As Vermont is poised to make major financial decisions with far reaching policy implications, new research may prove instrumental in shaping the discussions. The Council on the Future of Vermont and St. Michael s College just published Vermont in Transition: Social, Economic and Environmental Trends, a comprehensive study of the major trends that are impacting life in the state. Over 300 graphs are included in this 150 page research book which documents and explains the key transitions that have occurred in Vermont in areas as diverse as education, the economy, agriculture, demography, crime, energy, climate and civic engagement. The study was commissioned by the nonpartisan Vermont Council on Rural Development as a facet of its two-year Council on the Future of Vermont program. This report is important for legislators, reporters, community leaders, advocates, philanthropists, and any citizen who wants to better understand the Green Mountain State. It provides critical data that will help decision makers as they plan ahead, explains CFV Program Manager Sarah Waring. The research, along with polling, public forums and listening sessions are helping to build a comprehensive picture of the aspirations of today s Vermonters and the place they would like our state to be in the future. The Council releases its final findings this spring.To look back at trends over time, The Council on the Future of Vermont (CFV) partnered with the well-respected Saint Michael s College Center for Social Science Research and Drs. Vince Bolduc and Herb Kessel. The project drew upon the work of analysts in federal and state government, other educational institutions, the non-profit sector, and the business community, including sources such as the Vermont Economy newsletter, the Congressional Quarterly, the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, and the Vermont Land Trust. This joint writing effort combines the expertise of sociologists, economists, biologists, physicists, and other specialists. This project is unique in many ways, says Dr. Bolduc, who teaches Sociology at St. Michael s College. It is holistic in its broad spectrum of subjects covered; historical in its focus on change over time; quantitative in its reliance on objective data, and it presents each topic in the context of regional or national developments.Dr. Kessel, a professor of Economics, noted The project brings together in a single document well over 300 charts and tables, which provided the basis for us to identify 160 of the most important trends in Vermont. When historians try to understand what life was like in Vermont at the turn of the millennium, we hope that they will turn to our study and the broader one being prepared by the Council on the Future of Vermont.Vermont in Transition is available online for free at www.futureofvermont.org(link is external), or by calling 802-223-6091 to request a hard copy. The Council on the Future of Vermont is a project of the Vermont Council on Rural Development through a special partnership with the Vermont Community Foundation.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUbroadcast with Mike LawsonNearly everybody in this industry knows that credit union membership must get younger to succeed today’s average 48-year-old-or-so member. That’s why you see a flurry of Gen Y/Millennial stories and initiatives flood the industry each year.There’s one such group that annually sets the bar to new levels and that would be The Cooperative Trust’s “Crashers” who politely and with permission crash various credit union events. Its flagship crash is CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference, which, unbelievably, is just around the corner. But this young group of CU professionals continue to make headlines for the industry’s persistent push to get younger.With that in mind, we invited The Cooperative Trust and lead Crasher James Marshall on the program to discuss plans and goals for crashing the 2015 GAC. In addition, we talk about why it’s so important established credit union professionals embrace these young folks for a solid exchange of ideas. We can all learn from each other to make the industry that much better. We also discuss what will be different about the Crashers’ activities at the upcoming GAC, as well as plans for the rest of the year.So if you see one of these folks, they’re the ones usually full of energy — even on the third or fourth day of the show, stop them, sit down, and get to know them. Perhaps there are ideas you can share that will benefit you and the industry as a whole. Check it out.Visit:www.trust.coopApply to Crash the 2015 GAC continue reading »