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Vermont Council On Rural Development

43 State Street, Suites 2 & 3 Montpelier, VT 05602 (Map) (Set as Local)

Vermont Council On Rural Development Montpelier Vermont

Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 1384,
Montpelier, VT 05601
Additional Directions: We are located at 43 State Street, second floor, suites 2 & 3 in downtown Montpelier.


802-223-6091 - Main Phone Number
Calendars of Events:

Related News:
Brian Lowe named VCRD Executive Director
Posted on: 3:35 pm Tue Sep 14th, 2021
As you know, the Vermont Council on Rural Development has conducted an extensive search to replace our much-admired and well-respected Executive Director Paul Costello, who has served us so well for more than two decades. On behalf of the VCRD Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that Brian Lowe has been selected as our next Executive Director, a role he will assume on September 21, 2021. We are excited to have found a candidate with Brian's deep commitment to VCRD's mission of to helping Vermonters build prosperous and resilient communities through democratic engagement, marshalling resources, and collective action.
VCRD Job Search - Executive Director
Posted on: 1:13 pm Wed Jun 16th, 2021
The Job Search for the next Executive Director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) is underway.
Join Us at the Summit on the Future of Vermont
Posted on: 4:23 pm Tue May 18th, 2021
The Summit on the Future of Vermont will bring people together from across the state on May 26 & 27 to explore and discuss a draft of the Vermont Proposition.
Build a Better Future for Vermont
Posted on: 11:18 am Wed Mar 10th, 2021
In the wake of COVID-19, in the midst of divisive politics, and in the face of economic challenges, Vermonters have demonstrated leadership and commitment to community. VCRD's work for recovery centers around the spirit of unity and ingenuity: we support the emergence of new community leaders, empower community projects and initiatives, advance working lands enterprises, and encourage Vermont's innovative and sustainable future through the development of the climate economy.
Local Leadership - The Key To Vermont's Success
Posted on: 9:41 am Wed Sep 2nd, 2020
With the help of Senator Patrick Leahy and some great leaders from around Vermont, last week we launched the Vermont Community Leadership Network. This network is focused on giving local leaders like you the tools you need to succeed - your success is Vermont's success.


A proud member of the National Rural Development Partnership, the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of the locally-defined progress of Vermont's rural communities. VCRD is a dynamic partnership of federal, state, local, non-profit and private partners. Actively non-partisan with an established reputation for community-based facilitation, VCRD is uniquely positioned to sponsor and coordinate collaborative efforts across governmental and organizational categories concerned with policy questions of rural import.

VCRD is moving forward as an organization. Since its inception in 1992, VCRD has built a profile of rural policy leadership that is grounded by work in local communities and extends to collaborative partnerships with the highest levels of state and federal programs.

Mission Statement

The Vermont Council on Rural Development helps Vermonters and Vermont communities develop their capacity to create a prosperous and sustainable future through coordination, collaboration, and the effective use of public and private resources.

Operating Principles

The importance of individual and community self-sufficiency.
The interdependency of communities.
The value of building local capacity.
Respect for locally made decisions.
Respect for Vermont's unique culture.
Respect for the individual and the nature of each community.
Respect for the balance between economic stability and environmental integrity.
The importance of effective participation in the global community of the 21st century.

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