August 2020
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All meetings below will be held REMOTELY until further notice. Information about joining remotely is provided with every meeting agenda.



8/31, 6:00pm: Energy Data Webinar | More Info & Registration »


9/1, 9:00am: Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting

CANCELED: 9/1, 11:00am: Clean Water Advisory Committee Meeting

CANCELED: 9/1, 12:30pm:
Clean Water Advisory Committee MS-4 Sub-Committee Meeting

9/2, 5:45pm: CCRPC Executive Committee Meeting

9/9, 2:30pm: CCRPC Planning Advisory Committee Meeting

9/16, 6:00pm: CCRPC Board Meeting


Take the 2020 Census Today!

The 2020 Census is happening now and ends on September 30th. Please take 10 minutes today to respond online, by phone, or by mail.


United Way of Northwest Vermont COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESPONSE

United Way is dedicated to supporting our community members through the COVID-19 pandemic and the social and economic fallout that may result from it. To support all of our neighbors, United Way is working with its existing network of partnerships and the community at large to develop a comprehensive list of community-based services and volunteer opportunities updated on a daily basis.

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CCRPC FY21 Annual Work Program

The CCRPC's Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is our annual work program that describes our activities and specifies the deliverables for the next year. The UPWP is the mechanism to implement the strategies for our region outlined in the ECOS Plan and helps municipalities implement their local plans.

CCRPC Board of Directors FY21 Membership

Bolton: Sharon Murray

Buel's Gore: Garret Mott

Burlington: Andy Montroll

Charlotte: Jim Donovan

Colchester: Jacqueline Murphy

Essex: Jeff Carr

Essex Junction: Dan Kerin

Hinesburg: Michael Bissonette

Huntington: Barbara Elliott

Jericho: Catherine McMains

Milton: Tony Micklus

Richmond: Bard Hill

Shelburne: John Zicconi

St. George: Jeff Pillsbury

So. Burlington: Chris Shaw

Underhill: Vacant

Westford: Allison Hope

Williston: Vacant

Winooski: Mike O'Brien (Chair)

FY21 Membership is effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. 

For more information about the CCRPC Board of Directors, click here.

Charlie Baker, Executive Director

Dan Albrecht, Senior Planner

Pam Brangan, GISP, GIS Data & IT Manager

Jason Charest, PE, Senior Transportation Planning Engineer

Eleni Churchill, Transportation Program Manager

Forest Cohen, Senior Business Manager

Bryan Davis, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner

Marshall Distel, Transportation Planner

Chris Dubin, Senior Transportation Planner

Christine Forde, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner

Amy Irvin Witham, Business Office Associate

Regina Mahony, AICP, Planning Program Manager

Melanie Needle, Senior Planner

Taylor Newton, Senior Planner

Sai Sarepalli, PE, Senior Transportation Planning Engineer

Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager


Please Note: As of March 16, 2020, CCRPC employees are working remotely and the office is closed to visitors. Please call or email and we will respond as soon as possible. Thank you!

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Good morning,
As summer winds down and this unconventional school year approaches, I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. At the CCRPC, we are working (remotely) with our members and partners to implement our FY21 annual work plan, and we are looking forward to making positive progress despite the challenging circumstances.
Budgets are tight and, as our member municipalities and partners are searching for funding to carry out their priorities, we wanted to share a new resource: CCRPC's Funding Opportunities Database. This searchable database is a near complete list of funding opportunities available to municipalities, non-profits, and businesses for planning and infrastructure-related projects. Users may filter by category, funding agency, and eligible organizations. The list will be updated annually, or on an as-needed basis. We hope you find this resource useful and easy to navigate. If you have any questions or suggestions for improvement, please contact Taylor Newton at

Best regards,

Charlie Baker
Executive Director, CCRPC
Of Note
Take the Census Today! The Deadline is September 30.

Chittenden County Census Response Rate is Only 75%; Vermont is only 59% Overall
The 2020 Census ends on September 30th. Already filled out your Census form? Thank you! Now, ask your friends and family if they've done the same.

