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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...
Summit on Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change - 2015
The Summit on Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change brought together over 400 innovative business, non‐profit, and community leaders, elected officials, public policy...
Climate Change Economy Initiative
New green push aims to grow Vt. jobs
By Kevin O'Connor, Times Argus - http://www.timesargus.com/article/20141026/THISJUSTIN/710269963 Can Vermont simultaneously jumpstart its job market and help stop global warming? That’s the goal of...
Working Landscape Partnership Council: 2011-2012
The Vermont Council on Rural Development, which founded and led the Council on the Future of Vermont, followed up on its key findings by building the Vermont Working Landscape Partnership made up of...
How do your thoughts about Vermont's values, future challenges and priority issues apply to YOUR community?
How do your thoughts about Vermont's values, future challenges and priority issues apply to YOUR community? Town Rutland exists. It is the second largest city ("micropolis") in the state. We...
What should our priorities be as we work together to prepare Vermont for the future?
What should our priorities be as we work together to prepare Vermont for the future? Town Get the input of every single Vermonter, of every ethnic and social background. Of any job description....
What Common Values do Vermonters Share?
What Common Values do Vermonters Share? Town First of all, everyone I know loves the state. My friends and I love it here and our opinions about the state have intensified positively as we've...
Policy Councils
Council on the Future of Vermont (2007-2009)
The Council on the Future of Vermont was a unique project for VCRD. At once a statewide public dialogue and a critical look at the state’s past and present, the Council on the Future of Vermont (CFV...
Working Landscape Action Plan: Investing in our Farm and Forest Future - 2012
Investing in our Farm and Forest Future is the final report of the Vermont Working Landscape Partnership Council. It offers five recommendations to help reinvigorate the state’s rural economy: Build...
Future of Vermont study finds second wind
By KEVIN O’CONNOR, STAFF WRITER Supporters believe the Council on the Future of Vermont’s 2009 report on concerns facing the state in coming decades was ahead of its time. But that wasn’t why...
Council on the Future of Vermont Financial Supporters
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Council on the Future of Vermont Commentary and Written Submissions
The Council on the Future of Vermont received written submission from Vermonters via this website. Online Survey For over a year we collected the opinions, ideas, and challenges of Vermonters...
What Does Vermont Mean To You?
What does Vermont mean to you? Town Vermont is an oasis in my mind. I see and hear about the rest of country facing unprecedented turmoil, yet I see no traces here. Yes, the occasional...
Council on the Future of Vermont: Project Elements
You can find here all of the accompanying materials to the Council on the Future of Vermont process. You can also watch the short video which describes the process and its inputs below. In total the...
UVM Research Report: Strategies for Promoting Working Landscapes in North America and Europe
With the goal of assisting government, environmental, and planning leaders in their attempts to meet the on‐going challenges of promoting a vibrant working landscape in Vermont, this report (written...
Vermont Forest Products Council (2001-2002)
The Vermont Forest Products Council (VFPC) was convened in 2001 with 11 members representing state government, natural resource agencies, and wood manufacturers. VCRD established the VFPC for two...
Vermont Agriculture Viability Council (2002-2003)
The Vermont Agricultural Viability Council (VAVC) was formed with the goal of developing a strategic plan that would both further the prosperity of Vermont’s dairy industry and foster the growth of...
Vermont Council on Culture and Innovation (2003-2004)
The Vermont Council on Culture and Innovation envisions a future in which two principles are widely understood. First, that our cultural expressions and heritage are central to the fabric of each and...
Creative Economy Stories from Vermont
Revitalizing Downtown: Rutland (4:08) Friday Night Live turned Center Street in Rutland into a pedestrian-way and broadened support for downtown revitalization. Seasonal Strategies: The Champlain...
The Process - A Toolbox for communities to launch new efforts
This toolbox provides a template for communities throughout Vermont to build new partnerships, identify common goals, and find projects that will make them more attractive places to live, work, and...
Creative Economy Resources
The Creative Economy reflects the intersection of innovation, commerce, heritage, and imagination. This international concept is well suited to Vermont, and is already revitalizing communities around...
Vermont Council on Planning (2004-2005)
The Vermont Council on Planning (VCP) envisions a future in which coordinated municipal, regional, and state plans are implemented in line with statewide goals to guide development, conservation, and...
Vermont Rural Energy Council (2006-2007)
The Vermont Rural Energy Council (VREC) was a 2-year project (2006-2007) developed by VCRD to provide a non-partisan analysis of opportunities in rural electric generation, fuel development and...
Art of Action ends in auction
For more than two years the Art of Action exhibit has toured Vermont. It's a collection of more than 100 pieces by Vermont artists. The artwork was inspired by the social, cultural and political...
