There was a recent New York Times article talking about the drug problem in Rutland. The article was printed a few days after the first Project Vision meeting I went to. I’ve held of on reading the article out of my own curiosity in Rutland, looking to see what I really thought of Rutland. Most of my contact with local people is through Associations. Engaging people within the area is mostly through work and from being a resident of Rutland.
With my first official Project Vision meeting in early January, members got together to talk about how we could make a difference in the Northwest section of Rutland. One of the Project Vision goals was to concern itself in the production of creating an Asset Map for Rutland. Group members split into three different groups to consider and look at the resources for the Northwestern part of the city. Project Vision split into three groups Human Capital, Institutional Capital and Location Capital.
The Human Capital group met a few times. As members of the Human Capital Group we were looking at how to address the Human “Resources” within Rutland. One of the approaches we took was to see how people would look at their own “Gifts, Skills and Talents.” The emphasis was on the “Positive.” The Human Capital Group put together a survey and started to call people. Asking the questions to local Rutlanders was important in finding more about the area.
With the Human Capital questions in mind I’ve gotten to know people on a better level. When I was in supermarket I jokingly heard someone say something about Rutland, ” Anyone who says they’re from Rutland, doesn’t belong here.” I moved to the area in 1997 and have been suprised by my reception from people in Rutland. Through project Vision I’ve gotten to know the area better.
The investment I put into getting to know people pays off daily. Winters at first seemed too long. Spring needed to be sooner. Summers in Vermont are difficult to beat and the turn to Fall is part of the Yankee charm. From what I heard the article in The New York Times highlighted the problems Rutland has with drugs. From “Project Vision” I found there a lot of people with good reason to care about where they live.