Public Hearing on Rural Economic Development

Public Hearing on Rural Economic Development

The Rural Economic Development Working Group (REDWnG) of the Vermont House of Representatives invites Vermonters to share thoughts on how to sustain and grow the economy in rural areas of the state.
In 2017 RDWnG hosted a public hearing before the start of the 2018 legislative session. As a result of the hearing, members of RDWnG proposed or supported legislation that:
  • helped lower worker’s compensation rates for the logging industry;
  • dramatically increased support for community-based high speed internet projects;
  • provided funding for small community wastewater systems;
  • increased funding for Working Lands [farm, food and forest] enterprises;
  • funded a grant-writing specialist to assist in obtaining grants for town and community initiatives; to name a few.
Once again, we need to hear from you! We’re looking for constructive ideas and insights from rural Vermonters as to what can be done legislatively to help grow and sustain your economies. This hearing will provide insight and perspective that will help guide the work of REDWnG and the Legislature in the upcoming session and beyond. So please come join us on Wednesday, December 11, from 6-8 PM to share your thoughts. The hearing will be held in Room 11, Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, VT.
We’ll have oral testimony (don’t let the word scare you – just talk to us!) starting at 6 PM. Each person will be limited to 4 minutes. We’d love to get written testimony as well (or instead), of any length, and this will be shared with all members of REDWnG. Send written testimony to State Representative Charlie Kimbell at ckimbell@leg.state.vt.us.