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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

Let's Take Action: Rockingham Community Visit Report and Action Plan - March 2020
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Rockingham. Read the Report & Action Plan. Community members identified 3 priority areas for future action: Build a Youth Center; Advance Community Energy, Efficiency, and Resiliency; and... read more
POSTPONED: Barre Community Forums to Share Ideas for the Future
POSTPONED. WE WILL BE RESCHEDULING THE FORUMS FOR A LATER DATE. All members of the Barre community are invited to join with friends and neighbors on April 7th to discuss assets, challenges, and ideas for the future of Barre! Forums will be... read more
Wheelock's Future Report and Action Plan - March 2020
Through the Wheelock's Future process, community members came together to identify and prioritize goals, foster local leadership, connect to resources and develop and realize achievable action plans. Through 2 public meetings, community members... read more
POSTPONED: Mendon on the Move: Community Forums to Set Direction for the Future of the Community
POSTPONED. WE WILL BE RESCHEDULING FOR A LATER DATE. On April 2nd, all members of the Mendon community are invited to kick off a process to set direction for a vibrant, prosperous, and dynamic future. This process will engage the entire community... read more
Poultney Comes Together - Update and Implementation Plan
In March 2019, over 200 Poultney residents came together to discuss the impacts on the town associated with the closing of Green Mountain College, and to consider what community residents could do to address the challenges facing Poultney and... read more