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Vernon halts fiber optic work
By Mike Faher, as seen in the Brattleboro Reformer: http://www.reformer.com/stories/vernon-halts-fiber-optic-work,504885 VERNON — Despite years of planning and research, it appears that a high-speed...
Priorities Chosen for VT Rural Development Process in Lyndon
As seen in the Caledonian Record: http://www.caledonianrecord.com/news/local/priorities-chosen-for-vt-rura... LYNDONVILLE — The community planning process initiated by Vermont Council on Rural...
YMCA partnership is a win for Bennington
As seen in the Bennington Banner: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/ymca-partnership-is-a-win-for-be... The town has known about its need for improved recreational programs since at least...
Bennington to contract with Berkshire YMCA
By Jim Therrien, as seen in the Berkshire Eagle: http://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/vermont-town-to-contract-with-berk... Jacobs and Hurd said the impetus for the effort dates to the 2012...
Lyndon Community to Set Priorities for Action on April 4
Rescheduled again!! New date: April 4th, 6:30-9pm @ Lyndon Town School All members of the Lyndon Community are invited to participate in the second phase of the Vermont Council on Rural Development’...
Officials, Residents Begin Community Visioning Process
As seen in the Caledonian Record, by BY AMY ASH NIXON Staff Writer: http://www.caledonianrecord.com/news/local/vt-council-on-rural-developme... LYNDONVILLE — The first leg of a process aimed at...
Rural Development Council Coming To Lyndon
As seen in the Caledonian Record: http://www.caledonianrecord.com/news/local/rural-development-council-com... LYNDON CENTER — The entire community is invited to take part in a forum focused on...
Town offers land to ease purchase of Grange: Creation of community center was 'top priority' in community visioning process
By Wendy Levy, The Commons. As seen on: http://www.commonsnews.org/site/site05/story.php?articleno=16488&page=1#... GUILFORD—Members of the nonprofit Broad Brook Community Center recently got...
Lyndon Community Visit Day ~ February 16, 2017
On Thursday, February 16th, 2017, all members of the Lyndon 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...
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;...
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...
Brighton Community Action Plan to Be Developed on December 8th
The Vermont Council on Rural Development will hold its last major session in the Brighton Community Visit process on December 8th; all residents of the town are welcome to help line up action plans...
Brighton Community to Set Priorities for Action on November 3rd
All members of the Brighton Community are invited to participate in the second phase of the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s (VCRD) Community Visit to the Town of Brighton. The meeting, to be...
Vernon eyes Vermont Yankee property
By Mike Faher, as seen on vtdigger.org: https://vtdigger.org/2016/10/14/vernon-eyes-vy-property/ VERNON — Town officials see an “amazing opportunity” in potential reuse of Vermont Yankee property,...
A cup of cheer: Vernon's Community Café debuts in Town Hall lobby
By Wendy M. Levy, as seen in The Commons: http://www.commonsnews.org/site/site05/story.php?articleno=15690&page=1#... VERNON—A group of locals trying to open a community café are so intent on...
Vernon committee finds 'interim' space for community store
By Chris Mays, as seen in the Brattleboro Reformer: http://www.reformer.com/latestnews/ci_30410266/vernon-committee-finds-in... VERNON — A committee exploring the prospects for opening a community...
Brighton brainstorming session Oct. 4: Event about the future of Brighton Town, Economy, and School also includes free community dinner
By Robin Smith, as seen in the Caledonian Record: http://www.caledonianrecord.com/news/local/brighton-brainstorming-session-encouraged-on-oct/article_9dca428b-fe04-5ace-972b-cebf74124bcf.html...
Brighton / Island Pond Community Visit Program invites the full community together to set direction for the future
On October 4th 2016, all members of the Brighton/Island Pond community are invited to kick off the Brighton Community Visit process, an opportunity for residents to actively participate in examining...
Paul Costello Commentary: Vernon is building its future
All Vermonters know that the town has taken a hard blow with the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee. The closure has had direct economic impacts on jobs, employee relocations, declining home values,...
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...
Vernon's power production future debated
By Mike Faher, vtdigger.org: http://vtdigger.org/2016/09/14/vernons-power-production-future-debated/ VERNON - As residents try to imagine Vernon's energy future, some say the former nuclear town...
Manchester River Walk: Showcasing the natural beauty
In 2013, VCRD ran a Community Visit process in Manchester. One of the priorities chosen by the town was to "Redevelop the Riverside and Open a Riverwalk." We're so happy to see this story sharing the...
