“Valley Futures is a network connecting individuals and organizations working toward a healthy and sustainable Mad River Valley community.”
Valley Futures Network’s primary goal is to build enthusiasm and support across the Valley around a common vision of our future. This vision includes supporting critical success factors that are necessary in order to achieve health and sustainability: bolstering healthy local food; encouraging energy conservation and independence; supporting a strong, resilient business community; advocating for affordable housing for our workforce and young families; and conserving lands for agriculture, forestry, wildlife and recreation.
Supporting Valley People, Organizations and Initiatives
Valley Futures Network’s second goal is to publicize local projects that move the Valley’s vision from idea to reality. The new group will make available small grants as “seed” capital to facilitate demonstration projects or to test new ideas. The Valley Futures Network supports and promotes, rather than duplicates or replaces, the efforts of other individuals and organizations already working towards the health of the Valley. The Mad River Valley Planning District works closely with the Valley Futures Network to coordinate and implement projects that move us towards our goals.
Promoting an Open Forum – The Heart of the Network
The Valley Futures Network works to foster communication across the Valley, including efforts within the public and private sectors. This coordination role utilizes the Valley Futures Network website, public forums, various leadership building initiatives, newspaper articles and other means to energize discussions about the Valley’s future. The Valley Futures Network is an open forum to explore, discuss and implement our valley’s best ideas for a healthy and more sustainable future – one available for anyone and everyone to use.