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Making Rural Towns More Vibrant:

Through a number of different initiatives and programs, the Vermont Council on Rural Development helps to foster community and build local capacity.

Climate Economy Initiative:

VCRD is spearheading efforts identified by the Vermont Climate Change Economy Council's report "Progress for Vermont" which outlines a bold action plan to create jobs and boost prosperity while reducing carbon impacts and advancing efficiencies.

cc:econ Summit:

A 3-day innovation summit for creative entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders who are champions of progress toward future prosperity in the Climate Economy. Find out more and register at

Community Visits:

Community Visits allow towns to come together to plan local actions that make their towns more vibrant. Find out how your town can get involved.

Join the Working Landscape Partnership:

Add your name to the growing list of folks who support Vermont's Farm and Forest future.

What's New at VCRD

Greater Middlebury Climate Economy Initiative – Community Meeting Set for Oct 26
On Thursday, October 26, all members of the Middlebury community are invited to participate in the 2nd step of the Greater Middlebury Climate Economy Initiative. The session will be held from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the American Legion on Wilson Road in... read more
VCRD Annual Reports
Here is a link to VCRD's 2016 annual report as well as those from the past few years: 2016 Annual Report 2015 Annual Report 2014 Annual Report 2013 Annual Report 2011 Annual Report 2010 Annual Report 2009 Annual Report 2008 Annual Report... read more
Burke Community to Set Priorities for Action on August 15
All members of the Burke Community are invited to participate in the second phase of the One Burke Community Visit. The meeting, to be held on Tuesday, August 15 6:30-9pm at the Burke Town School, will follow up on the initial session held in July,... read more
Community Leadership Award
The awardees are: 2017 - Lifetime Leadership Award presented to Paul Bruhn On Thursday, June 8th the Vermont Council on Rural Development presented its annual Vermont Lifetime Leadership Award to Paul Bruhn, the Executive Director of Preservation... read more
Lyndon Community Visit Report - 2017
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Lyndon. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 4 priority areas for future action: Support business growth and economic development; Establish a unified recreation program... read more