Claremont To be Featured in Unique “Comeback Community” Idea Exchange

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May 23rd in WRJ

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT—It’s a commitment to helping communities come back. That’s the focus of ADG’s upcoming Comeback Community Idea Exchange on May 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Engine Room Conference Center, 188 South Main Street, White River Junction, VT.  

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A Comeback Community has a history of economic excellence, followed by a period of tough economic decline and now - due to innovative strategies and people - is coming back, but differently. Four such communities will be featured - Rutland City and White River Junction, VT, and the cities of Claremont and Franklin, NH.  Each of the four, in different stages of comeback, will discuss their concept, research, visions and plans that got them started as well as what resources were needed and where they found them and the action steps now underway.  Owners, developers, funders, investors, residents and those actively engaged in the comeback process will be exchanging ideas and experiences.  

“We have seen over time that certain communities in our region have shared attributes in their economic trials and recovery that they may not realize. These communities were once economic powerhouses, then had steep declines, and are now are re-envisioning themselves, but differently,” said Stu Arnett, Economy Developer at ADG, a leader in smart planning and development solutions for municipalities.   

The agenda includes facilitated Q & A between “hands-on” individuals from the communities and the attendees.  There will be a short walking tour of the host community, White River Junction,, and a network session will conclude the day.  The event’s principal sponsor is UBS Wealth Management.  

“We are excited for the opportunity to share our efforts to improve our community with others and to be able to assist them in doing the same,” said former Claremont Mayor and current NH State Representative Ray Gagnon.  “As a business owner, I know an idea exchange is exactly what is needed to move us in a positive direction.”  

The cost for the Comeback Community Idea Exchange is $40, including lunch.  Space is limited.  Register at  Sponsorship opportunities are available.  For more information, contact Annette Zamarchi at 603-219-0043 or at  All net proceeds go to future events for Comeback Communities.


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