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AARP CEO Barry Rand Visits Vermont

AARP CEO traveled from Washington DC to Burlington, Vermont in late June to visit with staff, volunteers and other community organizations at the Vermont State Office. Rand’s visit was part of an effort to find out more about the work AARP is doing in Vermont and how the national office can support those initiatives. He met with staff and the AARP Vermont executive council as well as a group of community organizations working together on local and statewide transportation issues.

Rand was impressed with the close connection the state office has with community organizations and the progress it has made on livable communities efforts in Burlington and other communities across the state. He also conducted interviews with WCAX and Vermont Public Radio on a host of issues including national health care reform and the AARP’s role on federal issues impacting older Americans.

Following his visit, Rand emphasized the important role the state offices play in executing on the mission of AARP. He recognized that advocacy and community development work at the state level can really yield measurable results and make a difference in the lives of AARP members and other citizens. Rand pledged the continuing support and commitment of the AARP national office in helping Vermont accomplish its objectives on legislative issues as well as livable communities projects and related initiatives.

Before leaving Vermont, Rand sat down with Governor Jim Douglas who chairs the National Governors Association (NGA) and co-chairs the NGA Health Care Reform Task Force. They discussed the national health reform law, and what Vermont is doing to leverage national reform to its benefit.

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