Economic Development

Economic Development Commission

In 2009 the Sustainable Woodstock Economic Development Action Group drafted a town economic development plan which proposed the formation of a Town/Village Economic Development Commission. The EDC was appointed in December 2009, and the EDAG continues to work in cooperation with the EDC on current and new initiatives.

Local First Alliance

Local First Alliance, a program of Vital Communities, is a coalition of independent businesses, nonprofits, farms, community leaders and citizens committed to thinking local first. Members are encouraged to buy local, give local, and minimize what can’t easily be localized, in order to build stronger, more self-reliant community economies. As a founding member, Sustainable Woodstock commissioned and produced the distinctive “buy local” posters seen around the Upper Valley.

The Naked Table

Initially created by Sustainable Woodstock volunteers working with Shackleton-Thomas furniture makers, the Naked Table project allows anyone to make their own tables out of locally harvested, sustainably grown Vermont sugar maple. In this annual fundraiser for Sustainable Woodstock run by Shackleton-Thomas, participants build and finish their own Naked Table over the course of the weekend. To educate the table makers to the complete chain of production, the participants are taken to the woodlot where their wood was harvested and the sawmill where it was sawn. The weekend concludes with a banquet of local food, often held on the covered bridge in the heart of Woodstock Village. To learn more about this annual fundraiser for Sustainable Woodstock, contact Sally Miller. You can learn more about The Naked Table by visiting the project website.

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