Starting in 2015 SE Group began working with the Town of Chester in southern Vermont to develop a master plan to guide its path forward. As a village dominated by historic architecture, the level of public engagement needed was very high. Working closely with a local steering committee, SE Group conducted a series of public engagement events and activities to draw out community needs. The resulting information was used to formulate specific “initiatives” that broke down critical improvements into smaller, more manageable parts. Several of these initiatives were given highest priority and the master plan provided documentation on relevant funding sources to assist in their implementation. In part, as a result of this master plan, the town was recently awarded a TAP grant for $1M to improve Depot Street; connecting the historic center to the train station. Work with the Town continues.