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2017 Catalysts of the Climate Economy Summit - Summary and Next Steps

Over 500 entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders attended the cc:econ Catalysts of the Climate Economy Summit - a 3-day national innovation summit in Burlington, Vermont to gear up for the next stage of economic development and prosperity in a low-carbon future and accelerate progress toward the significant economic opportunities associated with solving the unprecedented challenges presented by climate change.

Click HERE for links to the Summit Summary Report, Video, Photos, and Presentations.

Burke Community Visit Report - 2017

We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Burke. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 3 priority areas for future action: Revitalize Village Infrastructure; Expand Educational Facilities; and Improve Village Traffic & Pedestrian Safety & Build a Trail Connecting East and West Burke. Visit for stories and news about our work with Burke.


Empower Pownal Report - 2017

Pownal was the first community to participate in VCRD's Climate Economy Model Community Program (CEMCP), named Empower Pownal. CEMCP is community-driven process with local leaders, VCRD, Green Mountain Power, and Efficiency Vermont to cultivate economic development, innovation, and affordability in the face of climate change. Read the Empower Pownal Report and Action Plan. Through the process, community members identified 5 priority areas for future action:

  • Develop a Network of Farm and Food Producers in Pownal to Share Resources, Market Together, and to Connect Unused Land with New or Expanding Farmers, Foresters, and Other Producers;
  • Develop More Trails and Rejuvenate the River to Provide Better Outdoor Recreation Opportunities in Pownal;
  • Reduce Barriers to Starting and Growing Businesses and Agriculture in Pownal;
  • Grow Jobs in Pownal through Business Incubation and the Redevelopment of Underutilized Properties; and
  • Build a Community-Wide Green Up Process in Pownal to Address Roadside Litter and Illegal Dumping.

VCRD will continue to provide support to the Task Force Groups in Pownal as they work to implement these 5 action ideas. Visit for stories and news about our work with Pownal.


VT Rural Caucus invites testimony on the future of the rural economy

We are helping to organize a hearing for the Vermont Rural Caucus - a nonpartisan group of Vermont State Representatives. As the legislative session nears, the Caucus is seeking input about what Vermonters feel are the most pressing issues for Vermont. Come share your testimony on Tuesday November 7th from 5-7pm at the Vermont State House. Or if you are unable to attend, you may submit testimony via email. See below for more.

Community ‘Visits’ To Focus On City’s Future: Vermont Council On Rural Development To Host First Meeting In December

By Robin Smith, as seen in the Caledonian Record:

NEWPORT CITY — Recommendations about downtown’s potential for economic development will form the baseline for community discussions about the city’s future this winter.

Community Visits Produce Tangible Results: Child Care Center, Warming Shelter, Among Achievements

By Amy Ash Nixon, as seen in the Caledonian Record:

The 2015 Community Visit process in the town of Craftsbury has led to a new child care center, opened earlier this month, work on improved internet access, arts and recreation opportunities, and citizens looking at land use planning and more.

NEK - Helping Towns Help Themselves: Community Visits to Brighton, Burke, Craftsbury, Lyndon, St. J

By Amy Ash Nixon, as seen in the Caledonian Record:

Teams from the Vermont Council on Rural Development have visited several Northeast Kingdom communities in recent years. Their mission: to help townspeople determine pathways to improvement.


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