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Lyndon Community Visit Report - 2017

We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Lyndon. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 4 priority areas for future action: Support business growth and economic development; Establish a unified recreation program and build a Lyndon community and recreation center; Build a formal school, college, and community partnership; and Revitalize downtown businesses and storefronts. Visit for stories and news about our work with Lyndon.


First ‘climate economy’ town begins charting its course

As seen in

POWNAL — About 30 residents turned out last week to begin planning how to foster a healthy local economy in an era of climate change.

Pownal is the first town in the Climate Economy Model Communities initiative of the Vermont Council on Rural Development.

Middlebury is up next, said Paul Costello, executive director of the council.

Local Economy, Downtown, Recreation Are Among Lyndon Priorities, School-Community Partnerships Focus, Too

By Amy Ash Nixon as seen in the Caledonian Record:

LYNDON — The three-part Lyndon Community Visit Process brought to town through the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) concluded this week, with the final session at Lyndon Institute on Tuesday evening.

Vernon halts fiber optic work

By Mike Faher, as seen in the Brattleboro Reformer:,504885

VERNON — Despite years of planning and research, it appears that a high-speed fiber optic network isn't coming to Vernon anytime soon.

A committee that had been laying the groundwork for a municipally-owned fiber line disbanded earlier this month, citing a lack of interest and support among homeowners and businesses.


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