When Governments Cooperate - State Government Municipal Day 2014
A Day of Workshops for Vermont's Local Officials
Monday March 31, 2014
at the National Life Building in Montpelier

Workshop Presentation Documents

Thanks to all who joined us for State Government Municipal Day 2014. We have included links to the presentations below. We encourage you to share this information with others in your organizations. If you have additional questions, your registration packets include the contact information of your presenters. Thank you again for attending!

Workshop Session 1 (9:40 – 10:50 am)

1.  Planning for Prosperity (Part 1):  Tools You Can Use

Presentation Documents:
Workshop1- Prosperity Part 1
4895 PDF

Staff from the Agency of Commerce and Community Development will offer a series of snappy 5-10 minute ‘lightning talks’ on a variety of tools available to municipalities highlighting successful examples of community planning and revitalization from around state.  Learn about Community Development, Historic Preservation and Municipal Planning Grants, Historic Tax Credits, Downtown and Village Center Designation and programs to support local tourism.  Presentations will focus on key points only and the speakers will linger afterwards to chat if you want to learn more.
Presenters:  Chris Cochran, Leanne Tingay, Richard Amore, John Adams, Josh Hanford, Caitlin Corkins, Jen Butson, and Faith Ingulsrud (all presenters are from ACCD). 

2.  Flood Resilience (Part 1):  Living with the River

Presentation Documents:
Workshop2 Part1 - Flood Resilience
3757KB PDF
Workshop2 Part2- EPM Training 536KB PDF

In this session you will learn what a decade of river science has taught us about how to reduce flood and erosion risk in your community. Presenters will provide information about ANR’s new Stream Alteration Rules (including information about the new reporting requirements that apply when communities do emergency projects), discuss the benefits of investing in properly sized culverts, and share news about upcoming River and Roads training opportunities for municipal officials.
Presenters: Mike Kline (DEC), Shayne Jaquith (DEC)

3.  When a Major Development or Energy Project Comes to Your Town:  A Primer on Municipal Involvement in Act 250 and Section 248

Presentation Documents:
Workshop3Part1of4 - Municipal Act250
Workshop3Part2of4 - Historic Sites
1591KB PDF
Workshop3Part3of4 - ANR Act250
Workshop3Part4of4 - Section 248
1188KB PDF

In this session presenters will provide an overview of the Section 248 and Act 250 review processes with a particular focus on how municipal governments can play a role.  The presenters will also explain how the state agencies are involved in the process and the role they play in promoting state policy goals for natural resource protection, smart growth and energy.
Presenters: Billy Coster (ANR), Lou Borie (NRB), Anne Margolis (PSD), Stephanie Smith (AAFM), and Scott Dillon (ACCD)

4.  Managing Roads (Part 1):  Best Practices to Maintain Infrastructure, Protect Water Quality, Enhance Safety and Save Money

Presentation Documents:
Workshop4 - Roads 11676KB PDF

In this session participants will get an overview of the best and most cost-effective practices towns can utilize to maintain local roads while protecting water quality, controlling invasive species, and protecting public safety. Presenters will share appropriate erosion and sediment control techniques, roadside vegetation strategies, inventories to prioritize projects, and resources - both financial and technical - to put these practices into action and on the ground.
Presenters: Michaela Stickney (DEC), David Wilcox (FPR), Alan May (VTrans) and Jon Armstrong (VTrans)

5a. Vermont's Ecology & Environment:  An Introduction to Town Planning for Natural Resources (A Four-Part, Hands-on Workshop)

No Presentation Documents for Workshop 5a

In this four-part workshop, participants will learn important context and scientific concepts involved in planning for natural resources. This course will expose participants to the full suite of issues at play for natural resources planning, from forests and wildlife to floodplains and climate change. Presentations on Context, Scale, and Whole Communities are interspersed with interactive hands-on activities that make this an intensive and exciting training.
Presenters: Jens Hilke (F&W), Danielle Fitzko (FPR), Ethan Swift (DEC), Rebecca Pfeiffer (DEC), and Alison Thomas (F&W).
Note: This is a four part workshop.

6. In the Computer Lab: ANR's Natural Resources Atlas

No Presentation Documents for Workshop 6

This hands-on session will introduce you to, and teach you to use ANR’s Natural Resource Atlas. The Atlas provides geographic information about environmental features and sites that the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources manages, monitors, permits, or regulates.  For example this includes wetlands, public water sources and conserved lands. In addition to standard map navigation tools, this site allows you to link from sites to documents where available, generate reports, export search results, import data, search, measure, mark-up, query map features, and print PDF maps. This tool will be useful for the town planning, development review, and managing town owned properties. (Note:  This workshop will repeat during Session 2.)
Presenters: Erik Engstrom (ANR)


AAFM  Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
ACCD  Agency of Commerce and Community Development
ANR  Agency of Natural Resources
DEC  Department of Environmental Conservation
DOH  Vermont Department of Health
DPS  Department of Public Safety
FPR  Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation
F&W  Department of Fish & Wildlife
PSD  Public Service Department
NRB  Natural Resources Board
USDA US Department of Agriculture
VTrans  Vermont Agency of Transportation
You can find a comprehensive list at: http://governor.vermont.gov/contact-us


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