To Fill Void Left By Vermont Yankee, Vernon Looks For New Energy Projects
As heard on Vermont Public Radio. Listen to the story here: http://digital.vpr.net/post/fill-void-left-vermont-yankee-vernon-looks-n... Energy leaders from across the state met in Vernon this week...
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...
Residents say they want a community store
As seen on The Commons: http://www.commonsnews.org/site/site05/story.php?articleno=15418&page=1#... VERNON—Is a general store in the town’s future? At least 175 residents think so, according to...
Business incubator, fiber optics eyed for Vernon’s future
By Mike Faher, as seen on vtdigger.org: https://vtdigger.org/2016/08/29/business-incubator-fiber-optics-eyed-ver... VERNON — In a basement meeting room just a short walk from the front gate of...
Vermont gets $1.2 million in federal aid for northern border communities
As seen in Vermont Business Magazine: http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/august/vermont-gets-12-million-federal-ai... As part of a continuing effort to bolster economic development in Northern Vermont,...
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...
Community Visit draws to a close; final meeting will set task forces
By Chris Mays, Brattleboro Reformer: http://www.reformer.com/ci_30087408/moving-forward-momentum-vernon-commu... VERNON >> The Community Visit process is coming to a close in one sense. But...
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...
Vernon's Community Visit tackles what's next: Residents to vote on action items
By Chris Mays, as seen in the Brattleboro Reformer: http://www.reformer.com/latestnews/ci_29988302/vernons-community-visit-t... VERNON — Sound the bells for round two. Vernon's Community Visit —...
Collaborators For Community Improvement Gather To Celebrate Progress: Committees Developed Through Community Visit Process Give Update
As seen in the Caledonian Record: http://www.caledonianrecord.com/ ST. JOHNSBURY – A flame of volunteerism sparked in St. Johnsbury last spring continues to burn in the name of community betterment...
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...
Community: Swanton on the Move
From the May 2016 newsletter of the Vermont Arts Council The arts are alive and growing in this small Franklin County town. In the first two months of 2015, the Vermont Council on Rural Development...
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...
Morrisville Food Co-op Breaks Ground
Congratulations MOCO (Morrisville Co-op) on kicking off their building renovation project. In 2011, VCRD facilitated a Community Visit process in Morrisville that built a local task force to "Develop...
Planning for tomorrow: Vernon Community Visit process begins
Kick-off event expected to get the ball rolling By Chris Mays, Brattleboro Reformer. As seen here: http://www.reformer.com/latestnews/ci_29885903/planning-tomorrow-vernon-... VERNON >> Life...
Vernon Community Visit program invites the full community together to set direction for the future
All members of the Vernon community are invited to come together on May 18th to kick off the Vernon Community Visit process, an opportunity for residents to actively participate in examining issues,...
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...
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...
Vernon gas plant project on hold after losing fuel supply
By Mike Faher, as seen in vtdigger: https://vtdigger.org/2016/04/21/vernon-gas-plant-project-on-hold/ VERNON — After more than a year of intense planning and debate, the Vernon natural gas plant...
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...
Post-Vermont Yankee grant program questioned in Vernon
By Chris Mays, Brattleboro Reformer: http://www.reformer.com/latestnews/ci_29787299/post-vermont-yankee-grant... VERNON >> Frustrated Planning Commission members wondered about the success of...
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...
Grant to aid Vernon’s post-Vermont Yankee plan
As seen in the vtdigger.org: BRATTLEBORO — Since late 2014, state officials have awarded more than $3.6 million from an economic development fund set up to ease the pain of Vermont Yankee’s closure...
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...
Hardwick Community to Set Priorities for Action on February 15th
All members of the Hardwick Community are invited to participate in the second phase of the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s (VCRD) Community Visit to the Town of Hardwick. The meeting, to be...
Hardwick Community Visit Day ~ January 20th, 2016
On Wednesday, January 20th 2016, all members of the Hardwick 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...
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;...
Craftsbury Community Action Plan to Be Developed on Nov 17
The Vermont Council on Rural Development will hold its last major session in the Craftsbury Community Visit process on November 17th; all residents of the town are welcome to help line up action...
Cell service, food insecurity, affordable housing raised as issues of import in Craftsbury
By Jennifer Hersey Cleveland, Caledonian Record. As seen on: http://caledonianrecord.com/ CRAFTSBURY COMMON -- Residents here lauded community assets while figuring out how to tackle challenges...
