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Press Release: RAFFL Executive Director Accepts Nomination to Become Rutland City Planning and Zoning Director

Elena Gustavson

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                 

Contact: Kara Soulia -   (802) 683-9347

May 17, 2016                                                                                                                                    

RAFFL Executive Director Accepts Nomination to Become Rutland City Planning and Zoning Director

Rutland, VT — Tara Kelly, the Executive Director of the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL), a non-profit that supports the local agricultural economy, has announced her decision to accept a nomination by Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras to become the Planning and Zoning Director for the City of Rutland. This is an appointed position that requires the support of Rutland’s Board of Aldermen. They will consider Ms. Kelly’s nomination at their meeting on June 6.

RAFFL’s board of directors fully supports Ms. Kelly’s decision to pursue this possible appointment. Prior to working with RAFFL, Ms. Kelly had more than a decade of experience in regional and city planning, working with the Rutland Regional Planning Commission and the City of San José, California. “During her time with RAFFL, Tara has demonstrated her strength as an innovator and a pioneer in developing the local farm and food movement in Vermont,” said Kara Soulia, RAFFL board president.  “While Tara’s leadership within our organization would be hard to replicate, we understand this could be a wonderful opportunity for her. Our loss would be a real gain for our community.”

Ms. Kelly has served as RAFFL’s executive director since 2009. She was a founding member of RAFFL in 2004, along with partners from several organizations and a host of local farmers. Over the past twelve years, she has helped grow the organization and developed numerous initiatives promoting the local farm and food economy. “I am extremely proud of RAFFL’s impact to strengthen local farm businesses and build new pathways for people throughout our community to connect to local foods.  It has been an honor to invest my energy in such a worthwhile effort and experience the difference it has made.  I am confident that our staff and board team will carry the mission forward and continue to support the future of our local farm and food economy.” said Tara Kelly.

If the Rutland Board of Alderman approve Ms. Kelly’s appointment, she would transition her responsibilities from RAFFL over the summer. During that time, RAFFL’s board of directors under the leadership of their established search committee would support Ms. Kelly and the organization during the transition period, as well as to hire her replacement.

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