The Northeast Kingdom Collaborative seeks to encourage exchange of information and opportunities through conversations about strategic planning and community action during of Collaborative public informational forums in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont (comprised of three of the most remote rural counties, located in the northeast corner of Vermont). With the direction of the Collaborative’s strategic plan, millions of dollars in state, federal, private and non-profit assistance can be induced to flow into the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont by:
- Improving economic viability, diversity, and competitiveness of the local economy and enhancing its participation in state, national and global markets;
- Assisting local communities to develop cooperative strategies that will maintain and expand essential community functions, basic infrastructure, education, health care,housing, and telecommunications;
- Assisting families with crises resulting from displaced employees and joblessness;
- Providing financial and technical assistance to implement a citizen-built strategic plan.
The Collaborative is not a “service provider” but rather a service enabler. An abundance of local, state and federal providers exist but their efforts are not always coordinated between and among each agency. State-directed community partnerships also exist but sometimes they, too, do not communicate their strategies and opportunities. What the Collaborative does best is offer a neutral ground for exploration, expansion and leveraging of ideas. It provides only the meeting space and facilitates the appreciation of the most important resource we have in the Kingdom: its people.
Our last strategic plan was developed in 2010. Over the summer of 2015, The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) helped organize a set of forums to get at the vision and priorities residents have for the region. The Report from these sessions is available on their site [PDF]. This, along with other input, will go to our reworking of the strategic plan.