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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

Montgomery Thrives Community Action Plan to Be Developed on Nov 29th
The Vermont Council on Rural Development will hold its last major session in the Montgomery Thrives Community Visit process on November 29th at the Montgomery Elementary School; all Montgomery community members are welcome to help line up action... read more
Wallingford Community Visit Report - 2018
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Wallingford. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 3 priority areas for future action: Support Business and Economic Development; Build Multi-Use Trails and River Access and... read more
Making It Happen: Vermont Community Leadership Summit
Over 500 current and emerging leaders from towns and cities throughout Vermont came together at the Making It Happen! Vermont Community Leadership Summit on October 1, 2018 at Castleton University to learn new skills from each other and statewide... read more
ReNewport Community Visit Report - 2018
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Newport. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 4 priority areas for future action: Enhance and Market the Newport Tourism Experience; Support and Attract Businesses and... read more
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... read more