The University of Vermont is committed to safeguarding the health of our community while delivering on our educational mission. With regrets, the Town Officers’ Education Conference is cancelled. This is in response to the Coronavirus threat and UVM’s concern about the well-being of conference attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, staff, and presenters. Please email Gary Deziel ( if you have questions. All paid registrants, exhibitors, and sponsors will receive refunds within 30 days (+/-).

Burlington--Vermont's municipal officials and citizen volunteers will have an opportunity to learn about Vermont's Open Meeting Law, protection of historic properties and the potential impact of climate change on communities, among other topics, at the annual Town Officers Education Conferences in April.

The conferences, held annually since 1945, will be offered on April 8 at the Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee, and on April 15 at the Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain, Burlington. They are sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension in cooperation with several partner organizations.

Registration is $65 until March 21, $85 after that date, and includes a light breakfast and lunch. The registration link and conference details, including information on financial assistance, can be found at

Keynote speakers will be Bob Pepperman-Taylor, UVM Department of Political Science, and Paul Searls, Northern Vermont University--Lyndon. Pepperman-Taylor will address local democracy at a time of political stress. Searls will offer insight into why Vermont's relative backwardness a century ago is now considered one of its greatest assets by state leaders and how this impacts Vermonters.

Participants will have a choice of four concurrent workshops on topics ranging from municipal stormwater management, digital parcel mapping and grants for arts, libraries and communities to planning effective meetings and strategies for engaging youths in community change. Open forums are planned for town clerks and listers.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call Virginia Jaquish at (802) 751-8307, ext. 351, or (800) 545-8920 by March 18.


Gary Roger Deziel