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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 forums and a free community dinner during the afternoon and evening.

Panel: Lead by example, lead together

By Kate Barcellos, as seen in the Rutland Herald:

CASTLETON — The Casella Theater at Castleton University was standing room only as hundreds of municipal administrators, organizers and legislators gathered Monday for the Vermont Community Leadership Summit “Making It Happen,” hosted by the Vermont Council on Rural Development.

Vermont Natural Resources Council Presents Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership to Paul Costello of Vermont Council on Rural Development

The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) is pleased to present this year’s Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership to Paul Costello, Executive Director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD). The award will be presented at VNRC’s annual meeting on Thursday, September 20 at American Flatbread, Lareau Farm Inn in Waitsfield.

R3 Group Hard at Work in Randolph

BY TIM CALABRO as seen in the Randolph Herald:

Though it’s been months since the dramatic spring kickoff of the Randolph Region Re-energized project, known as R3, lots of work is still underway.

Fifteen members of the Task Force on Economic Development and Downtown met Monday night at Gifford Medical Center’s conference center to discuss their group’s progress since they formed in June.

Marlboro gets space to create community: Library and long-awaited community center set to open in meeting house

In 2010, VCRD brought its Community Visit process to Marlboro where residents identified a number of action ideas for future progress in town. "Develop a Marlboro Community Center Building" was one of the ideas the community identified. This article shares the great work going forward on that effort!


By Wendy M. Levy as seen in The Commons:

Dan Smith: A new generation of local leadership

By Dan Smith, VCRD board member and president and CEO of The Vermont Community Foundation, as seen in

Vermont faces a set of economic and demographic challenges that, if left unaddressed, will continue to erode communities, widen the gap between regions and stretch the distance between poor families and wealthy families in our state.


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