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November 3, 2016

Over 200 Statewide Community Leaders To Attend Vermont Collective Impact Conference

    October 27, 2016 (SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT): On November 2-3, 2016, more than 200 diverse community leaders from around the state attended the sold out 2016 Vermont Collective Impact Conference at Stoweflake Resort & Conference Center in Stowe, Vermont. The two-day conference convened multi-sector stakeholders including community partners, business leaders, nonprofits, policy makers, government at all levels, funders, and advocates to build on the momentum of the 2015 Conference and provide opportunities to learn and work together in furthering emerging or existing Collective Impact efforts.

    Collective Impact is the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem, using a structured form of collaboration. The event was made possible by the generous grant from the Stiller Family Foundation and support from Conference hosts United Way of Northwest Vermont, the University of Medical Center, Vermont Community Foundation and Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission.

    The Vermont Collective Impact Conference featured plenary sessions and presentations led by Paul Born, cofounder and President of Tamarack Institute, a leader on issues of place, citizenship engagement, collective impact, and community innovation. The author of four books, including two Canadian best sellers, Born is internationally recognized for his community-building activities that have won awards from the United Nations and as a senior fellow of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social innovators.

    Collective Impact strategies yield efficiencies and create systems of working together toward shared goals. “It’s a work strategy that yields far greater impact than working in silos. We’re excited to build upon the knowledge we gained last year and continue learning about how to apply this thinking, ” said United Way of Northwest Vermont Executive Director Martha Maksym. “There’s been an outpouring of interest, enthusiasm and desire to learn that we find extremely encouraging.”

    Participants departed the conference with tools and information they can use to engage in Collective Impact approaches. Sessions will be filmed and made available online following the Conference thanks to media sponsor Peoples United Bank. Sponsored tickets for ten attendees were provided by the UVM Center for Rural Studies and the Vermont State Data Center.

    The conference website – vermontcollectiveimpact.org – will be maintained and updated with videos of presentations and materials from the Conference, a list of attendees, resources, session summaries and other related information.

    For more information contact: Amy Carmola, Director of Community Impact, United Way of Northwest Vermont
    802-861-7850; amy@unitedwaynwvt.org

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