Mad River Valley Economic Summit & Community Picnic Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 5:30 – 8:30 pm Lareau Farm Pavilion

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I hope to see you at this important community event. I am posting this information on behalf of the Mad River Valley Planning District, Joshua Schwartz, Executive Director Mad River Valley Planning District PO Box 471 | Waitsfield, VT 05673 802.496.7173 | www.mrvpd.org mrvpd@madriver.com.

Mad River Valley Economic Summit & Community Picnic Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 5:30 – 8:30 pm Lareau Farm Pavilion, 48 Lareau Farm Rd, Waitsfield, VT MRV Planning District & MRV Chamber of Commerce Free, open to the public, community picnic

MAD RIVER VALLEY ECONOMIC SUMMIT & COMMUNITY PICNIC

On Wednesday, June 4, 2014 the Mad River Valley Planning District and the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce will present the Mad River Valley Economic Summit & Community Picnic at Lareau Farm in Waitsfield. The summit will highlight significant economic changes that have transpired over the past 50 years, identify emerging trends, opportunities, and challenges. Public input will be sought to gather opinions and thoughts regarding the Valley’s economic future, vitality, and resilience.

The entire Mad River Valley community is invited to this free event, which kicks off at 5:30 PM with a community meal.

The economic discussion will begin at 6:30 PM, and provide a summary of two economic analysis projects that focused on the Mad River Valley. The reports are slated for release in June 2014.

* Mad River Valley Economic Study :This project focused on understanding and quantifying the Valley’s economic profile and economic health by assessing relevant data and interviews, identifying industry sectors of strategic importance, establishing a MRV economic baseline, and exploring initiatives that support our economic future. The study was commissioned by The Mad River Valley Planning District and completed by a consultant team consisting of SE Group, Birchline Planning LLC & Doug Kennedy Advisors. A 2013 Municipal Planning Grant from the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development and a contribution from the MRV Chamber of Commerce funded the study. The consultant team will present results from the project’s analyses.

* Vermont Downtown Action Team Reports for Waitsfield & Warren Villages 

The Villages of Waitsfield & Warren were two of seven villages or downtowns affected by Tropical Storm Irene that served as the focus of action-oriented planning projects aimed at strengthening identity and economic vitality. Directed by the VT Downtown Program, the Vermont Downtown Action Team (V-DAT) worked with Warren & Waitsfield last year to develop long-range economic development plans and strategies for targeted flood resilience work. Lead project consultant Tripp Muldrow will present results from the project’s retail market analysis.

Noelle MacKay will serve as moderator for the event. Ms. MacKay is Commissioner of the Department of Housing & Community Development, Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development, and a strong supporter of the Valley’s economic vibrancy.

The community picnic will be made possible through generous contributions from the following local establishments: American Flatbread, Akes’ Den, Ben & Jerry’s, Big Picture Theater & Café, The Common Man Restaurant, The Elusive Moose Pub & Eatery, Green Mountain Coffee Café & Visitor Center, Hyde Away Inn & Restaurant, Liz Lovely Cookies, Localfolk Smokehouse, Mehuron’s Market, Mint Vegetarian Restaurant, Shaw’s, and Sugarbush Resort.

The Mad River Valley Planning District (MRVPD) is a unique three-town planning entity created by the towns of Fayston, Waitsfield and Warren, the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission and Sugarbush Resort in 1985 to carry out a program of planning for the Valley’s physical, social, economic, fiscal, environmental, cultural and aesthetic well being.

Hope to see you there!