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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

2nd Annual VT Community Leadership Summit
SAVE THE DATE: August 12, 2019 The 2nd Annual Vermont Community Leadership Summit: Vision, Strategy and Skills for the FutureVermont Technical College, Randolph Join local leaders working to improve life in their communities at the Vermont Council... read more
VCRD Annual Reports
Here is a link to VCRD's 2018 annual report as well as those from the past few years: 2018 Annual Report 2017 Annual Report 2016 Annual Report 2015 Annual Report 2014 Annual Report 2013 Annual Report 2011 Annual Report 2010 Annual Report... read more
Our 4-Town Future Community Action Plan to Be Developed on May 21st
The Vermont Council on Rural Development will hold its last major session in the "Our 4-Town Future" Community Visit process on May 21st at the Sharon Academy High School; all community members are welcome to help line up action plans to move... read more
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
Making It Happen: Vermont Community Leadership Summit
VCRD is hosting the 2nd annual Vermont Community Leadership Summit on August 12th at Vermont Technical College. Find out more: Over 500 current and emerging leaders from towns and cities throughout Vermont came together at the... read more