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New 'Climate Action Commission' Seeks Jobs-Growing Solutions To Greenhouse Gas Problems
As seen and heard on Vermont Public Radio: http://digital.vpr.net/post/new-climate-action-commission-seeks-jobs-gro... Gov. Phil Scott’s newly minted Climate Action Commission held its first meeting...
Country Stores, a New England Institution, Are Going Dark: Across New England, classic rural general stores are on the decline amid new competition, but some are finding ways to fight back
By Jennifer Levitz, as seen in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/article_email/country-stores-a-new-england-instituti... For 203 years, the Francestown Village Store served its tiny New...
Video ~ Vermont PBS "Profile of Vermont's Future" with Paul Costello
Vermont PBS aired their "Profile of Vermont's Future" special around the economic challenges facing Vermont and how communities are stepping up to advance their revitalization -- with moderator Fran...
Paul Bruhn Awarded Vermont Council on Rural Development Lifetime Leadership Award
On Thursday, June 8th the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) presented its annual Vermont Lifetime Leadership Award to Paul Bruhn, the Executive Director of Preservation Trust of Vermont for...
Video ~ Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce: Rural Economic Development
Hear VCRD Executive Director Paul Costello's perspective about changes and progress in the state technologically, economically, and culturally as he  speaks with Tom Torti, President, Lake Champlain...
Retreat Farm presents multi-year plan
By Chris Mays, as seen in the Brattleboro Reformer: http://www.reformer.com/stories/retreat-farm-presents-multi-year-plan,50... BRATTLEBORO — The Retreat Farm recently unveiled a multi-year plan...
VCRD 2017 Work Plan
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! Here's our work plan for 2017...
Creating bright futures for Maine’s rural economies relies on collaboration of ideas
As seen in the Bangor Daily News: https://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/10/homestead/creating-bright-futures... BANGOR, Maine ― Communities throughout rural Maine are up against no shortage of...
Opinion: Maine needs a leader to step up for rural communities
As seen in the Bangor Daily News: https://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/04/opinion/editorials/maine-needs-a-... Maine’s rural communities are struggling. They face a declining population, especially...
What Maine can learn from Vermont about revitalizing rural communities
As seen in Revitalizing News: https://revitalizationnews.com/article/maine-can-learn-vermont-revitaliz... Maine is the most rural state in the United States, but it doesn’t have an organization...
Maine’s efforts to help rural towns didn’t work. Here’s what it can learn from Vermont
As seen in the Bangor Daily News: http://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/02/mainefocus/maines-efforts-to-help-... Maine is the most rural state in the country, but it doesn’t have an organization...
VCRD Job Opening: Climate Economy Model Communities Program Director
The Vermont Council on Rural Development is seeking a “Climate Economy Model Communities Program Director” to help Vermont communities advance economic opportunities while reducing their local carbon...
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...
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...
VCRD In Action - Programs and Initiatives Through 2015
In addition to work in communities through Community Visits, Creative Communities, the Digital Economy Project, e-Vermont, and Broadband Facilitation (shown on map) VCRD also brings people together...
Committee looks at changing government structures
By Erin Mansfield as seen in vtdigger.org: http://vtdigger.org/2015/10/14/committee-looks-at-changing-government-st... The Legislature’s committee on government restructuring met for the first time...
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...
Video ~ Paul talks about Community Visits and other VCRD projects
Senator Bill Doyle interviews Paul Costello about VCRD programs including Community Visits, the Digital Economy Project, the Working Lands Initiative, the Higher Education Food Systems Consortium and...
VCRD job opening: Community and Policy Senior Associate
The "Community and Policy Senior Associate" position supports VCRD Community Visit programs, helps lead fund development to ensure program sustainability, and actively assists the Executive Director...
Leahy, Sanders, Welch: Vermont nets $2.3 million for rural development
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) announced $2.3 million in funding for rural development in Vermont. The funding, under the new Farm...
Costello Commentary: Leveraging Vermont’s Working Landscape Assets
By Paul Costello, VCRD Executive Director Vermonters have always known that our working landscape is our greatest asset. It drives our economy, brings tourists from away, and sustains the wonderful...
Immigration Reform, Obamacare, The Economy: Just A Few Things Companies Like Facebook, Google And Much Smaller Businesses Want Resolved
By Laura Matthews - Paul Costello was interviewed for this piece on the current state of the U.S. economy. Here's an excerpt from middle of the article where he was quoted: By comparison, Vermont,...
About VCRD
Unleashing the power of Vermonters to create a better future! The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of the locally-defined progress of...
Video ~ Paul Costello talks about VCRD's work
Paul Costello, Executive Director, joins Comcast Newsmakers to discuss VCRD's work.
Vermont’s first economic summit takes on perception problem
Joseph Fusco, VCRD board member and vice president of Casella Waste Systems, on a panel at the state’s first economic summit, June 3, 2013. Photo by Anne Galloway. by Anne Galloway | June 4, 2013 |...
Civility & Political Discourse in Vermont: How do we compare the the nation?
Paul Costello served on the panel of this forum about Civility was hosted in Montpelier on June 1, 2013 by the Vermont Bar Association in partnership with the ABA Division for Public Education &...
Interview with Paul Costello
Reproduced here with permission, this interview appeared in the June-July 2013 issue of Vermont Property Owners Report, a bimonthly subscription newsletter about Vermont and Vermont real estate. For...
A Contest Gets Vermont Businesses Webby
Nothing like competition and cash prizes to get businesses people fired up. In rural Vermont, contests for the best new business applications on the web - plus training and mentoring - are improving...
Change is a challenge
As the Legislature undertook its work this year, it faced the daunting challenge of filling a $154 million budget gap, and yet legislative leaders showed a curious lack of urgency or concern. One of...
Internet Contest Announced
BARTON: A contest to encourage Northeast Kingdom entrepreneurs and business owners to use the Internet was launched here Thursday, November 5, about two years before the state expects to see...
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...