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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:

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.

Climate Economy Model Communities Program:

Helping communities build and implement priority actions that increase economic vitality and affordability in a time of climate change

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 Action Plan to Be Developed on February 21st
The Vermont Council on Rural Development will hold its last major session in the ReNewport Community Visit process on February 21st at the North Country Career Center; all Newport community members are welcome to help line up action plans to move... 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
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
Empower Pownal Report - 2017
Pownal was the first community to participate in VCRD's Climate Economy Model Community Program (CEMCP), named Empower Pownal. CEMCP is community-driven process with local leaders, VCRD, Green Mountain Power, and Efficiency Vermont to cultivate... read more