317 Lake Region Rd
The NEK Today and Tomorrow Summit Conference will be held at the Lake Region Union High School in Orleans on Saturday, June 15th from 8am to 12:30pm. NEK Today and Tomorrow is designed to build actions that will advance the health and prosperity of NEK communities while maintaining their character and protecting the working landscape that surrounds them.
With the positive economic growth on the northern tier of the NEK, residents of the Kingdom want to be sure to optimize the benefits to communities, strengthen downtowns and village centers, support the character of the NEK, and enhance the region’s farm and forest landscape in ways that enhance the quality of life and the strength of local communities throughout the region.
The event, hosted by the Vermont Council on Rural Development and the Northeastern Vermont Development Association, will bring residents of the regional community together to think about key issues connected to the future of the economy, land, and towns of the Kingdom. Participants will contribute ideas for local and regional planning efforts, and consider actions that can be taken to advance local communities.
Participants will engage with panelists to consider the impacts and implications of northern tier developments on housing, education, and land use (especially farm and forest lands) and how to prepare for them. Panelists include: Bill Stenger, Jay Peak Resort; Secretary Lawrence Miller, VT Agency of Commerce & Community Development; Patricia Sears, Newport City Renaissance Corporation; Grant Spates, Derby Selectboard, Spates Construction, Inc.; and Katherine Sims, Green Mountain Farm to School. Then, participants will break into working group discussions in four areas including housing, education, tourism, and the working landscape to identify key issues in each sector and build actions to preserve the character of the Kingdom.
To learn more about the Summit on June 15, and to register, visit www.vtrural.org/nek