Convening the Upper Valley’s major employers and social service organizations to address regional issues
The Corporate Council brings together top representatives of major employers and others to address challenges the region faces. Current issues include workforce housing, workforce development, racial equity, child care, and our region’s response to COVID-19. Vital Communities is the Council’s convener and administrator, and Vital Communities’ Executive Director is a Council member.
Vital Communities founded the Corporate Council in 2006 to work with the principal employers of the region to address key change issues the region faces that are often too complex for individual businesses, communities, or even states to address effectively. Such collaboration is especially necessary given diminishing federal and state government funding for regional efforts over recent decades and the Upper Valley being divided between two states, making it harder to attract state participation and funding. Membership is corporate, and it is expected that each entity sends a representative capable of making decisions at the highest administrative levels. The small size and private sessions are intended to produce, over time, the most far-reaching outcomes that will help ensure that the important issues will be addressed and dealt with in the most advantageous and effective ways possible.
The group meets every other month, on the second Wednesday, 7:30 to 9:00 am. Meetings are private.