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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

Mendon on the Move: Community Forums to Set Direction for the Future of the Community
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 in reviewing challenges and opportunities facing the... 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
Rockingham Community Action Plan to Be Developed on February 13
The Vermont Council on Rural Development will hold its last major session in the Let's Take Action Rockingham Community Visit process on February 13th at the Bellows Falls Middle School; all Rockingham community members are welcome to help line up... read more
Rockingham Community to set priorities, January 8th
On Wednesday, January 8th, all members of the Rockingham Community (which includes Bellows Falls, Saxton's River, and the unincorporated villages) are invited to participate in the second phase of the Let's Take Action: Rockingham Community Visit.... read more
Westford's Future Report and Action Plan - November 2019
Through the Westford'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