Your involvement in Keys to the Valley is important. One way to lend your voice is through attending events. Events will be advertised here. You can also read and hear about past events in our Event History and if you’d like event notices sent directly to your email, please sign up here.

Event recordings will be made publicly on the Initiative’s YouTube.


Home Creators Expo – Back in 2024 by Popular Demand!

Saturday, June 1, 10 am to 3 pm, Hartford Area Career and Technology Center

FREE! Register here.

We keep hearing about the housing crisis. Did you know you can be part of the solution? 

At the HOME CREATORS EXPO 2024, attend workshops and get answers to your questions and the how-tos about:

  • Adding an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) to your home or house lot
  • Converting a single-family home to multi-family
  • Developing a “cottage cluster” of smaller homes
  • Setting up a stable and mutually beneficial “homeshare”

Last year’s inaugural Home Creators Expo left people clamoring for more! Don’t miss this lively day of learning how YOU can create housing for the benefit of yourself, your neighborhood, and your community!

Hosted by Vital Communities, Keys to the Valley (The Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission, the Two Rivers Ottauquechee Planning Commission, and the Mount Ascutney Regional Commission), Town of Hartford, and HACTC. Sponsored by Dartmouth Health.

Please park in front of the high school off Hanover Street. There are stairs to the HACTC entrance to the right of the high school building. The parking lot in front of HACTC is reserved for those with accessibility needs.

Prior Events

Building Smart for Stronger Communities

To address our region’s housing crisis, many new homes are needed. Through
thoughtful planning, we can tackle this challenge in a way that strengthens community bonds, bolsters local tax bases, and ensures quality of life for residents. This workshop will cover a variety of planning tools available to communities, including strategies around land use, transportation, infrastructure, and conservation.

View the recording of this event.

Download the presentation slides here.

Land Use Regulations

Land use regulations can help our communities provide the homes needed
for resident health and economic vitality; however, they can also be barriers to a community’s ability to respond to specific needs and adapt to change. Come learn about how land use regulations impact our region’s homes and strategies to better provide the homes we need now and In the future.

View the recording of this event.

Download the presentation slides here.

Homes to get or Stay out of Crisis and Homelessness

Do we have adequate housing options for our homeless? How can we do better
at providing the social supports many need to maintain a stable, safe home? Come learn, share, and hear directly from our region’s social service providers.

View the recording of this event.

Download the presentation slides here.

Employer Assisted Housing

Wednesday May 26, Noon – 1PM

A shortage of affordable homes creates many challenges for employers seeking to attract a workforce. Some employers have responded to the challenge by developing new homes themselves or investing in new home creation. Learn about strategies that employers of all sizes have undertake to address this challenge, and how you business or organization could get involved.

View the recording of this event.

Download presentation slides here.

Vital Communities Housing Breakfast

Friday, June 11, 730-9AM

Are you ready to be part of the effort to improve home availability and affordability?
Join residents, employers, officials, and other leaders … Learn about exciting housing approaches being used in the region … Help unveil “Keys to the Valley,” an online information tool for organizing and encouraging dozens of different strategies and tools that will help us meet this regional challenge!

Presenters and projects:

-ADU partnership, Montpelier
-Homeshare, Thompson Senior Center, Woodstock, VT
-Mixed Use Zoning, Hartford, VT
-Capital for Affordability, Corporate Council & Evernorth
-Rental Rehabilitation, Windham and Windsor Housing Trust

(Hosted by Vital Communities)

View the recording of this event.

Download presentation slides here.