Manchester gets $580K to improve busy road
As seen in the Rutland Herald: http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20150930/THISJUSTIN/709309907 MANCHESTER — Manchester will receive a grant of $580,000 from the Vermont Agency of Transportation...
Craftsbury Community to Set Priorities for Action on October 20th
All members of the Craftsbury Community are invited to participate in the second phase of the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s (VCRD) Community Visit to the Town of Craftsbury. The meeting, to...
Craftsbury Community Visit Day - September 22 2015
On Tuesday, September 22nd 2015, all members of the Craftsbury community are invited to participate in a series of forums in town to share their concerns and ideas. VCRD will bring a team of federal...
Paul Gallo: Business owner is driving force in Rutland renaissance
By Helen Whyte, September 2015 issue of the Battenkill Business Journal People who have not visited Rutland in the past few years may be surprised by recent changes - near zero downtown vacancy rate...
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...
New York Post names Killington one of top five summer ski towns in U.S.
We were so pleased to see that the New York Post recently named Killington one of “Five ski towns that are worth visiting in summer,” (the only resort in the northeast!!) alongside the Western resort...
Transportation, Housing, Wages Biggest Impediments To Economic Stability Citizens Brainstorm Ideas For A Healthy Economy At Forum
By Jennifer Hersey Cleveland Staff Writer, Barton Chronicle: http://caledonianrecord.com/ HARDWICK -- There are multitudes of services and funding sources available to people in the rural and...
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...
Folks Sought To Focus On Town's Future: Community Vision Process Continues
By Taylor Reed, Caledonian Record: http://caledonianrecord.com/ ST. JOHNSBURY -- Community collaboration continues following the start of an initiative that brings residents together for the sake of...
St. Johnsbury Dedicates Task Forces to Priority Challenges; Resource Meeting June 4th
Through the Community Visit process St. Johnsbury community members have decided to build new initiatives to: Improve Community Communications and Promote a Positive Town Image Develop a Warming...
Renters 101 offers training
From the Bennington Banner: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/community/ci_28115453/renters-101-offers... BENNINGTON >> Bennington Renters 101 recently offered a free training for Bennington...
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...
St. Johnsbury to Set Priorities For Action on May 12th 2015
On Tuesday, May 12th 2015, all members of the St. Johnsbury community are invited to come out to the St. Johnsbury School from 6:30-9:00pm to set direction for the future of the town. On April 8th,...
Passion, energy at VCRD visit: Seventy gather, begin to build social capital
By MATTHEW PREEDOM, St. Albans Messenger: http://www.samessenger.com/ SWANTON — The smiles were wide and the energy high Wednesday at the third and final community visit from the Vermont Council on...
‘Maple Fest” brings community together
By Josh Ogorman, Times Argus: http://www.timesargus.com/article/20150322/THISJUSTIN/703229951 CABOT — What a sweet way to foster a tighter community. Several hundred people turned out at Cabot...
Swanton gets fix on future: Meeting selects 4 ideas for community action
By Elodie Reed, St. Albans Messenger: http://www.samessenger.com/community-swanton-gets-fix-on-future/ SWANTON — For a town looking to come together as a community to better itself, Swanton seems...
St. Johnsbury Community Visit Day - April 8th 2015
On Wednesday, April 8th 2015, all members of the St. Johnsbury community are invited to participate in a series of forums in town to share their concerns and ideas. VCRD will bring a team of federal...
And now is the time to watch Swanton grow
St. Albans Town has Walmart and two growth districts open for development. St. Albans City is in the homestretch in its effort to rebuild its downtown through a $41 million building project. Now,...
Swanton Community to Set Priorities for Action on March 5th
All members of the Swanton Community are invited to participate in the second phase of the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s (VCRD) Community Visit to the Swanton. The meeting, to be held on...
Townspeople seek help to create and cultivate community
By Alana Fichman/The Commons: http://www.commonsnews.org/site/site05/story.php?articleno=11637&page=1#... VERNON—Some of the 44 people who assembled in the combined auditorium/cafeteria at...
Vernon considers 'community visit'
By Michael Faher, Brattleboro Reformer: http://www.reformer.com/latestnews/ci_27422043/vernon-considers-communit... VERNON >> What should Vernon's future look like? It's a big question,...
Swanton Community Visit Day - January 28th
On Wednesday, January 28th, all members of the Swanton community are invited to participate in a series of forums in town to share their concerns and ideas. VCRD will bring a team of federal, state,...
