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Program to help towns with online tools

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Council on Rural Development is launching a project to help towns affected by flooding in 2011 to expand their use of online tools.

Towns can chose from a number of free services and have until March 15 to apply.

The Vermont Digital Economy Project will work with towns to add Wi-Fi and other public access points, bring a community-based social network to every town, create town websites and community calendars and provide training.

The council's executive director says the program will spur recovery, build resilience, strengthen local economies and bring people in rural towns closer together.

The council is working with IBM, the Snelling Center for Government, the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Vermont Small Business Development Center, Microsoft, and the Vermont State Colleges to provide the services.

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