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Community Development

Community development is a large field that covers economic development as well as those other man-made aspects of communities that need to be in place to have a healthy, functioning community. This usually includes facilities and services such as health care, libraries, schools, social services, cultural institutions, adequate sanitation, housing, and a good civic ethic that promotes growth, cooperation, and inclusion.

NRPC works in community development by helping towns to address these issues in their local plans, writing and administering grants to plan and implement projects and through partnerships with other organizations and agencies. NRPC works closely with our economic development partners — Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation, Lake Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development, and the Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

NRPC works with Vermont business owners, developers, lenders, and other professionals involved in “environmentally-challenged” real estate transactions, called Brownfields. We work to provide these professionals with the resources they need to successfully transact and redevelop Brownfields, with grant funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

NRPC assists member towns in applying to the Vermont Downtown Program for downtown or village designation, which provides technical assistance and training to communities for their downtown revitalization efforts.

The main source of grants for communities in this area is the Vermont Community Development Program. Funds can be used to plan and implement projects that help people with low and moderate incomes, including housing, jobs, handicapped-accessibility, and community facilities. For more information go to: accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/opportunities/funding/vcdp.

For more information on how we can help your community, please contact Catherine Dimitruk, 802-524-5958, cdimitruk@nrpcvt.com.