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Working Toward Thriving Communities

November 5, 2020 at 10:49 am

VTDIGGER 11/04/20 By Michael Shank  Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank of Brandon, who is vice chair of the Rutland Regional Planning Commission and the chair of the Brandon Planning Commission. He was an independent candidate for a Rutland District seat in the Vermont State Senate. When the […]

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Rutland County Needs to Band Together for Broadband

Rutland County Needs to Band Together for Broadband

October 8, 2020 at 9:10 am

VTDIGGER 10/07/20 By Michael Shank Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank of Brandon, who is vice chair of the Rutland Regional Planning Commission and the chair of the Brandon Planning Commission. Many things in life are easier when done together. Whether it’s education, economic development, everyday chores or […]

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Band Together for Broadband

Band Together for Broadband

October 7, 2020 at 5:12 pm

MOUNTAIN TIMES 10/07/20 By Dr. Michael Shank Many things in life are easier when done together. Whether it’s education, economic development, everyday chores or even emergency response, when you have more hands and more help, the work is more efficiently executed and more effectively implemented. It takes a village to […]

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Broadband for All

Broadband for All

October 7, 2020 at 3:34 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 10/07/20 By Michael Shank Many things in life are easier when done together. Whether it’s education, economic development, everyday chores or even emergency response, when you have more hands and more help, the work is more efficiently executed and more effectively implemented. It takes a village to lighten […]

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A Roadmap for a Resilient Rutland County

September 20, 2020 at 12:34 pm

By Dr. Michael Shank Published: September 20, 2020 Protecting our infrastructure – physical, economic and social – from shocks to the system should be everyone’s priority. It’s compromised by increasingly extreme weather, extreme economic hardship and extreme ideologies. Committing to a repair and reinvestment strategy, then, should be on everyone’s […]

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Education and Life Skills

Education and Life Skills

September 19, 2020 at 8:36 am

RUTLAND HERALD 09/19/20 By Michael Shank As a university professor who has worked for educators in the U.S. Congress and was raised by high school teachers, I’m constantly thinking about the education system and how best to equip the next generation of leaders. I’ve also been interviewing educators throughout Vermont, […]

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Rutland Roundtables

Rutland Roundtables

September 16, 2020 at 5:53 pm

MOUNTAIN TIMES 09/16/20 By Dr. Michael Shank Storytelling. It’s the one thing that has the potential to cut through the political noise and allow us to see each other in a new way. It’s why we love films, books, and television series so much. We’re drawn to stories. And as […]

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Broadband for All – The Need for a Communications Union District

Broadband for All – The Need for a Communications Union District

September 15, 2020 at 8:50 am

By Dr. Michael Shank On the Rutland Regional Planning Commission, where I serve as the Vice-Chair of the Regional Board of Commissioners, the issue of broadband service throughout Rutland County is front and center. It’s an urgent priority for us, especially as COVID-19 has moved even more work, communication and […]

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Rutland Herald’s General Election Guide

Rutland Herald’s General Election Guide

September 13, 2020 at 10:57 pm

By Dr. Michael Shank The Rutland Herald is publishing a General Election Guide later this month. This questionnaire below is what was distributed to candidates. The answers, written by Michael Shank, will appear in the Rutland Herald’s guide.  Why are you running this year? I love this community and I […]

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An Organized Approach to Teaching Transferable Skills

An Organized Approach to Teaching Transferable Skills

September 10, 2020 at 9:45 pm

VTDIGGER 09/10/20 By Michael Shank Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank, a resident of Brandon who teaches at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs and George Mason University’s Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. He is an independent candidate for a Rutland District seat in the […]

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