Roxbury Town Hall, courtesy Roxbury

Each year, TOEC provides training for more than 300 municipal officials and citizen volunteers in two Vermont locations. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, Vt.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Capitol Plaza, Montpelier, Vt.

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The conferences, going into their 73rd 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.

 

2018 Theme & Keynote: “Technology, Efficiency, and Collaboration: Innovations to Improve Municipal Practice”

We are thrilled to welcome our 2018 Keynote Panelists: Jim Condos, Secretary of State; John Quinn, Secretary of VT Agency of Digital Services and Chief Information Officer; Michael Schirling, Secretary of Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

Do you sense funding streams drying up or getting diverted away from your municipal work?  When this happens we look for ways to work smarter by turning our focus to innovative approaches like using technology, increasing efficiency and building collaborations.  These three approaches form the theme for our 2018 Conference looking for innovative ways to improve municipal practices.  Keynote panelists will share their state-level insight for Vermont and offer suggestions on how municipalities can incorporate these approaches to extend resources.

Fees: Early registration price (February 15th –March 15th, 2018): $65 *Pricing will increase to $85 on March 16th.

Payment: 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.

Check back on February 15th for a registration link and a copy of the 2018 agenda.

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. All Towns are welcome to apply. Priority will be given to those from small towns (populations 1,000 and under) who have exhausted all other potential sources of funds. If interested, please contact Virginia Jaquish at Virginia.Jaquish@uvm.edu or (802) 751-8307 x 351.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ellen Rowe at 802-751-8307 by March 6, 2018 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 19, 2018.  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 19, 2018.

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 Virginia.Jaquish@uvm.edu or faxed to Virginia Jaquish (802) 751-8800 Fax

Registration Related Questions: Virginia Jaquish, TOEC Administrative Support,  Virginia.Jaquish@uvm.edu or 802-751-8307 x 351.
Conference Program Questions: Ellen Rowe, TOEC Coordinator, ellen.rowe@uvm.edu or 802-751-8307.

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.

Past Workshops: 2017

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

2017 Conference Agenda and Workshop Descriptions (PDF)

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

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.

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.

(above) Building Unity, Direction and Priorities through Community Engagement, Paul Costello Presentation Notes

Effective and Efficient Meeting Management, Lee A. Krohn, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission

Ingredients for Downtown & Village Revitalization, Lori Hirshfield, Town of Hartford Dept of Planning & Development

Ingredients for Downtown & Village Revitalization, Gary Holloway, VT Department of Housing and Community Development

Every Town Will Benefit from Statewide Parcel Mapping, Leslie Pelch, Vermont Center for Geographic Information

 

Past Workshops: 2016

Agenda & Workshop Descriptions (April 2016)

A few highlights and resources:

Plenary Session: Inventorying the Strengths and Assets in Your Community, by Shoshanah Inwood

Slow It, Spread It and Sink It Using Green Stormwater Infrastructure, by Milly Archer and Becky Tharp

Past Workshops: 2015

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