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Creative Community Reports

Rural Development in Vermont: Community and Policy Findings - 2009
This compendium of findings highlights priority topic areas that have emerged through VCRD's body of work, and considers challenges identified by communities, some of the accomplishments of VCRD at the community and policy level, and unmet community development needs in Vermont. Click here to read the report (pdf).
Advancing Vermont's Creative Economy Conference - 2007
VCRD chose the subject of the 2007 Conference based on the growing momentum in Vermont (and globally) to identify our unique local assets and use them as essential building blocks to strengthen our rural economies. VCRD’s 2004 report Advancing the Creative Economy, and the “Creative Communities Program” (CCP) VCRD led over the past two years, laid the groundwork for this high-energy State House event. This day-long event succeeded in identifying the next essential steps in keeping Vermont communities vital and competitive. Vermont is well situated, through its brand identification, cultural heritage, and artistic depth, as well as its human and intellectual capital, to be a leader in innovation and creativity. The Conference discussions reflect and... read more
Manchester Creative Community Report - 2007
The Manchester Creative Community Report summarizes the public meetings and brainstorming sessions and lists resources for the following priority projects chosen through the process: Create the Infrastructure for State-of-the-Art Communications Technology; Establish a Local Foods Retail Center; and Establish Manchester as a Leader in Sustainability and Green Business.
Middlebury Creative Community Report - 2007
The Middlebury Creative Community Report summarizes the public meetings and brainstorming sessions and lists resources for the following priority projects chosen through the process: Establish a Business Incubator; Establish Middlebury as a Pioneer in Alternative Energy Production and Management; Found a Community Creative Economy Umbrella Association; and Make Better Use of the River.
Richmond Creative Community Report - 2007
The Richmond Creative Community Report summarizes the public meetings and brainstorming sessions and lists resources for the following priority projects chosen through the process: Develop and Market a Richmond Trails System; Form an Alliance for Creative Development of Existing Properties; and Hold a Harvest Festival to Celebrate Local Agriculture.
Plainfield Creative Community Report - 2006
The Plainfield Creative Community Report summarizes the public meetings and brainstorming sessions and lists resources for the following priority projects chosen through the process: Establish Plainfield as a Learning Community; Form a Local Creative Economy Association; and Make Downtown Plainfield More Welcoming to Pedestrians.
Randolph Creative Community Report - 2007
The Randolph Creative Community Report summarizes the public meetings and brainstorming sessions and lists resources for the following priority projects chosen through the process: Create Stronger Collaborations Around the Creative Economy with an Ongoing Process to Support Creative Economy Projects; Improve Internet Access; and Promote Environmental Initiatives that Define Randolph as a Green Community.
Bellows Falls Creative Community Report - 2007
The Bellows Falls Creative Community Report summarizes the public meetings and brainstorming sessions and lists resources for the following priority projects chosen through the process: Provide Year-round Access to Local Foods; Revitalize “The Island”; and Support a Strong Restaurant Culture.
St. Johnsbury Creative Community Report - 2006-07
The Johnsbury Creative Community Report summarizes the public meetings and brainstorming sessions and lists resources for the following priority projects chosen through the process: Develop an Eastern Avenue Park (Including Farmers’ Market Site); Highlight Local Cultural Organizations; and Improve St. Johnsbury’s Web Presence.
Islands Creative Community Report - 2006
The Islands Creative Community Report summarizes the public meetings and brainstorming sessions and lists resources for the following priority projects chosen through the process: Develop Trails to Tour Local Farms, Arts, and Other Islands Highlights; Expand Options for Indoor Community Space; and Form a Task Force on Increasing Off-Season Activity. Seasonal Strategies: The Champlain Islands (5:18) Two new events built on some untapped assets in the Lake Champlain Islands. Both had great starts and offer a lot of potential.
Hardwick Creative Community Report - 2006
The Hardwick Creative Community Report summarizes the public meetings and brainstorming sessions and lists resources for the following priority projects chosen through the process: Create a Business Incubator and Arts Space; Develop the Future of the Town House; Expand Recreation in the Hardwick Lake Area; and Spruce Up Downtown Hardwick. Hardwick is a town on the move, and in 2009 the Vermont Center for an Agricultural Economy received our 2009 Community Leadership Award for building a vision for the Hardwick area as a dynamic center for the future of agriculture in Vermont. The Next Generation: Restoring the Hardwick Town House and Agricultural Entrepreneurs (4:18) In Hardwick... read more
Windsor Creative Community Report - 2006
The Windsor Creative Community Report summarizes the public meetings and brainstorming sessions, and lists resources for the following priority projects chosen through the process: Begin a Public Relations Campaign; Create an Arts Incubator; and Form a Local Leadership Group.
Rutland Creative Community Report - 2006
The Rutland Creative Community Report summarizes the public meetings and brainstorming sessions, and lists resources for the following priority projects chosen through the process: Advance Rutland as a Recreation Center; Build a Central Open Air Mall on Center Street; Rutland as an Arts and Culture Destination; “Sustainable Rutland” – A Model City. Since the program, Rutland has made tremendous progress on all the priorities and in 2012, the volunteers of the Rutland Creative Economy received our 2012 Community Leadership Award. Revitalizing Downtown: Rutland (4:08) Friday Night Live turned Center Street in Rutland into a pedestrian-way and broadened support for downtown... read more
St. Albans Creative Community Report - 2006
The St. Albans Creative Community Report summarizes the public meetings and brainstorming sessions, and lists specific resources for the following priority projects chosen through the 2006 process: Bring Arts and Community Projects to Taylor Park; Organize Evening Events to Bring Activity Downtown after Dark; Build an Arts Center; and Promote the Digital Culture through a St. Albans Technology Service Provider.
Strategies for Community Creative Economy Projects - Leaders' Summit, 2006
On Friday, November 17th, 2006, the Creative Communities Program coordinated with Bellows Falls’ creative economy organizers Richard Ewald and Robert McBride to host a conference addressing “Strategies for Community Creative Economy Projects”. This conference targeted creative economy leaders from around Vermont who wanted to build greater statewide connections and form new ideas about next steps for projects. It brought an enthusiastic, capacity crowd to Boccelli’s on the Canal café shortly after the opening of their newly renovated auction hall space. Read the Report Here. Find Out More about the Creative Communities Program Here.
Advancing Vermont's Creative Economy - 2004
The creative economy is critical to the future competitiveness of Vermont in the global marketplace. Vermont's heritage, arts and culture are integral strengths. They are an economic sector in Vermont today; they also provide a foundation to the sense of place and creative workforce critical to innovation in other sectors, add value to the Vermont brand, and magnify the attractive power of Vermont as a location to do business. The creative economy is a hidden economic driver; one that deserves understanding, recognition, and investment. The Vermont Council on culture and Innovation (VCCI) was convened in May 2003 by the Vermont Council on Rural Development. VCCI's charge was to evaluate the role of and challenges to the creative economy in the state and to build a practical and strategic plan for its advancement. This Action Plan is the product of that work. This report makes specific recommendations for how to grow the State'... read more