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State honors Creative Economy

Rutland Herald | July 29,2012

By Gordon Dritschilo

Paul Gallo likened Rutland to a puzzle, saying its Creative Economy simply fit a few of the pieces into place.

“It’s unfinished business,” he said.

Even so, the role thus far of the organization Gallo heads has earned it statewide recognition.

The Vermont Council on Rural Development, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the future of rural Vermont, announced Friday that the Creative Economy will receive its 2012 Vermont Community Leadership Award during a ceremony this week.

The award recognizes “dedication, integrity, and honorable service” to the community and state.

Previous honorees include Robert McBride and Richard Ewell for their work in downtown Bellows Falls, the Center for Agricultural Economy for its role in revitalizing Hardwick, and Marcia and Al Perry for their contributions to Richmond and the surrounding region.

“It’s wonderful to be recognized,” Gallo said. “This is an award that’s recognizing 70 to 100 people over the last seven or eight years who have done a lot of work. … It feels really good, but it’s just a bunch of volunteers who have gotten together to move things forward in the community. It’s great they recognize that.”

Creative Economy’s accomplishments, as listed by the council, include creating Friday Night Live, helping to double the size of the Rutland Farmers Market, helping secure the $1 million earmark for Center Street alley, raising money for the first two phases of the Creek Path, producing the Art Hop events, developing the Sustainable Rutland organization, and fostering the Wonderfeet Children’s Museum. More…(Paywall)

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