Liz Ruffa has been appointed by Governor Phil Scott to the Vermont Community Development Board, to serve a three year term. This statewide Board is located in the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development and works to improve and maintain the economic and physical environment in Vermont's municipalities, so as to enhance the quality of life for all Vermonters, particularly those of lower incomes. The Board’s objectives are to conserve, expand, and improve housing; to create and retain employment; and to improve public facilities in support of housing or economic development activities, or where there is a threat to the public’s health and safety.
Helping Vermonters integrate growth, environmental protections and economic opportunities into their regional and local framework matches Ruffa’s commitment to the educational, workforce and business development opportunities in regional and local food and working lands economies through her work with Northshire Grows Inc.
“I am delighted to serve the state in this capacity and to bring my experience using agriculture and food systems as a lever for community growth to this Board.” A member of the Town of Dorset’s Select Board and a Board member of the Vermont Foodbank, Ruffa is a recent graduate of the Snelling Government Center’s Vermont Leadership Institute and looks forward to applying her civic and VLI experience to this work.