Upcoming Events

No public events (other than Board Meetings) currently scheduled.

Past Events

February 17, 2016 / 3:30-5:00 PM / Barton Municipal Building / Barton – Meeting to discuss applications for 2016 USDA Rural Development RBDG grants. See Planning page for more details.

Decision Session (set priorities)

August 6, 2015 / 6:30-8:30 PM / Lyndon State College / Lyndonville

 Ideas for the Future Sessions

June 18, 2015 / 6:30-8:00 PM / Goodrich Library / Newport

June 30, 2015 / 6:30-8:00 PM / Canaan High School / Canaan

July 15, 2015 / 6:30-8:00 PM / Hardwick Town House / Hardwick

Let’s Talk Shop! in St. Johnsbury – October 30, 2014, Catamount Arts. St. Johnsbury: NCIC, NVDA and the Collaborative introduced the Collective Impact model for identifying and addressing issues of concern and discussed what needs to take place to move the effort forward. A critical early need is to get new partners to buy in to joining the effort.

Strategic Planning Retreat, 2014 – October 23, 2014, State Office Building, Newport: The Retreat was designed to introduce the Collective Impact model for social change, to encourage partners to join the effort, to identify key issues that need to be addressed, and to set initial goals for these efforts. [CHARTS from the retreat] [PHOTOS 1/2] [PHOTOS 2/2]

Materials (information related the agenda for the Retreat)

Extra Credit

Annual Meeting, 2013 – December 11, 2013:  The Collaborative modified the by-laws to eliminate a “membership” that had not existed for some years. The board approved these changes in November, and held a second vote at the annual meeting. There were also elections for board seats.

Burke Area Community Forum– March 13, 2013: Presentation by Tim McGuire (General Manager of Burke Mountain) and Panel discussion regarding Burke’s plans, what EB-5 investments may mean to the region, and current efforts to meet the needs associated with the development.

Economic Summit– September 8, 2011:  The NEK Collaborative hosted an Economic Development Summit at Lyndon State College. Governor Shumlin was invited to speak about the VT Jobs Bill and its impact on the businesses of the region. This forum addressed topics of interest to regional manufacturers, hospitality providers, construction firms and value added agricultural producers.

 In December 2010, Lyndon State College hosted the NEK Education and Business Summit, thanks to the support of AT&T. The day focused on defining next steps in building a regional pre-Kindergarten through grade 16 network that supports all students from “cradle to career” towards their greatest learning and earning potential. Additionally, the day focused on strengthening relationships among and between educators along the region’s PK-16 network, business leaders and owners, as well as other community and economic development leaders. Over 90 people participated.

December 7, 2010: Great Regions Meeting hosted at Catamount Arts and featuring USDA Deputy Under Secretary Ann Mills and state heads of federal agencies reviewing current projects under way and the strategic plan adopted by the Collaborative.

March 13, 2010: Forum Series Summit at Lyndon State College [PHOTOS].

More than 500 people in the Northeast Kingdom came together in conversation in earlier monthly forums. The expertise shared by the panelists matched with the enthusiastic interest of the audience members produced the foundational draft of key action steps and priorities within each sector for the region’s new Regional Economic Development Plan.

In the week following the Summit we’ve pulled together written notes. The board will use these notes to refine the preliminary plan and clarify specific action steps and agents. We will expect and encourage agents to begin and sustain the work required to ensure that these action items and priorities are acted upon for the betterment of our region, our towns, our businesses, and our residents.

January 8, 2010 – Community Leadership Forum held in Barton.
December 18, 2009 – Energy Forum held in Barton.
September 21, 2009 – Human Services Forum held in Barton.
September 18, 2009 – Health & Wellness Forum held in Barton [PHOTOS].
July 20, 2009 – Human Services Forum held in Barton.
June 26, 2009 – Housing Forum held in Barton [PHOTOS].
May 29, 2009 – Economic Development Forum held in Barton [PHOTOS].
April 27, 2009 – Tourism Forum held in Barton.
March 23, 2009 – Education Forum NE held at Lyndon State College.
March 16, 2009 – Municipal Water & Wastewater Forum held in Barton.
January 23, 2009 – Telecommunications Forum held in Barton.


2013 Great Regions Report
2012 Annual Report (Narrative)
2011 Annual Report (Narrative)
2010 Annual Report (Narrative)
2009 Annual Report (Narrative)
2008 Annual Report (Narrative)
2005 Annual Report.
USDA Rural Development review – not available via this site
2004 Annual Report.
USDA Rural Development review – choose format: RTF or PDF


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