A taxing question: Futurists ask: Can Vermonters have it all
The state's $6 billion annual budget provides taxpayers with everything from snowplowing to subsidized health insurance. Seemingly the only thing that's missing is enough money to fund it. "The...
Can you hear me now? Some worry that 'e-state' will disconnect communities
By KEVIN O'CONNOR They inspire poets and painters, campers and climbers, scientists and souls yearning to touch the sky. Who doesn't love the Green Mountains? Vermonters who view them as the state...
McClaughry Commentary: Imagining Vermont
Submitted by John McClaughry Four months ago the Council on the Future of Vermont released its report, Imagining Vermont: Values and Vision for the Future. The report culminated an 18‐month, $400,...
Higher ed: School costs are up — but so are student gains
By KEVIN O’CONNOR Is Vermont’s ongoing fight over how to fund schools overshadowing gains in its classrooms? When the Council on the Future of Vermont asked residents about their most pressing...
Balance point
A statewide discussion among Vermonters about the environment and the economy has shown that the quality of the environment — the rural landscape of woods, farms, lakes, rivers — is a value deeply...
Paving paradise? Futurists question direction of Vt. development
By KEVIN O'CONNOR Staff Writer Is there an answer to the decades-long question of how to balance the state's environment and economy through land-use planning? "In testimony about land use and...
Residents in charge of state's future
What Vermonters are most concerned about is universal -- preserving the working landscape, fortifying the unity of their communities, retaining the Vermont "brand," creating local energy sources,...
Council studies Vermont’s priorities
After two years spent interviewing Vermonters young and old, blue collar and white, the Council on the Future of Vermont shared its findings on the hopes, aspirations and visions for the state as...
Futurists worry that Vermont farms have become too reliant on milk
By KEVIN O'CONNOR Staff Writer The Council on the Future of Vermont knows the state treasures its farms and forests. So why is it asking if there's too much of a good thing? Surveying almost 4,000...
Final Findings of the Council on the Future of Vermont: Imagining Vermont
Imagining Vermont: Values and Vision for the Future is the final report of the Council on the Future of Vermont. With the publication of this report, the findings of the Council are no longer ours...
Stevens Commentary: Future of Agriculture
WILL STEVENS As Vermonters, do we want to live in a theme park - full of characters we've heard of but never met? Or would we rather engage, through agricultural activity, with our families, our...
A rich future? Public wants plan for Vermont economy
By KEVIN O'CONNOR, Times Argus Staff Writer Long before last autumn's financial fall, the Council on the Future of Vermont found stunning agreement on residents' top concern: the economy. The only...
Howard Dean Commentary: Keep Vermont on track
By HOWARD DEAN Severe national recession has gripped our state and resulted in a major reduction to state budget revenues. Speaking from experience, I understand the difficult choices our leaders...
Study: Bright future for Vermont
In 20 years, Vermont will be more affordable, more energy self-sufficient, have better public transportation and will offer more economic opportunity. At least that's the vision set out in a new...
Leaders develop priorities for Vermont’s future
(Host) More than 500 Vermont leaders met at the University of Vermont on Monday to develop priorities for the future of the state. The conference was the final part of a two-year study looking at...
Summit starts search for state's future
BURLINGTON – Vermont, said Paul Bruhn of the state's Preservation Trust, "is a great place for the most part — and for the moment. But will we increasingly become Anywhere, USA?" Gather 500 leaders...
The ‘Future of Vermont’ could be history
A Summit on the Future of Vermont is scheduled for May 11 at the University of Vermont. The summit is the final step in a nearly two year long effort by the Vermont Council on Rural Development to...
‘Imagining Vermont’ Can state’s future bring freedom and unity?
By KEVIN O’CONNOR Staff Writer Surveying residents from northernmost Alburgh to southernmost Vernon, the Council on the Future of Vermont found on-the-spot agreement: Everyone loves the state. They...
Gold Commentary: Vermont's future starts today
STEVE GOLD COMMENTARY ~ Times are tough and news is bleak. One response is to bury our heads in today's details and sit on our hands in fear of tomorrow. While an appealing approach for some,...
Ackland Commentary: Being part of Vermont's and The Valley's future
By Bob Ackland Is The Valley a picture of Vermont? If you want to know for sure take the time to hear or read the just released findings of the Council on the Future of Vermont (CFV). As a board...
Hanna Commentary: Acting in leadership
(HOST) Commentator Cheryl Hanna is a professor at Vermont Law School and a member of the Council for the Future of Vermont. She's been thinking about Vermont's potential to be a leader in these...
The Vermont identity
Vermonters have reverence for the state's rural landscape, and they hope for economic development that will provide jobs and housing for the future. They cherish their small communities and value...
Group readies forum results
As Vermont evolves and the economic climate changes, it seems the need for a broad assessment of the state, along the values of the people living here, crops up periodically. The Council on the...
