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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.

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.

Food Systems:

The VT Higher Education Food Systems Consortium is designing new ways to collaborate, share students and resources and expand a plethora of elective opportunities for place-based food systems education where “Vermont is our classroom.”

What's New at VCRD

Vernon Community Visit Report - 2016
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Vernon. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 3 priority areas and built task forces to take action to: Develop the Riverfront and Improve Trails and Outdoor Recreation;... read more
VCRD Annual Reports
Here is a link to VCRD's 2015 annual report as well as those from the past few years: 2015 Annual Report 2014 Annual Report 2013 Annual Report 2011 Annual Report 2010 Annual Report 2009 Annual Report 2008 Annual Report 2007 Annual Report... read more
Brighton Community Visit Day Schedule ~ October 4th, 2016
On Tuesday, October 4th 2016, all members of the Brighton community are invited to participate in a series of forums in town to share their concerns and ideas. VCRD will bring a team of close to 20 federal, state, business, nonprofit, and... read more
Video ~ Vermont Gubernatorial Candidates Forum: July 19, 2016
The Vermont Council on Rural Development, with sponsoring partners Vermont PBS and Northfield Savings Bank, presented the Vermont Gubernatorial Candidates Forum: Vermont's Economic Future in a Time of Climate Change" Tuesday July 19th at the... read more
Progress for Vermont: Report and Action Plan of the VT Climate Change Economy Council
Progress for Vermont is the final report and action plan of the Vermont Climate Change Economy Council (VCCEC) which was founded in February 2015 by the Vermont Council on Rural Development. This broad-based nonpartisan group spent a year... read more