Purpose of Practice

This initiative partners Liquor Control Educational Seminars with the local area coalition. The coalition provides various incentives to the attendees from gas cards, to attendance checks, to different kinds of food and snacks. It also gives the coalition the opportunity to showcase various strategies to the attendees as well as recruit them into the effort. Many coalitions also use this opportunity to provide services such as smoking cessation to the attendees.

Success or Improvements

Most community coalitions in Vermont have included this practice in their community action plan and grant applications.

Evaluation of the Practice

Granting federal agencies have recognized this partnership as successful and the national Responsible Retailer Forum group is currently researching how to best involve the community in the business of alcohol sales and service. The above initiative is strongly being considered as a recommended or promising practice.


Grantors have recognized this partnering as a method of reducing illegal sales and service of alcohol within communities. It is now one of the recommended approaches to improving the partnership between the community and those people who are selling and serving alcohol or selling tobacco products.


Name: Kathy O'Hara, Personnel Administrator 
Agency: Vermont Department of Liquor Control 
Address: 13 Green Mountain Drive, Drawer 20, Montpelier, VT 05602 
Tele: 802-828-4934 
Email: kathy.ohara@state.vt.us