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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

One Burke Community Visit Program invites the full community together to set direction for the future
On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, all members of the Burke 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 philanthropic... read more
Empower Pownal invites the full community to a free lunch and kick-off to set direction for the future
On Saturday June 24th all members of the Pownal community are invited to the Empower Pownal kick-off event at the American Legion. This event is kicks off a process for residents to identify and advance priorities that improve economic opportunity... 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
ccecon Catalysts of the Climate Economy: A National Innovation Summit
VCRD is producing Catalysts of the Climate Economy (cc:econ) - a 3-day national innovation summit in Burlington, Vermont to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders to gear up for the next stage of economic development and... 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