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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

Leadership Summit - Save the Date: October 1, 2018
Click HERE to sign up to receive an email when registration opens in August. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/399195823899064/. Join community organizers and leaders working to improve the economies and quality of life in... read more
VCRD Annual Reports
Here is a link to VCRD's 2017 annual report as well as those from the past few years: 2017 Annual Report 2016 Annual Report 2015 Annual Report 2014 Annual Report 2013 Annual Report 2011 Annual Report 2010 Annual Report 2009 Annual Report... 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
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... read more
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... read more