Artful Dodger
...It was a lot of words, but the message was simple: At a time when public funding for necessities such as roads and schools is imperiled, public arts funding could simply cease to exist. When the...
What do today's state trends say about tomorrow?
The nonpartisan Council on the Future of Vermont made news last week by releasing a report warning that the state's lack of diversity may endanger its growth. Noting that dairy totals nearly 80...
Study notes Vt. trends over two decades
COLCHESTER -- Agriculture in Vermont depends more heavily on a single commodity -- dairy -- than in any other state. Yet despite efforts to diversify the farm sector, sales of most nondairy products...
Challenges lie ahead for Vermont, new report warns
Vermont takes pride in its dairy farms and a population that rates high in national health rankings. And that could be a problem, the Council on the Future of Vermont warns. The nonpartisan study...
Report studies trends shaping Vermont’s future
(Host) The Council on the Future of Vermont was formed two years ago to help the state chart a course for the next two decades. And now two St. Michael's College professors have identified the most...
Study: Vt. Tourism Stagnant
Shelburne Museum is one of Vermont's top tourist attractions. Upwards of 110,000 people visit every year from states across the country. But only half of all visitors to the museum are out of...
Agriculture Takes Center Stage in Montpelier
Agriculture took center stage in Montpelier Wednesday. The Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Council told lawmakers about its top issues for the session. They include promoting local food and...
St. Michael's Research Report: "Vermont in Transition" - 2008
The Council on the Future of Vermont and St. Michael's Center for Social Science Research are proud to release Vermont in Transition: A Summary of Social, Economic and Environmental Trends. This book...
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 Young Writers Project Winners Essays Announced
The Young Writers Project, Council on the Future of Vermont and the Northfield Savings Bank winners of the 2008 ‘Future of Vermont’ Writing Contest. Read the essays.
Creative Communities Reports - 2008
A final report for the Creative Communities Program was presented back to each of the 12 participating communities. These summarized the public meetings and brainstorming sessions, captured the...
Meeting focusses on Vermont's future
What will Vermont look like in the next 20, 30 or 40 years? The Council on the Future of Vermont will be in Brattleboro Thursday night to ask that very question. The Council wants to know how...
Maintaining balance
For more than a year, the Council on the Future of Vermont (CFV) has been going around the state listening to Vermonters and striking up a dialogue on where we are, where we are going and the forces...
Poll says Vermonters value landscape, community
A new poll confirms some long-held assumptions about Vermonters. They cherish the state's working landscape ... its sense of community... and its independence. But the poll also shows that people...
Shaping the future through art
Lyman Orton was putting together a 2006 art exhibition from his private collection, "Lost Vermont Images," when the work inspired him to look in another direction: Not back at the way Vermont was --...
Survey Tries to Pin Down Vermont Values
Politicians, business leaders, and the public often talk about "Vermont values." But what exactly are they? A new survey released Monday attempts to quantify those in a scientific way. "The question...
Rising Cost of Living a Major Concern
Researchers at the University of Vermont released a survey Monday showing many residents share a common vision of their state ... Virtually all of those responding - 97 percent - said they value...
Burlington CFV Forums
For 45 seconds, no one in the small crowd seated in City Hall's Contois Auditorium clamored for a turn at the microphone Thursday evening. Paul Costello, director of the Vermont Council on Rural...
Chris Graff Commentary
Speaking in 1931 to the Vermont Commission on Country Life, Vermont Supreme Court Justice Wendell Stafford said, "Of Vermont have many books been written, many pictures painted, many songs sung. Yet...
Steve Delany Commentary: Deciding Our Future
For the first time in a generation Vermonters are being asked to help define what the state's future should be. The Council on the Future of Vermont is nearing the end of a two-year process of...
Council on the Future of Vermont Community Forum Notes
From 2007 to 2008 the Council on the Future of Vermont traveled around the state holding public forums and met with farmers, nurses, students, veterans, seniors, businesspeople, advocates, low income...
Strengthening Vermont's Energy Economy - 2007
The Vermont Rural Energy Council (VREC) was developed by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) to provide a non-partisan analysis of opportunities in rural electric generation, fuel...
Vermont By Design - 2006
Based on the inputs and on the knowledge and experience of Council members, the Vermont Rural Energy Council crafted a set of recommendations for actions that would advance rural energy generation,...
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 Agriculture Viability Council Final Report - 2003
In November 2001, the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) established the Vermont Agriculture Viability Council (VAVC). VCRD’s goal was to develop a “strategic plan” that would further the...
Vermont Forest Products Council Blueprint for Action - 2002
This Blueprint for Action is the result of two years of study by the Vermont Forest Products Council (VFPC) of the challenges to the value-added wood products industry. It is designed to serve as an...