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An Ecological Approach to Historic Preservation

Yestermorrow Design/Build School's speaker series welcomes Nancy Oakley, who approaches the preservation of historic places with respect for ecological and cultural context.

Over the past ten years, the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts has been a leader of a new approach to historic preservation in Canada that appreciates the evolving, complex relationships between people and place. Nancy will share examples of projects and studies undertaken at Willowbank, that include restoring an 1830s Greek Revival estate, the design-build of a blacksmith shop using traditional craft skills, to ‘re-wilding’ historic gardens and sustaining shepherding cultures in rural Italy.

Discover how protecting and restoring places of cultural and historic significance addresses social and environmental challenges of the 21st century. Mingle with the Yestermorrow community after the talk over refreshments.

Nancy Oakley is the Director of Education at the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts in Niagara, Ontario, Canada--a private college dedicated to exploring the connections between conservation, design and sustainability. Nancy has worked with NGOs, communities and indigenous groups across Canada and internationally in public education, training and capacity development initiatives that support conservation goals. Nancy holds a B.A.Hon in History from the University of Ottawa and an M.A. in Canadian Studies, specializing in heritage conservation, from Carleton University.

Where: IDEAS, 182 Mad River Green, Waitsfield, VT
When:  October 24, 7:00 PM
Cost:  Free!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

2nd Annual Innovation Spaces Conference

Program schedule:

8:45 a.m. - Announcing the ThinkVermont Innovation Initiative

9-10 a.m. - America’s Largest Seed Fund, the Federal SBIR/STTR Program:  What Small Business Owners Need to Know

Facilitator: Jeralyn Haraldsen, PhD, Grant Proposal Manager, University of Vermont

10-11 a.m. - Starting a Coworking Space in Your Business or Your Community

11-11:30 a.m. - Building Capacity in Vermont for Innovation Spaces—How the State Can Help

11:30-12:30 p.m. - Interactive Discussions on State Support of Innovation Spaces

The Innovation Spaces Conference is a ThinkVermont event sponsored by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Vermont Technical College, Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, and Paul Frank & Collins.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:30pm

Vermont Economic Progress Council Regular Meeting

Agenda For Council Meeting
Deane C. Davis State Office Building
1 National Life Drive, Montpelier, VT
Calvin Coolidge Conference Room, 6th Floor
Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

9:30 - 9:35

Roll Call
Additions/Deletions to the Agenda
Minutes – September 27, 2018

9:35 - 9:45

Public Comment (limited to 10 minutes)

9:45 – 10:30

VEGI Applications:
      Carlson Management Consulting, Stowe (Initial)

VEGI Deferrals:
      Twincraft, Essex Junction
      CultureMade (Project Xanadu), Brattleboro
      DSD International, Swanton

10:30 – 11:00

TIF Districts:
       South Burlington Substantial Change Request

11:00 – 11:30

Executive Director Updates:
        TIF Rule Revisions Update
        St. Albans Substantial Change (Financial Plan)
        VETI: Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Waitsfield
        Possible Response to Recent Media Coverage
        2019 VEPC Meeting Schedule


Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:30am

Veterans' Day

State Holiday — ACCD Offices Closed

Monday, November 12, 2018 (All day)


State Holiday — ACCD Offices Closed

Most State offices will be closed on the day after Thanksgiving (see Holiday Articles in State employee contracts).

Thursday, November 22, 2018 (All day)

Coolidge Holiday Open House

Kick off the holiday season in one of Vermont’s most scenic villages. Visit the Coolidge Birthplace, decorated as it would have been in 1872 when Calvin was born.  Winter exhibits at the Museum & Education Center, Aldrich House, Plymouth Cheese Factory, and 1924 Summer White House office.  Sleigh rides, old-time music, craft demonstrations, chocolate making & sampling with The Chocolatorium, lunch at the Wilder House Restaurant, special cancellation at the historic Plymouth post office, and children’s holiday activities. For more information call 802-672-3773. 


Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm


State Holiday — ACCD Offices Closed

Tuesday, December 25, 2018 (All day)

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