The Preservation Trust of Vermont is committed to spending the next twenty-five years protecting the character of Vermont and strengthening the vitality of our communities. This is not about “pickling” Vermont, it’s about finding smart ways to grow and building on the essential qualities of the state. It’s about being good stewards of the Vermont we cherish.
Although the current trends are dismal, trends are not destiny. Across the country, a growing number of communities are taking concrete steps to ensure that locally owned businesses continue to be a vital and thriving part of our local economies.
Comments delivered at the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference, October 1, 2005 in Portland Oregon.