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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.

Climate Economy Initiative:

VCRD is spearheading efforts identified by the Vermont Climate Change Economy Council's report "Progress for Vermont" which outlines a bold action plan to create jobs and boost prosperity while reducing carbon impacts and advancing efficiencies.

cc:econ Summit:

A 3-day innovation summit for creative entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders who are champions of progress toward future prosperity in the Climate Economy. Find out more and register at

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.

Join the Working Landscape Partnership:

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

What's New at VCRD

ReNewport Community Visit Day - December 13
On Wednesday, Decemer 13th, 2017, all members of the Newport community are invited to participate in a series of forums in town to share their concerns and ideas. VCRD will bring a team of close to 25 federal, state, business, nonprofit, and... read more
Climate Economy Model Communities Program
The Vermont Climate Economy Model Communities Program is designed to help communities build and implement priority actions that increase economic vitality and affordability in a time of climate change. The ultimate goal is to help communities model... read more
The Greater Middlebury Climate Economy Initiative Takes Shape - Next Step: Task Force Meetings on Nov 16
Citizens of Middlebury and surrounding towns gathered on October 26 as part of the Greater Middlebury Climate Economy Initiative to prioritize action ideas that will guide the work of the program moving forward.  Lively discussion and 2 rounds of... read more
2017 Catalysts of the Climate Economy Summit - Summary and Next Steps
Over 500 entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders attended the cc:econ Catalysts of the Climate Economy Summit - a 3-day national innovation summit in Burlington, Vermont to gear up for the next stage of economic development and prosperity in a... read more
Burke Community Visit Report - 2017
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Burke. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 3 priority areas for future action: Revitalize Village Infrastructure; Expand Educational Facilities; and Improve Village... read more