Topic: Newport, Vermont was once a thriving town where farm families came to shop and be entertained. Over the years, the town has seen economic challenges. Lately, the area has been contemplating change as a potentially major economic development effort moves forward. The Newport Community Justice Center and the Newport City Renaissance Corporation partnered a year ago to begin a monthly Community Commons conversation to strengthen the town’s sense of community and provide a safe space to talk about the changes that might occur. We’ll be talking with Barbara Morrow and Trish Sears about how this project was conceived, and some of the things that have happened as a result.