WRC Comments on Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funds Action Plan

Important Update!
The Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development (DEHCD) of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development has developed a draft action plan that describes the proposed use of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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WRC Director Testifies Before Vermont Senate Committee on Economic Development, General and Military Affairs

On March 30th Executive Director Chris Campany provided testimony about decommissioning concerns related to Vermont Yankee, and town planning needs in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, before a community-based hearing of the Vermont Senate Committee on Economic Development, General and Military Affairs. 

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New West River Watershed Maps Released

WRC has just released a 2 page map of the West River Watershed.  The first page is a richly detailed map of the entire watershed, showing every named river, stream, lake, and pond, along with wetlands, roads, buildings, villages and hamlets, public lands, and major recreation areas and trails.  The second page introduces the concept of a watershed, and presents information on water quality and special designations of lands and waters in the watershed. 

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Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) Efforts Advance

The Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies Group (SeVEDS) is an organization driving the regional economic development dialogue for the Windham Region.   SeVEDS, affiliated with the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, envisions an economy that generates long-term growth and prosperity, improves our quality of life and sustains our quality of place. Members of the SeVEDS Board (Barb Sondag and Bob Stevens) presented the latest findings about the state of the economy of the Windham Region and economic development planning strategies going forward at the February 2012 WRC  meeting. 

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Remembering Melinda Bussino

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of our Chair, Melinda Bussino, over the weekend.  Melinda gave so much of herself to so many, and the Windham Regional Commission counts itself as fortunate to have benefited from her active participation and leadership since she began serving as a Commissioner from Westminster in 1995.  During that time she served as Vice Chair for 3 years, and this year was her fifth term as Chair, a position she assumed in 2008.  Melinda was a tireless advocate for those in need and the importance of community, and an undeniable force for change.  In addition to her work, Melinda shared with everyone an incredibly positive disposition and a beautiful smile.  Our thoughts go out to her family for their loss, and we thank them for sharing Melinda with us.  She will be missed. 

Melinda's viewing will be held on Friday from 4 to 7 pm at Ker Westerlund at 57 High Street in Brattleboro.  Please stop in and express your condolences to her family.  Her memorial service is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church on Main Street in Brattleboro. It is also open to the public.

The family has asked that donations be given to the Drop In Center in lieu of flowers.

Vermont's Complete Streets Law and What It Means to You

For two years dozens of Vermont organizations, led by AARP Vermont, advocated for a Complete Streets law in Vermont.  The Governor signed Vermont’s Complete Streets bill (H.198, Act 34) into law, effective July 1, 2011.  What does this mean for you?  To some extent the answers are a work in progress.

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Irene by the Numbers: Town Road, Bridge, and Culvert Damage in the Windham Region

From the day after Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont, WRC has worked with towns to gather information about damage to their transportation infrastructure. Though the following figures are only initial estimates—the real numbers will come to light after towns and FEMA have tallied the final damage costs—they offer insight into the magnitude of the storm and its impact on the Region.

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