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The Grafton Conference Reports

We, at the Windham Foundation, have been honored by the active participation of more than 300 concerned citizens who have taken time to develop solutions to critical issues raised in our Grafton Conference Projects. Our mission is to provide the preparation, setting and resources to help our brightest decision makers debate subjects and formulate policy which could have an impact on the way Vermonters live and work.

Since its inception in 1984, the Grafton Conference Project has become a leading public policy forum in the state. We look forward to many more conferences to develop appropriate answers to important topics facing the residents of this state.

Neither the trustees nor the employees of the Windham Foundation necessarily support the views or recommendations expressed in the following report. The Windham Foundation's sole interest is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on important issues.

We are open to proposed topics for future conferences. Your suggestions and comments on the following report are most welcome.

Most recent Grafton Conference reports are available via links below. Copies of all the Grafton Conference reports can be obtained without cost. Please contact us at:

The Windham Foundation
P.O. Box 70
Grafton, Vermont 05146

35th Grafton Conference Report

Vermont’s Forest Economy: Advancing Creativity and Entrepreneurship in Value-Added Forest Products
August 14 & 15, 2013  (download pdf)

34th Grafton Conference Report

Optimizing the Potential of Vermont’s Older Workers
November 8-10, 2008 (download pdf)


33rd Grafton Conference Report

Seeking to Ensure the Future Viability of Vermont’s Dairy Industry
March 6-7, 2008 & December 15-16, 2008 (download pdf)


32nd Grafton Conference Report

The Future of Vermont’s Nonprofit Sector: A Framework for Stewardship and Success
June 17-19, 2007 (download pdf)

31st Grafton Conference Report

Mediating Community Land-Use and Development Conflicts
November 6-8, 2005 (download pdf)

30th Grafton Conference Report

Vermont's Electric Energy Future
July 10-12, 2005 (download pdf)

29th Grafton Conference Report

Exploring Vermont's School Choice
October 24-26, 2004 (download pdf)

27th Grafton Conference Report

Wind Power & Ridgeline Development
October 26-28, 2003 (download pdf)

13th Grafton Conference Report

Growth in Vermont: Under Control?
November 8-10, 1987 (download pdf)