ReNewport community action plan narrows its focus

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NEWPORT — Last week, around 100 Newport community members came together to select four priorities for future action, as part of the second phase of the ReNewport community visit process.

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The group reviewed 18 ideas that were gathered from focus forums held in December and chose priorities designed to boost the community and advance the city’s economy into the future.

The new task force groups will work to:

1. Enhance and Market the Newport Tourism Experience
2. Support and Attract Businesses and Entrepreneurs
3. Expand Community Events and Celebrations
4. Improve and Coordinate Health and Wellness Services and Early Childhood Care and Education

At the end of the session, participants signed up as volunteers to advance these new initiatives.

The group will hold its last major session on February 21, at the North Country Career Center.

These new task forces will meet to frame out action plans and work with a resource team of federal, state, business, and non-profit leaders to identify next steps and resources that can help them succeed.

All members of the Newport community are invited to participate in this third phase of the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s visit to Newport.