, Berlin, Plainfield, Marshfield, and Montpelier.

This local visit is part of the statewide Community Recovery Partnership initiative launched by Governor Peter Shumlin and is designed to identify local needs and connect communities with the support and resources they will need for both short and long-term recovery.

The discussion will address the effectiveness of local response – what worked, what did not, the community's current and future needs, and its capacity to meet those needs and any gaps. The intent is to establish recovery goals and identify opportunities for communication, housing, businesses, how best to prepare for the next event, flood plains, river management, and infrastructure repair, as well as other topics those in attendance wish to discuss. The issues identified will aid the state in developing a plan to help communities emerge stronger and more resilient, and in helping Vermonters thrive in the decades to come.

“We know that all recovery is local and the best role for the state is to support the towns,” Governor Shumlin said. “The first step is to talk with communities about both their current needs and their future plans, in order to better gauge the additional assistance they will need going forward. We need to harness the incredible community energy of the past four months and direct it toward rebuilding Vermont into a stronger, smarter and safer state.”

Because recovery needs vary from town to town and region to region, state officials will ask residents to share their views and ideas. The Community Recovery Partnership team includes representatives from Vermont’s Agency of Commerce & Community Development, Agency of Human Services, Agency of Natural Resources, Agency of Transportation, and Vermont Emergency Management. The meeting will also include officials from the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission and Economic Development Corporation.

“Our mission is to support communities as they make the hard decisions about recovery,” said Noelle MacKay, commissioner of economic, housing and community development, who will spearhead the local meeting. “Having cross-agency teams meet with those who experienced the impact of the floods in each region of the state is critical as we help towns identify gaps in their capacity to meet immediate need, as well as identify future recovery trends worth pursuing,” she added.

The recovery partnership team will conclude these local visits throughout the state during February, then summarize the results. State agencies will then help match local needs with existing services for short term recovery efforts, while creating a long-term recovery plan that will further support local rebuilding efforts. The wealth of local experience captured at the meeting in Barre will lay the foundation for a stronger, smarter and safer state, MacKay explained.

“True recovery is a community-powered process, and we are eager to have Vermonters with local knowledge be active participants,” said Sue Minter, Vermont’s Irene Recovery Officer. “These conversations will inform the state’s long-term recovery plan and help set our direction for the future.”

For more information about the state’s Community Recover Partnership visit

http://vtstrong.vermont.gov/Home/CommunityRecovery.aspx

Or contact Chris Cochran at chris.cochran@state.vt.us or by calling 802-828-3047.

Source: Department of Economic Development
Last Updated at: January 31, 2012 11:23:21