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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

Montgomery Thrives Community Visit Report - January 2019
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Montgomery. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 3 priority areas for future action: Improve Village and Center Traffic Flow and Pedestrian Safety; Develop Community... read more
Apply Now for the Model Communities Program
The application process for 2019 is now open! The Vermont Climate Economy Model Communities Program invites proposals from Vermont towns and local leaders interested in increasing local economic prosperity by working together to identify home,... read more
Montgomery Thrives Community Action Plan to Be Developed on Nov 29th
The Vermont Council on Rural Development will hold its last major session in the Montgomery Thrives Community Visit process on November 29th at the Montgomery Elementary School; all Montgomery community members are welcome to help line up action... read more
Making It Happen: Vermont Community Leadership Summit
Over 500 current and emerging leaders from towns and cities throughout Vermont came together at the Making It Happen! Vermont Community Leadership Summit on October 1, 2018 at Castleton University to learn new skills from each other and statewide... read more
Wallingford Community Visit Report - 2018
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Wallingford. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 3 priority areas for future action: Support Business and Economic Development; Build Multi-Use Trails and River Access and... read more