POULTNEY - The town of Poultney was recently chosen to host the third annual Vermont Downtown Conference, in conjunction with another state conference - the Preservation Trust of Vermont Conference - which happens in April.
The conference host town is chosen by the Preservation Trust of Vermont along with Vermont Downtown Coordinator Leann Tingny.
"There are a lot of positive things going on in the town of Poultney right now," Tingny said in a recent interview. "Poultny also has an amazing group of volunteers, including a 15-person Downtown Preservation Committee that really works hard and does a great job."
The Vermont Downtown Program is a component of the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and each year, they partner with the Preservation Trust of Vermont to host the statewide conference. The conference was created in order to promote workshops and speaking engagements that focus on the organization and promoting of the state's 23 designated downtown areas.
Poultney was chosen for this year's conference based on the town's strong commitment to the town preservation committee and to the 15 volunteers dedicated to upgrading the look of town's Main Street. It is efforts such as this that make Poultey an ideal choice for such a community-orientated effort.
Speaking engagements have not yet been lined up for the conference; however, talks are already in the works to possibly hold the conference at Green Mountain College, as well as other downtown spaces. Preliminary plans are to have talks about how local businesses can stay open and thrive in the current economy. The town's chamber of commerce and other local businesses will be invited to the conference as well.