Serving and Strengthening Vermont Local Government
Founded in 1967, the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that serves Vermont's municipal officials. The League provides:
- Educational workshops and consulting advice for municipal officials so that they can deliver excellent service to their citizens;
- Information for the public so that it can better understand local government;
- Support for legislation that strengthens local government;
- Comprehensive insurance coverage for municipalities; and
- A Municipal Assistance Center for consultation on a wide range of municipal issues.
Who We Are
VLCT is owned by its member municipal governments. A 13-member Board of Directors is elected to represent the general membership and govern the organization. Board members must serve as a selectperson, mayor, manager or clerk in a member municipality and all VLCT members are welcome to attend Board meetings. An Executive Director is appointed by the Board and manages the League’s day-to-day operations. To find out more about out mission and objectives, read VLCT's Mission Statement.
- Municipal Assistance Center (MAC). VLCT MAC provides legal, consulting, and education services. The Center fields telephone inquiries from municipal officials, maintains a clearinghouse of model ordinances and bylaws, and sponsors workshops on current issues affecting local government. The MAC team is also available to contract with municipalities for individualized assistance with legal review and drafting of documents, meeting facilitation and retreats, personnel searches, management audits, and customized training on topics of your choice. For more information on these services, call 800-649-7915 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Publications. VLCT offers handbooks written specifically for local officials who want a "plain English" guide to complex state and federal laws. The League also publishes informational posters, surveys, and an annual calendar of important municipal dates. The monthly VLCT News contains articles on a wide variety of municipal issues. During the legislative session, VLCT publishes the Weekly Legislative Report to keep officials abreast of legislative developments. Our annual Legislative Wrap-up summarizes new laws of interest to municipal officials.
- Risk Management Services. VLCT offers a full range of insurance and risk management products designed specifically for Vermont's cities and towns. These products and services are delivered in a service-oriented, cost-effective manner and are managed by municipal officials, staff, and technical advisors. All excess insurance program revenues are jointly owned by or returned to the participating municipalities.
- Advocacy. Speaking with one voice on behalf of many Vermont municipalities, VLCT educates state and federal officials about the impact of their actions on local governments and informs them of municipal needs. Each fall, VLCT members set the League's legislative priorities for the upcoming year when they adopt the VLCT Municipal Policy. During the legislative session, the Board of Directors also provides guidance on legislative issues as they evolve at the State House. At the federal level, VLCT represents Vermont municipal interests in Congress and federal agencies through its membership in the National League of Cities and its work with Vermont's congressional delegation.
- Town Fair. VLCT's annual business meeting is held during Town Fair in late September or early October. At the meeting, the VLCT membership elects its officers and Board of Directors and adopts its legislative priorities for the following year. Town Fair typically attracts more than 500 attendees who participate in training workshops and meetings and visit the displays of almost 100 vendors.
Every year, VLCT provides a one-page summary [Word] [pdf] of its services that can be included in Town Reports. We also publish a more extensive Annual Report [2015 VLCT Annual Report].