David Raphael, Middlebury
I believe in the importance of effective planning. Smart Growth Vermont gives the kind of support to communities that is essential to guiding their plans for the future. The organization also provides support when consultants might otherwise not be hired due to local funding. The organization’s role supporting appropriate legislation and promoting programs such as the Downtown Program is very valuable. The bottom line is that if we want to keep Vermont the way it is, we need to reflect and guide the overall goals and values as they relate to planning and development in our state. This is why I support Smart Growth Vermont.