RANDOLPH, VT – Leaders from across the state of Vermont came together for the second Vermont Community Leadership Summit. It took place at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. Hundreds came with hopes of making their community a better place. The conference was put on by the Vermont Council on Rural Development and Sen. Leahy gave opening remarks.
“Leadership comes in many shapes and styles, being here today, you are leading and I applaud you for doing this. You make me proud to be a Vermonter, knowing that you are going to be the leaders in our state,” said Sen. Leahy.
One of the leaders there was 24- year old Lucy Rogers, who represents Waterville and Cambridge in the Vermont House of Representatives. Shortly after college she became the first woman to hold her seat since 1926.
“I think leadership should never be about the person,” said Rogers. “It should be about the goal and it’s about solving the problem.”
Rogers came to the conference to connect with other Vermont leaders on important topics.
“The issues of my small town are the issues that rural areas are experiencing all throughout the United States and throughout the world,” said Rogers.
The Vermont Council on Rural Development is a non-partisan group that brings people together and helps Vermonters build resilient communities in rural Vermont.
They work with nearly 140 towns and with the state, to advance rural towns for the future.
“Those who engage, prioritize, and unite, become collectively spear points of activity that drive their communities forward and change Vermont,” said Paul Costello, Executive Director of Vermont Council on Rural Development.
At the summit, leaders of all different ages and organizations came together to participate in a series of workshops, conversations, and leadership development activities.
In return participants hope to bring what they learn back to their communities to create a better Vermont for everyone.