If you have not already completed the 2020 Census, please fill it out today at You can respond online, by phone, or by mail. Results from the 2020 Census will be used to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services, as well as help our communities prepare to meet transportation and emergency readiness needsWith so much at stake for Vermont, every response counts! Take the Census »

Watch a short video created by BTV Counts that features community members, including CCRPC's Bryan Davis, explaining why your response to the 2020 Census is critical. Watch & Share the Video » 

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New: Municipal Engagement for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Guide
To help municipalities and local leaders expand the vibrancy of their communities and ensure that recovery benefits all Vermonters, the Local Solutions and Community Action Team of the governor's Economic Mitigation and Recovery Task Force created the Municipal Engagement for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Guide. The guide is designed to assist Vermont cities and towns to go further in their efforts to promote a welcoming and inclusive spirit in their communities. Learn More »
Vermont Secretary of State's First Statewide Elections Directive
Secretary Condos has issued the First Statewide Elections Directive, which puts in place several temporary procedures to ensure Vermonters can vote safely and confidently in the 2020 elections, including mailing every active registered voter a ballot for the General Election on November 3rd. Learn more on the Vermont Secretary of State website.
Municipal Response to COVID-19
The CCRPC is working with member municipalities to compile one list of municipal government response to COVID-19. This list is updated regularly. Learn More »
CCRPC FY21 Annual Work Program & Budget in Effect
The CCRPC Board adopted the FY21 UPWP and Budget at its meeting on May 20, 2020. The FY21 UPWP is effective July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021. Learn More »
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Draft ONE Bike Ped Stormwater Concept Plans: Share Your Feedback by September 7
The City of Burlington is working with the public to identify options for low stress bicycle and pedestrian connections in the southwest section of the Old North End. View the project website for more information. With your help, the project team will recommend streetscape and intersection improvements to increase safety and provide a more comfortable environment for people walking and riding bikes. We will also identify opportunities to address stormwater management and incorporate green stormwater infrastructure into Burlington's streets. Please review these draft concepts and use the tools to add your comments and suggestions. Learn More »
VTrans 2020 Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant Program Now Open; Applications Due September 30
The 2020 VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant Program is now open, and applications are due by Wednesday, September 30 at 1 PM. The intent of the VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Program is to improve access and safety for bicyclists and/or pedestrians through the planning, design and construction of infrastructure projects. As in previous years, there will be workshops provided to potential applicants. It is strongly recommended that an official representative of the applicant attend one of these sessions (held August 11 and 12). All grant program materials, including the Application Guide and templates, may be found here »
Vermont Walk/Bike Summit Postponed to Spring 2021
Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the VT Walk/Bike Summit is postponed until spring 2021. The event website will be updated when more details are available.
Vermont Freight Plan and Rail Plan Updates
The Vermont Agency of Transportation is embarking on an update of two important statewide modal plans: the Vermont Freight Plan (2012) and the Vermont Rail Plan (2015). The updates will be closely coordinated to efficiently incorporate the overlap of freight rail components. Both plan updates will address developing issues, including changes to the global economy and evolving trade agreements, e-commerce, technological advancements, and the reliability and resilience of our transportation system. Learn More »
More Transportation Projects & Updates
For a full list of transportation projects, visit the CCRPC Transportation Advisory Committee website; a full project list is provided in every TAC agenda and is updated regularly. View the latest TAC agenda »
Implementing ECOS Strategy 1
Buy Local Vermont Program Update
ACCD is encouraging interested businesses to sign up now for the #BuyLocalVermont program, intended to drive more sales at local restaurants, retail stores, entertainment and performing arts venues, lodging and tourism-related businesses through savings offerings.  Businesses can enroll to take part in the program now, which will launch to consumers September 8th. For full details on the process to sign up, and to find an informational slide deck and webinar, visit the ACCD Recovery Resource Center.
COVID-19 Business Impacts in Vermont
ACCD wants to hear from all Vermont businesses impacted by the response to the COVID-19 virus. Please share these impacts via the ACCD Business Impact Form, which will help assess the full impact as we work toward solutions. Learn More »
Chittenden County Brownfields Program Accepting Applications
If you own or wish to develop a property that is contaminated or suspected to be contaminated, please apply. To get started, read the information on different types of assistance and fill out and send us a site nomination/assistance request form. Learn More »
Energy & Natural Resources
Implementing ECOS Strategies 3 & 4
Energy Data Webinar TONIGHT: August 31, 6:00-7:00pm
Please join CCRPC staff virtually on Monday, August 31st from 6:00-7:00pm to increase your knowledge of the data available to you for understanding how energy use is trending in your municipality. Melanie Needle and Taylor Newton, the CCRPC energy planners, will be the speakers for a free one-hour webinar event with time for Q+A. The presentation will focus on the nuts and bolts of the energy data report provided by Efficiency Vermont. Presentation topics include status of energy planning, an overview of data measures available to you for quantifying energy usage and project types, and a look at regional energy usage over time. Learn More & Register »
