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Making Rural Towns More Vibrant:

Through a number of different initiatives and programs, the Vermont Council on Rural Development helps to foster community and build local capacity.

Community Visits:

Community Visits allow towns to come together to plan local actions that make their towns more vibrant. Find out how your town can get involved.

Climate Economy Initiative:

In 2015, the VT Climate Change Economy Council will build a bold action plan to create jobs and boost prosperity while reducing carbon impacts and advancing efficiencies.

Join the Working Landscape Partnership:

Add your name to the growing list of folks who support Vermont's Farm and Forest future.

Food Systems:

The VT Higher Education Food Systems Consortium is designing new ways to collaborate, share students and resources and expand a plethora of elective opportunities for place-based food systems education where “Vermont is our classroom.”

What's New at VCRD

Craftsbury Community Action Plan to Be Developed on Nov 17
The Vermont Council on Rural Development will hold its last major session in the Craftsbury Community Visit process on November 17th; all residents of the town are welcome to help line up action plans to move priority projects forward. On October... read more
What's Next for VT's Climate Change Economy? Burlington Forum to Identify Next Steps - October 29 2015
MONTPELIER, VT – Area businesses and nonprofits are increasingly involved with climate change--both its challenges and opportunities. Their creative solutions are becoming a growing part of our state’s economy. What are your experiences? Do you... read more
Video ~ PEG-TV show about the Climate Economy Forum in Rutland, August 26th
A public forum in Rutland on August 26th 2015 (7-9pm, Paramount Theatre) will discuss "What’s Next For VT’s Climate Change Economy?" Host Tom Donahue interviews Paul Costello (Executive Director, Vermont Council on Rural Development) and Joe Fusco (... read more
What's Next for VT's Climate Change Economy? Join the Statewide Conversation!
In February 2015, VCRD launched the Vermont Climate Change Economy Council, a group of business and policy leaders who will convene over the course of 2015 to frame a bold platform of action to advance Vermont's Climate Change Economy.  Beginning... read more
Final Report of the NEK Collaborative "Ideas for the Future of the NEK" Forum Series
The “Ideas for the Future of the NEK” forum series was produced by the Vermont Council on Rural Development for the NEK Collaborative to gather ideas and set directions for work to advance the prosperity and vitality of NEK communities. This Final... read more