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"Local government—and local democracy in America—is one of the most well-coordinated and most successful volunteer efforts in the history of the world."

But there's no question that government leadership is getting more complicated. Even at the local level, you see fewer people wanting to take on this challenge, "...and that's concerning," notes Ted Brady, executive director of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. In this brief, find three actions you can take to expand Vermont's leadership pool, including more women, people of color, LGBTQ+ candidates, and others who are under-represented.

IN THIS BRIEF, DISCOVER:

  • Expert commentary on why Vermont's leadership lacks diversity across the board
  • Three actions to take today to support emerging leaders
  • Suggested resources for deeper reading
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Build the crowd before the funding: A Q+A with the Patronicity team

Every so often, the Insight Hub will bring you a Q+A featuring a partner or exciting organization we've learned about, with the intention to shed light on how their product or service benefits communities. 

“At our core, we are a community development organization that harnesses the power of crowdfunding paired with matching grant dollars to support community-led placemaking initiatives,” mentions Jonathan Berk, vice president at Patronicity, as we dive into our conversation about the company and its role in the ongoing Better Places Vermont Program (BPP). 

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Progress and Preservation: Three ways to improve communities through historic preservation

Over the last 35 years, Vermont's state government, local communities, and charitable individuals have partnered to successfully restore many significant structures and proved that the process revitalizes downtowns and village centers, spurs economic development, and promotes tourism. But there's more to be done. This brief shares three actions to improve and strengthen communities through historic preservation.

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