New initiative to advance Vermont’s ‘climate economy’

Can Vermont be a national leader in incubating small businesses that answer climate change? The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) thinks so.

Digital economy summit addresses Vermont’s ‘brand’

Participants brainstorming about how to foster more technology business in Vermont said the state’s image should reflect the desired goal, not retread familiar pastoral territory.

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) Friday announced $2.3 million in funding for rural development in Vermont.

Vermont Connected: Envisioning the Future of the Vermont Digital Economy Summit at State House Sept. 23

Vermont Connected: Envisioning the Future of the Vermont Digital Economy a summit convening produced by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) will be held at the Vermont State House on Tuesday, September 23.

Paul Costello: Leveraging Vermont’s working landscape assets

Vermonters have always known that our working landscape is our greatest asset. It drives our economy, brings tourists from away, and sustains the wonderful environment where we live, work and play.

VCRD honors Orly Munzing with Community Leadership Award

The Vermont Council on Rural Development has presented its 2013 Vermont Community Leadership Award to Orly Munzing, founder and executive director of Strolling of the Heifers.

Vermont Working Landscape Summit to celebrate and foster rural renaissance

On December 17th, hundreds of Vermonters will come together at Vermont Technical Center to celebrate the success of the Working Lands Enterprise Fund and to identify actions to encourage policymakers to continue this important work.

Vermont colleges to share resources in creating food systems degree

Entire state would be the campus as schools share courses, internships, land, faculty and symposia.

Costello: Advancing the Vermont forest economy

The working forest in Vermont is no accident; it is the result of innumerable economic decisions made by generations of rural families as they make a living from the land.

Vermont Digital Economy Project begins assisting flood-impacted communities

The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) announced today the first round of communities to receive intensive services from its Digital Economy Project this year.

Internet tools are key in new resilience project; deadline March 15

The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) is launching the Vermont Digital Economy Project (VDEP) to help build resilience in many of the towns that were affected by 2011’s floods.

Costello: Investing in working lands

The Working Lands Enterprise Board has already received 378 applications from all around the state totaling nearly $12 million for the $1 million it has available.

Working landscape groups look for $15 million boost over three years

The request represents a $3.5 million annual increase from the $1.5 million proposed by Gov. Peter Shumlin’s in his fiscal year 2014 budget.

Jordan: Closing the digital divide in Vermont

We’re building access to broadband so that Vermonters can take advantage of the opportunities this tool brings, whether that’s growing a business, furthering your education, finding government services or simply staying in touch with friends and family.