Roxbury Town Hall, courtesy Roxbury

Providing training for more than 300 municipal officials and citizen volunteers in two Vermont locations annually.

The conferences, now in their 72nd year, are organized by University of Vermont Extension in partnership with several participating organizations. They are designed to help town clerks, planners, listers, select board members and other officials do their jobs more effectively by providing updates on tax laws and regulations, municipal recordkeeping and effective strategies for handling planning, zoning and other town issues.

April 4 - Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee, Vt.
April 11 - Capitol Plaza, Montpelier, Vt.

2017 Theme: “Rural Economies in a Changing Demographic Landscape”

Read the Conference Agenda and Workshop Descriptions (PDF)

Keynote: “Building Unity, Direction and Priorities through Community Engagement”

We are thrilled to welcome our 2017 Keynote speaker Paul Costello from the Vermont Council on Rural Development. Have you noticed how the same volunteers do most of the work in your town? Do you feel besieged by long lists of problems or ideas for initiatives that 'someone' should undertake to address?   Many towns face the same challenges of engaging their community in a way that establishes direction and leadership to advance common priorities. Paul will address effective ways to pull people together, to build a stronger community, to advance key projects, and to better connect to resources to help your town move forward.

More about Paul Costello: Paul Costello has served as the Executive Director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development since 2000.  VCRD runs an annual Rural Summit, and conducts "Community Visits" that help rural communities build priorities, set action plans, and build connections to resources.  It also provides customized facilitation on rural development policy at the local, regional and state level.  Paul is a native Vermonter who attended UVM before earning a PhD in intellectual history at McGill.

Registration: $65. Opens February 15, 2017. If using a credit card, payment is due at registration. If paying by cash or check, then the registration fee will be due by the conference date.

Register (starting Feb 15)

Questions: Contact Briset Flores at 802-651-8343 ext. 511 or 1-800-571-0668 (toll-free in Vt.).

Scholarships: The Vermont Institute of Government is graciously providing a limited number of partial scholarships (typically up to half an attendee's fee) to local officials who would otherwise be unable to attend. Priority will go to those from small towns (populations 1,000 and under) who have exhausted all other potential sources of funds. If interested, please contact Pam Lowell ( or 802-773-3349 ext. 272).

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Briset Flores at 802-651-8343 ext. 511 or 1-866-571-0668 (toll-free in Vt.) by March 7, 2017 so we may assist you.

Cancellation Policy, Site Switching and Refund Policy:  There is no fee for those requesting a refund on or before March 20, 2017. UVM Extension provides a refund policy commensurate with other programs across the nation. Registrations may be fully refunded for military (deployment, active duty), medical (hospitalization, illness preventing attending), or family emergency (death, illness per doctor's visit). However, other refunds requested may carry a fee. There is a $25 fee for those requesting a refund after March 20, 2017.

Registration fees are fully transferable to another individual or location. Conference no-shows are subject to the full registration fee. Extenuating circumstances may occasionally occur and we review those on a case-by-case basis. All cancellation, transfer, and site-switching requests must be emailed to or faxed to Pam Lowell at 802-775-4840.

Thanks to our Gold Sponsor: Vermont Department of Taxes

The Vermont Department of Taxes provides taxpayers with the resources they need to understand the ever-changing tax law.

Thanks to our Silver Sponsor: Vermont State Data Center

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The Vermont State Data Center provides data access and utilization assistance to Vermont data users and facilitates Census Bureau data collection programs.

Across the Fence at the 2015 TOEC

Past Workshops