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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

"Our 4-Town Future" Community Visit Forums - Feb 21, Mar 14, 21, and 28
All members of the Royalton, Sharon, Strafford & Tunbridge communities are invited to participate in a series of forums in the region to share their concerns and ideas. VCRD will bring a team of federal, state, business, nonprofit, and... read more
Seeking a Part-Time Fund Development and Communications Assistant
VCRD is seeking a dedicated and hardworking part-time Fund Development and Communications Assistant to help lead fund development, prospect outreach, donor communications and other fundraising work in line with our mission to support rural Vermont... 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