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Community Visits

Vermonters across the state know that local action makes our communities vibrant. But local action often needs support from regional, state and even federal scales to achieve goals for prosperity. To respond to this need in Vermont, the Vermont Council on Rural Development provides local leaders with the resources they need to build capacity for their communities as they look to the future through our Community Visit Program.

Our Community Visit program is a way for towns to engage and bring together their residents, set common goals and directions in a neutral and facilitated structure, and access resources that will help them take action on those goals. The Community Visit program, provided at no cost to communities, gets citizens engaged in workingfortheir communities and connects them to the resources they need to be successful.

What's New in Community Visits

Revitalizing Guilford's Grange Hall
When VCRD brought a Community Visit process to Guilford in 2013, it quickly became apparent that there was an abundance of excitement and energy to build upon the town’s assets and set trajectory for the future. Through the Community Visit process... read more
Poultney Comes Together Report and Action Plan - August 2019
Over 200 residents came together to think about the impacts of the closing of Green Mountain College on their community and the actions community members could take to advance community and economic development projects that could improve the... read more
Our 4-Town Future Community Visit Report - July 2019
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in the 4-Town region of Royalton, Sharon, Strafford and Tunbridge. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 3 priority areas for future action: Develop Area Housing and Build a... read more
Greater Greensboro Community Visit Day - July 17
On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, all members of the greater Greensboro community are invited to participate in a series of forums in town to share their concerns and ideas. VCRD will bring a team of federal, state, business, nonprofit, and philanthropic... read more
Our 4-Town Future Community Action Plan to Be Developed on May 21st
The Vermont Council on Rural Development will hold its last major session in the "Our 4-Town Future" Community Visit process on May 21st at the Sharon Academy High School; all community members are welcome to help line up action plans to move... read more