Community Development

Downtown and Historic Preservation Conference

The Department of Housing and Community Development presents the Downtown and Historic Preservation Conference on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Barrett Center for the Arts in White River Junction. The event is made possible by a partnership with Northern Stage, Preservation Trust of Vermont, and the Town of Hartford.  The conference will highlight White River Junction's successful revival by bringing new housing, businesses, and jobs downtown. This year’s conference features nationally recognized keynote speaker Joe Minicozzi, who has done the math that proves investing in downtowns not only improves our quality of life and economy, but saves taxpayer dollars.   In addition to the conference sessions and tours, we are providing ample time to network and a reception immediately following the conference.  Registration includes a full day of sessions and tours, light breakfast, lunch, and appetizers at the reception. Please visit the Downtown and Historic Preservation Conference webpage for more information about the sessions and to register for the conference.

Thursday, June 8, 2017 (All day)

Local Leadership in Economic Development Workshop

This workshop is designed to help Vermont’s local elected officials and decision makers learn about opportunities to grow their communities while maintaining their distinctive characters and quality of life. Presentations will include data on economic trends in the state, case studies, and information about available tools and resources. Members of legislative bodies (selectboards, city councils, and village trustees), town and city managers, administrators, and municipal staff who lead economic development and planning departments and others are encouraged to attend. Click here to register.  

•    What is Economic Development at the Local Level?
•    Local Economic Development Case Studies: Success Stories and Lessons Learned from Vermont Cities & Towns
•    Lunch Speaker: Ted Brady, Deputy Secretary, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development 
•    The Developer’s Perspective: What Makes Projects Work (or Not)?
•    What Does Success Look Like for Your Community? – Facilitated Discussion 
•    Economic Development Services, Tools, and Resources

Detailed agenda and other information. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:00pm

VCDP Board Meeting

Regularly scheduled Vermont Community Development Board meeting to review Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP) applications submitted and make recommendations.  The VCDP supports community projects that primarily benefit persons of low and moderate income on a competitive basis by providing funding to projects that address local needs in the areas of: housing, economic development, public facilities, public services, and handicapped accessibility modifications. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

MPG Application Training

Training on using the online grants management system and preparing a competitive Municipal Planning Grant application will be offered through GoToMeeting on Thursday, September 8 from Noon – 12:45. Contact DHCD staff at for more information and to register. Space is limited. Additional resources to help you create a great planning project will be available on the MPG website.

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 12:00am to 12:45am
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