Southern Vt. town revisits fluoridation
By Patrick McArdle, Times Argus: http://www.timesargus.com/article/20150121/NEWS03/701219903 BENNINGTON — Voters in Bennington will be asked in March to weigh in on whether they want the town’s...
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...
Swanton residents will have their say: VCRD visit aims to prioritize wants and needs
By MICHELLE MONROE, St. Albans Messenger SWANTON — The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) this month will make a community visit here. Among the issues certain to face discussion are hopes...
Rutland's Wonderfeet Children's Museum Expands, Hopes To Become A Destination
By Vermont Public Radio: http://digital.vpr.net/post/rutlands-wonderfeet-childrens-museum-expands... VCRD comment: The idea for the creation of a children's museum in Rutland, was sparked during...
Cambridge Community Action Plan to Be Developed on December 1
The Vermont Council on Rural Development will hold its last major sessions in the Cambridge Community Visit process on December 1st; all residents of the town are welcome to help line up action plans...
Guilford studies future of Broad Brook Grange
By Michael Fahar, Brattleboro Reformer: http://www.reformer.com/ci_26940824/guilford-studies-future-broad-brook-... GUILFORD >> At a recent Guilford Selectboard meeting, there was much debate...
Cambridge Community to Set Priorities for Action on October 27th
All members of the Cambridge Community are invited to participate in the second phase of the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s (VCRD) Community Visit to the Town of Cambridge. The meeting, to be...
Cambridge Community Visit program invites the full community together
Cambridge community members will be coming together over the next few months to review challenges and opportunities before the town, set priorities, and advance action plans to ensure the future...
State farm, business groups share $2.3 million in USDA grants
BURLINGTON, Vt. —During a visit to Burlington, the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced $2.3 million in grants and loans intended to create jobs in rural Vermont....
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...
USDA Announces Investments to Increase Economic Activity in Rural Areas and on Native Lands: Funds will help capitalize rural businesses and create jobs in economically distressed communities
Vermont Council on Rural Development has been awarded a Rural Business Opportunity Grant of $100,000 from USDA Rural Development to bring community leaders together to identify their towns' strengths...
Cambridge Community Visit Day - September 30
On Tuesday, September 30, all members of the Cambridge community are invited to participate in a series of forums in town to share their concerns and ideas. VCRD will bring a team of federal, state,...
Bennington’s downtown now a Wi-Fi zone
By Patrick McArdle BENNINGTON — It’s a digital world, and visitors and residents alike can now get free access to it through the public Wi-Fi zone in downtown Bennington. People using laptops,...
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;...
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...
Vergennes residents rank community priorities
Vergennes — Over 100 Vergennes residents gathered in a community meeting last week to consider the ideas that were discussed through the Vergennes Community Visit process and to set priorities for...
Time bank thriving after one year
BENNINGTON -- What started out as five people thinking a time bank would be a neat idea has grown over the past year to boast 84 members who have exchanged 343 hours between each other. Hour of Our...
Vergennes Community Visit Ends on a High Note
On Wednesday May 21, VCRD and a Community Visit Resource Team went back to Vergennes for our last session as facilitators of the Community Visit process. At this final visit, we kicked-off the Task...
Community Visit - One Year Later
by Anna Boarini - Staff Writer for the Manchester Journal MANCHESTER - A little over a year ago, on March 11, 2013, the first of three community forums fostered by the Vermont Council for Rural...
More than 100 Vergennes Residents Set Priorities to Advance the Community
Paul Costello, Executive Director of VCRD, facilitated the community discussion of more than 100 Vergennes residents on April 16th. Over the past few months, we’ve been writing about our Community...
Vergennes dedicates Task Forces to address priorities; Resource Meeting May 21 to build action steps
On April 16, over 100 Vergennes community members gathered in a community meeting to consider the ideas that were discussed through the Vergennes Community Visit process and to set priorities for...
Vermont's Smallest City Thinks Big
The citizens of Vergennes have set the top three priorities for their city, in an effort to take a big picture approach to planning for the future. More than 100 people turned out to a community...
Video ~ Info about the upcoming Vergennes Community Meeting Day
The Vermont Council on Rural Development is facilitating a Community Visit process in the City of Vergennes that helps area residents discuss, set, and then implement common goals for the future of...
Guilford looks at town plan, village center
By MIKE FAHER / Reformer Staff GUILFORD -- Last year, with help from the Vermont Council on Rural Development, Guilford residents came together at two well-attended meetings to brainstorm ideas for...
