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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

R3 Randolph Region Re-Energized Takes Shape - Next Step: Task Force Meetings June 11
The Vermont Council on Rural Development will hold an action plan building session in the Randolph Region Re-Energized process on June 11th; all community members are welcome to help line up action plans to move priority projects forward. On May... read more
Wallingford Community to set priorities, May 23
On Wednesday, May 23rd, all members of the Wallingford Community are invited to participate in the second phase of the Wallingford Community Visit. The session will be held from 6:30-9pm at the Wallingford Elementary School. At this meeting,... read more
R3 Randolph Region Re-Energized Community Meeting - May 7
On Monday, May 7, all members of the Randolph Region community are invited to participate in the 2nd step of the R3 Randolph Region Re-Energized process. The session will be held from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Randolph Union High School. At this... read more
ReNewport Community Visit Report - 2018
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Newport. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 4 priority areas for future action: Enhance and Market the Newport Tourism Experience; Support and Attract Businesses and... read more
Wallingford Community Visit Day - April 26
On Thursday, April 26, 2018, all members of the Wallingford community are invited to participate in a series of forums in town to share their concerns and ideas. VCRD will bring a team of federal, state, business, nonprofit, and philanthropic... read more