Button Up Vermont 2020
Help your neighbors use less energy to heat and cool their homes! You can bring Button Up Vermont to your community in 2020. Community leaders like you are the heart of Button Up Vermont, helping your neighbors keep their dollars in your community, have more comfortable, healthy homes, and reduce emissions. Read about this year's campaign, running from mid-September to mid-November. Learn More »
Community Wildlife Program 2020 Virtual Workshops & Training Schedule
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department Community Wildlife Program is proud to announce the schedule for its fall educational series of webinars and trainings. This year there are five new topics planned and they will be offering several sessions of each. Learn More »
Free Storm Smart Assessments 
Developed and launched in 2018 by Friends of the Mad River in the Mad River watershed, the Storm Smart program is now available across the entire Winooski watershed! Storm Smart is a free program that helps people make their homes, driveways, and yards better able to 'soak up the storm' so each property builds flood resilience, protects biodiversity, and keeps rivers clean. During a property assessment, a knowledgeable staff person will work with you to trace the paths water takes across your property. After the in-person assessment, the program provides written water management recommendations specific to your home. Learn More »
Grant Opportunity: 2021 Supporting Municipalities Through Ash Tree Management: Applications Due October 30
The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program is accepting applications from municipalities seeking financial assistance for municipal ash tree management. With funding from the US Forest Service, this is a competitive grant opportunity that supports local planning and implementation of management to slow the spread of the invasive, non-native emerald ash borer (EAB) and mitigate the effects of ash tree decline and mortality in municipalitiesLearn More »
Efficiency Vermont Blog: Can you save money by shifting the time of day you use power? 
Some utilities offer discounted rates for homes or businesses that help shift their energy use to off-peak hours. This creates a win-win for you and your utility. You save money when you use electricity during the cheapest times of day, and the utility can reduce costs by avoiding costly, carbon-intensive peaksLearn More »
Quality of Place
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
FY21 Municipal Planning Grant Program: Applications Due October 1
The Municipal Planning Grant (MPG) program encourages and supports planning and revitalization for local municipalities in Vermont. Awarded annually and administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development, the MPG program works to strengthen Vermont by funding local planning initiatives that support statewide planning goals. Projects that promote Vermont's historic pattern of compact settlements surrounded by working farms, forest, and open space will be given priority. Learn More »
ACCD COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center
To aid Vermonters as we all respond to and recover from the COVID-19 outbreak, ACCD has developed a Recovery Resource Center of available tools including financial assistance programs, unemployment information, and a series of Frequently Asked Questions to help businesses and individuals navigate the resources available in this time of need. Learn More »
Emergency Management
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
2020 Vermont Emergency Preparedness Virtual Conference: September 29-30
From the comfort of your own computer, tablet or phone, learn, share and discuss the most relevant emergency management topics of today. Learn More »
Mandatory Mask Wearing Effective August 1
Effective August 1st, Vermonters will be required to wear masks in public spaces, both indoor and outdoor, where physical distancing is not possible. There are some exceptions, including for children under 2 years old and for those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons. The Vermont Department of Health offers guidance on when it's important to wear a masks. Learn More »
Vermont Emergency Management Website
The Vermont Emergency Management website is a useful resource during this time. View the Governor's latest Executive Orders, a variety of public and health resources, and more at
Vermont Alert
VT-ALERT is the state system that notifies Vermonters of emergency situations, weather alerts, road information, and more. Register for a free account at
Social Community
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
AALV Receives USDA Urban Agriculture Grant to Support New Americans
The Association of Africans Living in Vermont (AALV) received $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their project titled, New Farms for New Americans: Improving Lands, Improving Lives. They were one of ten recipients selected from 500 applicants through the national competitive grant program. The effort will provide 80 garden plots to approximately 70 households on five acres of leased land to support food production and community building for New Americans. The project will build upon the existing garden infrastructure to improve local food access, offer a 48-week agriculture program for refugee farmers focusing on food systems and nutrition, and a leadership/mentorship program in partnership with the Vermont Community Garden Network. Over 250 people of multiple ages, seven languages and five ethnic groups will be reached. Learn More »
Statewide Opportunities to Volunteer & Donate
If you want to find a way to help, there are many opportunities. At the state level, there is now a central website where Vermonters can volunteer:
If you have any questions, feedback, or suggested content for upcoming issues, please contact Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager: or (802) 846-4490 x *21.