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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

Resources for COVID-19 Community Response and Mutual Aid
As the enormity of the impact of COVID-19 has become clear, Vermonters across the state are stepping forward to connect neighbors in need with those that can help. Over the past few weeks, VCRD has been part of a coalition of regional organizers... read more
Let's Take Action: Rockingham Community Visit Report and Action Plan - March 2020
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Rockingham. Read the Report & Action Plan. Community members identified 3 priority areas for future action: Build a Youth Center; Advance Community Energy, Efficiency, and Resiliency; and... read more
POSTPONED: Barre Community Forums to Share Ideas for the Future
POSTPONED. WE WILL BE RESCHEDULING THE FORUMS FOR A LATER DATE. All members of the Barre community are invited to join with friends and neighbors on April 7th to discuss assets, challenges, and ideas for the future of Barre! Forums will be... read more
Wheelock's Future Report and Action Plan - March 2020
Through the Wheelock's Future process, community members came together to identify and prioritize goals, foster local leadership, connect to resources and develop and realize achievable action plans. Through 2 public meetings, community members... read more
POSTPONED: Mendon on the Move: Community Forums to Set Direction for the Future of the Community
POSTPONED. WE WILL BE RESCHEDULING FOR A LATER DATE. On April 2nd, all members of the Mendon community are invited to kick off a process to set direction for a vibrant, prosperous, and dynamic future. This process will engage the entire community... read more