Vergennes To Set New Community Priorities on April 16th
The Vermont Council on Rural Development is facilitating a Community Visit process in the City of Vergennes that helps area residents discuss, set, and then implement common goals for the future of...
Vergennes Community Visit Day - March 18th
On Tuesday, March 18th, all members of the Vergennes community are invited to participate in a series of forums in town to share their concerns and ideas. VCRD will bring a team of federal, state,...
The Community Visit Process Begins in Vergennes
One of the seminal programs of VCRD is our Community Visit Process. This process is an opportunity for all of the members of a town or city in Vermont to discuss the future of their community, and to...
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...
"Madness" gets Main Street hopping
BENNINGTON -- Downtown retailers were open late for the "most important night of the year to be on Main Street" -- the third Thursday in July, known as Midnight Madness in Bennington. For nearly...
Video ~ Manchester 2020 Community Visit Day
Produced by Greater Northshire Access TV (GNAT), this video filmed during the Manchester 2020 Community Visit day dinner gives a great overview of the day, and includes interviews of visiting team...
Video ~ Front Page on GNAT-TV about the upcoming Manchester 2020 Community Visit Day
Andrew McKeever talks about the Manchester 2020 Community Visit event on March 11th. All community members are invited to share ideas. A series of forums will begin at 2:15 with a FREE community...
Manchester Community Visit
There was so much to reflect on following last week's Community Visit organized by a local group of community leaders and the Vermont Council on Rural Development that it's hard to know where to...
Community Visitors return
MANCHESTER, Andrew McKeever - The time is approaching for Community Visit, the sequel. Three weeks ago more than 300 area residents converged on four locations across town to take part in one or...
Manchester sets four community priorities
MANCHESTER — At the second public session for Manchester’s community visit, the community narrowed down a list of goals to four priorities for improving the town’s draw for tourists, economic future...
Community Visit sets four goals
MANCHESTER, by staff writer Brandon Canevari - After a three hour session, Manchester residents as well as some from surrounding towns narrowed the vision for the future of Manchester during the...
Video on CAT-TV: Bennington Community Visit
Paul Costello and Joe Krawczyk talk about the upcoming community visit process that kicks on on March 15 in Bennington.
Joint town/school budget presentation to be held next week
BENNINGTON -- It may seem like an obvious thing to do, but for the first time the local school district and the Select Board will host a joint budget presentation. "Better informed" The...
Snapshot of Community Projects as a Result of a VCRD Community Visit
Snapshot of Community Projects as a Result of a VCRD Community Visit Almost all towns have built community spirit and engaged new volunteers. Projects have been advanced and accomplished ranging...
About the Community Visit Program
How does a Community Visit work? VCRD’s Community Visit program actively connects grassroots community building efforts in towns across Vermont with state-wide resources, expertise and opportunities...
$18K grant heading to Manchester
MANCHESTER - An $18,000 grant from the Vermont Agency of Transportation could result in a new sidewalk and improved crosswalks in downtown Manchester, according to a town official. "We're looking at...
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...
Guilford plans for future
GUILFORD (By MIKE FAHER) -- Having decided where they want to go, Guilford residents now will try to figure out how to get there. As the latest step in a planning process organized by the Vermont...
Guilford Task Force Groups are Forming December 4th
At the “Guilford Community Meeting” on November 12, over 80 residents worked to consider key priorities for the future of Guilford. The priorities that residents identified include: Redevelop the...
Town looks at creating wi-fi 'hot spot' at Broad Brook Grange
By John Snyder/The Commons: http://www.commonsnews.org/site/site05/story.php?articleno=8797&page=1#.... GUILFORD—The Selectboard said it is on the fence about whether to invest in a public...
Guilford Community Visit Creates Discussion Among Residents
It was humbling to be part of the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s visiting team for the Guilford Community Visit on October 15th. The Town of Guilford is a community just south of Brattleboro...
Riverwalk work party set
MANCHESTER - The Manchester Riverwalk Association will be holding a Riverwalk Work Day on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting at the town green. This spring, after a visioning exercise...
Manchester Community Visit Day - March 11th
On Monday, March 11th, all members of the Manchester community are invited to participate in a series of forums in town to share their concerns and ideas. VCRD will bring a team of federal, state,...
Manchester 2020 Community Meeting Day - April 11th
On Thursday, April 11th, all members of the Manchester community are invited to participate in the 2nd day of our Community Visit process. The session will be held from 6:30-9:15pm at the Burr &...
