Scott's Capitol for a Day returning to county

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BENNINGTON — Gov. Phil Scott and a number of top administration officials will be making appearances throughout Bennington County on Tuesday as part of the governor's Capitol for a Day initiative to visit the 14 Vermont counties.

Scott is now partway through his second round of visits since launching the initiative in 2018.

Capitol for a Day gives local residents, municipal government leaders and other partners the opportunity to connect directly with state leadership and staff.

"This initiative has been tremendously rewarding and productive," said Scott in a release. "It's been great to get back to each county, with the opportunity to see new local programs and projects, as well as hear from Vermonters about the challenges they face and the impact of the work we're doing in Montpelier."

The governor and cabinet officials also visited Bennington County in August 2018.

Scott's office has released the following schedule for Tuesday's events:

- 8 - 9:15 a.m.

Cabinet Meeting:

Orvis, 4180 Main St., Manchester

Who: Governor Scott; cabinet; extended cabinet; and legislators

- 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion: Suicide Prevention and Mental Health

United Counseling Service, 100 Ledgehill Road., Bennington

Who: Governor Scott; Human Services Acting Deputy Secretary Monica Hutt; Mental Health Commissioner Sarah Squirrell; Health Deputy Commissioner Tracy Dolan; and additional members of the cabinet and extended cabinet

- 1:30 - 2:15 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting at Lake Paran Village

893 Paran Rd., Shaftsbury

Who: Governor Scott; Housing and Community Development Commissioner Josh Hanford; project participants; and additional members of the cabinet and extended cabinet

- 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Understanding Your Education Property Tax

Bennington Fire Department, 130 River St., Bennington

Who: Governor Scott, Administration Secretary Susanne Young; Tax Acting Commissioner Craig Bolio; Tax Economist and Director of Policy Douglas Farnham; Education Secretary Daniel French; Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union Superintendent James Culkeen; and Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union Director of Finance and Operations Renee Gordon

- 4:15 - 5 p.m.

Woodford Stagecoach Road ATV Discussion & Ride

Long Trail, Woodford

Who: Governor Scott; Forests, Parks & Recreation (FPR) Commissioner Michael Snyder; Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter; FPR Lands Administration and Recreation Division Director Becca Washburn; USFS Recreation Program Manager Emily Lauderdale; USFS Manchester District Ranger David Francomb; Danny Hale, David Gilderdale and Mike Smith from the Vermont ATV Sportsman's Association (VASA); and representatives from the Town of Woodford

Attendees should start at the AT/LT parking area on Route 9, which provides access to the trailhead.

This schedule is subject to change.

Additional public events

- 8:45 - 9 a.m.

Visit Vermont Retirement Planners, LLC

- 9:15 - 10 a.m.                         

Visit Finn & Stone Insurance

- 9:15 10:35 a.m.

Roundtable Discussion: State Finance, Short-Term Rentals, Prewritten Software Accessed Remotely & the 2019 Legislative Session

Old First Church Barn, 1 Monument Circle, Bennington

- 9:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Tour of the Factory Point Bank Building

- 9:30 - 10 a.m.

Visit Happy Days Play School, Arlington

- 10 - 11 a.m.

Pop Up Baby & Toddler Storytime Showcase

Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St., Bennington

- 10 - 11 a.m.

Woodford State Park: Camping & Day Use Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

Woodford State Park, 142 State Park Rd.

- 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Tour Black Rose Creamery, Rupert

- 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Building Community Grants Presentation and Roundtable

Bennington County Industrial Corporation, 111 South St.

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- 10:15 - 11 a.m.

Visit Traver Gardner Investment Group, Manchester

- 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Visit and Tour with Town of Dorset

Dorset Town Offices, 112 Mad Tom Rd., Dorset

- 10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Visit Southwest Vermont Career Development Center

- 11 - 11:45 a.m.

Agency of Digital Services IT Staff Discussion at Vermont Veteran's Home

- 11 - 11:45 a.m.

Visit Fisher Elementary School, Arlington

- 12:30 - 2 p.m.

Tour Equinox Valley Nursery & Garden Center

- 12:45 - 1:30 p.m.

Visit Woodford Elementary

- 1 - 1:45 p.m.

Visit Church Insurance Co., Bennington

- 1 - 2 p.m.

Meet with Bennington County Emergency Management Personnel, Firefighters and EMTs

Bennington Village Fire, 130 River St., Bennington

- 1 - 2 p.m.

Presentation of Penguin Random House 1st Runner Up Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity

John G. McCullough Free Library, 2 Main St., North Bennington

- 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Economic Development, Act 250 and Taxes

Old First Church Barn, 1 Monument Circle, Bennington

- 2 - 2:45 p.m.

Visit Pownal Elementary School

- 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Visit Mack Molding

- 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Tour Clear Brook Farm, Shaftsbury

- 3 - 4 p.m.

Tour Bennington Welcome Center Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Bennington Welcome Center

- 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Bennington Housing Needs Tour

Begins at 219 Pleasant St., Bennington (proceeds to multiple locations)

- 3:15 - 4 p.m.

Visit Bank of Bennington

- 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Hospitality and Service Industry Coffee Hour

Four Chimneys Inn, 21 West Rd., Bennington

- 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Community Conversations & Libraries

Martha Canfield Library, 528 East Arlington Rd., Arlington

- 4 - 4:45 p.m.

Tour Vermont Moonlight Cookies, Shaftsbury

- 4 - 5 p.m.

Tour of CCV Bennington

324 Main St., Bennington

More information about each stop can be found at https://governor.vermont.gov/press-release/2019BenningtonCountyCapitol4aDay. Note: events and meetings that are not open to the general public are not listed.


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