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What's New in Community Visits

ReNewport Community Visit Day - December 13
On Wednesday, Decemer 13th, 2017, all members of the Newport 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 25 federal, state, business, nonprofit, and... read more
Burke Community Visit Report - 2017
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Burke. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 3 priority areas for future action: Revitalize Village Infrastructure; Expand Educational Facilities; and Improve Village... 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
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
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
Brighton Community Visit Report - 2017
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Brighton. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 4 priority areas for future action: Advance a Brighton Recreation Program; Revitalize and Beautify the Downtown; Make... read more
Community Profiles
UVM's Center for Rural Studies prepares Community Profiles for us to share with our Visiting Resourse Team members in advance of our Community Visit processes. These profiles, compiled from US Census Data and other data sources, include demographic... read more
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
Video - Vernon Sets Priorities for the Future of the Community
As seen on BCTV: http://www.brattleborotv.org/vernon-community-visit-step-2-prioritize  Members of the Vernon Community come together to review action ideas, set prioirities for the future, and sign up for task forces to move key prioirites forward... read more
Audio ~ WKVT radio podcast: Vitalizing Vernon
Jenna Whitson and Art Miller update the Vernon Community Visit process in advance of the July 7th meeting.
Vernon Community Action Plan to Be Developed on July 7
The Vermont Council on Rural Development will hold its third, and last, major session in the Vernon Community Visit process on July 7th; all residents of the town are welcome to help line up action plans to move priority projects forward. At the... read more
Vernon Community to Set Priorities for Action on June 8th
All members of the Vernon Community are invited to participate in the second phase of the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s (VCRD) Community Visit to the Town of Vernon. The meeting, to be held on Wednesday, June 8th 6:30-9:00pm at the Vernon... read more
St. Johnsbury Celebrates Process: May 26, 2016
All members of the St. Johnsbury community are invited to the One-Year Follow up to the 2015 St. J Community Visit Process on Thursday, May 26th, 5-6:30 at the St. Johnsbury School Auditorium. Join with Community Visit Task Force Chairs, key... read more
Video ~ BCTV Open Studio: Vernon Community Visit Day
As seen on BCTV: http://www.brattleborotv.org/bctv-open-studio/open-studio-vernon-communi... Host Chris Lenois sits down with VT Council on Rural Development Community and Policy Manager Jenna Whitson, Vernon Community Visit Process Chair Art... read more
Vernon Community Visit Day Schedule ~ May 18th, 2016
On Wednesday, May 18th 2016, all members of the Vernon community are invited to participate in a series of forums in town to share their concerns and ideas. VCRD will bring a team of over 20 federal, state, business, nonprofit, and philanthropic... read more
2016 Community Quotes and Policy Work
VCRD serves as a convener, catalyst, and leader for Vermont to build and advance policies to support the working landscape, economic innovation, and strong communities! This snapshot shares quotes about our work with communities and our recent... read more
Hardwick Community Visit Report - 2016
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Hardwick. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 4 priority areas for future action: Open a Recreational Center and Expand Recreation Opportunities; Expand Jeudevine Library... read more
Video ~ Hardwick Community Visit Vote: Feb 15, 2016
As seen on: http://hctv.us/2016/02/hardwick-community-visit-vote-feb-15-2016/ The VT Council on Rural Development returns to Hardwick to follow up on ideas generated in a series of forums on January 20. From vtrural.org: “The February 15th... read more
Craftsbury Community Visit Report - 2015
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Craftsbury. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 3 priority areas for future action: Advance Craftsbury Land Protection; Improve Cell Phone and Broadband Access; and Build... read more
Final Report of the NEK Collaborative "Ideas for the Future of the NEK" Forum Series
The “Ideas for the Future of the NEK” forum series was produced by the Vermont Council on Rural Development for the NEK Collaborative to gather ideas and set directions for work to advance the prosperity and vitality of NEK communities. This Final... read more
St. Johnsbury Community Visit Report - 2015
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in St. Johnsbury. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 5 priority areas for future action: Improve Community Communications and Promote a Positive Town Image; Develop a St.... read more
Swanton Community Visit Report - 2015
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Swanton. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 5 priority areas for future action: Expand Outdoor Recreation Opportunities, River Access, Bike-ability and Bike Tourism;... read more
Cambridge Community Visit Report - 2014
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Cambridge. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 4 priority areas for future action: Plan and Develop a Senior Living Center and Expand Senior Services; Advance a Cambridge... read more
Vergennes Community Visit Report - 2014
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Vergennes. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 3 priority areas for future action: Improve Transportation & Parking; Advance the Vergennes Economy & Expand the... read more
Costello Commentary: Vergennes on the Move
Vergennes — With all its assets, Vergennes epitomizes so much that Vermont communities statewide strive for: a strong village center, surrounded by a beautiful working landscape, strong, committed community members, a dynamic and balanced downtown... read more
Manchester’s Education Task Force Goes Digital
Last year, VCRD completed a 6-month Community Visit in the southern Vermont town of Manchester. This process helped Manchester residents whittle 22 issues and ideas about how to focus community efforts to build a better Manchester by 2020 into... read more
Guilford Community Visit Report - 2013
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Guilford. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 3 priority areas for future action: Develop a Small Business Incubation Space in Guilford; Redevelop the Grange Building; and... read more
Manchester Community Visit Report - 2013
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Manchester. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 4 priority areas for future action: Develop a Small Business Incubator; Become a Biking Center and Destination; Attract... read more
Video ~ Manchester 2020 Community Meeting Day, April 11 2013
Over 150 Manchester residents attended the Manchester Community Meeting on April 11th 2013 to select the top priorities for the town to advance through the process. This video is relevant to Manchester community members as well as others interested... read more
What's New at VCRD: 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 levels to achieve goals for prosperity. To respond to this need in Vermont, the Vermont... read more