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...
Guilford Community Visit Day - October 15th, 2013
On Tuesday, October 15th, all members of the Guilford community are invited to participate in a series of forums in town to share their concerns and ideas. VCRD will bring a team of federal, state,...
The Northeast Kingdom growth surge
Commentary by John McClaughry On June 15 some 120 people from Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom came together for a session at Lake Region High School on “building action to advance the health and...
Bennington’s First Fridays back on track for July
BENNINGTON -- Throughout the summer season and into October, Downtown Bennington will hold "First Friday" celebrations on the first Friday of every month. The concept for Bennington’s First Fridays...
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;...
Morrisville Food Co-op to hold meeting
The Morrisville Food Co-op (MoCo) Task Force is holding a community meeting, “Community Engagement 2013,” on June 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Peoples Academy in Morrisville, to launch its member/ownership...
Community sets action steps
MANCHESTER - Tuesday night marked the final of three meetings in Manchester's 2020 Community Visit series. The gathering brought the community back together to focus on their four defined priorities...
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....
Manchester explores its future
MANCHESTER -- On the one hand, challenges - youth emigration; lack of nightlife; a need for more regional transportation; more integrated communication. On the other hand, opportunities - beautiful...
Focusing on opportunities, challenges
MANCHESTER - More than 300 people from Manchester and the surrounding area participated in nine different discussions on Monday, part of a "Community Visit" organized by the Vermont Council on Rural...
Community visit comes to Manchester today
MANCHESTER — Residents of Manchester are encouraged to come out today and take part in the Community Visit process by helping to set priorities for the town and bringing their views to discussions...
After a busy couple of years, what's next for Manchester?
Manchester Journal, 01/23/13 ~ One Roundabout. Check. A Park House. Check. New Visitor's Center. New streetlights, refurbished Adams Park, plus a new parking lot for a historic district. Town wifi -...
'Community Visit' in the works
MANCHESTER - Sometime in early 2013, the Town of Manchester will participate in the Vermont Council on Rural Development's "Community Visit Program," an initiative geared towards connecting community...
Cabot Community Visit Report - 2012
During the Community Visit process in Cabot, community members identified 3 priority areas for future action:Develop a Cabot Agricultural Network, Develop a Community Arts Center, and Improve...
Rutland Creek Path gets $295K
In 2006, VCRD brought its Creative Communities program to Rutland. Rutland community members embraced the concepts and remain committed and energized as they continue to advance projects designed to...
Update on Bennington's "Downtown as a Destination" project
Members of the "Downtown as a Destination” task force have been meeting since it's formation through the VCRD Community Visit process in 2012. John Shannahan, chair of the committee, reports some...
VISTA volunteers to work with local community
BENNINGTON -- A pair of volunteers from a federal program will be attached to the local hospital for the next year, working with youth to address poverty and nutrition in the Bennington area. ...one...
Governor Shumlin announces $1.9 million in community development grants: New jobs, affordable homes, and downtown revitalization will result
MORRISTOWN, Vt. — Gov. Peter Shumlin announced today that the former Arthur’s department store, a landmark building in the center of Morristown, will be renovated into new commercial space and...
Bennington Community Visit Report - 2012
During the Community Visit process in Bennington, community members identified 4 priority areas for future action: Advance a Bennington Community Center and Improve the Recreation Center, Develop a...
Downtown Morristown battles setbacks
By Lisa McCormack Last summer, it seemed downtown Morristown was about to experience a renaissance. • Two affordable-housing agencies signed a contract to buy and renovate three empty buildings...
Work begins on goals set through community planning meetings
BENNINGTON -- Local residents began working Wednesday toward four community goals identified last month as part of the Vermont Council on Rural Development's Community Visit program. Nearly 100...
Stuart Hurd column: Communitywide efforts exerpt
On April 12, I attended the Community Day follow-up meeting. More than 100 people came to the Fire Facility to participate in the formulation of tasks/ideas important to the community. Rather than...
Hey, let's do them all!
It is too bad the community planning initiative Bennington is undertaking with help from the Vermont Council on Rural Development, and the many state officials and experts the process will bring to...
Bennington community defines goals
BENNINGTON -- Residents winnowed more than 20 potential action statements down to four Thursday evening with the help of the Vermont Council on Rural Development as part of that group's ongoing...
Commentary: This is the town's big chance
BENNINGTON ~ I have heard the voice of Bennington, and there is reason for hope. The Vermont Council on Rural Development paid us a visit recently. They held forums to stimulate a discussion on how...
