Montpelier Commission for Recovery and Resilience
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Celebrate Montpelier's Youth
Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2:00 pm @ Skinny Pancake!
During the immediate aftermath of the July flooding, one merry band of intrepid responders were everywhere, leading the recovery effort. The Montpelier Youth Conservation Corps (MYCC) in their orange, maroon, and green shirts could be seen organizing volunteers at the Hub, mucking out basements, delivering water and critical equipment, or doing whatever was asked of them. The young leaders and the team of Montpelier Parks' staff who coordinated their efforts made it possible for residents and businesses to receive the support they needed from the thousands of volunteers who came to support their community. Please join the Montpelier Commission for Recovery and Resilience on Saturday, December 16th at 2 PM on the City Center/Skinny Pancake patio to honor and say thank you to this special group.
At the final part of the city-wide dialogue on “recovery, resilience and the future of Montpelier,” on Thursday, September 7th at Montpelier High School, the Montpelier Foundation, Montpelier Alive, and the City of Montpelier announced plans to convene the Montpelier Commission for Recovery and Resilience.
Public forums in the series have pointed to the fact that Montpelier’s recovery and renewal will take years, and resilience efforts should be instituted and grow with time under consistent, dynamic, and unifying leadership. City government cannot carry the costs or leadership of the whole recovery effort, or the long-term efforts to expand the resilience of the city in the face of future floods and other climate change impacts.
At the recent flood recovery forums, community members have consistently called for the establishment of a new leadership structure to coordinate and drive forward recovery and resilience work. In response to this feedback, the Montpelier Commission for Recovery and Resilience will be formed to serve as a convening and resource partner for the City and all working groups advancing recovery and resilience projects in the City.
Chaired by a private sector member, the Commission will provide leadership to coordinate recovery and resilience strategies, advocate for the community, oversee staff, and support the progress of initiatives throughout the community.
Leadership and Mission
The founding partners will work to raise funds to hire a Montpelier Recovery and Resilience Director answerable to the members of the commission. Under the oversight of the Commission and with the support of the staff of the City of Montpelier, the Director will:
- Provide support and coordination to recovery and resilience working groups in the city;
- Convene leadership around key aspects of recovery, from best practices for hardening buildings to developing collective inventory space and other practical recovery projects;
- Convene public dialogues as needed;
- Bring together engineers and architects to envision and develop projects to advance the downtown and its resilience;
- Convene regional governments, planners, business leaders, engineers, architects, hydrologists, and environmental scientists to evaluate opportunities, then plan and implement mitigation strategies to slow and hold water to minimize the impact of future flooding events.
Commissioners are certified, and the authority established for two years, at which time the efficiency of the effort and implementation results will be evaluated toward a decision on continuing or reforming the initiative. The three organizing entities will work to raise funds toward a two-year budget for the Commission.
How Commissioners Were Selected
Commissioners were selected by a committee of Montpelier Alive, the Montpelier Foundation, and the City of Montpelier which each have equal weight in appointing members from the public. It was clear from the three public forums that the Commission must represent the community and have the needed expertise to be effective. The Commission sought applicants with skills related to the following categories: Architecture; Hydrology/Engineering, Environmental Science; Downtown Development; Fundraising (especially related to state and federal resources); Land Use Planning; Property Ownership; Business; Low-income issues; Non-Profit Management; Financing; Clean Energy Development; Housing; Public Health; Resilience Planning and other pertinent skills.
Contact the Commission
Email the commission:
Ben Doyle, Commission Chair, President of Preservation Trust of Vermont (Montpelier Foundation)
Richarda Ericson, Commission Vice-Chair, Riverine and Conservation Expert
Paul Carnahan, Historian
Gregg Gossens, Partner, Gossens Bachman Architects
Marc Gwinn, Certified Financial Planner, Edward Jones
Lauren Hierl, Executive Director, Vermont Conservation Voters (Montpelier City Council)
Jennifer Hollar, Community Development and Housing Specialist
Aly Richards, Executive Director, Let’s Grow Kids
James Rea, Environment and Resilience Consultant
Nathan Suter, Consultant and Partner, BUILD
Ned Swanberg, Floodplain Manager, VT Department of Environmental Conservation
Stephanie Smith, Hazard Mitigation Officer, State of Vermont
Katie Trautz, Executive Director, Montpelier Alive
Peter Walke, Executive Director, Efficiency Vermont
Ben Wetherell, Montpelier High School