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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

Vermont Council on Rural Development Launches New “Climate Catalysts” Leadership Program and Invites Applications
The Vermont Council on Rural Development announced the launch of a new leadership program for Vermonters working to create climate solutions at the local level. The Climate Catalysts program will bring together 10 local leaders from all walks of... read more
Rockingham Community Action Plan to Be Developed on February 13
The Vermont Council on Rural Development will hold its last major session in the Let's Take Action Rockingham Community Visit process on February 13th at the Bellows Falls Middle School; all Rockingham community members are welcome to help line up... read more
Randolph Region Re-Energized Climate Economy Initiative Report - 2020
Randolph participated in VCRD's Climate Economy Model Community Program (CEMCP) in 2018. CEMCP is community-driven process with local leaders, VCRD, Green Mountain Power, and Efficiency Vermont to cultivate economic development, innovation, and... read more
Rockingham Community to set priorities, January 8th
On Wednesday, January 8th, all members of the Rockingham Community (which includes Bellows Falls, Saxton's River, and the unincorporated villages) are invited to participate in the second phase of the Let's Take Action: Rockingham Community Visit.... read more
Westford's Future Report and Action Plan - November 2019
Through the Westford's Future process, community members came together to identify and prioritize goals, foster local leadership, connect to resources and develop and realize achievable action plans. Through 2 public meetings, community members... read more