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The USDA Loaned Millions to Five Vermont Colleges. Two Are Closing.

By Molly Walsh, as seen in Seven Days: https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/the-usda-loaned-millions-to-five-ver...

Vermont's ailing higher education sector has gotten a cash injection from an unlikely source: the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which has approved low-interest loans of $94.2 million to five private schools during the past six years.

R3 Celebrates First Birthday

BY CECILE SMITH, as seen in then Randolph Herald: https://www.ourherald.com/articles/r3-celebrates-first-birthday/

Last Wednesday, scores of Randolph, Brookfield, and Braintree residents convened over dinner at the RUHS cafeteria to celebrate and discuss one year of community development initiatives under the banner of Randolph Region Re-energized. The group’s goals span from improving energy efficiency to supporting local commerce to attracting visitors to the area.

‘Our 4-Town Future’ Prepares for Next Step: Project Seeks to Combine Efforts

BY SCOTT BEAVERS, as seen in the Randolph Herald: https://www.ourherald.com/articles/our-4-town-future-prepares-for-next-s...

The towns of Royalton, Sharon, Strafford and Tunbridge are working together with the Vermont Council of Rural Development (VCRD) to develop a plan to help shape the future of the towns and region. The VCRD was invited by the four towns’ selectboards to facilitate and work on this project on behalf of the region.

R3 Task Forces Ready to Mark Anniversary

By Tim Calabro, as seen in the Randolph Herald

The Randolph Region Re-energized effort is ready to party. It's been a year since scores of volunteers set out to dream a brighter future for Randolph and the surrounding towns, and the coordinators of the program hope to draw a crowd next Wednesday, April 24, to celebrate the initiative's progress so far.

The event, held at Randolph Union High School, will include a community dinner and hightlight the work upon which four task forces embarked last April.

Four Vt. towns set priorities for economic development, housing, conservation

By DANIELA VIDAL ALLEE, as seen in the Valley News: https://www.vnews.com/4-Towns-Meeting-25098296

TUNBRIDGE — A group of residents from four White River Valley towns agreed on Thursday night to prioritize economic development, housing, and conservation as part of an initiative led by the Vermont Council on Rural Development.

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