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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

The 4-Town region of Royalton, Sharon, Strafford, and Tunbridge to set priorities, April 25
On Thursday, April 25th, all community members of the 4-Town region of Royalton, Sharon, Strafford, and Tunbridge are invited to participate in the second phase of the "Our 4-Town Future" Community Visit. The session will be held from 6:30-9pm at... read more
RAMP: Revitalizing All Marshfield and Plainfield to kick-off on April 30 with forums and a community meal
MARSHFIELD/PLAINFIELD - Vermont Council on Rural Development will launch the Climate Economy Model Communities Program in Marshfield and Plainfield with a Kick-Off on April 30. The program, named "Revitalizing All Marshfield and Plainfield: RAMP... 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
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