Side Dishes: Morristown gains ground for a co-op
Lamoille County is home to 375 farms — according to the DC-based Environmental Working Group — and not one food co-op. Residents seeking to own a stake in their farm-fresh food have to purchase a CSA...
Fairfield resident posts on FPF about positive outcome of VCRD's Community Visit process
Here's a recent post on Fairfield's Front Porch Forum. A nice mention of VCRD's recent Community Visit process there and some of the progress made in the communications priority: Hi Fairfield!...
A good start with forums: Now, let's build on that
Bennington residents turned out in impressive numbers Thursday afternoon and evening for nine community forums to offer suggestions and comments on broad topics for possible initiatives that would...
Bennington speaks out at community forums
BENNINGTON, NEAL P. GOSWAMI, Staff Writer -- Local officials and residents fanned out in force in nine separate forums Thursday as part of the Vermont Council on Rural Development's community visit...
Community-wide planning effort to launch
Friday February 24, 2012: KEITH WHITCOMB JR., Staff Writer BENNINGTON -- If other towns are any indication, some changes and new initiatives could be coming to Bennington in the near future. On...
Leaving RutVegas: A blue-collar city reinvents itself — and refutes its reputation
“Let’s talk about RutVegas.” Jim Sabataso is sitting at a small table in Café Terra, “Rutland’s best coffee shop” — and only one, he admits. Sabataso is 28 years old, bearded and friendly. His family...
Council wants to know Bennington’s goals
BENNINGTON -- The Council on Rural Development is planning to bring its Community Visit Program to Bennington to help residents identify and achieve goals for the town. Executive Director Paul...
'The Blood in this Town' screens on Capitol Hill Thursday
“The Blood in This Town,” the documentary about Rutland, Vermont’s grassroots efforts to revitalize itself, travels to Capitol Hill this week for a screening and revitalization forum, bringing the...
Task forces get to work on Morristown’s future
By next summer, Morristown could boast bustling storefronts, a local-foods co-op, emerging small businesses, and a recreation trail system that attracts both tourists and locals. Nearly 80 citizens...
New Projects Galvanize Morrisville Leadership
Morristown community and municipal leaders are working together on four projects identified this spring to energize the economy, improve the downtown, and advance Morrisville as a dynamic place to...
Morristown Community Visit Report - 2011
During the Community Visit process in Morristown, community members identified 4 priority areas for future action: Develop a Morrisville Food Coop and Organize the Foods Industry; Organize a Business...
Vermont town's blood drive, film draw notice
RUTLAND, Vt. — When documentary filmmaker Art Jones and his five-man crew set out from New York to shoot footage of a blood drive in a small Vermont city, he did it to satisfy an old friend, one of...
Morristown residents set priorities for town's future
MORRISTOWN ~ Morristown residents want to fill empty downtown storefronts, promote local foods, make the town much friendlier to pedestrians, and support new and growing small businesses. Next month...
Community Conversations Toolkit
Communities participating in the e-Vermont project all had an opportunity to design new projects that used online tools to meet local goals. Designing these local projects began with conversations...
Rutland Takes a Bow
RUTLAND ~ May 16, 2011. VCRD's Paul Costello hosted a morning session at the Vermont Business for Social Responsibility's annual meeting. There he pointed to Rutland's successful efforts since VCRD's...
Morristown Selects Top Four Priorities
MORRISTOWN – About 150 people turned out for the second of a series of meetings hosted by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), and as a result the top four priorities for action in...
Community visit could spark change for Morristown
Would there be enough customers to support a natural-food co-op in Morristown? How could the town draw business from the thousands of tourists who visit Stowe and Smugglers' Notch every year? Those...
Downtown Morrisville has vacant look
This article points out the effects of the economic downturn on Morrisville and points to ways the community is addressing the problems there, including our upcoming Community Visit process to begin...
Fairfield Community Visit Report - 2011
During the Community Visit process in Fairfield, community members identified three priority areas for future action: Advance Agricultural Development in Fairfield; Advance Community Communications...
Fairfield brand? Town dreams "big"
FAIRFIELD: Community settles on three priorities — Development of a farmer’s market, a buy-local program and ultimately a Fairfield brand were among the projects proposed when about 50 residents met...
Marlboro's renewable resurgence: Town committee focused on energy use continues to grow
MARLBORO -- The Marlboro Energy Committee is growing and expanding the scope of its work. Energized by the town's recent participation in the Vermont Council on Rural Development's Community Visit...
