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2018 Vermont Community Leadership Summit:

Join community organizers and leaders working to improve the economies and quality of life in their communities!

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 Community to set priorities, October 22
On Monday, October 22nd, all members of the Montgomery Community are invited to participate in the second phase of the Montgomery Thrives Community Visit. The session will be held from 6:30-9pm at the Grange / Town Hall in Montgomery Center. At... read more
Swanton Energy Initiative to kick-off on October 10 with forums and a community meal - all are invited to participate
SWANTON - Vermont Council on Rural Development will launch the Climate Economy Model Communities Program in Swanton with a Kick-Off on October 10. The program, named the SWANTON ENERGY INITIATIVE by a local planning team, will begin with a series of... 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
Montgomery Thrives Community Visit Day - September 25
On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, all members of the Montgomery 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
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