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 Tuesday, Sept. 24, 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 Street, 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 Rd., 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

54 Highland Ave., Manchester Center

Who: Financial Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak

9:15 - 10 a.m.: Visit Finn & Stone Insurance

377 Center Hill Road., Manchester Center

Who: Financial Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak

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

Who: Tax Acting Commissioner Craig Bolio; Finance & Management Commissioner Adam Greshin; Tax Economist and Director of Tax Policy Doug Farnham; Tourism & Marketing Acting Commissioner Heather Pelham; and Digital Services Deputy Secretary Shawn Nailor

9:15 - 10:30 a.m.: Tour of the Factory Point Bank Building

4928 Main St., Manchester

Who: Public Service Commissioner June Tierney; Public Service Clean Energy Finance & Program Manager Ed Delhagen; Public Service Director of Clean Energy Development Fund Andy Perchlik; Pellergy Owner Andy Boutin; Office Manager of Vermont Renewable Fuels Alison MacDonald; Vermont Renewable Fuels staff Chip Straub; and Factory Point Building Manager Dan Scarlotta

9:30 - 10 a.m.: Visit Happy Days Play School

426 East Arlington Rd., Arlington

Who: Education Deputy Secretary Heather Bouchey

10 - 11 a.m.: Pop Up Baby & Toddler Storytime Showcase

Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St., Bennington

Who: State Librarian Jason Broughton

10 - 11 a.m. : Woodford State Park: Camping & Day Use Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

Woodford State Park, 142 State Park Rd., Woodford

Who: Human Services Acting Deputy Secretary Monica Hutt; Natural Resources Deputy Secretary Peter Walk; and State Parks Director Craig Whipple

10 - 11:30 a.m.: Tour Black Rose Creamery

195 VT Rte. 315, Rupert

Who: Agriculture, Food & Markets Secretary Anson Tebbetts; and Agriculture, Food & Markets Deputy Secretary Alyson Eastman

10 - 11:30 a.m. : Building Community Grants Presentation and Roundtable

Bennington County Industrial Corporation, 111 South St., Suite 203, Bennington

Who: Buildings and General Services Commissioner Christopher Cole; and local municipalities and non-profit organizations

10:15 - 11 a.m.: Visit Traver Gardner Investment Group

4331 Main St., Manchester

Who: Financial Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak

10:15 - 11:30 a.m. Visit & Tour with Town of Dorset

Dorset Town Offices, 112 Mad Tom Rd., Dorset

Who: Housing & Community Development Commissioner John Hanford; Vermont Community Development Program staff; and Town, business and community leaders

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Visit Southwest Vermont Career Development Center

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321 Park St., Bennington

Who: Commerce Secretary Lindsay, Workforce Development Program Manager John Young, Workforce Development Director Sarah Buxton; Labor Acting Commissioner Michael Harrington; and Education Deputy Secretary Heather Bouchey

11 - 11:45 a.m.: Agency of Digital Services IT Staff Discussion at Vermont Veterans' Home

325 North St., Bennington

Who: Digital Services Deputy Secretary Shawn Nailor; and Digital Services IT Specialist Scott Betit

11 - 11:45 a.m.: Visit Fisher Elementary School

504 East Arlington Rd., Arlington

Who: Education Secretary Dan French

12:30 - 2 p.m.: Tour Equinox Valley Nursery & Garden Center

1158 Main St., Historic Rt. 7A, Manchester Center

Who: Agriculture, Food & Markets Secretary Anson Tebbetts; and Agriculture, Food & Markets Deputy Secretary Alyson Eastman

12:45 - 1:30 p.m.: Visit Woodford Elementary

995 VT Rt. 9, Woodford

Who: Education Secretary Dan French

1 - 1:45 p.m.: Visit Church Insurance Company

210 South St., Bennington

Who: Financial Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak

1 - 2 p.m.: Meet with Bennington County Emergency Management Personnel, Firefighters and EMTs

Bennington Village Fire, 130 River St., Bennington

Who: Public Safety Commissioner Michael Schirling; Vermont Emergency Management Director Erica Bornemann; Division of Fire and Safety Director Michael Desrochers; representatives from the Department of Health

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

Who: State Librarian Jason Broughton

1:30 - 3 p.m.: Panel Discussion: Economic Development, Act 250 and Taxes

Old First Church Barn, 1 Monument Circle, Bennington

Who: Natural Resources Deputy Secretary Peter Walke; Economic Development Deputy Commissioner Brett Long; Tax Economist and Director of Policy Douglas Farnham; Housing & Community Development Director of Community Planning & Revitalization Chris Cochran; and Natural Resources Board General Counsel Greg Boulbol

2 - 2:45 p.m.: Visit Pownal Elementary School

94 Schoolhouse Rd., Pownal

Who: Education Deputy Secretary Heather Bouchey

2 - 3:30 p.m. Visit Mack Molding

608 Warm Brook Rd., Arlington

Who: Commerce Secretary Lindsay Kurrle; and Economic Development Commissioner Joan Goldstein

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.: Tour Clear Brook Farm

47 Hidden Valley Rd., Shaftsbury

Who: Agriculture, Food & Markets Secretary Anson Tebbetts; and Agriculture, Food & Markets Deputy Secretary Alyson Eastman

3 - 4 p.m.: Tour Bennington Welcome Center Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Bennington Welcome Center, 100 Route 279, Interchange of Routes 279 and 7, Bennington

Who: Buildings and General Services Commissioner Christopher Cole

3 - 4:30 p.m.: Bennington Housing Needs Tour

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

Who: Housing and Community Development Commissioner Josh Hanford; Vermont Housing Finance Agency Executive Director Maura Collins; Shires Housing Executive Director Stephine Lane; and managers of Bennington rental housing

3:15 - 4 p.m.: Visit Bank of Bennington

155 North St., Bennington

Who: Financial Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Hospitality and Service Industry Coffee Hour

Four Chimneys Inn, 21 West Rd., Bennington

Who: Acting Commissioner of Labor Michael Harrington; Acting Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing Heather Pelham; Commissioner of Economic Development Joan Goldstein; and invited businesses/constituents

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Community Conversations & Libraries

Martha Canfield Library, 528 East Arlington Road., Arlington

Who: State Librarian Jason Broughton

4 - 4:45 p.m.: Tour Vermont Moonlight Cookies

1261 Rt. 7A, Shaftsbury

Who: Agriculture, Food & Markets Secretary Anson Tebbetts; Agriculture, Food & Markets Deputy Secretary Alyson Eastman; and Commerce Secretary Lindsay Kurrle

4 - 5 p.m.: Tour of CCV Bennington

324 Main St., Bennington

Who: Financial Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak

Note: events and meetings that are not open to the general public are not listed.

This schedule is subject to change.


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