Marlboro Community Visit Report - 2010
Through the Community Visit process, Marlboro began planning for a Marlboro Community Center Building to serve as a connecting point for multiple groups in the community. They are also working to...
Marlboro prioritizes its future
MARLBORO -- Building a community center and improving walkability in town were the topics of choice for Marlboro residents at the Vermont Council on Rural Development Community Visit meeting. Held...
Marlboro in second phase of discussions of future
MARLBORO -- Entering the second phase of its Community Visit Program in Marlboro, the Council on Rural Development’s community team will meet again with residents and begin to take some first steps...
Shoreham Community Visit Report - 2009
Working to attract village economic development and to build a business incubator. Other initiatives include improving civic participation and exploring in town energy opportunities. Read the Report...
State grant to fund Killington arts center study
Courtesy of a $25,000 Vermont Community Development Planning Grant awarded to the town, a bid will go out to contractors in February to do a preliminary feasibility study of a center, to determine if...
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...
Killington Community Visit Report - 2008
Thanks to the Community Visit process, Killington built a system for positive Town/Mountain communications and problem solving, and set a 4‐season economic development planning process with...
Derby Community Visit Report - 2007
Thanks to the Community Visit process, Derby began evaluating steps toward a town/village merger and solving water sewer infrastructure issues. Read the Report and Action Plan.
Richford Community Visit Report - 2007
We ran a second Community Visit process in Richford in 2007. Community members formed task forces on Job Creation and Retention, Law Enforcement, and Image and Communication. Read the Report and...
Hinesburg Community Visit Report - 2007
After the Community Visit process, the town voted for funds to contract for services to advance the initiatives recorded in the final report. It also improved energy efficiency, stopped bus idling,...
Pownal Community Visit Report - 2006
Through the Community Visit Process, Pownal established a Housing Task Force that built a mobile home tenants association andplanned for an affordable housing project. It also developed community...
Woodstock Community Visit Report - 2006
Through the Community Visit process, Woodstock set community priorities for town/village merger, built an east end development corporation, expanded conservation, expanded walking trails, and...
Chelsea Community Visit Report - 2005
Through the Community Visit process, Chelsea gained an ACCD Planning Grant to staff Community Visit Task Forces, building a community facilities and an infrastructure plan. Read the Report and...
Bristol Community Visit Report - 2004
Through the Community Visit Process, Bristol inventoried potential space for a small industrial park, set key attributes of businesses to attract, worked on redeveloping Bartlett Falls area, and...
Johnson Community Visit Report - 2004
Through the Community Visit process, Johnson leveraged significant federal funds to replace three bridges, build a water system, and implement a redesign of its downtown. It also built a community...
Enosburg Community Visit Report - 2003
Through the Community Visit process, Enosburg instituted a community‐wide literacy campaign and mentorship program, set up a Restorative Justice Board, created a new recreation park, built a town web...
Poultney Community Visit Report - 2002
Through the Community Visit process, Poultney built new youth activities and mentorships, expanded collaborations with Green Mountain College, designed new town banners and a town marketing strategy...
Troy, Westfield, and Jay Community Visit Report - 2002
Through the Community Visit process, the towns of Troy, Westfield, and Jay built walking trails and events celebrating downtown Troy, and took steps in the development of “Tranquil Gardens.” Read the...
Northfield Community Visit Report - 2001
Through the Community Visit process, Northfield redeveloped the old town school into a community center and set agreements for water/wastewater development. Read the Report and Action Plan.
Wilmington Community Visit Report - 2001
Through the Community Visit process, Wilmington built a Vision for the town's future economic development, and also built a senior housing project. Read the Report and Action Plan.
Bradford Community Visit Report - 1999-2000
Village revitalization was boosted with library repairs, the development of Boch park, and ongoing affordable housing efforts. Work was also made towards a town/village merger. Read the Report and...
Middletown Springs Community Visit Report - 1999
Through the Community Visit process, Middletown Springs built sections of the town plan and set up the Middletown Springs Conservation Commission. Read the Report and Action Plan.
Rockingham Community Visit Report - 1998
Through this community visit process, Rockingham accomplished its goals of creating more downtown housing, working towards a downtown revitalization, and rebuilding the Bellows Falls image. Today the...
Richford Community Visit Report - 1997
Through this community visit process, Richford merged the village & town; built affordable housing, as well as river paths, and a new health center, and created plans to redevelop Sweat‐Cummings...