Please join us!
On Friday, December 2 Matt Leighninger from Public Agenda will conduct a day- long workshop on Public Engagement in Essex.
Last spring, Heart and Soul of Essex received a grant from the Orton Family Foundation to help build capacity within the municipalities and school districts to incorporate public engagement skills and expectations into job descriptions, hiring expectations, and performance reviews. The first phase of that work took place in April when Matt visited Essex and conducted two days of interviews with school and community leaders to get a sense of the factors driving the need for engagement and the strengths and limitations of current engagement practices in Essex.
The upcoming workshop is designed to build on that work and will:
The workshop will be held at the Holy Family Parish Community Center from 8:30-4 on Friday, December 2.
For more information or to RSVP please contact email@example.com
Need a meal or some groceries? Know someone who does? An Essex group, all involved in addressing local food needs, has published a Food Resource Guide for Essex.The guide, provides information on our local food shelves, community meals for all, senior resources and free/reduced meals for school children. This guide will be updated seasonally to ensure we are providing accurate information for resources that are available throughout the year.
Look for the guide at your local library, Town and Village offices, the Heart & Soul of Essex website, or through the various food resource organizations in our community. If you have something to add, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer! Indian Brook is open, Maple Street Pool is full, and there are plenty of events to keep busy with! We're putting the spotlight on happenings around the community that are in line with our six key values. This month, we have a video featuring Hop on the Bandwagon Summer Series. Check out the video below, then keep reading to learn about all of the great things happening in Essex right now.
McGillicuddy's Comes to Five Corners
The new four story building at Five Corners finally has a restaurant name attached to it. McGillicuddy's will be bringing burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads to the Junction. To accompany the restaurant, developers plan to add street trees, awnings, benches and outdoor seating for up to 50 people. McGillicuddy's fills the majority of the space on the first floor, but there is still 10,000 sq. ft. available for more businesses to join the building. Make sure to stop by and say "hi" when the space opens in September!
Read the Essex Reporter Article
CCSU Names New CFO
Katherine Decarreau has been named the new Chief Financial Officer for the Chittenden Central Supervisory Union (CCSU). Decarreau will begin at CCSU starting on August 1, 2016. She joins CCSU after spending the last seven years as the City Manager for the City of Winooski.
“Katherine is exactly the kind of leader we were hoping to attract to this position. She listens deeply and values relationships and various perspectives. We look forward to her guidance and expertise as we continue moving forward with unifying our current systems.” said CCSU Superintendent Judith DeNova.
Decarreau brings a wealth of planning experience and will be able to provide valuable leadership during the transition period, as CCSU unifies with the Essex Town School District.
Read more: ccsuvt.org/26689/katherine-decarreau-named-new-ccsu-cfo
Junction Bike Path Begins Construction
We're seeing the first signs of development on a Bike Path that runs along the railroad tracks from Essex High School to the Junction Amtrak station. The Village Trustees have had this project in development for a long time, but are finally able to begin construction. This path will hopefully provide High Schoolers and other residents a safer alternative to walking on the railroad tracks.
Contact the Village Trustees
Fresh Tracks Road Pitch
Fresh Tracks Road Pitch is a multi-day motorcycle trip around Vermont where a pack of motorcycle riders with investing, entrepreneurial/business and business advisory experience ride together and stop in small towns where “Local Hosts” have organized a pitch session for entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas to the group.
On August 1st, the bikers will be in Essex Junction's own Green Mountain Harley Davidson dealership, hearing short pitches from 9am-11:30am. This event is open to the public, so come out, hear some new ideas, and get involved with our local economy!
More info: http://www.roadpitch.co/
Health & Recreation
Rec Gov Study Committee Recommends Union Municipal District
The Rec Governance Study Committee recently unanimously voted to form a union municipal district - a recreation district for the Village and Town together. They are in the process of drafting that Agreement that will outline all of the details about the district. Voters will get to weigh in onDecember 13 as to whether or not to enter into this district. If both the Village and Town vote yes, the district will start on July 1, 2017.
Watch the Rec Gov Study Committee Video
Hop on the BandwagonSummer Series
The Barns at Lang Farm have put together a brand new food & music series for thisSummer. Every Wednesday in July, there will be an event at Lang Farm that brings food trucks, an art market, a beautiful picnic area, and live music to Essex. The Hop on the Bandwagon Summer Series is a great way to connect with friends, neighbors, food vendors, and have a ton of fun while doing it. Check out our video feature above, visit them on Facebook, and make sure to get to one!
The Lang Farm Hop On the Bandwagon Summer Series represents exactly what our Community Connections Value is all about. It's neighbors joining together, interacting with each other, building relationships, and helping our community. Check out the video below.
Know someone who exemplifies Local Economy, Community Connections, Safety, Education, Health & Rec, or Thoughtful Growth? Let us know! Click below.
Keeping you updated bi-monthly with things happening in Essex that are aligned with our six key values.