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Build the crowd before the funding: A Q+A with the Patronicity team

Every so often, the Insight Hub will bring you a Q+A featuring a partner or exciting organization we've learned about, with the intention to shed light on how their product or service benefits communities. 

“At our core, we are a community development organization that harnesses the power of crowdfunding paired with matching grant dollars to support community-led placemaking initiatives,” mentions Jonathan Berk, vice president at Patronicity, as we dive into our conversation about the company and its role in the ongoing Better Places Vermont Program (BPP). 

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Progress and Preservation: Three ways to improve communities through historic preservation

Over the last 35 years, Vermont's state government, local communities, and charitable individuals have partnered to successfully restore many significant structures and proved that the process revitalizes downtowns and village centers, spurs economic development, and promotes tourism. But there's more to be done. This brief shares three actions to improve and strengthen communities through historic preservation.

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Book Feature: Thomas Sullivan's "Free Speech: From Core Values to Current Debates"

From time-to-time, the Insight Hub will bring you a book feature focusing on authors with Vermont connections.

To kick it off, we spoke with University of Vermont (UVM) President Emeritus Thomas Sullivan about teaching, free speech on campus, and his new book on the First Amendment titled, Free Speech: From Core Values to Current Debates, Cambridge University Press, $29.95.

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More Bylines, More Democracy? Attending the Center for Research on Vermont’s 2022 Journalism Conference

Writers, editors, publishers, and media fans gathered recently in a University of Vermont (UVM) conference room to brainstorm ways to support Vermont journalism—and in the process—strengthen democracy. Lofty goal? Yes. But there was deep enthusiasm for the mission, along with recognition of the challenges facing local news outlets.

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