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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 voting resulted in the whittling down of a list of 22 community-generated ideas

Broad Brook Grange enters a new era: New nonprofit plans to purchase historic building and transform it into a new town community center

By Wendy M. Levy, as seen in the Commons Online:

GUILFORD—On a recent Sunday afternoon, about 60 people gathered to snack on homemade apple pie and ice cream at the Broad Brook Grange.

Lawmakers group to hold hearing at Statehouse for public feedback, new ideas on local economy

As seen in the Commons Online:

The Vermont House Rural Development Caucus will hold a public hearing at the Statehouse, from 5-7 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 7, to hear from municipal, business, education, and nonprofit interests in rural Vermont about what issues are the most pressing.

Group readies Middlebury for climate change economy

By John Flowers, as seen in the Addison Independent:

MIDDLEBURY — Advancing public transportation, hiring more local staff to coordinate energy-related activities and helping farmers transition to organic and more sustainable agricultural practices should become Middlebury’s top priorities in its efforts to shape a stronger economy and community in the face of climate change.

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 low-carbon future and accelerate progress toward the significant economic opportunities associated with solving the unprecedented challenges presented by climate change.

Click HERE for links to the Summit Summary Report, Video, Photos, and Presentations.

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 Traffic & Pedestrian Safety & Build a Trail Connecting East and West Burke. Visit for stories and news about our work with Burke.


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 economic development, innovation, and affordability in the face of climate change. Read the Empower Pownal Report and Action Plan. Through the process, community members identified 5 priority areas for future action:

  • Develop a Network of Farm and Food Producers in Pownal to Share Resources, Market Together, and to Connect Unused Land with New or Expanding Farmers, Foresters, and Other Producers;
  • Develop More Trails and Rejuvenate the River to Provide Better Outdoor Recreation Opportunities in Pownal;
  • Reduce Barriers to Starting and Growing Businesses and Agriculture in Pownal;
  • Grow Jobs in Pownal through Business Incubation and the Redevelopment of Underutilized Properties; and
  • Build a Community-Wide Green Up Process in Pownal to Address Roadside Litter and Illegal Dumping.

VCRD will continue to provide support to the Task Force Groups in Pownal as they work to implement these 5 action ideas. Visit for stories and news about our work with Pownal.



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