This week at the WRC: 2/8 - 2/12
- February 8, 12:00 pm: Public Policy & Legislative Committee, WRC Conference Room
- February 8, 2:30 pm: Finance Committee, WRC Conference Room
- February 8, 4:30 pm: Transportation Committee, WRC Conference Room
- February 8, 5:30 pm: Planning Coordination Committee, WRC Conference Room
- February 9, 7:00 pm: Executive Board, WRC Conference Room CANCELED
- February 10, 2:00 pm: Natural Resources Committee WRC Conference Room CANCELED
From the Director, January 2016 -Council of Government: Exploring an Idea to Help Towns Collaborate on Services and Administration
A bill has been introduced in the legislature that would enable Regional Planning Commissions, based upon a decision by their boards and a supermajority of their municipalities, to become a Council of Governments (COG). The idea is to give the regions and their towns the option of more formally organizing to collaborate on the delivery and administration of town government services while also continuing to provide the same services to towns that a regional commission does at present. This would not preclude the ability to continue to organize such cooperation between themselves, but the proposed legislation could facilitate collaboration at a larger scale. The legislation is available here and answers to frequently asked questions is available here.
MOOver's Ribbon Cutting for Its New Home!
The MOOver division of Southeast Vermont Transit (formerly Deerfield Valley Transit Association) marked the grand opening of the new transportation facility on November 17, 2015. The Wilmington facility opened in stages, with the final landscaping, paving, and site work completed in late October. The last section of the Riverwalk connecting downtown Wilmington to Lake Whitingham on the MOOver's property was completed October 29th as part of this project.
Guilford Apartments Wins National Award at EPA Brownfields Conference!
The Phoenix Awards Institute, Inc. presented Algiers Village Housing, a 17-unit affordable housing development in Guilford, with an award for outstanding achievement in the redevelopment of a Brownfield site. The award was presented on September 3 in Chicago as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's major national Brownfields conference on environmental revitalization and economic development.
Governor Speaks at WRC's 50 Year Celebration
On Tuesday, June 23rd the WRC celebrated its 50th anniversary with a gathering of current and past Commissioners and staff, elected officials, state agencies, and many other friends overlooking the Connecticut River Valley from the vantage point of the School for International Training in Dummerston. The warm and humid evening didn't dampen the energy among the approximately 150 people in attendance, and the threatening storms skirted north and south of the gathering.
"Get to Know the WRC" Video Unveiled at 50th Anniversary Celebration
An epic cinematic debut! Get to know the Windham Regional Commission. We unveiled this 5 minute video at our 50th anniversary celebration. Please share it. Thank you to Mondo Mediaworks for their great job on this video, and to the Windham Foundation for underwriting the effort.