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Future of Vermont study finds second wind

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2010-12-12

By KEVIN O’CONNOR, STAFF WRITER

Supporters believe the Council on the Future of Vermont’s 2009 report on concerns facing the state in coming decades was ahead of its time. But that wasn’t why Governor-elect Peter Shumlin and some 300 local and state leaders gathered to consider one of its main findings just last week.

Shumlin and several of his Cabinet appointees squeezed into a packed Statehouse on Friday to discuss maintaining the environmental and economic vitality of Vermont’s farms, fields and forests — one of several ways council leaders are aiming to transform yesterday’s recommendations into tomorrow’s results.

“We’re not interested in presenting a report and stepping away,” said Paul Costello, executive director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development, which sponsored the future study. “When Vermonters have expressed their values, someone needs to say, ‘How do you build a plan that’s really going to change things?’”

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